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Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training



    Oct 19th, 20th, Nov 16th, 17th, 2024. Saturday and Sunday 9-5pm.

    Space is limited. Register below to be added to class list.


    St. John’s NL, In-person at 10 Clancy Drive, Quidi Vidi Boathouse. Live stream option also available.


    $600+hst ($690) CAD. $200 deposit required upon registration


    4 days of lecture, comprehensive prenatal yoga instruction manual, prenatal yoga nidra scripts & MP3s, and ongoing mentorship with instructor. Counts as 40 Yoga Alliance CEUs.

    Space is limited so register now to reserve yours.


    Shakti Yoga teacher trainings and workshops are taught in various locations within Canada, and internationally. Host this workshop in your area and save the cost of travelling to learn. Contact to discuss specific details on hosting this or other workshops and trainings.

Who’s This Program For?

  • Childbirth professionals working with pregnant women who wish to complement their professional work. This would include doulas, midwives, nurses, doctors, childbirth educators, acupuncturists, physiotherapists, massage therapists, therapists, etc.

  • Pregnant women who would like to deepen their understanding of prenatal wellness, optimize their experience of pregnancy and develop skills to create a peaceful and yes, even Enjoyable birth experience

  • Anyone looking to deepen their knowledge of prenatal yoga & birth preparation

  • Teachers of yoga who want to deepen their understanding of the prenatal experience and develop confidence teaching prenatal classes. Counts for 40 hours Yoga Alliance CEUs.

  • Those wanting to become a RPYT (85 Hours) Those interested in registering with Yoga Alliance as a RPYT may enroll in the following three sessions to qualify for 85 hour designation. 
    1. 2-day  Shakti Yoga Nidra Teacher Training
    2. An initial 12-class prenatal session for observation & questions.
    3. A second 12-class prenatal session for practical teaching experience.
    These 3 segments are priced individually and can be done in any order. Contact for more details.

About The Program

The Shakti prenatal Teacher Training presents a teaching philosophy that recognizes the multifaceted needs of expectant mothers. Participants learn to utilize asana, pranayama, meditation, visualization, birth education topics, and birth stories to prepare mothers physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually for pregnancy, birth and motherhood. This training provides:
  • Comprehensive Manual
  • Prenatal Yoga Nidra Scripts and MP3s
  • Prenatal yoga benefits and precautions
  • Anatomy & physiology of pregnancy
  • Approaches for supporting emotional changes during pregnancy
  • Considerations for each trimester
  • Common prenatal conditions
  • Asana for specific pregnancy discomforts and birth preparation
  • Asana for early labour and to promote optimal baby position
  • Vinyasa, gentle, and restorative approaches.
  • Using props and modifications in a prenatal class
  • Chakras; Pregnancy and the energetic body
  • Sequences for prenatal yoga classes & how to create your own
  • Practical teaching and assisting experience
  • Ongoing mentoring support
  • Pranayama for pregnancy and birth.
  • Visualization and meditations for expectant mothers
  • Mantra and affirmations for prenatal mothers
  • Language analysis and usage for prenatal classes
  • Specific cues, breaths, and movement to direct the nervous system.
  • Incorporating birth education into prenatal yoga classes
  • Using birth stories to prepare and empower
  • Prenatal partner yoga.
  • Birth education for couples
  • Teaching comfort techniques for labor
  • Stages of labour and delivery
  • Pelvic floor anatomy
  • Postnatal core and diastasis recti considerations
  • Pelvic floor recovery exercises and myths
  • Postnatal recovery asana and precautions
  • Approaches to support physical, mental, emotional postpartum needs
  • Mantra, affirmations and nidras for postpartum coping and healing
  • Incorporating baby into yoga recovery
  • Class sequences for mom and baby classes

Program Requirements


Applicants should:

  • Have some yoga experience, and/or experience supporting pregnant women in any setting. Contact for clarification. 


Graduates will receive a certificate showing they have successfully completed the Shakti Yoga Method 40-hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training. Approved for 40 Yoga Alliance CEUs. Graduates may register with Yoga Alliance as a RPYT with the additional yoga nidra and practicum sessions described above.

Certification Requirements include:

  • Attend 4 days of lecture. 

  • Read Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth & submit book review.
  • Submit prenatal yoga class plan, peer observation forms, practicum class video, and do one peer class exchange to be scheduled at own convience.


BOBBY BESSEY, B.Sc., RYT 500, RPYT, CD (DONA), HBCE (HypnoBirthing Educator)

Bobby Bessey, B.Sc., E-RYT 500, RPYT, Doula CD(DONA), HBCE (HypnoBirthing Educator) is the creator and director of Shakti Yoga Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training and co-director of Yoga Teacher Training Newfoundland & Labrador, both Yoga Alliance registered teacher trainings. The Shakti Prenatal Yoga Method is a proven method that Bobby now trains teachers to instruct worldwide.

Bobby specializes in prenatal yoga classes and birth education. After years of yoga study and instruction Bobby became pregnant with her first son and immediately recognized the profound impact that a yoga practice can have on prenatal health and well-being. In addition to over a decade of instructing prenatal and postnatal yoga classes, Bobby is a birth doula, HypnoBirthing instructor, registered prenatal yoga instructor (RYPT), and a mother of two. Bobby  draws on a background of yoga instruction, birth support, and hypnosis-based birth education to create a training that provides participants with a multi-faceted approach to supporting mothers-to-be. She enjoys combining her love of anatomy and physiology with the spiritual aspects of pregnancy and birth for an informational and balanced prenatal perspective. Her passion for making pregnancy and birth the enjoyable and sacred experience it is meant to be is conveyed in her joyous approach to teaching prenatal, birth and motherhood related classes.


  • Yes! This training exceeded my expectations. I practiced prenatal yoga when I was expecting but it did not include all the birth education. I think that would have been life changing for me. I want to combine birth education with yoga and this training was more than I thought I would get (but I shouldn’t be surprised since I did the 200 hr TT and know what positive intentions and knowledge you have!!). I feel prepared but need to get more practice to get into the groove.

    The most beneficial parts: doing the class as a participant; seeing the resources you use (posters, pelvis
    models, diagrams); having the training manual; discussion

    Tara Cornick
    Yoga Teacher