About this Course

85-Hour Yoga Alliance RPYT Certification

This training prepares Yoga teachers to teach classes in Prenatal Yoga. The specialized prenatal practices help the students become aware of the changes of pregnancy and promote relaxation and suppleness. The Prenatal Yoga pranayama, chanting, and visualizations are powerful tools for the parent to attune to their baby and its needs.

An in-depth review of the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, labor, and birth lays the foundation for understanding the myriad benefits of Hatha Yoga for pregnancy. Gain extensive experience with asanas well suited to pregnant individuals and a thorough acquaintance with contraindications during pregnancy. Discussions of the energy anatomy of pregnancy and birth will deepen your knowledge of the Integral Yoga prenatal practice.

The training will sensitize Yoga teachers to the profound physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual transitions of pregnancy and birth and demonstrate how such techniques as chanting, pranayama, deep relaxation, and meditation can be effective ways of coping with these changes.

Integral Yoga Prenatal Teacher certification includes teaching a practicum. As the culmination of your training, you will have the opportunity to teach a complete Prenatal Yoga class with an evaluation and feedback from your trainers. 

Through this training you will...

  • Learn the asana best suited for pregnancy, along with modifications and contraindications

  • Review anatomy and physiology as it relates to pregnancy, labor, and birth

  • Learn to incorporate other yogic practices such as mantra (chanting), pranayama (breathing techniques), yoga nidra (deep relaxation), guided visualization and meditation

  • Understand the profound physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual transitions that may occur during pregnancy and birth

  • Observe and evaluate effective methods for teaching prenatal yoga classes

  • Develop your teaching skills through in-class practice and feedback sessions

  • Become certified to teach Prenatal Yoga classes, and eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as RPYT (Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher)

  • Be prepared to continue on to Postpartum Yoga Training and Yoga for Labor and Birth Training

  • Prerequisites

    This is a graduate level training. Participants should have already successfully completed a 200-hour basic yoga teacher training program recognized by Yoga Alliance.

    Health care professionals specializing in women's health and perinatal care are welcome and encouraged to apply. A personal yoga practice is recommended if you do not have a 200-hour certification.

    All participants should familiarize themselves with the Integral Yoga Hatha Level I class prior to the start of training.

  • Technical Requirements

    Regular access to the Internet is necessary to participate in this online training. You must be able to run Zoom on your computer or tablet, and have an active e-mail account for course communications.

  • Attendance

    This live and interactive online training requires attendance and participation during the class hours as scheduled.

    Class recordings will be made available for review, however please note that this is not a self-paced or pre-recorded training. Eligibility for Yoga Alliance certification is dependent upon your live attendance throughout the course.

  • Schedule

    May 7 - June 6, 2021

    5:00pm–8:00pm EDT

    Saturdays and Sundays
    11:00am–3:00pm EDT

    *no classes Memorial Day weekend
    (May 28-30)

    Practicum classes may be scheduled between June 7 and July 2, 2021. Students should plan to be available to teach one practicum class and attend three classes taught by fellow classmates during this time.



Continuing Education Opportunities

Yoga Alliance: 85 hours for RPYT designation, or as continuing education.

Integral 300-Hour Certification: 85 hours credit for Integral Yoga 300-Hour Certification.


Meet the Trainers

Beth Donnelly Cabán

RN, E-RYT 500

Beth Donnelly Cabán is a Hatha Yoga teacher and Registered Nurse who specializes in therapeutic applications of Yoga and meditation, prenatal Yoga, Yoga for labor and delivery, and postpartum Yoga. She has been teaching Yoga since 1997, prenatal and postpartum Yoga since 1998, and is the primary instructor of the Integral Yoga Prenatal Teacher Training Program. Beth’s Yoga training has been with the Integral Yoga Institute in New York City and Coimbatore, South India. She has also studied with Janet Balaskas and Michel Odent at the Active Birth Centre in London, Therapeutic Yoga with Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal, as well as Rodney Yee and Sharon Salzberg. Beth is a certified midwife assistant (The Farm), labor support doula (DONA), and childbirth educator (CEA/MNY). Beth lives in Western MA and visits NYC frequently to teach. www.bethcaban.com

Lara Kohn Thompson


Lara Kohn Thompson is a licensed massage therapist, certified Yoga teacher, perinatal trainer, educator and mentor. Building on a successful dance career in her native France, Lara brings her extensive experience with movement and bodywork, as well as a French expertise in perinatal care, to both her teaching and her bodywork practice. While maintaining a vibrant private practice, Lara also offers weekly Yoga classes, Yoga teacher trainings and continuing education workshops for both movement and health professionals. She is co-founder of the perinatal program at Bend and Bloom Yoga. Additionally she is a contributor and trainer for the Integral Yoga Institute, Kula Yoga Project, Wanderlust, and most recently, Shakti Yoga in Brooklyn and the Yoga du Marais in Paris, France. www.larakohnthompson.com

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