About your Instructor
Dr. Catherine Lewan, PT, DPT, ERYT, C-IAYT has taught anatomy and physiology for 200-hour teacher training as well as Amala School of Yoga's 85-hour prenatal teacher training. She was a full-time yoga/pilates/fitness instructor before earning a doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2010 and going on to specialize in pelvic health and perinatal rehabilitation. She is passionate about helping teachers and therapists to grow as professionals and improve the lives of their students/clients.
About This Course
Explore the amazing ways the maternal body adapts throughout pregnancy, and how yoga practices can best support the needs of mothers-to-be. A comprehensive look at physiological shifts during pregnancy allows us to appreciate maternal resilience and create practices that connect mothers to their own inner strength that will serve them throughout pregnancy, recovery and motherhood.
Who it's for
If you are a yoga teacher, yoga therapist or health professional, this course will increase your confidence in cultivating a safe space for your pregnant students/clients to explore yoga practices that meet the needs of this unique phase of life.
If you are pregnant, this course will prepare you to fully embrace and appreciate the ways your body is changing and adapt your yoga practice to support your growth (and baby's too!)
This course is intended to be used within the scope of practice of the participant and can be applied toward CEs for yoga teachers and health professionals (including C-IAYT and RYT).
- Appreciate maternal adaptability and resilience
- Describe the various systems that are impacted by pregnancy
- Utilize pranayama and asana to improve function of the pelvic floor and core
- Assess for Diastasis Recti Abdominis (DRA) and initiate practices that build inner core strength
- Appreciate the impact of intra-abdominal pressure and explore options for reducing unnecessary strain
- Adapt yoga practices to accommodate physical changes during pregnancy
- Cultivate a sense of safety as part of a yoga practice
- Identify common areas of pain and strategies for support
- Understand ligamentous laxity and avoid overstretching
Course Length ~7 hrs
This course holds approximately 7 hours of recorded content
with an additional 1+ hours of self-guided practice and reflection.
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