85-Hour Prenatal

Trauma-Informed Yoga Psychology Teacher Training

Trauma-Informed Yoga
Psychology Teacher Training

Together we will explore meaningful ways to share practices to support pregnancy and parenthood, on and off the mat. 

We are excited to learn with & from you!

When you are ready, please complete the Prenatal YTT application.

85-HOUR

Trauma-Informed Yoga
Psychology Teacher Training

Prenatal Teacher Training

Together we will explore meaningful ways to share practices to support pregnancy and parenthood, on and off the mat. 

We are excited to learn with & from you!

When you are ready, please complete the Prenatal YTT application.

Trauma-Informed. Anti-Oppressive.
Accessible. Eight Limb Yoga.

Trauma-Informed. Anti-Oppressive.
Accessible. Eight Limb Yoga.

Indigenous led by Dr. Melissa Jay
along with an Incredible Faculty

Open to All!

*To registered as a RPYT with Yoga Alliance, you are required to be a RYT 200*

Trauma-Informed. Anti-Oppressive.
Accessible. Eight Limb Yoga.

Trauma-Informed. Anti-Oppressive.
Accessible.
Eight Limb Yoga.

Indigenous led by Dr. Melissa Jay
along with an Incredible Faculty

Open to All!

*To registered as a RPYT with Yoga Alliance, you are required to be a RYT 200*

WELCOME

Tawow! Welcome!

The intention for our Prenatal teacher training is to invite helping professionals and registered yoga teachers to learn ways to integrate yoga as a support for people during pregnancy and beyond. This foundational prenatal yoga teacher training will adhere to the Yoga Alliance training standards while also offering students a thorough understanding of how practicing the eight limbs of yoga can deepen our ability to meet the needs of the people we support on and off of the yoga mat.

Students will complete a self-paced course, led by Dr. Melissa Jay, required readings, and attend two weekend modules to complete 85-hours of contact hours. This training is experiential in nature and will invite students to experience all practices and teachings for themselves with the intention of deepening their ability to walk their talk, as prenatal yoga teachers. Each weekend module will be designed to resemble a retreat-like format so that each student can feel nurtured and, in turn, nurture each other within the group practice, discussions, and practicum components.
 
While students will learn yoga and meditation techniques as a form of self-care for us as teachers and the people we guide, teach, and practice with. Students of Canmore Counselling will not learn to utilize yoga as a treatment for mental health concerns. Also, specific to this prenatal teacher training, students will learn to guide people to seek the advice of their health care provider with any health-related or pregnancy-related issues surrounding pregnancy, labor and delivery, or before starting any pregnancy-related programs. 
 
Students will learn to bring prenatal yoga into their scope of practice. Our school is dedicated to providing opportunities for self-reflection as a means of enhancing self-awareness. Each student will be required to complete an application for enrollment and create a plan to ensure mind-body-spirit-heart support throughout the training.

TUITION FEES & PLANS

Extra Early-Bird Tuition, 
Paid-in-Full

  $700.00 + gst

Includes a $250
non-refundable initial deposit required to secure your spot 
Offer closes four months before the training start date

Early-Bird Tuition, 
Paid-in-Full

 $900.00 + gst

Includes a $250
non-refundable initial deposit required to secure your spot 
Offer closes three months before the training start date

Regular Tuition, 
Paid-in-Full

 $1100.00 + gst

Includes a $250
non-refundable initial deposit required to secure your spot 
Offer available up to two months before the training start date

Regular Tuition, Payment Plan

$1300.00 + gst

Includes a $250
non-refundable initial deposit required to secure your spot 
Offer available up to two months before the training start date

*If for some reason you are not accepted into this program, your tuition will be refunded, in-full* 

TUITION FEES & PLANS

Extra Early-Bird Tuition, 
Paid-in-Full

  $700.00 + gst

Includes a $250
non-refundable initial deposit required to secure your spot 
Offer closes four months before the training start date

Early-Bird Tuition, 
Paid-in-Full

 $900.00 + gst

Includes a $250
non-refundable initial deposit required to secure your spot 
Offer closes three months before the training start date

Regular Tuition, 
Paid-in-Full

 $1100.00 + gst

Includes a $250
non-refundable initial deposit required to secure your spot 
Offer available up to two months before the training start date

Regular Tuition, Payment Plan

$1300.00 + gst

Includes a $250 non-refundable initial deposit required to secure your spot 
Offer available up to two months before the training start date

*If for some reason you are not accepted into this program, your tuition will be refunded, in-full* 

TESTIMONIALS

Kathleen "This yoga school completely embodies the 8 limbs of yoga and as a result, the students learn how to take these ancient teachings and apply them in their lives in a way that does not culturally appropriate. The focus on mind, body, spirit and heart honours each individual’s life journey. I would highly recommend this training to anyone who would like a deeper understanding of the teachings, beliefs and medicine of yoga and how this is integral in health and well-being"
Anissa  "The Trauma-Informed Yoga Psychology School's teacher training was a magically authentic experience... This training helped me not only find connection to an amazing yoga community, but also to myself. The teachers reignited my love of yoga and psychology and created a sense of confidence within me as I move forward within both these fields. I cannot recommend this training enough for anyone who is looking for inspiration and a community!"
Janine  "Choose yourself & do it! You could never regret this experience. I have learned so much professionally, but what really caught me off guard was how much I've learned about myself personally from this experience! This training is not just for those wanting to teach. Everyone can benefit from this training---you will grow in a multitude of ways. It truly will transform you, and you will be so grateful for the knowledge and growth!"
Randi  “I overall truly appreciated the ability to learn and share from my lived experience as an Indigenous learner/practitioner. I was able to feel at ease and find space to explore and release what was not serving the highest and best version of myself. I intend to bring this forward while integrating a two-eyed seeing approach to my teaching. Thank you for this experience and I look forward to reconnecting and for continued learning."

TESTIMONIALS

Kathleen "This yoga school completely embodies the 8 limbs of yoga and as a result, the students learn how to take these ancient teachings and apply them in their lives in a way that does not culturally appropriate. The focus on mind, body, spirit and heart honours each individual’s life journey. I would highly recommend this training to anyone who would like a deeper understanding of the teachings, beliefs and medicine of yoga and how this is integral in health and well-being"
Anissa  "The Trauma-Informed Yoga Psychology School's teacher training was a magically authentic experience... This training helped me not only find connection to an amazing yoga community, but also to myself. The teachers reignited my love of yoga and psychology and created a sense of confidence within me as I move forward within both these fields. I cannot recommend this training enough for anyone who is looking for inspiration and a community!"
Janine  "Choose yourself & do it! You could never regret this experience. I have learned so much professionally, but what really caught me off guard was how much I've learned about myself personally from this experience! This training is not just for those wanting to teach. Everyone can benefit from this training---you will grow in a multitude of ways. It truly will transform you, and you will be so grateful for the knowledge and growth!"
Randi  “I overall truly appreciated the ability to learn and share from my lived experience as an Indigenous learner/practitioner. I was able to feel at ease and find space to explore and release what was not serving the highest and best version of myself. I intend to bring this forward while integrating a two-eyed seeing approach to my teaching. Thank you for this experience and I look forward to reconnecting and for continued learning."

Learning Objectives

 Students will deepen their understanding of Yoga History, and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, with the intention of honouring, rather than appropriating, the practice of prenatal & perinatal yoga.
 Students will gain a thorough understanding of how the eight limbs of yoga can deepen our ability to support people during pregnancy, from an embodiment lens.
 Students will gain a thorough understanding of the impact of trauma and how yoga psychology can empower folks, on and off their mats. 
 Students will explore how embodiment supports emotional regulation and self-compassion and the power of practicing with others.
 Students will explore how functional physical anatomy can promote accessible yoga experiences during pregnancy & beyond.
 Students will learn to integrate the eight limbs of yoga and ethics into their personal and professional lives.

One *Virtual* Trainings in 2023


2 Weekend Modules, via Zoom

Module 1

Friday, April 21st

5pm-8pm MST

Saturday, April 22nd

9am-7pm MST

Saturday, April 23rd

9am-7pm MST

Module 2

Friday, April 28th

9am-7pm MST

Saturday, April 29th

9am-7pm MST

Saturday, April 30th

9am-7pm MST

MEET YOUR FACULTY

Dr. MELISSA JAY
she/her/hers

Tân'si, Hello! 

As someone who has never been pregnant, I am honoured to walk alongside many who are dedicated to finding ways to nurture and enhance their relationships with themselves, their partners, & their children. After completing two prenatal yoga teacher trainings, I am excited to offer a nurturing attachment-based approach to prenatal yoga alongside an incredible faculty who inspire me with their community care. 

As a Nehiyaw member of the Métis Nation of Alberta, it is a joy to walk alongside incredible souls who are dedicated to self-awareness, social justice & community care. My daily eight limb yoga practice support me in allowing Satya (Truth) to flow and deepen my lifelong yoga studentship. In my work as a psychologist & assistant professor, I have the privilege of destigmatizing mental health by offering accessible yoga, workshops, & contributing to academic literature/research #nerdalert

With goodness,
Dr. Melissa Jay
My yoga credentials include: C-IAYT, E-RYT, RCYT, RPYT, YACEP

SWAATI MEHRA-RAMCHARAN
she/her/hers

RANDI RUSSELL
she/her/hers

ALEX ZÚÑIGA
she/her/hers

LINDSEY WILLIAMS
she/her/hers

HAYLEY MOLINA
she/her/hers

We are excited to learn & unlearn with you!

Curriculum

Workshop style learning & integration:

Learning with Melissa

Self-Paced Course:
  • Trauma-Informed Yoga Psychology, On & Off the Mat
Topics:
  • ​​Trauma-Informed Eight Limb Practices
  • ​Embodiment Activities: Practices for Pregnancy
  • ​Attachment Across the Lifespan
  • ​Cultivating Connection with Ourselves & Others
  • Heart Based Land & Lineage Honouring
  • ​Prenatal & Perinatal Support & Resilience
  • The Mindful Business of Yoga: Heart-Based Offerings & Community Care

Learning with Swaati

  • Pelvic Health: 1st & 2nd Trimesters
  • Pelvic Health: 3rd Trimester & Perinatal

Learning with Randi

  • Traditional Considerations: Part 1
  • Traditional Considerations: Part 2

Learning with Lindsey

  • ​Safe & Supportive Approaches to Asana & Dhyana
  • ​Preparing for Delivery

Learning with Hayley

  • Breathing Life, Bringing Life
  • ​Promoting Peaceful Practice, On & Off the Mat

Learning with Alex

  • Certification Support
  • ​Home Study Review

Daily Schedule:

Fridays 5pm-8pm MST

Integration breaks:
6:30-6:45pm MST

Saturday 9am-7pm MST

Integration breaks: 
12:00 - 1:00pm & 4:00-5:00pm MST

Sunday 9am-7pm MST

Integration breaks: 
12:00 - 1:00pm & 4:00-5:00pm MST

What Tuition Includes

Manual Workbook

Official Trauma-Informed Yoga Psychology School 85-Hour Prenatal Manual Workbook 

Support Network with Like-Minded Souls

Connect and stay connected to a group of folks dedicated to accessible prenatal care. 

Certificate of Completion

Certificate of completion, enabling eligibility for RPYT upgrade with Yoga Alliance, for RYT's.

Integrated Eight Limb Yoga Practices

We will empower you in deepening your own practice, by honouring yoga's roots.

Experiential Learning

Each module will offer a retreat-like learning environment, while you grow as a prenatal teacher.

Self-Paced Course

Trauma-Informed Yoga Psychology, On & Off the Mat
with Dr. Melissa Jay

Required Reading & Home Study

Required Readings & Reflections

  • Embrace Yoga’s Roots by Susanna Barkataki
  • Yoga for Pregnancy & Birth by Megan Sloan
  • ​Attached by Amir Levine & Rachel Helle
*Please note that tuition does not include required readings & unexpected costs*

Recommended Asana Books:

  •  Accessible Yoga by Jivana Heyman​
  • What Happened to You? by Dr. Perry & Oprah
  • Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga by David Emerson
*Please note that tuition does not include required readings & unexpected costs*

Yoga Is For Everyone!​

Here is some information for those considering applying for a scholarship: 


​Eligible recipients must complete the Prenatal YTT application. In your application please let us know that you would like to be considered for the scholarship and we will include additional information in your welcome email.

​Please note that these scholarships are not available for the extra early-bird tuition as that rate was created to enhance affordability for all. 

Refund Policy

The $250 initial deposit is non-refundable. As soon as students enroll, we are working behind the scenes to make the school fit well for you! Students also receive access to the required self-paced courses which they can continue working on if they need to withdraw from the course. 

If a student needs to withdraw from the Trauma-Informed Yoga Psychology School's yoga teacher training, more than one month prior to the start date, tuition will be refunded, less the $250 non-refundable initial deposit.

If a student needs to withdraw from the Trauma-Informed Yoga Psychology School, within one month of the start date, there will be no refunds, however, the student may enroll next time it is offered, after re-applying and paying the non-refundable deposit.

Please reach out to Alex with any questions you have :)

Please reach out to Alex with any questions you have :)

Dr. Melissa Jay 

is an Indigenous, Nehiyaw member of the Métis Nation of Alberta, and the Indigenous Director of the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association. We at Canmore Counselling respectfully acknowledges the traditional lands of the Indigenous Peoples (Inuit, First Nations, Métis) of Canada. We are privileged to live on sacred lands and celebrate all of the Indigenous peoples, who live, work, play, and care for these lands. As an act of reconciliation and decolonization, may we work together to answer the TRC's Calls to Action: Truth & Reconciliation Commission Reports and Findings. 
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