The Yoga of Birth: Teaching Prenatal Yoga

Graduate Certificate 2020


Learn the art of teaching prenatal yoga and empower women for birthing

The Yoga of Birth Training is comprehensive 50 hour training designed to give yoga teachers the practical skills, resources and confidence to meet the unique needs of pregnant women.
Participants will gain a comprehensive teaching repertoire tailored to the needs of pregnant women including safe and deeply relevant practices for each trimester. We will explore how yoga and the natural birthing approach both draw on the inner tools of movement, sound, breath and awareness and how this, combined with the crucial ingredient of aligned professional support, provides a powerful and wonderful way for women to prepare for birth. This training is readily applied to all styles of yoga.
The Yoga of Birth Graduate Certificate is registered with Yoga Australia.

“The Yoga of Birth training was wonderful, informative and inspiring. Anahata provided a perfect blend of practice and theory with enthusiasm and encouragement to bring my own style to my teaching.”

– Belinda Blackburn, 2012 participant

Training Objectives

The Yoga of Birth Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training will help participants to:

  • Gain a comprehensive teaching repertoire tailored to the needs of pregnant women

  • Adapt the tools of yoga – asana, vinyasa, pranayama, meditation, restorative yoga, chanting, partner work – to help pregnant women develop strength and flexibility in body, mind and spirit

  • Develop safe, empowering and deeply relevant asana and vinyasa sequences adapted to all stages of pregnancy and all levels of yoga experience

  • Skillfully address the therapeutic needs of pregnant women including contraindications, common complaints and supporting optimal foetal positioning

  • Support, educate and empower women to give birth the way they want to

  • Develop a holistic framework that combines yoga, natural birthing principles and drawing on the medical approach as needed

  • Understand the physical and physiological changes of pregnancy and birth

  • Explore the role of the breath and meditation in the process of embracing the intensity of birth and in natural pain management

  • Understand the current cultural context of birth to help orient and empower women in their birth choices

  • Develop resources and referral networks with other health practitioners in the birthing field

  • Learn the professional practices required to run prenatal yoga classes

  • Learn the foundations of an effective postnatal practice

  • Have access to ongoing support and mentoring by email, skype, phone or in person

Training Structure

This is a comprehensive 50 Hour Training, consisting of training over 3 days and guided self-study and assessment completed at home. The training will be engaging and participatory, drawing on the input of all participants. Varied teaching methods will be used including yoga practice, participatory exercises, small group work, discussion and self-reflection. There will be a balance of experiential and theoretical work in a supportive and fun learning environment.
Students will also complete practical written assessments that will be relevant to establishing themselves as prenatal yoga teachers. The assessments are due approximately 6 weeks after the completion of the contact hours (but this date is negotiable).
Students will receive an extensive (80+ pages) training manual and a certificate of completion once the assessments are completed. This training earns 50 CPD points for Yoga Australia members.

About Anahata Giri

Anahata has been practicing yoga for 30 years and teaching yoga since 2002. She began researching and teaching prenatal yoga in 2005 and her prenatal classes in Melbourne have been popular. She is the founder of One Heart Yoga and Meditation based at The Abbotsford Convent. Anahata has combined her commitment to excellent professional training with her passion for prenatal yoga and empowered birth to run this training. She is passionate about women’s potential to embrace birth as a joyous life experience.
She is a member of Yoga Australia (YA) as both a yoga teacher and a trained yoga therapist and she helped to write the YA Guidelines for Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training. Her training in somatic psychotherapy and community development and her past work as a counselor and community development worker, has made her a highly experienced group facilitator. Anahata’s qualifications include: Graduate Certificate in Yoga Therapy; Certificate IV in Training and Assessment; Diploma in Community Development; Diploma in Somatic Psychotherapy; and Certificate IV in Small Business Management.


To attend this training, participants need to be trained yoga teachers or currently training to be yoga teachers.

Dates and Times for 2020

Please book early as the training can book out and the group is kept to a maximum of 13 participants.
Next dates are:
27 - 29 March

16 - 18 October

Times: Friday 9.30-6.00pm, Saturday 9.30-5.00pm, Sunday 11.00am - 6.00pm
Please arrive 15 minutes early for a punctual start each day. Morning/afternoon tea will be provided each day. Attendance at all sessions is necessary. There is some negotiation if a small part of a session needs to be missed but please let me know beforehand.


This training will be held at: One Heart Yoga & Meditation at The Abbotsford Convent Upon booking, a separate location map will be sent to you to make it easy to find!


The cost for this training is $875. There is an Early Bird Special Discount of $50 for anyone who books six week before each training commences, making the price $825. This includes comprehensive 50 hour training, extensive training manual (70+ pages), certificate of completion and delicious morning and afternoon teas.

Refund Policy

$100 of the full amount is non-refundable. Cancellation after full payment, more than 2 weeks before the training will receive fee refund minus $100. Cancellation less than 2 weeks will receive 50% refund unless your place can be filled.

How to register and for more information

 Please email Anahata at your interest in attending and she will send you a registration form then make your payment.


“The prenatal training with Anahata was outstanding. As a woman who has never had children, this training gave me the opportunity to dive deep into exploring the experience of pregnancy, giving birth and yoga as a wonderful tool to support woman through this sacred process. The training was very thorough and flowed beautifully. Anahata guided us through prenatal yoga classes, provided factual information and a very comprehensive manual, opportunities for information sharing and growth as a group and as individual teachers. This training has enriched my teaching, my personal yoga practice and opened me up to new and wonderful ways of viewing pregnancy and birth.”

– Ingrid Jolley, Yoga of Birth Training 2012

Thank you Anahata for a wonderful teacher training course. Your very practical approach, which included pretty much everything (asanas, meditation, relaxation, philosophy, personal experience, written and video material) suited me very well and I am now, not just confident but very keen, to start teaching my own prenatal classes. Also your availability after the course as a mentor is a big advantage. I learned about your course word-by-mouth, and will definitely tell my yoga friends who would like to specialise in prenatal yoga.”

– Nina Hakamies