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Become a Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training Course

Spring 2025 enrollment will open soon.
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Course Details

Birth Humanity (formerly Sweet Momma Yoga) is the original Registered Prenatal Yoga School (RPYS) in Michigan and the Toledo, Ohio area.

  • Be the most visited birth-worker in your community.
  • Support parents as they consciously welcome new life to our planet with love and understanding.
  • In-person + digital content prenatal yoga teacher training

Elise's prenatal and postnatal yoga teacher training program is in alignment with Yoga Alliance's 85-hour RPYS standards; however you do not need to be registered with Yoga Alliance to participate. Check out Elise's top six frequently asked questions to learn more about becoming a pre/postnatal yoga teacher today.

Fertility, pregnancy, childbirth, and the first year postpartum will be studied on many levels. These life topics are delicate in nature. Please be mindful of your journey as sometimes past or unresolved feelings may come to light. As such, time to debrief and discuss is available. This fosters the ability to ultimately help others without attaching personal feelings on someone else’s life path.

  • Pelvic Floor and Core Health instructed by Dr. Rachael E. Miller, Physical Therapist and Women’s Health Coach

As program director and lead trainer, Elise Bowerman was fortunate to grow up in a household with a holistic mind-set and practiced yoga 10 years before her first child was born. She taught and practiced yoga throughout the entire pregnancies of both children experiencing first-hand what it’s like to evolve at this time in life… personally and professionally. Due to her healthful living background she works closely with and advocates for doulas, midwives, chiropractors, holistic medicine, pelvic floor physical therapists, perinatal and antenatal psychologists. Elise is an active volunteer and donor for Birth Detroit.

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Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Course Curriculum

You will leave this in-person / virtual hybrid teacher training with the resources and how-to’s of instructing both prenatal and postnatal yoga classes or workshops, business strategies to be a perinatal yoga leader in your community, and a deeper understanding of the grand transitional phase of life as women and birth-givers become parents.

Prerequisite: A minimum of one year, consistent personal yoga practice (i.e. weekly practice at minimum.) Trainee must have a basic understanding of yoga postures, breath work, and mindfulness practices.

A customized program manual/handbook is included and will be mailed to address provided.

Digital content access will begin immediately upon purchase.

Required reading to be purchased by participant prior to the first day of live classes: Yoga Mama Yoga Baby by Margo Shapiro Bachman and The Female Pelvis by Blandine Calais-Germain.

In-Depth Prenatal Yoga Teacher Instruction Includes

Postures & Sequencing (Pregnancy and Postpartum)
  • Trimester changes and options
  • Benefits of yoga
  • Contraindications
  • Biomechanics of alignment / movement
  • Effective use of props
  • Verbal cues
  • Visualization
  • Physical touch/assist
Anatomy and Physiology
  • Fertility
  • Effects on birth-giver and baby(ies)
  • Pelvic floor and core health
  • Energetic components (nadis, chakras, vayus, koshas, etc.)
  • Common complications
Psychological Factors
  • Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
  • Stress Management Techniques


Prenatal Yoga Teaching and Observations
  • Instruction with peers, in the community, and with Elise
  • Observations in-person or virtual
Encouragement and Empowerment
  • Provider care / when to refer
  • Healthcare choices
  • Childbirth, including informed consent
  • Postpartum healing and bonding
  • Partner yoga practices
Additional Perinatal Focus
  • Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, brief history of yoga
  • Inclusion of all birth-givers
  • Reading assignments and documentaries
  • Ayurveda and Ancient Rituals
Business of Yoga
  • Birth-worker community and resource list
  • Entrepreneurial strategy

Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher Certification

All students will receive a Certificate of Completion (pending final approval from Elise Bowerman), and will be able to thread the knowledge gained into their respective careers and personal lives.

It is not necessary to be registered with Yoga Alliance in order to teach prenatal or postnatal yoga. This course provides a solid foundation for prenatal and postnatal yoga instruction. (Additional hours of mentorship are recommended for those who have not completed a minimum of 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training.) Everyone is encouraged to continue self-study and participation in relevant workshops and classes.

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Eligibility to receive the RPYT designation from YA is as follows (per YA compliance)

  1. Student must complete the 100-hours of Birth Humanity Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training program in order to receive a certificate of completion, and
  2. Student must hold a minimum RYT200 with Yoga Alliance, and
  3. Student must teach 30-hours of prenatal yoga classes after submitting the upgrade request to Yoga Alliance.
It is the student's responsibility to correspond with YA ensuring they are in good standing and eligible for RPYT status. The requirements for eligibility may change at any time without notice. Visit the YA website ( for detailed information.

Payment, Location, and Dates

Enrollment for Spring 2025 will open soon!


2023 Location and Dates

Remote self-paced + live virtual + in person

Digital content: immediate access upon purchase

In person weekend: TBD April/May 2025

Time: Fri-Sun, TBD each day

Location: Elise Bowerman's home in West Bloomfield MI

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Reserving your spot is on first come first serve basis.

Click Buy Now to save your spot and choose:

A. $500 deposit for Payment Plan, or
B. Pay in full to not think about it again, or
C. Scholarship applications due December 1, 2024. Click this link to complete. One scholarship gifted per cohort.
Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Teacher Foundations Course Option

Innovative online course plus private mentoring sessions in compliance with Yoga Alliance for 20-Contact Hours.

  • Go at your own pace.
  • Welcome pregnant people into your yoga classes with the vital information you need as a safe, knowledgeable, and supportive yoga teacher.
  • Learn more about the YACEP Prenatal Yoga Certification.

Thank you for considering Birth Humanity as your prenatal and postnatal yoga teaching foundation.

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  • As a prenatal chiropractor, I have worked closely with Elise and many of her prenatal yoga students in the past 2 years. I consistently find that the women under my care that are also attending regular prenatal yoga classes with Elise experience less discomfort in their pregnancy, report stronger emotional connections to their bodies, and they consistently state they feel better prepared for labor and delivery. If you are looking for a way to safely exercise but also want a beautiful way to connect with your body prior to delivery seek out classes with Sweet Momma Yoga. Lastly, Elise goes above and beyond to create a sense of community for her students. She has created a thriving group of moms that support one another outside of the classes and virtually. - Kelsi McClure, DC, Lone Tree CO
  • I’ve participated in Sweet Momma Yoga during both of my pregnancies and have benefited each time. Even on days when I feel tired and just wanted to put my feet up, I always felt better after class knowing that I am taking the best care of myself and my baby. Elise does an amazing job of making all of the moms feel welcome and comfortable no matter what previous yoga experience they’ve had. I got more out of Sweet Momma Yoga than I ever expected, benefiting both my pregnancy and birthing experiences. I would recommend to any expecting momma! - Deirdre L., Livonia MI
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