Continuing Education: Prenatal Prenatal and Postpartum Yoga Teacher Training December 5 – 19, 2015 with Arielle Nash-Degagne *This course meets the 85-hour requirement of Yoga Alliance standards for Prenatal Yoga


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50/20-24 Moo 4 Namuang , Koh Samui, Surat Thani, 84140, Thailand
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Saturday, 5 Dec 2015 to Saturday, 19 Dec 2015
66780-83580 THB
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About the Retreat

This course is appropriate for expectant mothers, personal trainers, yoga teachers, midwives, doulas and birth coaches.  The content of this course is drawn both from scientific knowledge and the personal experiences of pregnant yoga practitioners.

Whether it’s the first time or the fifth time, the relationship between mother and baby begins long before birth.  Yoga can play an integral role in the quality of this relationship as mom connects with baby and takes care of her body and mind through practice.

Teaching pregnant women is delicate and must be approached with the proper knowledge and confidence to ensure safety and effectiveness.

Post partum women need to be guided back into practice with key exercises that assist in re-building strength, balance and stability while getting reacquainted with their post baby body.

This course will outline a woman’s journey from preconception to 1 year after childbirth.

Topics include: Preparing for pregnancy

  • Understanding the menstrual cycle and fertility
  • The stress response and hormone regulation
  • Psychological preparation
  • The physiology of conception
  • What it means to grow a baby
  • Practices to increase fertility

The Anatomy & physiology of a woman’s body during pregnancy

  • Pregnancy hormonal shifts
  • The biomechanics of the expectant mother
  • How the body changes during pregnancy
  • Organ function
  • Pregnancy “symptoms”
  • Pregnancy after age 35
  • Energy conservation and expenditure
  • The psychology of miscarriage

The Pregnancy Journey

  • The mental shifts during pregnancy
  • Stages of Fetal development and the effects on the expectant mother
  • Partner Yoga during pregnancy
  • Diet & Nutrition during Pregnancy
  • Relaxation and Meditation Techniques for pregnant women
  • Injury during pregnancy

Trimester Specific Practice Considerations:

  • Anatomy and Alignment
  • General Precautions
  • Pranayama during pregnancy
  • Do’s and don’ts for each Trimester
  • Exercise outside of practice (other activities)
  • Connecting with baby
  • Abdominal and Pelvic awareness
  • Asana for alleviating symptoms
  • Sequencing and adjusting
  • Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Hatha practice for each trimester
  • Teaching a Prenatal Restorative Class

Yoga and the High Risk Pregnancy

  • Preeclampsia and hypertension
  • Multiples pregnancy (carrying twins or more)
  • Early or advanced age pregnancy
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Other health considerations

Assisting an Expectant Mother in Preparing for Childbirth

  • Signs and stages of labor
  • Birthing Options
  • Premature labour
  • Working with health care practitioners
  • Breathwork and Pain Management
  • Mental preparation

The 4th Trimester

  • Becoming “mom”
  • The early days post-partum
  • C-Section and Vaginal birth recovery
  • Post partum depression
  • Breast-feeding
  • Nutrition for breast feeding
  • Relationship management
  • When to start practicing yoga after having a baby
  • A woman’s body after children
  • Mom & Baby yoga

The Ethics of Teaching Pregnant Women

  • When to consult her health care practitioner
  • Building a network of allied health professionals
  • How to appropriately hold space for the mother to be

You will leave confident in your ability to teach basic level prenatal classes and adapt a Vinyasa practice for an experienced practitioner.


Arielle has been interested in human movement since she was a competitive teenage athlete, which led her to pursue her degree in Kinesiology. During a career of training professional athletes and educating coaches; after years of competitive sports, she recognized the healing and balancing effects that a committed yoga practice created within her own body.

In 2005, Arielle completed the Centered Yoga Teacher Training, with Paul Dallaghan, where she was fortunate to be introduced to Sri O.P. Tiwari and the study of pranayama. Since then, she has attended several continuing education courses in Pranayama, Anatomy, Restorative Yoga and Pre & Post Natal. She is Centered Yoga’s Resident Anatomy educator and specializes in teaching biomechanics, women’s anatomy and effective adjusting.

Arielle believes that yoga is a gift to pregnant women, allowing them a special opportunity to connect with their baby and their body.  During her pregnancy with twins, Arielle maintained a daily yoga practice until the day they were born.   Mothering twins keeps her busy, but she understands the positive impact that daily self-connection through practice has on being a parent.   She teaches with humility and through movement, guides students toward a better understanding of their physicality.

More about Arielle here:


The Daily Schedule

Sample day:

6: 30am Morning herbal tea and early breakfast
7:00 am Seated practice: day opening, mantra, pranayama
8:00 – 10:00 am Led asana class (some days will be self-practice)
10:00 am – 11:00 pm Brunch
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Theory education session / teaching techniques
12:30 pm – 4:00 pm Lunch & free time
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Class design/ practice teaching/ restorative class
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Dinner & optional evening program: video, meditation, tratak
 Saturdays will be a day off



Arielle has so much knowledge! I loved that she really knows what she is talking about and does not beat around the bush.

~ Kaitlyn, USA, November ’14


Arielle knows so much about anatomy! She explains it all very well and gave us the passion to know our own bodies.

~ Paola, France, November ’14


Arielle was amazing! I am now so excited to learn more about anatomy.

~ Tabbi, UK, November ’14

I appreciated Arielle’s in-depth knowledge of anatomy, her energy and excellent adjustments in class.

~ Karen, Switzerland, 2014

Arielle is straight-forward, very warm and loving charisma, has the ability to make anatomy exciting.

~ Josephine, Austria 2014

Arielle, against all odds I actually know something about anatomy! You deserve a medal and you are a star when one needs a notary!

~ John, Hong Kong, 2014

Arielle and Elonne’s adjustments and advice in the Mysore space were invaluable. The amount of time and energy they gave to adjustments and teaching during Mysore was incredible!”

~ Erica, Canada, 2014

Arielle is a fantastic anatomy teacher; students love her! Her presentations are organized and entertaining, and her experience and knowledge of yoga makes the teaching especially valuable.

∼ David Robson, Founder, Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto

Arielle has been one of my favourite yoga teachers for over 8 years in Canada and South East Asia. I am always humbled and impressed by her teaching style and growing knowledge. Her holistic approach is refreshing; integrating her in-depth knowledge in movement mechanics and years of experience as a yoga practitioner and teacher in a high level of spirit. Her love for yoga, sense of humor, and friendliness create a very enjoyable atmosphere to learn. She has helped me deepen my practice, and grow as a yoga teacher, with her on-going encouragement and support. My deepest gratitude to Arielle.

∼ Hang, RYT Ho Chi Minh City

Included for 66780-83580 THB

Retreat Rates (THB)
Single superior room 83,580 per person
Semi-Private room 75,180 per person
Share two bedroom loft 66,780 per person
Deluxe One Bedroom Suite
We only have two deluxe one bedroom suites located in our most private building closest to the sea. They have a private bedroom, living room, fully equipped kitchen, generous bathroom and an extra large balcony. Both suites offer a modern open living room with sofa bed, LCD TV, working desk and DVD/ iPod Stereo. They are perfect for a family or couple. The additional rate is a flat rate based on the room and is added on to the total rate package whether a single individual, couple or family.

Deluxe One Bedroom Suite - Additional cost on the total program package:

2,100 per day
13,440 for one week
26,040 for two weeks
37,800 for three weeks
46,200 for four weeks
Our guestrooms are set back just over 50 meters from the water to provide with you with a private community and greater security. A selection of our rooms enjoy this spectacular sea view, while others enjoy the tropical gardens scene.

It is possible to extend your time on detox day by day from an above program as fits your timeline. You can also add extra therapies and treatments to your program at a special discounted rate.

The rate is inclusive of:
Full yoga program
Fully equipped accommodation with AC
Full brunch and dinner buffets
Mineral drinking water
Herbal steam room
Salt water swimming pool
Wi Fi internet
Service charge
VAT government tax
Thank you and we look forward to you joining us.