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Alicia Poldino


Utah Prenatal Yoga

My approach to the prenatal practice is about empowering women during the birth years. From the physical practice that cultivates knowledge about alignment and the changes in the pregnant and postpartum body to the emotional and spiritual connection that comes with bringing life into the world. I took my first yoga class in 1998 and over time I morphed into a mom and a yoga teacher. I Founded Utah Prenatal Yoga to better serve expecting and new mothers through the yoga practice. I am currently an Anusara Inspired® Teacher on the path to Certification and hold the E-RYT and RPYT registrations through Yoga Alliance. I offer public prenatal and postnatal yoga classes in addition to Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga Teacher Trainings. Finding the humor in having babies is essential to my sanity, and I sincerely believe that a consistent yoga practice can improve the experience of pregnancy, birthing, and parenting.

Completing Elective Hours in Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga

The Anusara® SMS modules I offer are created specifically for you! You are likely to encounter a pregnant woman during class at some point and being prepared for the basics of how to manage that is essential.  Practicing yoga during pregnancy is far more than just modifying poses; There are some key components a teacher can apply for a practice during the birth year. Being educated and clear about how to assist a woman during this time means a teacher can become a trusted and valued resource. Understanding the full spectrum of the physical, emotional and psycho/social changes that come during pregnancy and the postpartum period requires study and education in current methods.  The content and training I offer will provide a deep understanding of the intricacies of prenatal and postnatal yoga so that you can teach a new mom with confidence and skill!

SMS prenatal yoga module 1: The basics: What to do when you have an expecting mother in your class. Effective modifications, general contraindications, common conditions, and the basics of pregnancy anatomy and physiology through all 3 trimesters.  (9 hours)

SMS prenatal yoga module 2: Beyond the basics: Holding space for the individual as a part of the whole class, sensitive language, common misalignments and key actions, how to modify for specific conditions like ligament pain, sciatica, pubic symphysis pain, blood pressure issues, and considerations for optimal fetal positioning.  (9 hours)

SMS prenatal yoga module 3:  Advanced teaching techniques: Pelvic floor health and preparation, breathing for birth, optimal alignment for pregnancy, and efforts to diminish Diastasis Recti and pelvic floor weakness. Sequencing and theming for a prenatal-specific class, creating a prenatal yoga class in your community.  (9 hours)

SMS postnatal yoga module:  Yoga after birth: Working with the healing body and mind, building strength and core stability safely and effectively. Common conditions during the postpartum period, current methods in postnatal recovery, how to check for Diastasis Recti (and techniques for repairing significant separation), healing the pelvic floor, restoring optimal breathing and supporting new moms as they return to a regular yoga practice. (9 hours)

Prenatal Modules 1-3 can be applied toward the 85-hour Yoga Alliance Prenatal Yoga Registration (RPYT) through Utah Prenatal Yoga.

Postnatal Module can be applied toward certification in Postnatal Yoga through Utah Prenatal Yoga.

All modules can be applied toward the 500-hour Anusara® program and are approved for CE units with the Yoga Alliance.

To register for one or all of the SMS modules please contact Alicia@UtahPrenatalYoga.com You can find upcoming training dates on the ASHY SMS page or HERE

Trainings are held in Salt Lake City, Utah and/or Park City, Utah. If you would like to host a weekend module at your studio, please contact Alicia@UtahPrenatalYoga.com