“Not only did I learn how to teach prenatal yoga, but I was also able to learn about midwifery, Ugandan culture, birthing and nutrition from various interactions with local women. I felt a real sense of community during the training.” – Jules, St. John’s


Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training

**May 20th to 31st 2019 on the beautiful grounds of Shanti Uganda** 

Learn how to support moms in your home community while supporting sustainable, grassroots development in Uganda with Shanti Uganda and Awakened Spirit Yoga. Explore and awaken to the radically healing potential of yoga and holistic birth support as therapeutic tools to empower the birthing journey from pregnancy to motherhood. After the completion of this course, yoga teachers will feel confident accommodating pregnant women in their regular classes, as well as be equipped to teach prenatal, couples workshops and postnatal yoga classes.


Our program is holistically designed for those who are interested in learning a mind-body approach to pregnancy, childbirth and parenting preparation with a therapeutic focus.

  • Yogis interested in learning about women’s health, pregnancy and conscious birthing
  • Yoga teachers seeking to develop a niche in prenatal yoga and to deepen their facilitation and community building skills
  • Educators, counselors, midwives, healthcare professionals and women interested in expanding their knowledge in reproductive health and women-centered yoga practice

All women are welcome, including the pregnant and postpartum. Babies in arms are welcome too!

  • Listen to Shanti Uganda’s Head Midwife describe birthing practices in Uganda and her 30+ years of experience as a midwife
  • Spend an afternoon with Shanti Uganda’s resident Traditional Midwife/Doula at her home
  • Learn about the use of traditional medicinal plants from Shanti Uganda’s local herbalist
  • Track endangered rhinos on an afternoon walking safari
  • Attend a traditional bonfire with the Shanti Uganda family
  • Teach prenatal yoga therapeutically to support a healthy pregnancy and birth
  • Learn how to safely modify postures for pregnancy, with knowledge of modifications, contraindicated and beneficial postures for each trimester
  • Understand anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, including western and eastern perspectives and the effects of pregnancy on the body, mind and spirit
  • Explore the landscape of Birth in all its realms: physiological, psychological, sociological, historical, political and spiritual
  • Acquire knowledge and tools to heal your own birthing stories
  • Discover your authentic teaching voice and uncover the unique gifts that you have to offer through class exercise, the use of imagery, sequencing, birth art and facilitator support
  • Encourage the harmonization of hormones and energy levels using yogic wisdom
  • Design skillful sequencing, positions for labour, asana for childbirth preparation and postnatal recommendations for recovery
  • Integrate all aspects of the practice: asana, breath work (pranayama), vocal toning (mantra), relaxation, working with themes, massage and pain reduction techniques to help create a more positive and relaxed birthing experience
  • Come to an embodied understanding of our innate wisdom and the miracle of birth
  • The stages of pregnancy and effects on body and mind
  • The physiology of pregnancy and childbirth
  • Pregnancy and childbirth as a journey
  • Deconstructing and transforming our relationship to pain
  • The benefits of prenatal and postnatal yoga
  • Modifications, contraindications and beneficial asanas for each trimester
  • Postures to support a healthy pregnancy
  • Sequencing and class themes
  • Hands-on assisting in prenatal yoga
  • Pranayama and sound techniques
  • Relaxation and visualization for childbirth preparation and support of the birth experience
  • Integrating mindfulness and cultivating awareness in your classes
  • Incorporating imagery into cueing for breathwork and asana
  • Massage, birthing techniques and laboring positions using yoga
  • Postnatal yoga for healing and beneficial asanas to support the body after childbirth
  • Simple infant massage and infant stimulation routine
  • How to create a supportive community in your class environment

To gain Yoga Alliance certification as RPYT, a 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training is required. Others can participate but will not be eligible for registration as a Prenatal Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance.

  • A minimum of 75-contact hours with Julia Forest (the training meets this requirement)
  • 10 observation hours observing or assisting classes in your community
  • Successful completion of teaching practicum with support of Julia, teaching team and peers
  • 10 hours of homework readings to be completed after the course (this will be assigned in class)


100% of the proceeds of this trip support Shanti Uganda’s work to improve infant and maternal health throughout Uganda. When you register for this training you are directly contributing to the health of moms and families in this community.

Non-East African Residents:
  • $500 USD non­refundable, non­transferable deposit +
  • + $1,600 USD Training Fee
  • = $2,100 USD Total
East African Residents:
  • Special in country price of $750USD
  • + $45 USD Optional add on for Rhino Safari
  • + $100 USD Optional add on for First and Last Night’s Stay in Entebbe w/ Airport Transfer
Included in Price:
  • 11 Nights Accommodation (double occupancy)
  • In Country Travel (including transport to and from the airport)
  • 3 freshly prepared meals daily
  • An 85 Hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training
  • Course Manual & Certificate
  • Lecture with Shanti’s Head Midwife, Agriculturalist and Traditional Birth Attendant
  • Bonfire and traditional Ugandan drumming event
  • Zhiwa Rhino Sanctuary Entrance Fee
Not Included in Price:
  • Airfare
  • Medical Insurance
  • Ugandan Tourist Visa ($50 USD)
  • Vaccinations & Medications
  • Personal Spending
  • Additional Snacks/Drinks
How To Attend

For more information please fill out the form below and you will be contacted by our Operations Director, Kate Hyde. Please feel free to reach out to her with any questions or concerns: kate@shantiuganda.org.

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About Julia: Julia is an international yoga teacher, massage therapist and birth doula with 15 years of teaching experience. She created the Conscious Birth Program, one of the first yoga programs that combines yoga, mindfulness and the journey of pregnancy and childbirth to transform lives and communities. She is co-founder of Awakened Spirit and delivers yoga teacher intensives, workshops and retreats around the globe.

With more than a decade of teaching experience, Julia believes that yoga comes alive when practiced in every moment. She shares wholeheartedly the many blessings that yoga has brought to her life. Her passion for yoga, social change, connection and community has lead her to share holistic yoga teachings in many countries around the globe.