Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training and Certification Program

Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Certification - Yoga Garden of San Francisco85-hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Program – Yoga Alliance® Registered

Learn to teach yoga to pregnant women. Support them through pregnancy and birth, and help shape a future filled with consciously-nurtured future yogis.

Yoga Garden SF (YGSF) is a leading international center for prenatal yoga teacher training, with graduates successfully teaching all over the world. Our prenatal yoga certification program is among the first to offer Yoga Alliance registration as a Prenatal Yoga School, giving our graduates an assurance of quality and the unique advantage of being a Yoga Alliance® Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT).


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I went to YGSF to learn asana appropriate for prenatal and postnatal women and I left with an entirely new understanding of pregnancy and the woman’s body! Between all of the time spent with real pregnant women, amazing speakers and workshops, and so many hours spent with Marisa on asana and class sequencing, this program gave me so much more than I came for. I can’t wait to start my classes and hopefully build a nurturing community of love that YGSF has with their prenatal/postnatal clients. Thank you all SO much!  –Prenatal TT Student

In the YGSF 85-hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training, you will learn to successfully teach yoga to pregnant and postpartum women.

  • Learn which yoga postures are appropriate for pregnancy and postpartum care, including any special modifications.
  • Understand the physiological, emotional, and social considerations of childbearing and parenting.
  • Recognize the common discomforts of pregnancy and the postpartum period, and discover how postures and sequences can support women through this process.
  • Receive hands-on training and feedback in practice classroom settings.
  • Experience giving support to mothers, assisting mother-infant bonding and fostering community among new mothers and parents.

Certification for prenatal yoga teacher training - Yoga Garden of San Francisco The YGSF Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training is for:

  • Certified yoga teachers earning CEU’s specializing in prenatal and postpartum yoga or becoming a Yoga Alliance®  Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT).
  • Students currently enrolled in the Yoga Garden SF 200-hour Teacher Training Program seeking an emphasis in prenatal and postpartum care.
  • Experienced yoga students (with permission from the instructor) interested in becoming prenatal yoga teachers.
  • Birth Professionals (childbirth educators, doulas, midwives, nurses, OB/GYN’s, etc) interested in learning how yoga can benefit their clients and how to add yoga to their care modalities

Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training / Curriculum:

This 85-hour course  includes the following but is not limited to:

  • Safe and therapeutic asanas (poses) and sequences for each trimester and the postpartum period.
  • Anatomy and Physiology of pregnancy and the postpartum period.
  • Yoga philosophy:  Yoga Thought Meets Modern Birth
  • Observation and teaching in prenatal yoga classes.
  • Yoga’s application for common discomforts of pregnancy and pain management during labor.
  • How to creative a richly supportive environment for mothers, babies and families.
  • Teaching Skills to refine the art of communicating the practice and benefits of yoga to others.
Upon registering for this course you will receive a short and enjoyable pre-course homework assignment. The Required Reading List and the  Recommended Reading List are available to review by clicking on the Reading List tab to the right. On the first day of the course you will be given a 70+ page manual that was written by Marisa Toriggino. At the completion of your program and after teaching 30 hours of prenatal classes, you may register with Yoga Alliance® as a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT).
If you would like information about the content of this program before registering for the course please email or call Yoga Garden SF at (415)552-9644..
During our 10-day training, your tuition includes two classes from our weekly schedule.

Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training / Instructors:

Marisa Toriggino – Primary Instructor

Marisa Toriggino, E-RYT & RPYT, has been studying and teaching yoga since 1987. She is a certified and nationally-registered yoga teacher with over 20 years of teaching experience. She has been influenced by her experiences in India, her own spiritual practice and her extensive studies with many teachers including, Paramhansa Yogananda, Yogi Bhajan, B.K.S. Iyengar and Geeta Iyengar.  This journey has helped to inform her personal life and yoga practice. Marisa has a B.A. from UC Berkeley, a Certificate from the Rudolf Steiner College in Administration for spiritually based organizations and is an active member of the Association of Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Health. She owns Yoga Garden of San Francisco and enjoys family life with her husband and two young children.

Angelika Nugent – Philosophy & Post-Natal Instructor

Angelika graduated 25 years ago from midwifery school in Germany. She has studied yoga and traditional Tibetan medicine, and she has received formal training from Lama Lodru and Khenpo Ghawang in Sikkim. She has had a private San Francisco midwifery practice since 1992.

Prenatal yoga Teacher Training Program - Yoga Garden of San FranciscoLeslie Howard - Anatomy and Physiology of the Pelvic Floor Instructor

Leslie Howard, a San Francisco-based yoga teacher, specializes in all things pelvic. Her own struggles with healing her pelvis led her to intense study of the anatomy, physiology, cultural messaging, history and energetics of this rich place. Her teaching is informed by over 3000 hours of yoga study with senior Iyengar teachers, notably Manouso Manos and Ramanand Patel.  She leads workshops and trainings nationally and is co-writing a book about awakening the female pelvis. Read here for more information about Leslie.

David Nelson PortraitDavid Nelson – Teaching Skills Instructor

David Nelson, E-RYT, has been teaching since 1998. He is the director of YGSF’s Yoga Teacher Training Program. Read here for more information about David.

gabbyGabbriella Yates – Post-Natal Instructor

Gabbriella Yates is a certified yoga instructor who holds a master’s degree in Conflict Transformation. Previous to moving to San Francisco and becoming a mother, she worked in the post-conflict field in Kosovo and Afghanistan as a dialogue consultant, facilitating conflict resolution workshops that integrated yoga as a healing tool. Gabbriella teaches prenatal, restorative and mom & baby yoga here at YGSF. She is known for her warm and precise teaching style.

Lael Stimming - Anatomy Instructor

Lael has a life-long dedication to health and well-being. She focuses on pregnancy, birth and the formative years if childhood. Lael is a licensed midwife with a homebirth practice in the East Bay, Marin and San Francisco. The mother of four, Lael has a deep commitment to holistic parenting and wellness. Through the parenting classes Lael has taught over the last seven years, she has shared her beliefs in the dignity of the young child and incorporated RIE (Magda Gerber) infant care techniques as well as Waldorf methodologies.


Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training / Schedule:

This teacher training is offered three times a year:

Winter Training: December 5–December 14, 2014

Prenatal Teacher Training Program Starts Friday, Dec 5, 2014 and ends Sunday, Dec 14, 2014

Winter 2014

Fri, Dec 5, 2014 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat, Dec 6, 2014 10:30 am – 6:00 pm
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 12:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tues, Dec 9, 2014 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thu, Dec 11, 2014 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat, Dec 13, 2014 10:30 am – 6:00 pm
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm


Spring Training: March 6–March 15, 2015

Prenatal Teacher Training Program Starts Friday, March 6, 2015 and ends Sunday, March 15, 2015

Spring 2015

Fri, March 6, 2015 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat, March 7, 2015 10:30 am – 6:00 pm
Sun, March 8, 2015 12:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Mon, March 9, 2015 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tues, March 10, 2015 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wed, March 11, 2015 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thu, March 12, 2015 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Fri, March 13, 2015 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat, March 14, 2015 10:30 am – 6:00 pm
Sun, March 15, 2015 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Summer Training: May 29–June 7, 2015

Prenatal Teacher Training Program Starts Friday, May 29, 2014 and ends Sunday, June 7, 2015

Summer 2014

Fri, May 29, 2014 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat, May 30, 2014 10:30 am – 6:00 pm
Sun, May 31, 2014 12:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Mon, June 1, 2014 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tues, June 2, 2014 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wed, June 3, 2014 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thu, June 4, 2014 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Fri, June 5, 2014 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat, June 6, 2014 10:30 am – 6:00 pm
Sun, June 7, 2014 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Registration and Fees:

Program tuition is $1,295. Reserve with a $250 non-refundable deposit.  Full payment must be made within 14 days prior to the start of the class.

Payment Plans: Full payment must be made 14 days prior to the start of the program. If you would like to pay in installments, we will happily set up a monthly payment plan with a $100 administrative fee for plans that extend beyond the beginning of the program.

Tuition and Refund Policy: Full payment is due 14 days before the first day of the training to reserve your place in the course. Refunds are available up to fourteen days before the training begins, less the $250 deposit. After that date, no refund will be given for any reason.

Apply Today:

If you have questions about the teacher training program, please contact us and we’ll follow up with you!

To become certified by Yoga Garden SF and to register with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher ( R-PYT ) you must complete the following:

  • Be a certified yoga teacher  (at the 200 hour level or above) OR complete Yoga Garden’s SF 200-hour Teacher training program
  • Attend and complete the Prenatal Teacher Training program
  • After completion of the program, teach 30 hours of prenatal yoga.

Upon successful completion of requirements #1 and #2 above,  teacher trainees will be certified to teach prenatal yoga by Yoga Garden SF. After completing these requirements, you may register with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT). Register and get your certification for prenatal yoga teacher training now!

Tips for a Great Experience:

  • Come prepared and distraction-free. Eager minds greatly benefit from our program. Arrive early for classes, bring pens/pencils to take notes, don’t bring food or cell phones that will distract you from the day’s lesson. Let’s create a great classroom environment together, where you and your peers come to learn.
  • Plan to be present. Making up classes causes scheduling challenges and additional costs. We build on daily lessons, so if you miss a class, the next day’s experience is not as rich.
  • If you are traveling to San Francisco, plan to arrive a few days early to explore and prevent jet lag. We want you to experience all this wonderful city has to offer – but be rested and ready to learn in our immersive curriculum. Don’t spread yourself too thin and miss out on all the training offers because you’re tired!
  • Ask questions during the training….AND after! We love to hear feedback and questions throughout the program. It lets us know you’re thinking critically about the material we cover. Once you complete the training, we’re always here for you on our Alumni Facebook page, so you can ask questions after the program ends. We also encourage you to share your insights with us as you take this training back with you–how will you make a difference in the world?


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