Mindful Yoga for Pregnancy – Teacher Training

16th – 22nd July 2020

Mindful Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training provides yoga teachers and birthing professionals an holistic understanding of how to assist our pregnant mamas throughout their journey to motherhood and beyond, using the tools of yoga.

This is a 50-hour Continuing Education Program which forms a part of the Yoga for Women Teacher Training but, may also be attended independently.

The specialised knowledge contained in this program is comprehensive in practice and theory, giving graduates a profound understanding of how to adapt yoga practices, to suit preconception pregnancy, birthing and post-natal. Just as importantly they will learn how to help women draw upon their inner resources and approach this time with confidence, empowerment, and grace.

This program approaches pregnancy yoga teaching holistically, with cultural and societal awareness. Yoga teachers will develop practical skills, and the confidence to teach our mamas to be with sensitivity and heart.

The aim of this training is to promote the safe teaching of yoga during all stages of pregnancy, and nourish trainees as they gain confidence in developing their highly individual approach to teaching.


Combine your passion for women’s health and yoga!

Course Content

The Benefits of Mindful Yoga During Pregnancy

  • Yoga psychology as a tool for empowerment and emotional stability
  • The importance of slowing down and turning inwards
  • Yoga as a complimentary practice to hypno-birthing and calm birthing practices
  • Yoga as a practice for both mama and baby

Understanding the many influences upon a woman during pregnancy

  • The impact of pregnancy– physically, emotionally, spiritually
  • External influences
    • Societal patterning & conditioning
    • Cultural views on pregnancy, labour & birth
    • Familial influence
    • Spiritual & religious beliefs

Yoga and Ayurveda

  • The role of natural movement & physical activity during pregnancy
  • Modifying the yoga practice to suit each stage of pregnancy
  • Maintaining and building structural integrity
  • Teaching for two – ensuring the comfort of both mama and baby
  • Beneficial postures and breathing techniques
  • Contraindicated postures and breathing techniques
  • Restorative postures & rest
  • Yoga postures as labouring and active birth positions.
  • Core and pelvic floor conditioning
  • Sound – mantras & vocal toning
  • Ayurvedic remedies and lifestyle practices that support and nourish

The Anatomy & Physiology of Pregnancy

  • Development of baby – 1st, 2nd, & 3rd trimester milestones
  • Hormones at play throughout pregnancy – role & effects
  • Structural changes occurring during pregnancy
  • Anatomy of the pelvis
  • Pelvic floor muscles – function & attachments
  • Late pregnancy hormonal shift
  • Optimal Foetal Positioning – normal presentations of baby within the pelvis

Common Physical Responses to Pregnancy – When & How Yoga Can Help

  • Breathlessness
  • Carpel Tunnel
  • Reflux
  • Nausea
  • Low iron
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Symphysis pubis discomfort

Labour & Birthing

  • Baby’s role and responses
  • Hormonal shift & signalling
  • Work & role of the womb & pelvic floor muscles
  • Natural instinctive movement in labour
  • Advantages of active, upright, empowered birthing

Delivering your classes with awareness and sensitivity:

  • The vital importance & influence of language
  • Speaking with compassion
  • Encouraging and developing confidence & empowerment
  • Holding a safe and supportive space for each woman in your class
  • Designing & teaching pregnancy yoga classes that nourish and support each woman
  • Sequencing your class
  • Using verbal & body language that is inclusive and reassuring
  • Creating community


The role of yoga in helping women facing infertility issues



  • Working with women post vaginal birthing
  • Working with women post C-section delivery
  • Yoga postures & breathwork to encourage structural reintegration and ease physical tension
  • Practices to support new mamas emotionally

“Dearest Barbara – I wanted to say a huge thank you for the profound impact your teachings had on my pregnancy and labour. You truly do the most wonderful work & must make such a difference to so many women”~ Jess Knox

Course Structure

17th – 21st July – 8.30am – 5.00pm daily


  • 5 hours directed home study
  • 5 hours post course mentoring (online)


Level 2, 40 St Benedicts Street
Eden Terrace
Auckland 1010


Regular Price – $1,250

Earlybird Price $1,150 (full payment prior to 17th June)

A deposit of $250 is due on registration, this is your commitment to attend the program and is, therefore, non-refundable



Barbara Coley

Barbara Coley is one of New Zealand’s more experienced pregnancy & post natal yoga teachers and has been teaching pregnancy yoga since 2006. Over this period, she has combined both her passion for womens’ health and yoga, and supported many, many women as they journey through pregnancy to motherhood and beyond.

Barbara is a Yoga Therapist certified with IAYT, Yoga Australia,and Yoga New Zealand. She presents accredited Yoga Teacher Training and Professional Development Programs and also teaches the Svastha Yoga Therapy Program in New Zealand.

Barbara owned and managed a successful yoga studio in Auckland for 9 years however, in 2016, made the decision to give up teaching studio classes and now runs a private yoga therapy practice and teaches small general yoga & yoga therapy classes from her home studio in Grey Lynn. This enables her to focus her attention on the areas she is most passionate about – personalised yoga, yoga therapy & yoga education.

Barbara attends programs with the Mohans on an annual basis to further deepen her understanding of yoga and is forever grateful to have fallen into the lap of the most knowledgeable teachers and practitioners of yoga alive today.

 Barbara’s yoga qualifications include:
Barbara Coley

Deborah Browne is a Childbirth Educator and Doula with several years of experience supporting, promoting and advocating for women throughout their pregnancy, birthing & postnatal journeys.

Deborah works with women and their families facilitating pregnancy and postnatal classes and workshops, and in her role as a birth and postnatal Doula. This work involves stepping forward to educate, and to tautoko and awhi – to provide practical & emotional support, to encircle, enable & encourage – and to hold space for women throughout the sacred journey of pregnancy, birthing and into motherhood.

Her training and experience has given Deborah a comprehensive  foundation of understanding of the importance for women to thoroughly prepare for their individual journeys through their pregnancies, as they bear their children into the world, and as they transition into Motherhood – not only for their first, but with each and any subsequent baby.  Pregnancy yoga can be a wonderfully supportive, rewarding and beneficial component in this preparation.

Deborah was introduced to yoga nearly 30 years ago as a young woman travelling throughout India, and that began a journey of practice, exploring several different styles of yoga and with several different yoga practitioners.

Throughout Deborah’s own pregnancies she maintained a regular pregnancy yoga practice, and was fortunate to share from the skill and experience of the specialist pregnancy yoga teachers at The Life Centre yoga studio in Notting Hill, London.  Deborah credits her regular practice as a vital component of her wellbeing throughout pregnancy, and most importantly, as preparation for the demanding work of labour & birthing.

Deborah holds a Diploma of Childbirth Education, HypnoBirthing® Childbirth Educator certification from the HypnoBirthing® Institute, and Postnatal Doula certification.  Her interest in holistic health and wellbeing has seen her seek knowledge and understanding within the areas of yoga and the ancient sister-science of Ayurveda, mindfulness meditation, positive parenting & attachment, maternal mental health, and infant brain development. More recently Deborah has been exploring our understanding of the direct link between diet, nutrition and mental health.

In 2019 Deborah began training with Barbara of Svastha Yoga NZ, working towards the Yoga Therapist certification and, in 2020, will complete the 200 hour Yoga Teaching Foundations & Personal Wellbeing training.

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