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95 hr Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training- 2019 in Chicago!

with Cassie Rodgers and Lela Beem

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Hosted by Yoga Six South Loop, Chicago, IL


Currently, there is high demand for professionally-trained prenatal yoga teachers in the Chicago area. This in-depth training will prepare you to become one of few Registered Prenatal Yoga Teachers (RPYT) qualified to safely and effectively offer yoga to pregnant and postpartum women. Learn how to design powerful and intelligently sequenced classes that teach your students appropriate yoga philosophy, pranayama, asana and meditation to promote a healthy pregnancy and birth.

Yoga is the ideal accompaniment for the challenges of pregnancy, childbirth and new parenthood. This movement to empower women with the skills of mindfulness, endurance, and adaptability is rapidly gaining in popularity and recommended regularly by doctors and midwives to their patients. As a prenatal yoga teacher, you will feel the rewards of providing support, community, and education to mothers in this transformational life stage.  

Join experienced prenatal yoga teachers Cassie Rodgers and Lela Beem and their team of women’s health professionals for a comprehensive curriculum divided into three separate modules. Each module can be taken individually if needed though it is recommended to take all three.

Yoga for Fertility and Modifications for Pregnancy

Thu-Sun, Jan 24-27, 2019

Learn how yoga can support women who are trying to conceive, the concerns of the first trimester, and modifications for the initial changes of the pregnant body. Learn how to address common concerns, discomforts and risk factors during the three trimesters of pregnancy. Tami Quinn, co- founder of the holistic yoga and fertility centers Pulling Down the Moon, will present about how yoga can assist with fertility. Catherine Lewan, yoga teacher and women's health physical therapist will provide an experiential talk on the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy during this module. There is no pre-requisite to attend this training, but it is ideal to take this as a companion to Part 2.

Yoga for Childbirth Preparation

Thu-Sun, Mar 7-10 2019

Continued education on how to modify asana and pranayama for later stages of pregnancy.  Experience how basic teachings of yoga philosophy can help women through this uncertain time.  Explore how yoga can help women and couples prepare for childbirth. Certified Nurse Midwives Gaye Koconis and Debi Lesnick from North Shore Assoc. of OB/GYN at Evanston Hospital, will present on the midwifery model of prenatal care and give basic information about hospital births. Caroline Taromino,  certified doula with Ohana, will offer an in-depth presentation on the role of a doula in pregnancy, labor and postpartum. Yoga for Fertility and Modifications for Pregnancy (Part One) is a pre-requisite for this four-day training.

Part Three: Yoga for the Postpartum Body & Mind

Thurs - Sun, May 2-5, 2019

Learn about common concerns that many new moms share and how to support with the therapeutic application of yoga postures, targeted strengthening and guided relaxation. This training will include presentations from Catherine Lewan, yoga teacher and Women's Heath Physical Therapist at Andersonville PT on common concerns and physiology of postpartum women. Terri Drews, LCSW and co-founder of Beyond the Baby Blues postpartum depression support group in Evanston will also present about common psychological and emotional changes and how to support a new mother. Students will observe a postnatal class during this training that includes baby yoga and infant massage.  Also included will be strategies for successful marketing and community outreach. This training has no pre-requisite. 

Each module will include the following components

  • A daily morning asana practice, reflection and discussion led by Cassie or Lela
  • Experiential learning to help build confidence leading theme-based sequences
  • Appropriate asana, breathing, meditation and relaxation tools to help students cope with stress, anxiety and pain
  • Anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, birth and postpartum
  • Guest speakers to offer additional expertise in the field
  • Tools for working privately with perinatal students
  • Ideas for building community within your classes


Full Tuition includes:

  • Amala Teacher Training Manual
  • Continued support including on-line forum and apprenticeship resources
  • Additional day for final presentations required for those taking all three modules

A 200 hour yoga teacher certification or professional certification in a related health field, along with prior yoga experience, is required.  Individual modules may be applicable towards cumulative credit for certification if you are unable to complete the full program in a single year.  Individual modules may be applied toward Continuing Education credits for yoga teachers.

This curriculum conforms to the Yoga Alliance standards of a Registered Prenatal Yoga School.  Upon completion of this full training and all requirements (listed below), you will receive a certificate of completion and be eligible for a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher credential (Yoga Alliance requires 30 additional teaching hours after completing our training).

Cassie Rodgers and Lela Beem are co-founders of Amala Yoga School and are both Experienced Registered Yoga Teachers (E-RYT) and Registered Prenatal Yoga Teachers (RPYT) through Yoga Alliance. Amala Yoga School’s status as a Registered Prenatal Yoga School is pending and will be approved prior to the beginning of this training. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 847-644-3623 for more information.

Additional Requirements for Certificate of Completion (95 hour training)*

10 elective credit hours, which need to be completed within 365 days of finishing the three parts. These elective credits can be fulfilled in the following ways:

  1. Attending a childbirth education course of your choice. We have arranged 50% off discounts for our participants at two different childbirth education courses in Chicago and Evanston.
  2. Attending a yoga workshop with a focus on restorative, gentle yoga or meditation. This specialized workshop does not need to be a teacher training, but does need to be applicable to working with prenatal and postnatal students. Pre-approval required.
  3. 10 hours of observing or apprenticing in prenatal or postnatal yoga classes led by a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT).

One additional training day on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 10am-4pm for final presentations and practice teaching.

*Yoga Alliance requires all teachers applying for RPYT status to have completed 30 hours of teaching prenatal group or private sessions following completion of this 85 hour training.

Amala School of Prenatal Yoga Mission Statement

The Amala School makes yoga accessible to women in their childbearing years by creating confident, sensitive teachers and empowering educational programs.

Our trainings, workshops and classes steeped in the wisdom of yoga and Ayurveda also include modern clinical insights from the physical therapy, nurse midwifery, obstetrical and psychotherapeutic communities. 

Our dynamic, innovative training methods are suited to all styles of learning and belief systems. We provide a high level of learning, mentorship and community building in our classes that graduates learn how to replicate in their yoga classes.

Amala Founders and Principle Faculty

lela-jasper-headshotLela Beem, E-RYT, PRYT, C-IAYT is co-owner and founder of Grateful Yoga of Evanston. She is a certified Kripalu Yoga and ParaYoga teacher and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist. Lela has been teaching group and private prenatal, hatha and yoga therapy full-time since 2005. Yoga was a monumental support during her own pregnancy, birth and postpartum recovery process in 2013, and she is inspired to share her knowledge and experience with her students and new yoga teachers.

cassie-headshotCassie Rodgers, E-RYT, RPYT had been teaching prenatal yoga since in 2007.  From her in-depth studies and training in prenatal yoga and personal practice during both her pregnancies she created The Pregnant Practice workshops and trainings.  She has been training teachers how to confidently support students during pregnancy with the knowledge and benefits of yoga since 2010.  To learn more about Cassie visit