Why train with YogaBirth?
The YogaBirth Teacher Training Course provides a unique
opportunity to study with highly specialised yoga teachers
and childbirth educators and learn to teach a form of
perinatal yoga which is rooted in the body’s own intelligence
and intuition. YogaBirth has over 25 years of experience
teaching yoga to pregnant women. Our approach is influenced by the work of Vanda Scaravelli, and is the ideal yoga for pregnant women: gentle yet powerful, constantly working with the breath and with gravity, with natural movement and attention to the structure and state of the body. Moreover, our Teacher Training Course incorporates a comprehensive study of the physiology of pregnancy and birth, as well as physical and emotional preparation for childbirth.
YogaBirth is the only perinatal yoga training in the UK to be run over 18 months, comprising a 300 hour course on 9 weekends (or equivalent days). Each of the students also receives individual mentoring from an experienced YogaBirth teacher. Students additionally benefit from the annual YogaBirth Continuing Professional Development study days which are guaranteed to all members.
Who can apply?
YogaBirth welcomes anyone who has a deep commitment to working with pregnant women and who can demonstrate a regular yoga practice of at least 12 months. Participants often include yoga teachers, midwives, doulas, childbirth educators and complementary therapists.
Where is the course held and how is it run?
The course starts in January 2017 and will be held in North London. The course comprises 8 non- residential Tutorial Weekends (Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon) plus the annual YogaBirth Study Weekend which will be held in May/June 2017 (date TBC). Mentoring and distance support between course weekends can be done via e-mail, phone or Skype. Students will be expected to prepare assignments/presentations in advance of each tutorial weekend. Observation and teaching experience are gained by sitting in on a minimum of 20 YogaBirth classes and students must attend a regular weekly yoga class with a Scaravelli inspired teacher (or equivalent in workshop time) and establish a daily practice.
What will the course cover?
The course is focused on how yoga and childbirth education can be integrated for health and well-being through the different stages of pregnancy. We will explore the principles of anatomy and physiology, safety issues, and the spirituality and emotional experience at this stage of a woman’s life cycle. Through the processes of discussion, experiential work, assignments and yoga practice, students will learn to support and empower pregnant women on their path to motherhood.
Who are the tutors?
Judy felt moved to do this work following the birth of her two children. She qualified as an Active Birth Teacher with Janet Balaskas in 1997 and as a midwife in 2002. She also holds diplomas with the British Wheel of Yoga, Birthlight (Baby Yoga), is licensed to teach Yoga for the Special Child and HypnoBirthing. She divides her time between teaching Yoga for Pregnancy, running birth preparation workshops, Baby Yoga Classes, and yoga for children with special
needs. Judy retired from the NHS in 2014 but continues to hold her registration as a midwife. She is a Module Tutor for the BWY Pregnancy Module and Postnatal Module, and co-ordinated the creation of Yoga Scotland guidelines for Yoga in Pregnancy. She was recently appointed as tutor for the Yoga Scotland Teacher Training Course in Edinburgh. Judy teaches in Aberdeenshire and Perthshire and runs courses throughout the UK.
Jill Benjoya Miller
Jill came to the UK when pregnant with her first child in 1995. Knowing nothing about birth or yoga, she ended up taking pregnancy yoga classes with Janet Balaskas and Lolly Stirk and had a wonderful Active Birth. This inspired her to train with the Active Birth Foundation to teach childbirth education & perinatal yoga. Jill has taught Yoga for Pregnancy, postnatal yoga and discussion groups for new mothers since 1996. She has worked closely with the Active Birth
Centre, the Birth Unit at St John & Elizabeth Hospital and has presented workshops throughout the UK. Jill is a doula and supports vulnerable women through the charity Birth Companions. Jill has contributed to books and written articles for the midwifery press. She lives with her husband and 3 teenage children in North London.
Ruth has been following her passion supporting and empowering women on their motherhood journey for over 20 years. She is a yoga teacher and YogaBirth teacher and facilitates Scaravelli inspired classes in the UK, Israel and the U.S. Ruth trained in Active Birth with Janet Balaskas, Lolly Stirk and Yvonne Moore in 1991 and founded The Motherwise Childbirth Centre in Israel (where she lived for 20 years) as a catalyst for change and choice for women in Israel. More recently she has co-created The Bliss Space, an online community supporting mothers to
celebrate their motherhood experience. Ruth is affiliated with the Assoc. of Independent Yoga Practitioners and teaches on the London Yoga Teachers Training course. She lives in East Sussex with her partner and 2 children.
Lola is a Childbirth Educator, Active Birth and YogaBirth teacher, Doula and Baby Massage teacher. Lola has been around birthing women for over 20 years and knows that preparation for labour with yoga during pregnancy helps women birth their babies in a more peaceful, efficient way. Lola believes that every woman has the potential to birth her baby with her own natural hormones. She has attended many home births and birthed her 5 children at home. Lola has
supported women in hospital birth Centre’s and labour wards, with mothers having water births, VBAC, breech birth. Lola teaches Pregnancy Yoga in Enfield, where she lives, and also in Children’s Centre’s, prisons, private hospitals and the general community.
Julie’s passionate interest in birth began in 1982. In 1988 she trained with Janet, Yvonne and Lolly to teach Active Birth and then completed a 2 year yoga training with John Stirk, Mary Stewart and Sophy Hoare. In 2011 Julie gained a British Wheel of Yoga Diploma via an Integration course. Julie is a Registered Birthlight Pregnancy teacher. She holds Diploma’s in Remedial Massage, Source Breathwork and the Unicef Breastfeeding certificate. Julie teaches
Prenatal and Postnatal yoga, Birth Preparation, Massage for Pregnancy & Labour, Baby massage and Scaravelli style yoga. Julie’s two sons were both born at home. Julie has a keen interest in complementary medicine, particularly where it is relevant to pregnancy and labour. She lives in NW London.
Course size and cost:
The number of students admitted on the course will be a maximum of 10. The total cost (including, weekends and all teaching materials) for the Foundation Year Certification is £2,750. There is a £50 discount if paid in full by the start of the course. On successful completion of the course the YogaBirth Teachers Certificate will be awarded with entitlement to full membership of YogaBirth with its special insurance, CPD and other benefits.
How do I apply to train as a YogaBirth Teacher?
If you are interested in applying for the course, please contact Judy via email or phone/text as given below. A more detailed syllabus will be forwarded to you together with a registration form.
Judy Cameron Tel: 0779 207 9389