YogaBirth Postnatal Teacher Training Module Syllabus

The next postnatal teacher training module will take place Friday 16th and Saurday 17th November 2018 from 9am to 5pm

Venue : Kathleen’s Studio, 41 Stanthorpe Road, London SW16 2DZ



Our teachers are dedicated to enhancing the health and wellbeing of women and their families throughout the childbearing years. Our ethos is to empower women to take responsibility for their experience through a voyage of self-discovery supported by the practice of yoga, the sense of community and the provision of up to date research and information, in the postnatal period.  By training new YogaBirth teachers we aim to spread this philosophy. Prospective students will share our passion for this work and show integrity and professionalism in all aspects of study and relationship.

You will learn to teach an empowering style of yoga that harnesses the combined effect of the breath and gravity, which is perfectly attuned to postnatal restoration.  This work has been influenced by Vanda Scaravelli, B. K. S. Iyengar, John Stirk and the many years teaching experience of the course directors Lolly Stirk (37 years) and Annabel Hargrave (20 years).

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Our syllabus offers comprehensive training in this valuable work. As a committed student you will learn all you need to become a professional Postnatal YogaBirth Teacher and how to teach women safely and effectively at this particular stage in their lives.

The course is delivered using a combination talks and workshops, observation of classes and assignments in the form of questions. The lectures and workshops will be given by Lolly and Annabel drawing from their many years of dedicated study and working with postnatal women and their babies. In the class observations you will witness how YogaBirth teachers integrate the profound benefits of yoga with an evidence-based approach to parent education.


Who can apply?

This course is open to teachers who have completed the YogaBirth Foundation Course as well as other qualified yoga teachers wishing to specialize in teaching postnatal yoga.


Where is the course held and how is it run?

  • The course will be held over 2 consecutive days in Streatham, South London and full attendance is mandatory
  • Students will be asked to observe and keep a diary of a minimum of 4 postnatal classes with listed YogaBirth teachers
  • After the two day course questions taken from the lectures and workshops will be sent by email. These will be in the form of one word, one sentence and small paragraph answers. A deadline date will be given for the questions to be answered and returned.
  • Similarly a deadline date will be set 6 months from the date of the course – May 2018 – to complete observations.


What will the course cover?

  • Anatomy and physiology of the postnatal woman – to include hormonal changes, pelvic floor recovery, pelvic girdle pain and birth trauma
  • Specific postnatal yoga practice and principles – to include safety issues, maternal posture, core strength, relaxation
  • Emotional Issues – to include reflection on birth, mother and baby attachment, spectrum of emotions following birth and postnatal depression
  • Housekeeping and Environment – to include class format, venue, health and safety, marketing and publicity


You will

  • Learn about the physiology and anatomy of yoga through lectures and practice with particular reference to the postnatal period
  • Understand the necessary teaching skills and the special benefits of this style of yoga in the postnatal period
  • Pass on a safe and effective way of working which will underpin whatever body work the women in your classes choose to continue with after the postnatal period
  • Become familiar with the common complaints and ailments, both physical and emotional, during the postnatal period
  • Be able to give appropriate information and/or advice about how yoga may help and when necessary to guide women towards other professionals
  • Understand the importance of housekeeping and environment, class format options, venue, advertising, and health and safety



By attending the 2 day course students will automatically be sent a certificate of attendance which can be used towards CPD.  You will also be put on the YogaBirth mailing list and be informed of upcoming events study days and weekends.


On successful completion of the course which includes

  • Written assignments (within time frame given)
  • Observations (within time frame given)

You will be awarded a YogaBirth Postnatal Teacher Certificate. This entitles you to become a Postnatal member of YogaBirth which enables you to attend our CPD study days and weekends, and have a Postnatal listing on the YogaBirth website.


Course tutors

Lolly Stirk; Course Director

Lolly began her study of yoga in 1969. The birth of her daughter in 1974 inspired her to want to  teach pregnancy and postnatal yoga. Since then she has been committed to developing and teaching her own innovative approach to yoga as a safe and effective practice for pregnant women and new mothers. Lolly is a founder member of the Active Birth Movement and for 15 years she co-directed the Active Birth Teachers Training Course in the capacity of with Janet Balaskas and Yvonne Moore in the capacity of Yoga Course Director. For many years she lectured to midwives at Thames Valley University and has conducted workshops for midwives, doctors, osteopaths and health professionals internationally and in the UK. Lolly is a founder member of YogaBirth an independent group of childbirth educators and specialist yoga teachers. She continues her work with pregnant women and new mothers in West London as well as training teachers in this valuable work in the UK and Internationally.

Annabel Hargrave; Course Director

Annabel has 3 grown up children and qualified as an Active Birth teacher in 1997. She went on to train as a yoga teacher in 2001 with John Stirk, Sophy Hoare and Peter Blackaby. She has been teaching yoga, antenatal and postnatal classes in south west London for the past 20 years. Her enthusiasm and love of her work is infectious and she trains teachers in the UK and abroad. She is also an experienced birth doula, breastfeeding counselor and bereavement counselor. Annabel is a founder member of Yogabirth.


Course fees

Fees are £350.00 Please send a deposit of £100 on application which will be banked on acceptance to the course.

To benefit from our early bird offer of £250 book before the end of August 2018

Please contact Annabel Hargrave for more information:

Annabel Hargrave 75 Maycross Avenue Morden SM4 4DF


“I found this postnatal course very in depth and felt I had a good understanding of how to teach and manage a postnatal class at the end of the two day course and sitting in on classes.  The course gave me a structure to follow for teaching the class and clearly explained the real benefit being offered to the postnatal women, physically and emotionally.  I’ve been teaching a very successful and busy class for over two years, and enjoyed seeing the mothers able to relax, support each other and make new friends.  My class naturally follows on from my pregnancy class and I also have many women coming with friends from other childbirth classes”… Tracey Luggeri  –  Royston,  Cambridgeshire 


Recommended Reading for Postnatal Yoga Course – 2018 

Calais-Germain B.  (2003) The Female Pelvis – Eastland Press

Chiarelli Pauline (2007) Woman’s Waterworks – Chiarelli Healthcare

Difiore Judy (2010) Postnatal Fitness Third edition – A and C Black London

Fahri Donna The Breathing Book: Vitality and Good Health through essential breath work

Freedman Francoise (2000) Baby Yoga – Gaia

Franklin Eric (2003) Pelvic Power – Elysian

Gerhardt S.  (2004) Why Love Matters – Routledge

Gordon Y (2002) Birth and Beyond -Vermilion

Liedloff J. (1986) the Continuim Concept – Penguin

Motha Dr. G.  (2006) Gentle First Year – Thorsons

Murray L. and Andrews L. (2000) The Social Baby – CP Publishing

Stokes Beverley (2002) Amazing Babies; Essential Movement for your baby in the First Year – Move Alive Media Toronto

Peter Walker Developmental Baby Massage: Theraputic Touch Techniques for Making Your Baby Stronger, Healthier & Happier. Carroll Brown Publishers

Noble E. (2003) Essential Exercises for the Childbearing Year – New Life Images

Rapley G and Murkett T. (2008) Baby-led Weaning  – Vermilion

Stadlen Naomi (2004  What Mothers Do: especially when it looks like nothing  – Piatkus

Vanderijt H. and Plooij F  (2003)  THE Wonder Weeks – Rodale

What the Foot? A game changing Philosophy in Human movement to Eliminate Pain – Gary Ward

Relieving Pelvic Pain During and After Pregnancy – Cecile Rost

Heal Pelvic Pain – Amy Stein MPT

PGP and its Management


Helpful websites


For more information
For a more detailed syllabus and application form please contact:
Annabel Hargrave by email at