85 hr Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training


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.



Who Should Attend

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!


Course Overview & Special Features

  • 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


Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Program of Study – 85 hrs

  • 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


R-PYT Eligibility

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. There are no prerequisites to attend other than a love of yoga and supporting moms. 

Participants Also Require

  • 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)


Labor Support Program of Study

We’ve combined labour support techniques into the program to provide a well-rounded knowledge base and approach to yoga teaching. Whether you choose to attend births or not, the knowledge, training, and hands-on experience gained from this portion will be invaluable to being able to fully support pregnant women and their families as well as to conduct partner workshops. In this part of the program you will deepen your knowledge of the emotional, physical, and psychological aspects of pregnancy, birth, and the early parenting experience so you will feel prepared to answer common questions accurately and knowledgeably.

  • Role of the yoga teacher in labour support
  • Emotional, physical, and informational support of women and families in the prenatal period, at birth, and in the early postpartum period
  • Involving support people
  • Comfort measures
  • Common interventions and medications
  • Scope of practice and Code of Ethics
  • Interprofessional relationships


Program Fees

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



  • 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 MidwifeAgriculturalist and Traditional Birth Attendant
  • Bonfire and traditional Ugandan drumming event
  • Zhiwa Rhino Sanctuary Entrance Fee


Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Medical Insurance
  • Ugandan Tourist Visa ($50 USD)
  • Vaccinations & Medications
  • Personal Spending
  • Additional Snacks/Drinks