Birthlight Motherhood Yoga Course Programme

We are offering several aspects of the Birthlight trainings  in one exciting new intensive course. Our new 5 day course moves through the journey of pregnancy, birth and the postnatal year with specially designed moves for new mums and babies. You will learn our gentle yet powerful techniques to help women have a positive experience and to optimise bonding with their babies. This knowledge can be integrated into your own areas of practice and we welcome you to further exciting trainings within Birthlight.

Birthlight is a friendly charity and teacher-training organisation focusing on the holistic approach to pregnancy, birth and babyhood. We aim to enhance the wellbeing of women and their partners through the journey of pregnancy and birth, helping parents and infants relax in shared enjoyment of their new life together. Birthlight uses body-based practices inspired from yoga and traditional modes of parenting supported by scientific research and in depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology.

“This 5-day course was a fantastic opportunity to train with a leader in the field of Yoga for Motherhood (Pregnancy, Postnatal and Babies). Our whole group benefitted from Sally’s breadth of knowledge and experience and her warm and welcoming personality created a spirit of inclusivity fostered in our very diverse group a desire to share personal insights and experiences of working with mothers and babies during the amazing transition to parenthood. We all gained so much from Sally’s nuggets of wisdom.

Katey’s friendliness and organisational skills made us all feel like VIPs!”Susan, Berlin course attendee

Upcoming Courses

Jul 17

Birthlight Motherhood Yoga Teacher Training Retreat

17 July @ 5:00 pm - 22 July @ 4:30 pm
Halkida Greece
Aug 20

Birthlight Luxury Motherhood Yoga Teacher Training Retreat

20 August @ 12:00 pm - 26 August @ 2:30 pm
Bunyola, Mallorca Spain
Sep 27

Birthlight Motherhood Yoga Teacher Training Course

27 September @ 4:00 pm - 1 October @ 5:00 pm
Copenhagen Denmark
Nov 01

Birthlight Motherhood Yoga Teacher Training Retreat

1 November @ 5:00 pm - 6 November @ 4:00 pm
Barcelona Spain
Mar 22

Birthlight Motherhood Yoga Teacher Training Course

22 March, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 26 March, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Brooklyn United States

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“Sally’s wonderful inspiring stories and experience made my journey with birthlight Amazing – I feel ready for the beginning of my journey into Motherhood Yoga. I’ve nearly 11 years teaching experience but Sally’s sharing and the sharing of the group was so informative and fun planted a lot of seeds which I will go home with and allow to process and grow.”Siobhan, Berlin course attendee

Aims & Objectives

Aims

To impart knowledge and practical experience in order to:

  • Create spirals of joy – the birthlight philosophy
  • Outline the foundations of Birthlight yoga during pregnancy, birth and after birth
  • Promote a greater understanding of the importance of the breath and micro movements to promote core strength
  • Give a repertoire of moves to work safely and confidently with women and babies through the perinatal period
  • Support the bonding process and the individual development of babies


Learning Objectives

Students will learn:

  • The birthlight holistic approach and selected techniques
  • How yoga for pregnancy helps prepare the body, mind and emotions for birth
  • A range of techniques offering a continuity of practices in pregnancy, postnatally and beyond
  • The role of the hormones throughout the birth journey
  • Adaptations of classic yoga poses for pregnancy and the postnatal period
  • The anatomy of the pelvis and pelvic floor in relation to pregnancy, birth and postnatal recovery
  • Mothering the mother and the concept of self nurture and relaxation
  • The motor development of babies and moving from reflex to voluntary movement
  • Age/developmentally  appropriate stimulation for the growing baby
  • To demonstrate and teach appropriate baby yoga moves with adaptations
  • Techniques to enhance communication and interaction to support deeper bonding between parent and baby
  • Positive nurturing influences for both mother and baby
  • The elements and structure of classes to create flowing lesson plans


Day 1 – Birthlight maternity yoga

Principles of Yoga in relation to birthlight practices
Rhythm and flow of birthlight yoga
Alignment, micro moves and breath awareness

Break

Introduction to Yoga for maternity
Demonstration class (visiting pregnant women)

Lunch

Yoga foundations for maternity
The female pelvis – movements to facilitate birth
The advantages of upright positions

Break

Teaching and practice of basic moves
Practices to bond with baby
Relaxation

Close



Day 2 – Birthlight maternity yoga (contd)

Warm up/ revision of moves
Adaptations and use of props
Walks Sound practices
Pelvic girdle pain

Break

Focus to the birth journey
Pelvis and pelvic floor in relation to birth
The birthing breath
Psychological aspects of giving birth

Lunch

Practical assessment (visiting pregnant women)
Feedback and discussion

Break

Lesson planning / flowing sequences
Practical aspects of teaching
Closing yoga practice

Close



Day 3 – Postnatal yoga

The aims of postnatal yoga
Basic principles of alignment and core strength
Yoga for early postpartum recovery

Break

Demonstration class (visiting women over 8 weeks postpartum)

Lunch

Practice with focus to teaching points.
Breathing techniques
Relaxation and bonding with baby

Break

Specific postnatal needs of women
Lesson planning and class structure
Closing practice

Close



Day 4 – Baby yoga

Birthlight baby yoga
The benefits for babies
Introduction to the practices

Break

Demonstration class (visiting babies 3 – 6 months)

Lunch

Motor development in the first year
Physical and cognitive milestones

Break

Teaching and practice session
Teaching points and benefits
Relaxation for parents and babies together

Close



Day 5 – Baby yoga (contd) & practical assessments

Teaching practice
Lesson planning in small groups

Break

Consolidation of learning
Written assessment

Lunch

Practical assessment (visiting mothers and babies 3 mths – 6 mths)

Break

Debrief and feedback
Birthlight nuggets of wisdom

Close

Homework
Worksheets (10 questions) to be given out at the end of each day. To be reviewed the next morning



“I loved the course. Beautiful. Sally is a gem. Her love, passion about what she does is amazing to see and infectious (contagious?). So much love around and love for the babies. Exceptional. Just brilliant.”Baby Yoga trainee

Course tutor – Sally Lomas


Sally Lomas qualified as an Active Birth teacher in 1997 after training at the Active Birth centre in London. She continued her training with Françoise Freedman in Cambridge and qualified as a Birthlight teacher in Antenatal yoga and Postnatal Yoga and Baby Yoga.

Her Birthlight classes have been running successfully for many years in Cambridge. Sally is now a director of Birthlight Teaching Ltd, Joyful Babies , Joyful Dolphin Swim and Dolphin Baby Swim . She has been involved in the development of teacher training courses. These courses are offered in many locations and have gained international recognition. She is Director of Training at Birthlight and a tutor in Perinatal Yoga, Birthlight Yoga for Maternity, Aqua Yoga, Baby Yoga and Baby Swimming.

Professional connections include training teachers for Sure Start, Touch Learn and Kids Unlimited. Sally is also a qualified Montessori teacher and councilor and has many years experience working with parents and babies.

Sally is a registered SYT teacher with Yoga Alliance UK and E-RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance in the US.

“Sally is the perfect teacher, with her vast knowledge, experience and her creative presentation, in teaching pregnancy yoga, postnatal and baby yoga. each one of us left feeling that we could  go out and teach comfortably.”Varsha Naik, Barcelona
You were on fire with your teaching, “I loved sitting in on your classes, I always learn something new each time, the response from all the students was all really positive and beautiful. We love working with you, it is so special that we get to spend this time together each year xx” Angel Yaffa, Rainbow Kids Yoga
“Thank you for such a wonderful and motivational course Sally. I thought your style of teaching was lovely and I enjoyed every minute. I leave feeling excited and energised to start my classes in April. Thank you”Baby Yoga trainee
“Thank you Sally Lomas for ‘taking our hands, opening our minds and touching our hearts’ during this inspiring Birthlight Mom and Baby Yoga Training!”Baby Yoga trainee
“Sally is incredible knowledgeable but delivers and shares her learning in a wonderfully inclusive way which makes it enjoyable.”Baby yoga trainee
“Thank you very much Sally you are true inspiration. Thank you for your loving energy and support” Baby yoga trainee

Course tutor – Micha Merrick


Micha has used techniques from yoga and Thai Yoga Massage to help fifteen women deliver babies naturally. Time and again, she’s seen the wild strength and fluid grace of feminine nature first hand, creating circles of support for women through song, dance, yoga and massage.

Micha is an internationally certified Birth Doula through DONA International. She served as a Prenatal Yoga instructor, Thai Massage therapist and Birth Doula at Bumi Sehat Birth Center in Bali, Indonesia. Originally from the United States, she currently has her own massage and yoga practice in Playa Maderas, Nicaragua.

Thai massage training includes: Women’s Healthcare Massage and Herbalism at Watpo School of Traditional Medicine, Bangkok. Pregnancy Massage at ITM and apprenticeship at the Asokananda School of Traditional Thai Massage and Ayruvedic Bodywork, Chiang Mai. Micha continues to assist her beloved teacher Laurino, she teaches yoga for Sunshine Network courses in Thailand, Hungry, Italy, and Greece.

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