Yoga for Labor & Birth Teacher Training

Taught by Beth Donnelly Cabán, RN, E-RYT 500
and Lara Kohn Thompson, RPYT, E-RYT 500

April 1-3 and 8-10, 2022
Fridays 4:00pm-7:00pm EDT
Saturdays and Sundays 11:00am-2:00pm EDT

Prenatal Yoga teachers will learn how to teach a Yoga for Labor and Birth workshop that helps people prepare physically, mentally, and emotionally for birth using various techniques and philosophies of Hatha Yoga along with the practice of effective pain-management strategies for each stage of labor.

Teachers will gain a comprehensive understanding of the anatomy and the physiological process of labor and birth, medical interventions, and their potential impact on the birth process. Among the topics we will discuss are the use of heat and/or cold for comfort, eating and drinking as essential labor support, and the benefits of water.

We will explore positions, movement, and rhythms that influence fetal position, encourage progress, and ease pain in labor. We will work with breath and sound as ways to steady and calm the mind, induce relaxation, ease pain, and energize the body. We will work with touch—massage, counterpressure, acupressure points—as means to supply comfort, facilitate progress, and relieve pain. We will practice relaxation techniques and visualizations for labor and birth and examine the universal needs of people in the birthing process.

When the mind is free of tension and fear, the body is able to give birth with greater ease.

Through this training you will...

  • Explore movement, breathwork, visualization, and relaxation techniques for physical, mental, and emotional support in the birthing process

  • Study the anatomy and physiological process of labor and birth

  • Learn effective strategies for pain-management during labor and birth

  • Become certified to teach Yoga for Labor & Birth workshops

  • Earn 18 Continuing Education hours for Yoga Alliance

  • Prerequisites

    This training is open to all Yoga teachers with Prenatal certification.

    Doulas and healthcare professionals specializing in women’s health, pregnancy, childbirth, and postnatal care are also welcome to apply. Some experience with Yoga is recommended, and an interview with the trainer may be required.

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

  • Technical Requirements

    Reliable 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

    April 1-3 and 8-10, 2022

    4:00pm–7:00pm EDT

    Saturdays and Sundays
    11:00am–2:00pm EDT


$475 Early Bird Discount before March 1, 2022
$525 Full Tuition after March 1, 2022

Payment Plan

2 Monthly Installments of $275

By enrolling in the payment plan you agree to pay the first installment now at time of registration.
The second installment will be automatically billed one month later.
The deadline to enroll in the payment plan is March 1.

Continuing Education Opportunities

Yoga Alliance: 18 hours for continuing education.

Integral 300-Hour Certification: 18 hours credit for Integral Yoga 300-Hour Certification.


Meet Your 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.

Lara Kohn Thompson


Lara Kohn Thompson, E-RYT 500, RPYT, 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 and of the Essential Prenatal Yoga teacher training program. Additionally, she is a contributor and trainer for the Integral Yoga Institute, Kula Yoga Project, Wanderlust, and most recently, Namaste Yoga in France.

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