Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training

Supporting the Mind-Body through the Continuum of
Fertility, Ante-Natal, Birth and Post-Natal Yoga

with KeiShana Coursey, Amy Massey, Amy Morice and Karla Brodie

Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training

Supporting the Mind-Body through the Continuum of Fertility, Ante-Natal, Birth and Post-Natal Yoga

with Keishana Coursey, Amy Massey, Amy Morice and Karla Brodie

Fertility, Ante-Natal, Birth and
Post Natal Yoga

26th-29th October
31st October - 3rd November

Early Bird: $1770 until 22nd September
(Regular Price: $1900)

For Yoga teachers who are passionate about women’s health, this programme provides the necessary components to create your fertility, pregnancy, and postnatal yoga classes.

For women’s health professionals and therapists, this training provides the information and tools you need to integrate movement and breath, therefore stress reduction, into your clinical practice.

You will receive a comprehensive awareness of the physical, mental and emotional considerations attributed to the continuum of a pre-and-post pregnant Self.

Whilst this programme explores Yoga’s potentiality to address primary health outcomes of fetal and maternal wellness, you’ll be taken well beyond anatomy and asana, into the transition from maiden to mother. Thus enabling you to create a safe container for this journey. The process of life is indeed birth and death, to birth your Self once more.

If you’re a Yoga teacher who feels anxious when someone say’s they’re pregnant and you wonder what you should be saying, how to adjust your class or how to even create a class suitable for pregnancy - then this comprehensive teacher training is for you.

Whether it whispers to deepen your practice or exclaims to share with others, we invite you to hear your inner calling and come explore.

Contemporary Yoga Teacher Training dives into the foundations of anatomy, alignment and movement in a way that is safe, stable, easeful and empowering.

With every breath and movement, you’ll be supported to find your own feet, resource your strength from within, and give voice to the passion that calls you.

This Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training is a collaboration with Opti-Mum, a pregnancy and parenting educational programme in New Zealand: opti-mum.co.nz

KeiShana Coursey, lead trainer for the Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training

This programme includes and is not restricted to the following:

  • Hormones:
    Understanding the physiological effect of hormones that challenge infertility, and changes that occur during pregnancy, labour, birth and breastfeeding.

  • Anatomy:
    The pregnancy continuum affects every single anatomical body system. An appreciation of this extraordinary adaptation will enhance your ability to facilitate.

    We will specifically explore pelvic floor, psoas, uterus, breast, centre of gravity effects on skeletal changes, and journey through the body systems.

  • Body diaphragms:
    Practices that focus on increasing awareness of these diaphragms and their relationship to the body, therefore breath.

  • Complications and Contraindications:
    Safety, accountability and appropriate referral.

  • Ethics:
    Class design and private sessions.

  • Asana:
    Sequencing and modifications throughout the trimesters and beyond birth.

  • Class Structure:
    Exploring themes (teaching threads and loops).

  • Sankalpa:
    Inner resource, intention and connection.

  • Sensory Mapping:
    Cultivating a positive birth mind-set by utilising multi-sensory mapping.

  • How we do Life is how we do Birth:
    Addressing thought, belief and behaviour in application to yoga.
  • Infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth and birth trauma:
    Loss, acceptance and trauma-informed yoga.
  • The Culture of Birth Fear: 
    Understanding and supporting (from anxiety to confidence).
  • Optimal Fetal Positioning:
    What hinders and helps the most common birth complication.
  • Restorative Yoga:
    Creating the container for rest, repair and reset (props and support for pregnancy).
  • Pranayama:
    Breathing practices to avoid and how to support this continuum.
  • Shakti:
    Embodiment of the Feminine Divine (East meets West and how you find your space within).
  • Savasana:
    Preparation, integration and the power of your language.
  • Ayurveda:
    Ayurvedic principles infused throughout this training add another layer of awareness and alchemy between modern science and time-honoured wisdom. Deepen your understanding of conception, pregnancy and postpartum with insights from Ayurvedic philosophy and an exploration of Ayurveda’s nourishing traditions of care.
  • Circle of Change:
    Personal Birth Processing - decompressing current expectations and unconscious demands of how pregnancy/birth, others and life should be. Birthing yourSELF into the art and science of Yoga.
  • Assessments:
    Assessments will be both internal and external. A chance to practice and demonstrate whilst in your training, totally supported by the highly skilled team of trainers so you graduate feeling confident and prepared. External assessments will surround the training and ensure your knowledge and understanding of practices and principles for the Pregnancy Continuum.

This training also offers a rich Ayurveda component …

Ayurvedic principles infused throughout this training add another layer of awareness and alchemy between modern science and time-honoured wisdom.

Deepen your understanding of conception, pregnancy and postpartum with insights from Ayurvedic philosophy and an exploration of Ayurveda’s nourishing traditions of care.

The Ayurvedic part of the training is taught by Amy Massey, PGDipHSc. BHSc. Dip Ayurveda (see bio below).

Ayurveda

  • What is Ayurveda? Healing art and science of balance.
  • Basics of Gunas, Doshas and Dhatus.
  • Snapshot of the Doshas, Koshas and Vayus in fertility, pregnancy and postpartum.

Fertility

  • Basic principles and traditions of preconception care for conscious conception.
  • Cultivating a state of receptivity, ritual, mantra and more.
  • Enriching understanding of conception (a simple reading based on Samkya philosophy)
  • Special mention, nutrition to deeply nourish reproductive system and bodily tissues.

Pregnancy

  • Ayurvedic foetal development teachings, understanding a few keystones.
  • Ayurvedic self-care practices for pregnancy.
  • Importance of maintaining Aparna Vayu in pregnancy, daily practices.
  • Interplay of Koshas and Doshas during pregnancy, Basic sanskrit of pregnancy.

Postpartum

  • Understanding postpartum as Kaya Kalpa.
  • Soothing Vata (key kitchen and lifestyle principles).
  • Nurturing new mothers with traditions of postpartum care.
  • Constitution of the newborn (very helpful teaching mums and bubs Yoga.

A day in the life of a Yoga student

This is a 75 hour Training where a small portion may be self led study time in preparation for assessment.

Below is a sample of your day…

7:30-9.00am Asana class - from Self to All

9:00-9:30am Breakfast

9:30-11:30am Ethics, structure, planning

11:30-1:30pm Teaching methodologies

1:30-2:30pm Lunch

2:30-4:30pm Anatomy & physiology – East meets West

4:30-5:30pm Practical applications & assignments

5:30-6:30pm Restoration and integration

Plus regular opportunities for tea and discussion with your teachers and fellow students.

Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training

Supporting the Mind-Body through the Continuum of Fertility, Ante-Natal, Birth and and Post Natal Yoga

26th-29th October
31st October - 3rd November

A day in the life of a Yoga student

This is a 75 hour Training where a small portion may be self led study time in preparation for assessment.

Below is a sample of your day…

7:30-9.00am Asana class - from Self to All

9:00-9:30am Breakfast

9:30-11:30am Ethics, structure, planning

11:30-1:30pm Teaching methodologies

1:30-2:30pm Lunch

2:30-4:30pm Anatomy & physiology – East meets West

4:30-5:30pm Practical applications & assignments

5:30-6:30pm Restoration and integration

Plus regular opportunities for tea and discussion with your teachers and fellow students.

Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training

Supporting the Mind-Body through the Continuum of Fertility, Ante-Natal, Birth and and Post Natal Yoga

26th-29th October
31st October - 3rd November

A day in the life of a Yoga student

This is a 75 hour Training where a small portion may be self led study time in preparation for assessment.

Below is a sample of your day…

7:30-9.00am Asana class - from Self to All

9:00-9:30am Breakfast

9:30-11:30am Ethics, structure, planning

11:30-1:30pm Teaching methodologies

1:30-2:30pm Lunch

2:30-4:30pm Anatomy & physiology – East meets West

4:30-5:30pm Practical applications & assignments

5:30-6:30pm Restoration and integration

Plus regular opportunities for tea and discussion with your teachers and fellow students.

Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training

Supporting the Mind-Body through the Continuum of Fertility, Ante-Natal, Birth and and Post Natal Yoga

26th-29th October
31st October - 3rd November

The Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training Faculty

KeiShana Coursey

KeiShana is a women’s’ health professional who has lived in the world of childbirth since her own pregnancy, near seventeen years ago. Until recently she practiced as a midwife in the community, focusing on homebirth and primary unit birth, until crossing the bridge into Christchurch Women’s Hospital, catching babies on the Birthing Suite and in theatre.

Having specialised in PTSD, trauma release (alongside generalised motivational sessions), as a coach her private work drew her out of the public health sector - where she continues to pour her passion into mind and body-based therapies.

“KeiShana never seems to utter a word that doesn’t have a powerful impact on the listener.”
Sonya Simpson, at the Hauora Yoga Conference

KeiShana’s Profile   |  opti-mum.co.nz

Amy Massey

PGDipHSc. BHSc. Dip Ayurveda. Dip Yoga. Cert Kinesiology. Registered Natural Therapies Practitioner.

Ayurveda has been guiding my day to day for more than a decade now, bringing greater balance, nurture and delight – especially with kitchen healing! As a way of healing, Ayurveda has inspired Somama Yoga & Ayurveda’s offerings of care. My work with women becoming mothers began shortly after the birth of my son, based on the traditions of Ayurvedic postpartum care and therapeutics of Yoga.

I’d come to yoga some years earlier when, brimming with exuberance, I signed up to a series of (hot) yoga classes. I thought I was just signing up for an exercise class. On the floor in a sea of nausea and a sweat puddle one day, I met an unfamiliar experience of boundless sensation within and all around me. Entirely accidental, that little happening set me on a path of personal practice that led eventually to teaching. Imbued with qualities of joyfulness and compassion, my classes focus on supporting women’s wellness, fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum rejuvenation for Mums, bubs and tots.

In both Yoga and Ayurveda, I’ve found there exists an embodied invitation to deepen our connection with the world within us and the world around us - and I look forward to sharing more with you on the mat.

Amy’s Profile  |  somamaveda.com

Amy Morice

Cert. Myofascial Massage & Functional Integration; Dip. Advanced Yoga & Yoga Therapy (1000+ hours); Qualified Pre & Post Natal Yoga Teacher; Qualified Contemporary Pilates Teacher; Registered Member NHPNZ.

“Yoga and awareness based bodywork through Massage are at the foundation of what I do when working with others. The practice of these modalities has taught me how to live a holistic, connected and happy life which became a natural progression into teaching others how to do the same.

Our bodies all have their own innate wisdom that supports healing. With patience, we can learn practical skills that allow us to tap into these abilities and as a result, we flourish in our body and life.

In my classes or working with me one on one, you can expect to be offered the space and guidance to experience functional movement, structural awareness and a greater sense of ease in your body. My intention is to guide and educate, inspire and allow the whole person to experience health and healing.

Through many years of study, practice, travel and significant life events I have refined a unique style of teaching Yoga and Massage that is authentic, adaptable, intelligent and open. These are qualities, when embodied, keep us centred through change. Life is full of vibrancy and this practice teaches me daily how to express that. I look forward to seeing you on the mat, in a clinic or at a training.”

Amy’s Profile  |  amymorice.com  |  tahi.life

Karla Brodie

Karla is an experienced and qualified yoga teacher. She is inspired to share the practice and philosophy of yoga in a simple, joyful, self-renewing way. Her practical and intuitive approach leads students toward a deeper experiential understanding of breath, balanced posture and integrated movement.

Karla specializes in restorative yoga, a deeply nourishing and balancing practice for the whole body and in particular the nervous system. She effectively works with students unwinding from high stress, fatigue and hyperventilation.

The foundation of Karla’s teaching is within the human developmental movement patterns. Embodying these self-renewing patterns restores effortless breathing, ease, fluidity and cohesion in movement. Karla’s teachings, interwoven with the traditional and eternally relevant eight limbs of yoga, offer a holistic approach to the practice of yoga.

Karla’s Profile  |  karlabrodie.co.nz

Be inspired where you learn

This comprehensive pregnancy yoga teacher training takes place at the same awesome venue as our 200-hour teacher training venue - in beautiful St Heliers, one of Auckland’s most picturesque seaside suburbs.

With upmarket shops and cafes, a perfect swimming beach and an easy walk to the training venue, it’s a haven that’s the perfect place to immerse yourself into a Yoga training.

More info on the venue

Yoga Teacher Registration Pathway

We are delighted and proud to be registered with two major Yoga organisations – Yoga New Zealand and Yoga Alliance.

You’ll also get our own Contemporary Yoga certificate!

Full details on Yoga New Zealand and Yoga Alliance Registration >>

What Our Graduates Say (read more here)

 

The 200-hour teacher training was an amazing, immersive experience. The breadth of material was exceptional and I walked away with a new-found appreciation for all aspects of Yoga as a way of life as well as a wonderful practice ... just brilliant.

Olivia Rysenbry

All the teachers are truly experts in what they do and their passion is infectious. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to do a yoga teachers training. It was much more than that, it was a life-changing, amazing experience.

Anne de Brouwer

Just completed the 200 hour teacher training ... a very empowering experience.

The teachers were outstanding: each teach from their own unique perspective inside a carefully crafted, well-designed programme of studies ... a great combination of practice and theory.

Sandy Farquhar

I would recommend this course to everyone, even those who are not into yoga or those who have not tried yoga before. This course is for everyone.

Kelly Rijnaarts

Those who are serious about where to invest their time and money in a Yoga Teacher Training, can rest assured that the Contemporary team deliver a comprehensive training which enables a solid foundation from which to grow. Highly recommended.

KeiShana Coursey

This training has awakened in me the huge possibility that awaits. Moving away from the scripted style of teaching a new found freedom has been found an an excitement and what awaits. Thank you.

Sophie Hartnell

Contemporary Yoga is connecting yoga back its roots in a very exciting, stimulating and open minded way.

Michaela Robinson

I feel exceptionally honoured to have spent time with Karla and Neal. Their passion and curiosity for movement and the authentic experience of self is inspiring and encouraging.

Jessica Dziwulska

What a transformational Yoga teacher training! These four amazing teachers create incredible alchemy in teaching Yoga. They create such a safe learning environment and there is wonderful support throughout. I highly highly recommend the courses at Contemporary Yoga.

Yumi Drozdowski

Thank you I am inspired, amazed, changed, still learning, moved. I am inspired to keep on learning and exploring and this course has totally changed my view and perception of yoga in a profound way.

Anne de Brouwer

The manual is an amazing resource and always will be.

Meghann Stewart

This training surpassed all expectations - challenging, inspiring, and deeply informative. It has opened my eyes to a whole new world of yoga!

Bridget McNamara

Meditation practices were brilliant, as were the talks. A wealth of knowledge.

Melissa Gardiner

I could not be happier to have chosen this course. It has completely exceeded any expectations.

Rob Dawson

Contemporary Yoga has given me more than what I’d expect from a teacher training course. All the teachers are truly experts in what they do and their passion is infectious.

Alana Chao

I am a physiotherapist and as well as gaining vital skills to teach yoga I have also gained insight and knowledge that I will apply in my physiotherapy career.

Sarah Diskin

An outstanding teacher training that integrated so much valuable information from truly knowledgeable, gentle, kind human beings.

The knowledge shared I will value for life, and continue to thread through my own teaching.

Fleur Easter

The 300 hour yoga teacher training has surpassed all my expectations. The amazing blend of teachers results in a myriad of deep learning. Each teacher is an expert in their own area and shares their unique wealth of knowledge in a way which is easy to take on board.

Sandra Palmer

This course changed my understanding of what Yoga is. The holistic and thorough approach has revolutionized my personal practice and teaching aspirations.

Gabrielle Henderson

My teacher training has empowered me. It has given me a wealth of knowledge while allowing me the freedom to explore. The beauty of the course was the balance between structure and self development.

The respect my teachers give to yoga, and the generosity to share their knowledge in a gentle safe environment, was humbling.

Michelle Watson

... a mindful journey to come back home, to your true "being", of who you are, where you are, and how you are going forward. It's the shortest and most easeful pathway to discover your true "being".

Nanxi Chen

I have enjoyed it so much and feel I have taken so much away into my everyday life as well as my Yoga. Karla, Neal, Dyana and Haidee are all unique and true to their core. I look forward to earning so much more from them.

Abbie Rose

I was amazed by the depth and breadth of yoga on the human mind and body that the teachers of this course have.

Sarah Diskin

This is an invaluable course that will expand your love and understanding of yoga beyond what you ever thought was possible!

Mia Pistorius

Four generous and vastly different teachers combine to offer something more unique and valuable than expected. It is beyond yoga as I knew it — it was an investment in the rest of my life.

Sarah Hart

I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to do Yoga teacher training. It is so much more than that - a life-changing, amazing experience.

Lutza Szabo

Contemporary yoga training has been the ‘icing on the cake’ and if you are ‘stuck’ or need a nudge in the right direction don’t hesitate and sign up now! You will never regret it!

Fiona Ross

All the teachers are truly experts in what they do and their passion is infectious. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to do a yoga teachers training. It was much more than that, it was a life-changing, amazing experience.

Anne de Brouwer

This course changed my understanding of what Yoga is. The holistic and thorough approach has revolutionized my personal practice and teaching aspirations.

Gabrielle Henderson

A life-changing experience with lovely teachers!

Carolyn Austin

This is a truly unique Yoga Teacher Training. The wealth and depth of knowledge and experience of four exceptional teachers provides a foundation for students which inspires, empowers and transforms. Immense gratitude for a profound learning journey.

Kelly Watkin

Contemporary Yoga is connecting yoga back its roots in a very exciting, stimulating and open minded way.

Michaela Robinson

Those who are serious about where to invest their time and money in a Yoga Teacher Training, can rest assured that the Contemporary team deliver a comprehensive training which enables a solid foundation from which to grow. Highly recommended.

KeiShana Coursey

This training surpassed all expectations - challenging, inspiring, and deeply informative. It has opened my eyes to a whole new world of yoga!

Bridget McNamara

I could not be happier to have chosen this course. It has completely exceeded any expectations.

Rob Dawson

The 200-hour teacher training was an amazing, immersive experience. The breadth of material was exceptional and I walked away with a new-found appreciation for all aspects of Yoga as a way of life as well as a wonderful practice ... just brilliant.

Olivia Rysenbry

This is an invaluable course that will expand your love and understanding of yoga beyond what you ever thought was possible!

Mia Pistorius

I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to do Yoga teacher training. It is so much more than that - a life-changing, amazing experience.

Lutza Szabo

I would recommend this course to everyone, even those who are not into yoga or those who have not tried yoga before. This course is for everyone.

Kelly Rijnaarts

Just completed the 200 hour teacher training ... a very empowering experience.

The teachers were outstanding: each teach from their own unique perspective inside a carefully crafted, well-designed programme of studies ... a great combination of practice and theory.

Sandy Farquhar

Thank you I am inspired, amazed, changed, still learning, moved. I am inspired to keep on learning and exploring and this course has totally changed my view and perception of yoga in a profound way.

Anne de Brouwer

This training has awakened in me the huge possibility that awaits. Moving away from the scripted style of teaching a new found freedom has been found an an excitement and what awaits. Thank you.

Sophie Hartnell

I was amazed by the depth and breadth of yoga on the human mind and body that the teachers of this course have.

Sarah Diskin

What a transformational Yoga teacher training! These four amazing teachers create incredible alchemy in teaching Yoga. They create such a safe learning environment and there is wonderful support throughout. I highly highly recommend the courses at Contemporary Yoga.

Yumi Drozdowski

Words can hardly express how grateful I am for what I learned with their guidance in just three weeks, the most important of which was connecting with myself and others in a truly authentic, supportive, caring and sustainable way that I can’t wait to pay forward as a teacher. Thank you!

Sarah Hart

Not only has this training changed my whole perspective on the practice of yoga, but also within my life itself.

A truly transformational journey supported by wonderful teachers, and I look forward to sharing this knowledge and practice. Thank you to you all.

Charlotte Inglis

This training offers so much for enriching your lifestyle as a whole. It has influenced how I approach my social, personal and professional life in ways I would never have envisioned.

Beautiful people sharing the beauty of life.

Patrick Lamrock

I feel exceptionally honoured to have spent time with Karla and Neal. Their passion and curiosity for movement and the authentic experience of self is inspiring and encouraging.

Jessica Dziwulska

The manual is an amazing resource and always will be.

Meghann Stewart

An outstanding teacher training that integrated so much valuable information from truly knowledgeable, gentle, kind human beings.

The knowledge shared I will value for life, and continue to thread through my own teaching.

Fleur Easter

My teacher training has empowered me. It has given me a wealth of knowledge while allowing me the freedom to explore. The beauty of the course was the balance between structure and self development.

The respect my teachers give to yoga, and the generosity to share their knowledge in a gentle safe environment, was humbling.

Michelle Watson

... a mindful journey to come back home, to your true "being", of who you are, where you are, and how you are going forward. It's the shortest and most easeful pathway to discover your true "being".

Nanxi Chen

Contemporary yoga training has been the ‘icing on the cake’ and if you are ‘stuck’ or need a nudge in the right direction don’t hesitate and sign up now! You will never regret it!

Fiona Ross

I have enjoyed it so much and feel I have taken so much away into my everyday life as well as my Yoga. Karla, Neal, Dyana and Haidee are all unique and true to their core. I look forward to earning so much more from them.

Abbie Rose

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