Prenatal yoga is a great way to hone fitness, flexibility, breathing, and more during pregnancy. From holistic body workouts specifically for expecting mothers, to exercises that enhance breathing control in preparation for labor, prenatal yoga is a great way to stay fit and relaxed during pregnancy. Whether you are interested in knowing the basic requirements or are hoping to get involved in prenatal yoga teacher training in your area, here is what you should know about prenatal yoga certification.

Why Get Certified in Prenatal Yoga?

Whether you are an expecting mother, have benefitted yourself from prenatal yoga in the past, or are simply interested in health and wellness for soon-to-be moms, there are many reasons to become prenatal yoga certified:

  • Hone your knowledge and add another type of class to your teaching portfolio
  • Offer a specified service at your studio. Prenatal yoga can be a fun and interesting yoga niche to get involved in to help your business grow and thrive.
  • Share the benefits of prenatal yoga with women in your area!

Yoga Alliance Prenatal Yoga Standards

The Yoga Alliance has a specific certification for prenatal yoga instructors called the Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) certification. To acquire this certification, you must first have your RYT 200 Certification.

The RPYT certification teaches coaches the specifics of yoga for pregnancy, including modifications for those who are pregnant, understanding of anatomy and physiology, breathing exercises, and more. Here is a quick breakdown of the requirements for RYPT certification, totaling 85 hours of additional yoga teacher training:

5 Hours of General Background in the Speciality: The initial five hours of this yoga teacher training includes knowing the relationship between instructors and health care professionals, and knowing when to consult them if a problem arises. This branch of the training also includes understanding the difference between a typical pregnancy and a high-risk pregnancy.

25 Hours of Techniques, Training and Practice: These 25 hours of your prenatal yoga certification include specializing in yoga poses specific to each trimester, as well as stress management and relaxation techniques.

10 Hours of Teaching Methodology: The teaching methodology section of prenatal yoga teacher training includes building curricula around prenatal yoga and yoga classes to meet the needs of pregnant women.

10 Hours of Anatomy and Physiology: When teaching yoga for pregnancy, it is important to understand pregnant women’s bodies and create safe workouts for them. The anatomy and physiology section of training includes a study of the form and function of the pregnant body. This way, instructors can build a class that benefits bodies of women who are pregnant, without pushing too hard.

5 Hours of Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle, and Ethics: This section of prenatal yoga teacher training covers the specific lifestyle adjustments and overall well-being of expecting mothers. Students will explore greater lifestyle and wellbeing principles surrounding pregnancy and how they apply to yoga.

20 Hours of Practical Training Practicum: During the practicum, students will observe prenatal yoga classes and lead classes under the supervision of lead trainers who are already certified in prenatal yoga.

10 Hours of Elective: The final ten hours of prenatal yoga teacher training includes elective hours. This can cover an area in which the studio desires a teacher to gain further knowledge or a specific area of interest a teacher has.

Prenatal yoga is hugely beneficial for women who are pregnant, and offering these services may even give your studio a boost in business from expecting mothers. To learn more about this certification, visit or find a prenatal yoga teacher training in your area. To find some inspiration on your journey to becoming a prenatal yoga instructor, check out Briohny Smith’s Prenatal Glow Bundle hosted on Alo Moves.

Megan Herndon

Megan is a Seattle-based writer who covers health and wellness. She has worked in content marketing and journalism for a number of organizations including The Seattle Globalist, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and The Jakarta Globe. She has a BA in journalism from the University of Washington and is currently working on her second UW degree, a Master of Communication and Digital Media. Born and raised in Hawaii and currently embracing the Pacific Northwest lifestyle, Megan loves all things active and outdoors including hiking, camping, outrigger canoe paddling, and yoga.

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