YogaBirth Postnatal Module

Our Postnatal module runs over two days, deepening the knowledge and skill base of practitioners.

Why train with YogaBirth?

You’ll 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. Lyengar, John Stirk and the many years teaching experience of the course directors Lolly Stirk (37 years) and Annabel Hargrave (20 years).

Our syllabus offers comprehensive training in this valuable work. As a committed student, you’ll 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 of 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 specialise in teaching postnatal yoga.
  • You must share our passion for this work and show integrity and professionalism in all aspects of study and relationship.
  • Applicants are often yoga teachers, midwives, doulas, childbirth educators and complementary therapists.

Where is the course held and how is it run?

  • The course will be held over 2 consecutive days and full attendance is mandatory.
  • The next course will run on 16th / 17th October and will be held online via zoom.
  • Students will be asked to observe and keep a diary of a minimum of 4 postnatal classes with listed YogaBirth teachers
  • After the 2 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.

How do I apply for the Postnatal Module?

  • For a more detailed syllabus and application form please contact:

What is the course qualification?

  • By attending the 2 day course students will automatically be sent a certificate of attendance which can be used towards CPD.
  • On successful completion of the course which includes Written assignments (within time frame given) and Observations (within time frame given), you’ll 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.

You’ll also be put on the YogaBirth mailing list and be informed of upcoming events study days and weekends.

Who are the 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 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 palpable and she trains teachers in the UK and abroad. She is also an experienced birth doula, breastfeeding counsellor and bereavement counsellor. Annabel is a founder member of Yogabirth.

 “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 2 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

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: Therapeutic 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

Our Teacher Training is accredited and endorsed by The Royal College of Midwives
Images courtesy of Sarah Stirk at sarahstirkphotography.co.uk