85 hour Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training

The most robust perinatal yoga teacher program in Northern Virginia

Nectar Yoga Studios, in partnership with Nurture & Nourish Yoga, presents

Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training

Are you ready to deepen your teaching and learn how to offer yoga to support women and their families through the transformation of pregnancy, birth, and parenthood?


About this Special Program:

The Nurture and Nourish Yoga Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Program is a comprehensive 85-hour training designed to give you the tools to teach supportive, compassionate and transformational perinatal yoga classes.

Through this program, you will deepen your understanding of the wide variation in the experiences of pregnancy and birth, and the prevailing ‘birth culture’ within the United States. This knowledge will be your foundation in creating classes that seek to serve the true needs of pregnant and birthing people and parents. This program is grounded in a philosophy of offering yoga practices that are crafted specifically for pregnant and postnatal students – and not a simple modification of a standard practice.

Expect to take a deep dive into prenatal and postnatal anatomy, physiology and psychology and to use this depth to think critically about how to offer asana, movement, mindfulness practices and meditation for your students. The anatomy and physiology component is supported by modern movement science research with an emphasis on an ‘experiential anatomy’ learning model.

This training will equip you to teach groups with a wide variation in gestation and yoga experience using specific tools and strategies to serve everyone in your class.

Trauma awareness is foundational to the program, as is addressing racial disparities in maternal and infant health and reproductive trauma in its many forms. Any teacher of perinatal yoga should expect to have trauma show up in their classes. Graduates of this program will have the tools to offer trauma-conscious perinatal yoga, to be clear about their scope of practice, and will ultimately develop a network of referral resources.

The Nurture and Nourish program is hosted in partnership with Blue Nectar Yoga. When you take this training you are connected into Blue’s warm, thriving and ever-expanding perinatal community. The studio offers multiple prenatal classes per week as well as special programming offerings for fertility, labor and birth, partner-prenatal, restorative-prenatal, and postpartum yoga.

This breadth of programming affords you the opportunity to be deeply immersed in a living, breathing perinatal yoga space as part of your training.

This training is for you if:

  • You are a yoga teacher or birth worker that is interested in using the practices of yoga to support pregnant women
  • You want to take a deep dive into the culture of pregnancy, birth, matrescence and early parenthood in order to better meet your students’ needs
  • You are interested in learning anatomy, physiology, and psychology related to pregnancy and birth in a fresh, experiential and engaging way
  • You want to be able to think critically about “how and why” to use specific yoga asana and other practices in pregnancy and postpartum, rather than just learning modifications or a set sequence

Training content includes:

  • Weaving mantra, mudra and visualization into the practice to help your students to foster connection to themselves and their babies
  • Teaching philosophy and energetics related to perinatal yoga
  • Learning how movement in the pregnant body can impact the position the baby adopts and how to offer yoga for specific situations such as breech position
  • Communicating techniques students’ can use to stay centered through pregnancy – supporting any kind of birth or journey into parenthood
  • Exploring your own experiences, bias, and language tendencies as part of the process of deepening your own teaching
  • Learning more about reproductive trauma and how to share perinatal yoga practices that are trauma-conscious and aimed to support your students’ personal journey
  • Using many different resources to immerse yourself in the educational content: podcasts, additional reading, group projects, practice teaching and observing perinatal classes

Meet the Faculty:


Claire Sandberg is a specialist fertility and perinatal yoga teacher and the author of the 85-hour Nurture & Nourish Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Program. A lifelong lover of learning about the human body, mind, and spirit she was trained in Western Medicine in the UK and specialized in anesthesiology. Claire is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and has an integrated approach that weaves her medical and childbirth knowledge with the teachings of yoga. She believes perinatal yoga can have a deeply positive impact on the experiences of pregnant and birthing women and can help parents to be with themselves, and with their children, in a more connected, compassionate and mindful way.


Jane Bahneman

Jane Bahneman, MS (Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 and RPYT, ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist, ACE Group Fitness Instructor) is the owner of Nectar Yoga Studios and a lead facilitator for the Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training Program. Jane began teaching yoga nearly two decades ago and has been teaching prenatal yoga since 2004. She completed her prenatal yoga teacher training (RPYT) through Blooma (Minneapolis, Minnesota) with Sarah Longacre, her Trauma-Informed Yoga Training with Hala Khouri (Los Angeles, California), and her Relax and Renew Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Judith Lasater. Jane has taught yoga teachers around the globe. In addition to her specialized yoga teacher training(s), she is also a trained doula (labor and birth assistant).


Johanna Olivas is deeply passionate about yoga and subtle body energy healing. She is a Reiki Master, Sound Healer, and a Crystalline Consciousness Technique practitioner, Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500hr level and Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT). A professional marketer by trade, yoga has been a foundational piece of her life, especially through pregnancy and birth, keeping her grounded in the most chaotic times and equally in the most blissful times. Johanna brings her expertise in vocal toning for pregnancy, the power of sound, and accessibility in perinatal yoga to the program.


Program Schedule:

The program is delivered over three weekend modules at Blue Nectar Yoga Studio in Falls Church, Virginia.

Weekend 1: September 18 – 20, 2020

Weekend 2: October 16 – 18, 2020

Weekend 3: November 13 – 15, 2020

The training hours are:

Friday           2:00pm – 9:00pm

Saturday       10:00am – 8:00pm

Sunday         10:30am – 6:30pm


Early Bird Rate, through August 16, 2020: $1,395.00

Regular Rate, after August 16, 2020: $1,595.00

A non-refundable deposit of $400 is required to secure your space in the training. This deposit goes toward the regular rate. Early Bird rate must be paid in full at the time of registration.
The balance is due 7 days before the program begins.

Public “informational sessions” will not be held in advance of this training. We prefer to answer your unique questions one-on-one. Please feel free to reach out directly to Claire Sandberg at claire@nurtureandnourishyoga.com to discuss.


Can I take this training if I am pregnant?

Yes. This is a great training to take during pregnancy!

What happens if I unexpectedly miss some of the training?

Please plan to be present for all of the training hours. Missed hours may be able to be made up in one-to-one sessions, charged at a private class rate.

Is this training registered with the Yoga Alliance?

Yes. Nurture and Nourish Yoga is a Registered Prenatal Yoga School (RPYS) with Yoga Alliance.

Does this training qualify me to be a Yoga Alliance Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT)?

The pathway to becoming registered with Yoga Alliance as an RPYT is detailed here. In order to fulfill the requirements for the RPYT designation, you must have completed a Yoga Alliance recognized 200hr yoga teacher training program and will be required to teach 30 hours of prenatal yoga after completion of this training.

Do you have tuition scholarships?

We are a mission-centric business, striving to empower individuals in the communities we serve.
Thus there are two 50% scholarships available for this training.

In the US there is significant racial disparity in birth outcomes for both mothers and babies – with higher maternal and infant mortality rates in families of color than in white families. This is particularly pronounced for black women who are 4 times more likely to die in childbirth than white women. Everyone has their part to play in dismantling both direct and institutionalized racism, and this is addressed as part of this training with regard to the yoga space and birth-work.

Special consideration is therefore given for scholarship applications from people of color and those expecting to serve vulnerable populations.

Please email Claire claire@nurtureandnourishyoga.com to request the scholarship application form.

We invite you to learn more about the racial disparities in maternal and infant mortality and health here: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/magazine/magazine_article/america-is-failing-its-black-mothers/