Not only is this a very rewarding specialty, but considering the fact that over 80% of American yoga practitioners are women, it is imperative that all yoga instructors explore ways to support optimal women’s reproductive health for women who choose to attend their classes. These skills will help inform all of your teaching and the program itself is rigorous and demands personal and professional transformation.r pregnancies and prepare for childbirth.
This intellectual approach to yoga as a science requires self-study and an investigation of the cultural, social and economic values that we hold around fertility, women’s health and specifically reproduction so that we can teach from our hearts. Informed by contemporary social theory and medical anthropology, also allows Matrika Prenatal instructors to support students in a way that no other method provides support for. If you are looking for a yoga training that is about memorizing asana sequences, then this is not the program for you. These personal and professional training programs are transformative on both personal and professional levels and will require consistent commitment to study and practice.
This method, philosophy and approach has been refined over almost 15-years by Sharon Fennimore Rudyk, MA, E-RYT, R-PYT and DONA Trained Birth Doula and enjoyed by thousands of women.
Matrika Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Program
Amazing online training with private mentoring sessions that is ideal for busy professionals trying to juggle career and family while also moving in the direction of your dreams. Ideal for expats or English speakers all over the world who do not have access to a RPYT training school, but wish to work towards their certification while traveling or living abroad. There are two tracks of study available:
- 30 CEU Credits for Yoga Teachers
- 100-Hour Prenatal Yoga Specialist Certification
What Makes Matrika Prenatal Yoga Special?
- Emphasis on Tantric subtle body anatomy
- Focus on how culture and reproductive politics impact fertility and pregnancy
- Learn how to support optimum fertility with yoga
- Use of Buddhist philosophy applied to teaching prenatal yoga
- Learn how to teach visualization and meditation specific to pregnancy
- Includes the use of yoga and meditation to prepare for labor and birth
- Postpartum care and Mom and Baby Yoga
Who facilitates the course?
Sharon Fennimore, MA, E-RYT, R-PYT, designed this course and has almost 20-years of experience teaching prenatal yoga and meditation. Sharon is a DONA trained birth doula and holds two Masters Degrees in East Asian Studies and Cultural Anthropology. She has worked with thousands of expectant women and their families over the past 15-years and has been offering prenatal yoga teacher training courses for over seven-years.
TRACK ONE: 30 CEU Credits for Yoga Teachers
Perfect for yoga instructors who need a flexible continuing education program option and have a special interest in learning more about prenatal yoga and teaching yoga to women who are pregnant who may take public group classes during pregnancy. While in the continuing education program, you can up-level to the certification option at any time by purchasing the additional private session package that provides the required contact hours for R-PYT certification. Your tuition includes a holistic online course including 16-video lectures, audio guided practices, handouts and class planning tools, a copy of Sharon Fennimore’s eBook “Matrika Prenatal Yoga” with audio guide. Your tuition does not include the required textbooks.
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TRACK TWO: Prenatal Yoga Specialist Certification (R-PYT)
The second track is a 100-hour program that leads to registration with Yoga Alliance as a certified prenatal yoga specialist with the R-PYT (Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher) credentials. This track also includes four private distance sessions with Sharon Fennimore (either with SKYPE or by phone), unlimited e-mail communication during your course of study, review of all written work submitted and a graduation certificate that is required by Yoga Alliance as evidence of your completion of the requirements to be a prenatal yoga specialist. Choosing this track is a significant commitment to becoming a specialist in working with pregnant women, their infants and their families and support system. There is significant reading, writing and practicum requirements and certification requires your active participation in the online course discussion boards.
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Enroll NOW with a 4-month Payment Plan ($900 total/$225 per month of plan)
Comparison of Two-Tracks of Professional Study
Tuition for both tracks includes: online course enrollment, a copy of Sharon Fennimore’s e-book “Matrika Prenatal” and the accompanying 45-minute audio guide, 16-video lectures, unlimited e-mail support from the facilitator during the length of the program, ongoing teleseminars and Q&A sessions and a BONUS 5 CEU credit postpartum yoga training.
Having Trouble Deciding Which Track is Right for You?
If you know that you wish to pursue continuing education in prenatal yoga and tantric subtle body anatomy with Sharon, but you aren’t sure if the 100-hour commitment is right for you, then the best thing to do is enroll in the online course (which is the 30-CEU credit option) and then see how it goes. If you love it and you want to go deep into the study, then you can level-up to certification at any time during your course enrollment by purchasing the additional $400 private session package.
As soon as you pay tuition for the online course, you will have immediate access to full course materials, list of required textbooks and graduation requirements for both tracks. If you are interested in the 100-hour prenatal yoga specialist track, you can purchase your private session package ($400) from the online course and schedule your sessions. Everything is available at your convenience online 24/7. You will work at your own pace and there is no way to “miss” anything—all events are recorded. There are NO REFUNDS for any reason and only participants who meet the requirements for their track will be given certificates. Enrollment is not a guarantee of graduation. Fees associated with maintaining your Yoga Alliance registrations are not included in tuition.
I Know I Want to Pursue R-PYT Certification, but I Need a Payment Plan
Are you interested in a payment plan? A 4-month payment plan ($225 per month) is available for yoga teachers enrolling in the 100-hour prenatal yoga specialist track. This payment plan includes both tuition for the online course AND a 4-private session package which covers all of the required private sessions for your program. After you make your first payment, you will be invited by e-mail to the online course within 24-hours and you can enroll and schedule your private sessions. There are NO REFUNDS for any reason and all payments in the plan must be made regardless of your actual participation. Graduation and certification is not guaranteed and participants must meet all requirements in order to receive a final certificate to use when applying for RPYT status with Yoga Alliance. Yoga Alliance registration fees are not included in tuition.
The Online Course is organized by the following topics:
Topic I: Orientation
Topic II: Culture and Reproduction
Topic III: Yoga During Pregnancy
Topic IV: Common Pregnancy Complaints
Topic V: Teaching Matrika Prenatal Yoga
Topic VI: Practicum and Professionalization
Topic VII: Postpartum and Baby Yoga
Topic VIII: Graduation and Evaluation
Topic IX: Course Resources
The online course includes access to sixteen lectures that you can download and watch at your convenience. If you are taking this course for Yoga Alliance registration and certification, you will need to complete the worksheet that is associated with each lecture and submit your work for review to Sharon. Worksheets are not required for the 30 CEU credit track, but it is highly recommended that all students watch the lectures.
Culture and Reproduction
Anatomy of Pregnancy
Introduction to “The Matrika”
Three Energetic Diaphragms and Pregnancy 11/17
Using Matrika Prenatal to Prepare for Birth and During Labor
Anatomy of Pregnancy and Birth Recovery
Mom & Baby Yoga
Group Mentoring Q&A Calls
In addition to the lectures, discussion board moderation and our private sessions together, I will regularly schedule group Q&A calls as needed. If it seems like there is a particular need for the group or a topic that needs more time and exploration, then I may create a topic for a particular call, but these are designed to be open for any questions on any part of the course material. I will also regularly add calls that both current and previous trainees can attend to discuss important topics for Prenatal Yoga Teachers.
Graduation and Registration with Yoga Alliance as an RPYT
In order to graduate from the 100-hour prenatal yoga specialist certification program, you must complete all required written work, observations, practice teaching and submit your work for review to Sharon Fennimore, complete four private sessions with Sharon (distance by phone and/or SKYPE), and complete the online course module including active participation in online course discussions. It is possible to complete the course within 6-months, but most trainees take an entire year to finish all of the requirements. When you have completed all of the requirements, Sharon will email you a PDF of a signed graduation certificate that you can use to register with Yoga Alliance as an RPYT if you choose to register as a yoga instructor in this specialty. A paper certificate is not provided, but you can print out your color certificate at your convenience from the PDF you receive if you choose to. Your costs for that registration are not included in your tuition. Your graduation is not guaranteed and you will earn your certification through high quality work, enthusiastic participation and meeting all of the graduation requirements.
YOGA MATRIKA is a Registered Prenatal Yoga School and graduates who meet ALL requirements are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as a prenatal yoga teacher (RPYT). Yoga Alliance requires that you graduate from a RPYS AND that you have a current registration with them as a minimum 200 RYT and that after you graduate from the RPYS that you teach a minimum of 30-prenatal yoga classes that you document with Yoga Alliance before they give you the RPYT credential.
- No refunds for tuition for online programs, mentoring packages or training retreats for ANY reason. If you need an extension for personal reasons, please contact Sharon by e-mail at your earliest convenience.
- There is absolutely no guarantee of graduation or certification. Your work and training portfolio will be evaluated and your ability to complete the program and obtain certification documents will be based on the merits of your participation and quality of the portfolio that you submit.
- Online programs are not for everyone. With flexibility comes extraordinary personal responsibility. You must also have the technical skills to register for the online program, upload documents and submit work as PDF files. Consistent access to a computer and the internet are imperative.
- You should be able to set aside 15-20 hours for each month of your program for working online, reading and writing assignments. It is important that you put these hours in your calendar and stick to a schedule. Otherwise, it is unlikely that you will complete your program in time. If something “comes up” then you must re-schedule your time.
- The cost of required textbooks is not included in any of the above fees.
- The cost of registration with Yoga Alliance is not included in any of the above fees.
- These programs provide an esoteric and intellectual approach to the science and practice of yoga. This may challenge your current practice or ideas about yoga and meditation. Personal mentoring sessions are designed to help you incorporate this information into your own practice and unique teaching voice. Be prepared to be challenged and inspired!