Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training

Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training: The Bend & Blossom Method

Upcoming Dates for Teacher Training

Fall 2019:
September 6, 7, 8 AND September 20, 21, 22  at Bend & Blossom in Red Bank.

Spring 2020:
March 6, 7, 8 AND March 27, 28, 29 at Bend & Blossom in Red Bank.

More dates and locations coming soon!

Welcome to The Bend & Blossom Method

This training is a deep dive into yoga for pregnancy and women’s health during the childbearing years. It is an 85 hour in-depth comprehensive course that includes two weekends of classroom time, online study, and independent study. Bend & Blossom is an is an 85-Hour Training and registered Prenatal Yoga School with Yoga Alliance. Upon completion, teachers register as a Prenatal Yoga Specialist.

Teachers can register as a RPYT if they have successfully completed both a 200-hour yoga teacher training and an 85-hour prenatal yoga training—in either order—that are registered with Yoga Alliance. Applicants must submit 30 teaching hours in prenatal yoga which must be performed after completing a training with a RPYS (Registered Prenatal Yoga School).

In this course, we will explore yoga for pregnancy and birthing, as well as before and after; including yoga for breast health, the pelvic floor, and postnatal yoga. You will meet a new perspective merging mind, body, and spirit as it relates to pregnancy and the childbearing year.

Become confident, qualified, and comfortable leading prenatal yoga classes in this training that teaches appropriate asana, assists, pranayama, and meditation for each stage of pregnancy. The yoga class is followed by theory, practical application, and practice teaching.

The Bend & Blossom Method: A six-step method combining Mind, Body, and Spirit drawing from ancient philosophy for the modern woman.

At Bend & Blossom, we have a unique way of blending Prenatal Yoga class and Childbirth Education. Through movement and breathing practice, we are preparing the women who take our class to use these tools at home and in labor.

Our training provides an abundance of information about labor, birth, and why yoga is beneficial for this specific stage in a woman’s journey. We explore a sequence that fits mothers in all trimesters and encourages empowerment and strength that is necessary for pregnancy and birth. During Bend & Blossom’s training you will learn far more than how to teach modifications for pregnancy because that’s just the tip of the iceberg. You will gain comprehensive knowledge of anatomy during and after pregnancy, and will be introduced to wellness and childbirth education philosophies that can support birthing women. You will also examine the emotional and physical challenges a woman may face during labor and childbirth, and how as a prenatal yoga instructor, you can help prepare her for that experience. The training is full of connection, movement, and fun! You not only discover how to be an advocate for yoga and birth, but what birth really means to you as a woman in this day and age.

We will dive deeper into prenatal yoga, the postpartum period, and your development as a teacher. We will look at the connections of pain and fear, and how they affect birth. You will learn how to hold space and ask the “right” questions to explore what many mothers hold deep in their hearts and bring into their labors. You will gain insight about the mind/body connection of the postnatal woman, and discover what poses, rest, nutrition, and support she will need after her birth.

You will create your own sequence, spend time practice teaching, and will be introduced to a sequence that mamas can practice with their new babies to encourage bonding. Our training is led with the intention that every student will identify their strengths, develop confidence, and find their own voice to use when teaching yoga to prenatal and postpartum mothers.

The Curriculum

Module 1 Anatomy & Physiology

  • The physiology of pregnancy and birth
  • Anatomy of the pelvis and optimal fetal positioning
  • Changes in mother and baby in each trimester
  •  Asana modifications, indicated and contraindicated asanas
  •  Alignment and safety for pregnancy
  • Pregnancy discomforts
  • Medical issues in pregnancy

Module 2 Teaching Practices

  • Personal belief systems and teaching
  • Use of language, metaphor, storytelling and mythology
  • Sequencing a prenatal class
  • Theming a prenatal class
  • Hand-on adjustments
  • Teaching effective visualization utilizing right and left brain
  • Practice teaching

Module 3 Subtle Body

  • Subtle body anatomy: koshas, nadis, prana vyus and chakras
  • Yoga philosophy and the primal period
  • The effects of emotions and thoughts on pregnancy and birth
  • Breathing and pranayama
  • Prenatal yoga sadhana including pelvic bodywork, kegels, pain coping techniques and vocalization
  • Visualizations, shivasana and meditation for pregnancy and birth

Module 4 Deepening Your Knowledge

  • Yoga and the Pelvic Floor
  • Yoga for Infertility
  • Yoga for Breast Health

Module 5 Birthing the Baby

  • Yoga for Labor & Delivery
  • Stages of labor
  • Emotional aspects of labor
  • Common interventions
  • Complications in labor

Module 6 Postnatal Yoga

  • Anatomy and physiology of postpartum period
  • Attachment theory
  • Regaining support and stabilization
  • Postnatal complaints including back pain, joint destabilization, weakness of abdominals and pelvic floor, neck and shoulder pain
  • Balancing the emotions and depression
  • Asana modifications, indicated and contraindicated poses
  • Postnatal Yoga Sadhana
  • Mindfulness practices for new mothers
  • Yoga and breastfeeding


Applicants MUST already have completed a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher Training. Teacher Trainees are expected to already have obtained the knowledge of how to sequence a basic hatha yoga class, an understanding of alignment and be able to proficiently explain it, properly apply hand on adjustments and comfortably take the seat of a teacher. Please do not apply if you have not completed a 200 hour training.


Fall/ Winter
Early Bird: $1150, until October 31. 
After November 1, $1350

Spring/ Summer
Early Bird: $1150, until April 20.
After April 21, $1350

Refund Policy

Full payment is due as indicated before the manual and access to the membership website is given.

  • A non-refundable deposit of $550 is required to hold your space in the program. The balance is due according to the tuition policy.
  • We accept cash, checks, Visa or MasterCard.
  • We charge a $25 returned check fee.
  • Refunds are available up to three weeks before the training begins minus your deposit.  The beginning of the training is marked by receiving access to the membership website which contains the manual and corresponding videos.  After this time NO refund or credit will be given if you decide not to attend.  Should you cancel your spot, the $550 deposit cannot be applied to a future training.
  • Once the training begins, if you decide not to continue for any reason, no refund or credit will be given.
  • We welcome pregnant students!  However, if your due date falls before the final exam or if your current work or life leaves little time for extracurricular activities, we strongly urge you to take the training later, when you have more time to devote to the coursework.  Due to the nature of the Teacher Training, we cannot accommodate missed modules.  Both weekend intensives need to be attended to complete the program.  
  • All fees and schedules are subject to change without notice.

Nicole Buratti is available for an 85 hour training, a weekend training, and pre/postnatal retreats at your location, anywhere in the world.  Please contact the studio for details.