Here are some tips to help you teach supportive classes and hold space for mamas whether you plan to become a prenatal yoga teacher, already teach prenatal (or postnatal/mom & baby yoga), or just want to add some more awareness in your classes for your students who come that are pregnant.
- Plan to arrive at class early and stay after so you have a chance to check in with your students one on one. Mamas always have lots of questions.
- Get to know the different kinds of care providers in your community who specialize in working with mamas. You are a trusted resource so do your homework about who is offering what. Bring your resource binder to every class – mamas can take photos of business cards with their phones.
- Remember to be mindful that language is powerful! Remind your students that they know how they feel better then anyone.
- If you are a prenatal yoga teacher, you have a great opportunity to inform pregnant women about birth options. That said, keep your opinions about pregnant women’s birth choices to yourself.
- Practice what you preach :): self care, self acceptance and self love.
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About the Author:
For two decades Jane Austin has worked with mamas, not only as a yoga teacher but also as a midwife, doula (labor assistant) and childbirth educator. She weaves her experience as a midwife, doula, childbirth educator, and mother into her work. Jane is the founder and director of Mama Tree, a Yoga Alliance registered school dedicated to training yoga teachers, birth professionals and other health professionals interested in teaching prenatal and postnatal yoga. Jane’s teacher training program attracts students from all over the world interested in learning how to utilize the practice of yoga to support pre- and postnatal women physically, mentally and emotionally.
It is Jane’s mission to offer women a mindful, supportive and nourishing yoga practice that empowers them not only in pregnancy and childbirth but for all the years of motherhood that follow. It is her vision to bring yoga to all pregnant women.
Although her teaching is influenced by many teachers and traditions (including Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Anusara), Jane’s most inspirational teachers remain her own children and the many mamas and couples she has worked with over the years.
To watch a video preview of Jane’s teaching, click here.
“Jane Austin is THE authority on prenatal yoga. If you want a training that will prepare you to confidently teach yoga to pregnant women, this is the training to take”
~Christina Scalera, Carte Blance Wellness & Mama Tree Alumnae