Pregnancy Yoga teacher training at Bristol School of Yoga with Birthlight Trust

Why train as a yoga for pregnancy teacher with Birthlight?

… and what does perinatal mean?

Dedicated to enhancing the health and wellbeing of women and their families through the journey of pregnancy and birth the Birthlight Trust use simple yoga-inspired, body-based practices alongside traditional modes of parenting. They are running their highly regarded Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training course (Part 1Part 2) over the coming months with us here at Bristol School of Yoga.


Perinatal: /ˌpɛrɪˈneɪt(ə)l/

Perinatal means around birth, ‘Relating to the time, usually a number of weeks, immediately before and after birth’ so this Yoga Alliance accredited course run by Birthlight will train you to teach yoga for use during pregnancy, yoga that can be done during labour and birth to make it easier for Mum and baby, as well as teaching you postnatal yoga to help recover after birth, whatever kind of birth experience a woman has had.


Birthlight takes its name from the belief that each woman’s birthing experience can be a ‘light’ rather than traumatic experience if she is well prepared and well supported.  It is also an acknowledgement that pregnancy, birth and early motherhood, being times of huge change and transformation, can be a very spiritual time as a woman brings new life into the world and forges a new identity for herself.


About the course:

Our concept of pregnancy yoga goes well beyond just adapting the classic yoga poses or leaving some out that are not possible with a big baby bump. In fact we offer practices that are of direct benefit to all women at this special time whether or not they’ve never done yoga before or been practising for years.


Whilst our course will give you the principles to apply in adapting any long standing yoga practice your students may have, our main focus is on the second and third trimesters and how regular pregnancy yoga classes can help avoid and alleviate common aches and pains of pregnancy helping each woman to enjoy her pregnancy more and importantly, prepare body and mind for labour, birth and mothering.


Our course is based on Françoise Freedman’s 30+ years of teaching and observing and the collective experience of tutors and teachers in many different countries. Our holistic and multifaceted course is firmly rooted in yoga principles with a sound understanding of anatomy and physiology integrated with the ever-evolving scientific research into babies’ life in the womb. This training enables you to improve women’s understanding and confidence in their body during pregnancy and through labour and birth.


The Postnatal part of the course will allow you to set women on the path of holistic recovery and long-term health and well being with practices that help realign and stabilise the body and hormones.


We fully recognise that having been through 9 months of change during pregnancy women need at least a similar amount of time to adapt again to not being pregnant.


Our Postnatal Yoga training gives progressive steps towards a classic yoga practice that takes into account the need of all body systems to re-balance after birth.

To find out more about Birthlight’s upcoming courses at BSY see Part 1 and Part 2


Pregnancy during yoga course with at Bristol School of Yoga by Birthlight

About the tutor:

Kirsteen Ruffell

I have had the pleasure of tutoring these courses for the last 10 years not just in the UK and other European countries, but also more recently in Russia and China. Like all good yoga, the yoga for pregnancy practices work across cultures and languages creating connection between breath, body, mind and spirit and also with the baby.


Having taught Pregnancy Yoga, Postnatal Yoga and Baby Yoga in a wide range of settings from Sure-start to the corporate world I am firmly committed to the Birthlight ethos that I see working for women of all backgrounds again and again. My own yoga practice began some decades ago and I have trained in classical Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga and also as a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist. I am without doubt that my own daughter’s calm and straightforward birth at home at 43 weeks+ was down to embodying the Birthlight understanding and practices to which I have also been very grateful for after birth.


Feedback from recent courses:

In which ways do you feel this course has developed your professional skills?

I feel like it gave me a lot of tools to work with pregnant and Postnatal women in yoga classes that I didn’t have as just a general yoga teacher.

I already experienced being in Birthlight classes as a pregnant woman and now after this course I’m even more motivated to teach and pass it on.


What skills/aspects of teaching/understanding did you develop/improve by doing the coursework?

How to build up a class, anatomy, benefits in case of certain ailments.


Being aware of teaching points, benefits, adjustments. More and deeper understanding of how the pelvis and pelvic floor function.


Thank you so much for the great teaching of this course. Your clear explanations, patience and great knowledge on the whole subject are very valuable and definitely changed my way of thinking, practising and approaching my own practice and teaching.


Find out more about Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training Part 1  or Part 2 or contact Bristol School of Yoga for a friendly chat.

Posted on February 20, 2019