leading international center for prenatal yoga teacher training

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).

This training certifies you to register with Yoga Alliance® as a RPYT and gives you 85 hours towards Yoga Garden SF’s 300-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training.

“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!”

  • 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.


  • 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 300-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/GYNs, etc) interested in learning how yoga can benefit their clients and how to add yoga to their care modalities


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. You can review the required and recommended reading below. 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). Completing the course also counts as an elective towards our 300-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training.

During our 10-day training, your tuition includes one class per day from our weekly schedule.


Postnatal Teacher Training

 Training led by Marisa Toriggino & Alexandra Rossi

Learn how to be a resource to your students as they transition into motherhood with Yoga Garden’s Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training.
Many new mothers turn to yoga as a powerful foundation for optimizing their health and the health of their baby. They rely on knowledgeable teachers to inform their practice and support them through this period of growth. This course focuses on yoga practices that are appropriate for mothers from delivery through their child’s first year.

In this training, you will:

  • Learn which yoga postures are appropriate for postpartum care, including special modifications
  • Recognize the common discomforts experienced by many after giving birth and discover how postures and sequences can be a source of support
  • Understand the physiological, emotional, and social considerations of the postpartum period and parenting
  • Improve postpartum recovery and help students bring mindfulness to parenting
  • Learn how to create a richly supportive environment for mothers, babies, and families

Focus areas include:

  • Restoring and strengthening the pelvic floor, abdominals, and deep hip muscles
  • Building better posture by strengthening the back, neck and shoulder muscles
  • Asana and pranayama to promote deep relaxation
  • Recovery after Cesarian birth
  • Diastasis Recti
  • Breast feeding
  • Belly binding
  • Nutrition
  • Running and other forms of exercise
  • Conscious pregnancy into conscious parenting

This course provides 30 Elective Contact Hours for Yoga Garden SF’s 300-hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training. (30 Yoga Alliance® CEUs).

Tuition is $660. YGSF Members receive 10% off the regular price of this course. Alumni receive 15% off the regular price of this course.


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Postnatal Teacher Training

September 20 - September 24

Training led by Marisa Toriggino & Alexandra Rossi In the YGSF Postnatal Teacher Training, you will learn how to be a resource to your students as they transition into motherhood. Many new mothers turn to yoga as a powerful foundation for optimizing their health and the health of their baby. ... Read More

Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Nov 2017

November 3 - November 12
$1295 - $1495

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Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training - Spring 2018

March 2, 2018 - March 11, 2018
$1295 - $1495

Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training - Spring Yoga Garden SF (YGSF) is a leading national center for prenatal yoga teacher training, with graduates successfully teaching throughout the U.S., Asia and Europe. Our program is one of few who offer Yoga Alliance registration as a Prenatal Yoga School (the only nationally-recognized standard ... Read More

Carol Gray

Owner of MamaSpace Yoga, Portland Oregon

I loved my prenatal/postpartum yoga teacher training at Yoga Garden SF. I really was ready to launch my prenatal yoga classes after completing the program.

Lydia Tedder

Prenatal Yoga Graduate

I strongly recommend this prenatal teacher training to every yoga teacher that expresses an interest in a prenatal specialty. My experience was very interactive, focused, and enjoyable. The atmosphere at Yoga Garden San Francisco is like a breath of fresh air!

Molly Ford

Yoga Teacher San Francisco

My experience in the prenatal teacher training at Yoga Garden of San Francisco was absolutely eye-opening and inspiring. Marisa, David, the midwives and the rest of the teaching team were incredible to learn from.

Nicole Cavales

Yoga Teacher Austin, TX

The most beneficial part of the program was the opportunity to teach to prenatal students several times over the course of the training. This significantly helped me feel more prepared and confident to immediately start teaching prenatal classes.

Arlene Tuazon

Prenatal Yoga Graduate

The experience not only gave me the head knowledge in prenatal yoga but most importantly inspired me to reach out further to the community of pregnant women by empowering them, making them feel strong and healthy, and make the journey of pregnancy a beautiful experience for them.

Shannon Handa

Traveling Yoga Teacher

I can’t thank my teachers enough, for being so generous with their knowledge, and supporting me in becoming the teacher I am today. Yoga Garden will always be like a second home to me.


Marisa Toriggino, internationally recognized E-RYT and YTT instructor, has studied and taught yoga since 1987. With a background of Iyengar, Kundalini, Ananda, Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga styles, Marisa brings this broad experience to her prenatal and postnatal classes, applying a rigorous physical awareness to her teaching that leads to a deeply inward understanding of the spiritual essence of humanity and motherhood. Marisa has a B.A. from UC Berkeley, and a Certificate from the Rudolf Steiner College in Administration for spiritually based organizations. She is a Mother of two beautiful daughters, Owner of Yoga Garden SF and Vistage Member.
Alexandra Rossi, ERYT500 and Paris native, shares the practice of yoga with everyone, from children to adults, in an honest and playful way. Her personal practice has taken her from therapeutic based Anusara Yoga to a more restorative practice, influenced by Judith Lasater, Yin yoga and Yoga Nidra.After many years of teaching, she realized that her true calling is to empower women at every stage of their lives. She is greatly influenced by Jane Austin and by Gurmukh’s teachings on prenatal yoga. She is now convinced that women need a mix of strengthening and restorative practices to accommodate the changing nature of their bodies. Alexandra’s classes combine music, and healing touch with buddhist philosophy. She is known for her skillful and intuitive hands-on assists.

David started practicing yoga to seek relief from chronic back pain and found that yoga was a powerful and dynamic medium to explore the meaning of life. David began teaching in 1998, and has studied Bikram, Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga. He was certified by B.K.S. Iyengar from 2005­-2013 and is registered as an ERYT200 with Yoga Alliance. David is passionate about the study and practice of Yoga. David founded Yoga Garden SF in 1998 with Darren Main, Together with Marisa Toriggino, he has owned and operated the Garden since 2004

Katrin, E-RYT500 Yoga Teacher Trainer / Yoga Instructor / Yoga Therapist / Philosophy Teacher, lives and teaches yoga in San Francisco and travels around the globe to share her passion for the spiritual art with the body. She is leading and contributing to yoga teacher education and training. For her classes and workshops she designs sequences that make sense of the body and mind for a deep sustainable experience. She strives to address the unique therapeutic needs of every student and cultivate a lasting increase in energy and courage. Katrin combines in her teaching fluid strength and alignment with a tantric take on life. Katrin is an extraordinarily creative and skillful yoga teacher. I am very impressed with her ability to balance strong leadership with compassion and encouragement.” – Desirée Rumbaugh creator of “Yoga to the Rescue” DVD seriesyoga.katrinkuttner.com

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 home birth 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.

Leslie Howard holds a 320-hour Advanced Studies Certificate from Rodney Yee, a 300-hour teacher training certificate with Tony Briggs, and a 500 hour Yoga Alliance certification. Leslie has been practicing for over fifteen years in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, including twelve years of teaching, workshops, and annual yoga retreats. Previous international retreats have included Egypt, Hawaii, Mexico, and Italy. She is currently studying under Manouso Manos and Ramanand Patel, both of whom hold some of the highest level certificates given in the system of Iyengar Yoga. Leslie credits Susanne Kemmerer (a Physical Therapist from Germany), for introducing her to her pelvic floor and Lizanne Pastore (a PT from San Francisco) for helping her deepen her knowledge of the subject. She recently completed Judith Lasater’s training on restorative yoga.
Sachi Doctor is an Ayurvedic health practitioner and yoga teacher. She is the founder of Elemental Alchemy, which offers holistic care and self-healing techniques for those navigating their way towards optimal mind-body health. Sachi is a board member of the Prison Yoga Project and also serves as an ambassador for Yoga Gives Back, a non-profit that raises funds within the US yoga community to support microcredit programs for women in India. Sachi holds a Msc from the London School of Economics.




Postnatal Required Reading:

Postnatal Recommended Reading:

These are books that have had a positive influence on early parenting, and we often recommended them to our postnatal yoga students depending upon their needs and interests.

Program tuition is $660.

Tuition and Refund Policy: Full payment is due at the time of registration to reserve your place in the course. Refunds are available up to 14 days before the training begins; after that date, no refund will be given for any reason.


Cancellations are accepted up to 14 days before the start of a training; if you cancel, the cost of the program will be refunded to you. If you withdraw from a program 13 days or fewer before the program start date, you will surrender your spot in the program and forfeit the entire program cost.

A minimum of 90% attendance is required for all multi-day programs, unless drop-in days are specifically offered in the program description. Students who register for or attend less than 90% of a program may not receive credit for the hours that they did attend and may not receive a certificate. In the event of any absence, missed hours must be made up to receive credit for the program.

ProElite Cancellations and Fees
ProElite students who withdraw from a program less than 14 days before the start will be charged a late cancellation fee of 50% of the full program cost, as per the ProElite contract. Pro-Elite students who register but do not attend a program will also be charged the late cancellation fee.

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