A unique collaboration between Beverley Nolan and Ania Witkowska to inform and inspire yoga professionals working in perinatal care. As a team they bring a wealth of experience around supporting a better understanding of the body throughout pregnancy, and around the body and movement as primary means of communication between parents and babies. Ania's first book "Understanding Babies- Newborn Development for Parents" is due to be published by Pinter and Martin in 2019. To learn more about Ania's work, please check her website.


No other CPD training combines yoga, somatic education, infant movement development, and the changing body systems in a theoretical and experiential way like this one. And all the way through the training we will attune to the experiences of both woman and baby.

Spring 2020 - LONDON - Dates To Be Announced

The course consists of 5 days of studio time as well as some pre-course study and written assignments. You will need to attend ALL the training days and complete all assignments satisfactorily to complete the certification requirements. Each training day begins promptly at 10.30am and finishes at 5.30pm.



  • The antenatal experience examined through theory, discussion and experiential practice. Expect to explore the changing landscape of anatomy and embryology; the unfolding of developmental movement patterns and primitive reflexes; plus practical exercises, techniques and sample sequences to weave into constructive yoga settings.

  • The birth experience explored through theory, discussion and experiential practice. Expect to explore the phases of birth from preparation, to the onset of labour and its recognised stages, through to the immediate post-natal moments. Topics cover experiential anatomy, embryology, developmental movement patterns and primitive reflexes; self-agency, resilience and empowerment.

  • The postnatal experience explored through theory, discussion and experiential practice. Expect to examine common post-natal changes to the body and the journey to replenishment and recovery of tissue tone and balance. Time and space to explore anatomy, the integration of developmental movement patterns and primitive reflexes, as well as practical exercises, techniques and sample sequences.


The ARC Centre, 98b St Paul Street, London, N1 7DF

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We accept a maximum of 16 students on this course. We think that keeping course numbers small is the best way to ensure a high level of input from your tutors in both your learning and self-development. We hope you agree.

Full Course fee: £660. A non-refundable deposit of £260 will secure your place, and the balance of £400 payable 8 weeks prior to your Course start date. Please see below information about applying for a bursary award.


Your deposit is non-refundable in all circumstances. We will only refund a whole training fee for fees paid in full prior to to the date 8 weeks before your course start date, minus your deposit. No refunds will be offered on training fees on cancellations after this date. Fees are non-transferable to another training.


As part of our commitment to accessibility to core training and ongoing professional development, it is important to us that we minimise financial barriers wherever possible. To this end we offer a bursary award scheme on our EMBODIED YOGA BIRTH training. Applicants must be able to demonstrate their need for financial support, demonstrate their own dedication to the practice of yoga, and wherever possible present their vision for taking the knowledge, experiences and skills of the training out into community/outreach settings. To make an application, please complete an enquiry form HERE.



Please note that in addition to your class attendance you will be required to do approximately 6 hours of pre-course study. On receipt of your full payment of Course Fees you will receive part one of the Course Manual and a number of small assignments of self-reflection and research. 


You will be required to do approximately 6 hours homework between the weekends and a further 6 hours post-course study. This involves creating sample lesson plans,  designing a Marketing Leaflet or Page for you website in which you will communicate "what to expect" from the your perinatal classes or one-to-one sessions.


5 days of face-to-face tuition, comprehensive Course Manual and handouts to support your learning, student support throughout, and (not to be underestimated!) unlimited tea on your training days.


Books from the required reading list (we will do our best to locate free online resources), your own travel and accommodation costs, your catering/subsistence costs.


Still reading? Eager to join us on this Embodied Yoga Birth & Beyond training?

This course is designed for you if you are an existing teacher with a 200h yoga teaching qualification or similar, or you are working towards a 200h qualification on a current yoga teacher training. Our content assumes you have some experience in A&P, class planning and teaching methodologies. If you have any questions about the course content or suitability, then email Beverley, Course Director, here.

Please note that we are more than happy to hear from applicants who may need Learning Support during the course.

And just because we need to make it clear, throughout the course you will need access to a computer, internet connectivity, an email account, printer and associated stationery.