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Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Module I: Foundations with Melylah Botté Smith

One of the most powerful ways to create healing in society is to support those who are birthing our future. Folk SF 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 that offers Yoga Alliance registration as a Prenatal Yoga School (the only nationally recognized standard for prenatal yoga teacher training), giving our graduates an assurance of quality and a unique advantage in becoming a Yoga Alliance® Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT®).
Folk’s Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training, led by Melylah Smith (RPYT), lays a strong foundation for understanding the emotional, physical, and mental impact of pregnancy and birth in today’s world and birthing culture.
This robust training is divided into two 5-day modules. In Module I: Foundations, you will learn to effectively teach yoga to prenatal students in a general class. In this module, you will gain an understanding of:
  • The benefits of prenatal yoga
  • The anatomy and physiology of pregnancy
  • Common pregnancy discomforts
  • The concepts of birth culture, birth crisis, and birth justice
  • How to use trauma-Informed, inclusive language and cueing
  • How to create a supportive community
  • How to modify yoga postures for pregnancy
Throughout this training, you will be guided through profound conversations centered around how to collectively heal and grow as a society by uplifting birthing people regardless of race, class, or gender identity.

Module I: Foundations is recommended for any yoga teacher who wants to better understand the physical and emotional aspects of pregnancy, and to be able to teach general classes with pregnant students in them. It’s also recommended for pregnant students, themselves, as well as birth workers and educators.

**This module is a prerequisite to Module II: Advanced Techniques for those wanting to gain certification. It can be taken on its own for additional CEUs. Both modules are required for those wishing to become a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT®).**


Friday, March 31st, 6pm-9pm, virtual via Zoom
Saturday, April 1st, 12-6pm, in person at Folk SF NOPA
Sunday, April 2nd, 12-6pm, in person at Folk SF NOPA
Friday, May 19th, 6pm-9pm, virtual via Zoom
Saturday, May 20th, 12-6pm, in person at Folk SF NOPA
Sunday, May 21st, 12-6pm, in person at Folk SF NOPA
Friday, June 9th, 6pm-9pm, virtual via Zoom
Saturday, June 10th, 12-6pm, in person at Folk NOPA
Sunday, June 11th, 12-6pm, in person at Folk NOPA


Tuition is $850 or $750 if enrolled by March 17th, 2023.
Gain unlimited access to all Folk trainings, workshops, and classes with our ProElite Membership!

YGSF Members receive 10% off the regular price of this training. Alumni receive 15% off the regular price of this training. To receive your discount, please contact hello@folksf.com.

This course provides 45 Elective Contact Hours for our Folk 300 Hour Program (40 Yoga Alliance® CEUs). Please note that to receive Yoga Alliance’s Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) Certification, both the Foundations and the Advanced Techniques Trainings must be taken.

If you’re interested in our 300 Hour Teacher Training, CLICK HERE.