EMBODIED PRENATAL YOGA: THE ART OF HOLDING AND CREATING SPACE
Y7’s Embodied Prenatal Yoga course is a foundational approach to understanding prenatal yoga through the viewpoint of a birthworker.
Through this perspective you will learn about traditional birthwork practices and teachings of India, West Africa, Cuba, Mexico, and China and how it can be worked into our modern prenatal and birth practices. You will learn how to safely instruct yoga to those preparing for birth in order for them to connect with their bodies during a vulnerable time. This course will encompass inclusive and affirming language, understanding how to teach prenatal bodies, and how to create unique and efficient offerings in person and virtually.
This course is open to anyone with a 200 hr Yoga certification, certified doulas, birthworkers, or those looking to deepen their understanding of the prenatal practice. We welcome all identities that are striving to be a part of the catalyst of how birthing folx are supported on and off the mat. This course was created by Amanda Gloria Valdes, a 500+ hr RYT and YACEP, full spectrum doula, and advocate. Segments of the course will be taught by industry birthwork and prenatal yoga professionals and change makers.
Y7’s Prenatal Yoga Program is accredited with Yoga Alliance and counts as 30 hours towards Y7’s 300-Hour Teacher Training.
2022 Prenatal Yoga Training schedule will be announced soon.
Lead Instructor: Amanda Gloria Valdes
Supporting Instructors: Alicia Hudson, Brandi Ryans, Casey Layne Anderson, Daniel Sanito, Jo Murdock, Molly Rice
- Benefits of yoga for pregnancy and birth
- Explore the three trimesters of pregnancy + Sequencing according to Trimester
- Stages of Birth
- Prenatal Anatomy
- Mantra & Affirmations
- Trans & Queer Inclusivity for Yoga
- Social Equity and Birthing System
- Essential Oils for Prenatal Yoga
- Restorative & Yin
- Yoga Alignment and Inclusion of Props
- Holistic Exploration of Womb Care
- Doula Panel
- Learn how to adapt to your environment, navigate technology, and hold space virtually
- Pranayama for Birthing Folx
Program includes 20% off all Y7 merch.
The availability, practice and benefits of yoga have not been made accessible to most BIPOC communities.
Y7 is proud to offer full scholarship opportunities for BIPOC folx in our 30-hour Prenatal Yoga Course. Scholarships are available to those with financial need who are involved in service within their community and strive to share the practice and learnings of yoga through teaching.
No prior yoga training is required to enroll in this program. All practitioners and birthworkers are encouraged to join.
Early Enrollment: $700
Or 3 interest-free payments of 233/month.
Early Enrollment is available through November 5.
Full Tuition: $850
Or 3 interest-free payments of 283/month.
Additional payment plans available for as low as $64/month. Click below to enroll and prequalify through Affirm.
MEET THE INSTRUCTORS
Amanda Gloria Valdes I arrive in space with the mission to utilize the practice of Yoga, Meditation, and the Arts as a catalyst for social change and social equity. Community building has been a passion for me for as long as I can remember. I strive to support my community as a Yoga and Meditation guide, teacher training program manager/curator, and mentor. I take pride in creating non-traditional spaces to practice yoga, meditation, and arts enrichment by building programs centering BIPOC, LGTBQ+, and birthing folx. In 2012 I was certified as a Vinyasa Yoga teacher and began teaching in New York City. In the following years I became a 500+ hr E- RYT and YACEP member. My offerings are informed by History & Philosophy, Bhakti Yoga (studied in Rishikesh, India), Energy, Subtle Body, Ayurveda, Inversions, Meditation, Katonah Yoga and more. I am passionate about supporting birthing folx as a full spectrum doula via Sumi’s Touch, Prenatal/ Postnatal Yoga, Womb Wellness Education, and training. My Yoga and Meditation offerings and training span from Y7 Studio, New York University Global Spiritual Department, zoom, and maybe your local park!
Casey Layne Anderson From Los Angeles to New York City, I have 10+ years experience teaching yoga, guiding meditation, offering Reiki healing, and promoting empowered, personalized wellness. With a BFA in theatre from Carnegie Mellon University, I bring dynamic insights to the power of human connection. I love to utilize my talents to create artistic and inspiring experiences, combining energy and fluidity both physically and philosophically. In addition to hosting workshops and retreats, I feel most in my purpose while working with newly certified teachers as well as business professionals seeking to improve their public speaking skills and confidence. I have worked in continuing education and as a mentor with Y7 for the past five years and continue to create modules and content to take yoga off the mat. Additionally, I have extensive experience with hiring, recruiting, and providing feedback to yoga teachers of all levels. I invite you to enter the experience of teacher training with openness to the abundance of possibilities that exist for you, even those you have not yet considered. This is the beginning of a great adventure!
Molly Elizabeth Rice I discovered yoga in my twenties at a donation based studio in NYC attracted initially by affordable exercise and profoundly impacted by the deep healing I found. With a background in the performing arts, I have always loved movement, music, and the mind body connection. On my mat for the first time I found a form of self expression that was entirely my own to explore. A space for self inquiry, self acceptance, and tools to transcend my self limiting patterns. I did my first 300 hours of teacher training in 2011 in NYC and have been studying, practicing, and teaching ever since! I’ve studied yoga in Nicaragua, Thai Massage in Thailand, and Ayurveda in India. I am personally passionate about the therapeutic applications of yoga in supporting anxiety, depression, and addiction, all of which I have personal experience with. I believe with the right combination of curiosity, compassion, and discipline, we can find more presence and purpose both on and off our mats..
Jo Murdock I am a New York Native and lover of all things that elevate the mind, body and spirit! Yoga found me in 2017 and that’s the year I started living intentionally, breathing with a purpose, and manifesting the life I envisioned in my mind. Before Yoga I studied dance my entire life and cultivated a deep love for movement. I am classically trained and have received my certification of completion from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Once yoga became my life, I took my existing love of movement and explored the ways in which it could heal, teach, empower, and help. So, here I am today, doing my best to pay it forward. My mission as a yoga teacher is to bring yoga to communities that have historically been withheld from it and underrepresented within it.
Daniel Sannito is a 500-hr E-RYT based in Charlotte, NC. Daniel moves through this world as a trans, non-binary activist, educator, and facilitator of yoga and meditation. They are one of the 7 co-founders of the Trans Yoga Project, a group of wellness educators committed to creating equitable and affirming spaces for trans and queer communities. Daniel completed their first yoga teacher training nearly 10 years ago and, like many, experienced profound healing through deepening their connection to Self. In this space of healing, Daniel found liberation and full expression in their gender and identity, while cultivating a deep connection to community. Daniel dedicates their voice to creating welcoming and affirming spaces for all humans to explore and connect to their own hearts deeply and fully. Alongside their yoga asana and meditation classes, Daniel leads workshops and trainings focused on education to support those learning how to best hold space for LGBTQIAP individuals.
Alicia Hudson I created my business Honeydew Holistics LLC to assist those suffering from fibroids, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, painful menstruations, traumatic childbirth experiences and to bring more awareness to the black maternal health crisis. My mission as a womb wellness practitioner & doula is to empower those looking for natural alternatives and resources on their journey. Whether it’s transitioning from a Standard American Diet and becoming more plant based, learning how to heal your womb with nutrition or preparing for natural childbirth, I offer support through every stage.
Brandi Ryans infuses a western based massage practice with the ancient healing approach of Chinese Medicine and Astrology. She tailors each session to her clients’ unique needs, employing the restorative power of essential oils to balance the mind and body. Her multifaceted approach to healing works to remove doubt and fear from the physical and spiritual self and opens the channels in the body to compassion, forgiveness and love. Brandi is also a prenatal and vinyasa yoga teacher and teaches workshops and teacher trainings infusing essential oils with yin yoga.
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