Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) Certification
8 Limbs Livestream
Beginning February 2021
Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga classes offer pregnant people and new parents an opportunity to practice yoga tailored to this special time in a community of peers. Classes enhance their enjoyment of pregnancy and new parenthood and normalize the physical and emotional changes they are experiencing. Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga teachers have the wonderful job of holding this space with knowledge, compassion and respect for the spectrum of choices and situations commonly faced during this time of life.
The 8 Limbs Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training is designed to ground Registered Yoga Teachers with the information and experience to teach these yoga classes with confidence and safety.
Our full Certification Training is split into three 3-day Training Modules and a Practicum component. These segments may be taken in the order most convenient to the participant. All 200-hour Registered Yoga Teachers may attend any of the three modules. Those interested in becoming a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher must complete all Certification Completion Requirements (below).
Module times are approximately 9am to 4:30pm daily. Practicum hours are 12:30-4:45pm.
TEACHING METHODOLOGY & PHYSIOLOGY
with Megan Sloan, 500 E-RYT, RPYT
Part 1: Friday, February 26- Sunday, February 28, 2021, 8 Limbs Livestream
- Prenatal Yoga Philosophy: What is our Purpose?
- Pregnancy & Asana: The Art of Teaching
- Prenatal Class Sequencing & Structure
- Warm-up, Kneeling, Standing, & Wall Poses
- Practice Teaching & Feedback
Part 2: Friday, April 16- Sunday, April 18, 2021, 8 Limbs Livestream
- Physiology of Pregnant & Postpartum Bodies
- Seated, Chair, Inverted, & Restorative Poses
- Complications of Pregnancy, Labor & Birth
- Postnatal Class Sequencing & Structure
- Sensitivity & Awareness for Pre/Postnatal Yoga Teachers
- Practice Teaching & Feedback
ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY
with Anne Phyfe Palmer 500 E-RYT, RPYT & Susan Grote, PT,
Wednesday, June 9 – Friday, June 11, 2021, 8 Limbs Livestream
- Anatomy of Pregnant & Postpartum Body
- Assessing & Addressing Pregnant Complications & Discomforts
- Assessing & Addressing Postpartum Complications & Discomforts
- Prenatal & Postnatal Practices
- Deepening Practice as a Pre/Postnatal Teacher
In order to give enrollees the hours needed observing and teaching to become certified RPYTs (Registered Prenatal Yoga Teachers), we offer a Practicum that is coupled with observing classes and teaching your own.
Saturday & Sunday 12:30-5:00pm: June 12 & 13, 2021, 8 Limbs Livestream
- Observe one prenatal and one postnatal sample class taught by instructor
- Practice teaching in small groups
- Practice teaching in a live classroom setting to prenatal and postnatal students
- Provide and receive feedback on classes taught
- Observe five prenatal and/or postnatal classes at 8 Limbs Yoga Centers and submit feedback/observations of classes to instructor (these observation classes are included in the tuition paid to 8 Limbs for your practicum)
- Teach five prenatal and/or postnatal classes or privates and submit feedback from students
The cost for each module is $400 if registered up to 2 weeks prior to the module start date, $420 after.
To enroll in the 8 Limbs Pre/Postnatal Certification Program to become a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher, please email the following to firstname.lastname@example.org AND send by mail to: 8 Limbs, ATTN: Pre/Postnatal YTT, 500 E Pike St, Seattle, WA 98122:
3. Copy of 200-hour Teacher Training Certification
4. Pay $25 Enrollment Fee online.
Note: Space in Modules is limited to 18, space in Practicums is limited to 8. Register early to ensure your space.
Please contact us with any questions or to join the Prenatal Teacher Training email list.
8 Limbs is committed to increasing diversity, accessibility and safety in the Pacific Northwest’s yoga community. This includes a commitment to empowering a yoga teacher pool that is representative of the diversity in our area. As one part of these commitments, 8 Limbs offers partial scholarships to applicants of color, people who identify as LGBTQ+, and/or other under-represented groups. To apply for this scholarship please include a brief description of why you qualify with your application or enrollment.
Retired and active duty military personnel receive a 20% discount on Teacher Training Tuition.
CERTIFICATION AS RPYT (REGISTERED PRENATAL YOGA TEACHER)
Certification Completion Requirements
1. Completion of Teaching Methodology Parts 1 & 2, Anatomy & Physiology, and Practicum
2. Observation and tracking of five prenatal and postnatal yoga classes (these classes are in addition to those required for the Practicum and are paid for separately either at 8 Limbs or the studio of your choice)
3. Passing Grade of 75% or greater on Take Home Test
4. Passing Grade of 75% or greater on Video Teaching Test
Participants who complete all requirements will receive a Certificate of Completion from 8 Limbs Yoga Centers. They can then submit this Certificate to Yoga Alliance to receive RPYT status.
“Yoga for Pregnancy & Birth: A Guide for Yoga Teachers” by Megan Sloan
“Yoga for the Pregnant & Postpartum Core: A Handbook for Teachers and Students” by Megan Sloan
“Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn” by Penny Simpkin
“Birthing from Within” by Pam England
“Yoga Mama, Yoga Baby” by Margo Shapiro Bachman
“The Birth Partner” by Penny Simpkin
“Preparing for Birth with Yoga” by Janet Balaskas
“The Female Pelvis” by Blandine Calais-Germain
“Netter’s Anatomy” by Frank Netter, MD
Recommended books offered at 10% discount to training participants when purchased at 8 Limbs.
TEACHER TRAINING FACULTY
Anne Phyfe Palmer, RPYT, 500 E-RYT
Anne Phyfe is the founder and 8 Limbs Yoga Centers and the Director of the Teacher Training program. Her passion for pregnancy and birth started in college in a Sociology of Women’s Health Course with one of the contributors to “Our Bodies, Ourselves.” After taking a doula training with the Seattle Midwifery School, Anne Phyfe decided that teaching yoga to pregnant women would be the best way for her to use the tools she learned. She completed the first prenatal yoga teacher training with Colette Crawford in 1998 and began to teach prenatal yoga soon after. She has been recognized by both Seattle Met and Seattle Magazine as the “Best” Prenatal and Postnatal Instructor in Seattle. She has two daughters, born in 2000 and 2006.
Megan Sloan, RPYT, 500 hr E-RYT
Megan has been teaching Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga since 2009. She did her first training with 8 Limbs Yoga Centers as an exploration to deepen her studies as a yoga teacher which then blossomed into a passion for supporting parents in empowering their experiences of pregnancy, childbirth and parenthood through the tools of yoga. She has since attended many births as a doula and has had the humbling opportunity to witness and support birth folks in childbirth in a variety of settings from home births to birth centers and hospital births. She currently teaches weekly prenatal yoga classes and offers regular Partner Prenatal Yoga Workshops. She also welcomed a daughter in 2017 and outside of the joys of new motherhood she also finds time to continue teaching through her business Be Strong Mama and writing several books for prenatal teachers including “Yoga for Pregnancy & Birth” and “Yoga for the Pregnant & Postpartum Core”.
Susan Grote, PT
Susan has been a physical therapist for 20 years and a yoga practitioner for 25. Susan’s natural aptitude for understanding structure and spacial design initially led her to study architecture. When she was introduced to yoga in 1990, she was immediately drawn to the depth of the mind-body practice and quickly realized she was more interested in working with the dynamic structure of the human body. Susan has developed a unique multi-faceted approach to helping others by integrating her physical therapy skills, her gift for understanding the architecture of the body, and her extensive knowledge of yoga, breathing, and movement.
Susan holds a degree in Architecture (1988), 200-hour YTT certification, Iyengar style (1993), a degree in Physical therapy (2006), 200-hour and 500-hour YTT certification, Viniyoga style (2009, 2012). Susan has been teaching yoga since 1993 in a variety of settings. Awed by the birth experience, she was inspired to teach prenatal and postpartum yoga for 7 years. Currently, Susan is owner of Insight Physical Therapy and Yoga and offers a blend of personalized physical therapy and yoga instruction. She also serves as anatomy and therapeutics faculty for various 200- and 500-hour yoga teacher trainings. Outside of work, she enjoys time spent with her husband and their 3 children (born 2000, 2001, and 2004).