YogaBirth Teacher Training

The duration and depth of YogaBirth training prepares teachers to respond to the individual needs of every mother.

Why train with YogaBirth?

The only perinatal yoga training in the UK to be run over 18 months, the YogaBirth Teacher Training Course comprises 300 hours and includes: weekend tutorials; skype sessions with a mentor; sitting in on YogaBirth classes; and home study.

Trainees additionally benefit from several annual YogaBirth Continuing Professional Development study days, which are guaranteed to all members.

The work of Vanda Scaravelli influences our approach: gentle yet powerful; constantly working with the breath and with gravity; based on natural movement and attention to the structure and state of the body.

Incorporated in our Teacher Training Course is a comprehensive study of physiology, as well as physical and emotional aspects of pregnancy, childbirth and the early months of mothering.

Who can apply?

  • YogaBirth welcomes those who have a deep commitment to working with pregnant women and who can demonstrate a regular yoga practice of at least 12 months.
  • 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 starts in Q1 2021 and will be held in North London.
  • It comprises 8 non- residential Tutorial Weekends (Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon) plus the annual YogaBirth Study Weekend, which will be held in June 2021).
  • 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.

What is the course qualification?

  • Our Teacher Training is accredited and endorsed by The Royal College of Midwives


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.

Both students and tutors were all fantastic and there was a real sense of community, of wanting to support one another, appreciation of our different approaches etc. The tutors where phenomenally inspiring, thoughtful and sensitive to our needs. It really is a very special, magical course and I would highly recommend it to anyone considering learning to teach pregnancy yoga.

Who are the tutors?

Jill Benjoya Miller
Course Tutor

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 Polden
Course Tutor

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 Alcaraz-Perez
Course Tutor

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 Krausz BWY Dip; Active Birth; YogaBirth; Rem Mass Dip
Course Tutor

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.

Our Teacher Training is accredited and endorsed by The Royal College of Midwives
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