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Standards for Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training

Yoga Alliance Australia Prenatal YogaThese standards describe Yoga Alliance’s requirements for a RPYS that offers a 50 hours minimum Prenatal Yoga Programs.

These programs are aimed at both yoga teachers and non-yoga persons working in a professional capacity (midwife/obstetrician/maternal child health nurse) who would like to incorporate yoga for children into their profession.

Anyone completing this training would be able to offer prenatal yoga in their classes and would be accredited by Yoga Alliance-International Australia.

*Members/Non-members of the association and non yoga-persons can apply for RCYS as a stand-alone designation

The new “Spirit of Yoga Standards” for Prenatal Training Programs must incorporate the Yoga Alliance’s educational categories of study and practice below for a minimum number of designated hour in the presence of a Senior teacher or ERYT.

  • Techniques, Training and Practice.

  • Teaching Methodology.

  • Anatomy and Physiology.

  • Yoga Philosophy/Ethics/Lifestyle.

  • Practicum. 

Within all Training Courses the following criteria must be met:

  1. As a rule 90% of the Teacher Training total hours MUST be contact hours;

  2. Senior/ERYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) MUST teach a minimum of 80% of the course contact hours;

  3. The remaining contact hours that do not require the presence of a Senior or ERYT may be distributed according to the school’s chosen emphasis.

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