Welcome to the Ma Yoga® Teacher Certification Page!
Hi I’m Jessica. I’m so glad we found each other! When people reach out to me about prenatal teacher training or Ayurveda for women or yoga therapeutics, I always feel a connection, because we share one special thing: we are both drawn to understand how yoga changes – and must change – for women’s bodies and lives.
I started teaching prenatal yoga right after my first regular yoga teacher training in 2001. I knew enough about how babies are created, but it wasn’t until I began using birth as my guru that I understood the key to becoming a powerful co-creator.
In the only prenatal yoga teacher training available at the time, I learned a lot about what NOT to do and how to teach a gentle, restorative practice. What I felt and still believe strongly is that prenant women need to develop their strength – both inner and outer.
And I also sensed that this time was about so much more than challenges.
Many moms-to-be slow down, listen inward, and begin to take care of themselves in a whole new way.
I began to see pregnancy as a doorway – not just to becoming a mother to our baby, but to becoming a mother to ourselves.
Why is this so important?
The syllable “ma” in every language means “mother.”
In Sanskrit, the ancient language of yoga, it also means “the highest, most powerful, wise and nurturing” – like “Ma Kali”, the Mother of all Goddesses.
By nurturing ourselves, we connect to our deepest power and highest wisdom, and become the “Ma” we want to be.
It starts with learning how to turn nurturing energy inward and and make space for whatever’s gestating within us, whether it’s a baby, a project, or a vision for who we’re becoming.
I started guiding other prenatal teachers through The Yoga of Pregnancy Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training starting in 2004. As a Kinesiologist and Certified Anusara Yoga Instructor, I had learned therapeutic alignment principles and I began refining hem to address the needs and opportunities of pregnant women. I call them the Five Sacred Steps, and each principle continues to guide me as a yoga teacher, a mom and a creative woman to this day. These alignment principles work on all levels: biomechanical, mental/emotional, energetic, and spiritual, and became the foundation of The Yoga of Healing for Women Teacher Training.
When I got pregnant in 2006, I loved having my “Mama Circle.” I felt supported and connected. And I felt well-prepared prepared to be a mom.
I found myself lost without the parts of my identity that had for so long made me feel like me. I couldn’t get anything done, I was exhausted and depleted and having trouble losing the extra weight, and the hardest part: I didn’t have time to do yoga.
The long, focused practices I had come to love were no longer accessible. But I didn’t think it was fair that just because I was a mom, I had to give up yoga.
I honed yoga down to its essential practices and principles, so I – and other moms – could get the breathing, meditation, alignment and strengthening during naps, while baby is playing – even while we’re holding baby. I shifted the practices so they were more focused on core strengthening, helping us find our new identity, and grounding us in our feminine wisdom, power, and nurturing energy. I called it Ma Yoga.
As for life off the mat – I wanted to be healthier, but I didn’t want to live in the kitchen. I began studying Ayurveda again when my daughter was one (the 5,000 year old wellness system that was traditionally part of yoga), and found myself able to provide healthy food, good self-care and energizing daily rhythms for me and my family.
I gathered what I experienced as essential basic healthy lifestyle routines for women (Dina Charya,or “Anchor Practices”) – that even the busiest of us can all fit in to our day to give us more energy, help us sleep better, and allow us to find our ideal weight. I put them all together in six ebooks and phone calls for the online teacher training, MAyurveda: Living Ayurveda for Women.
I put these modules together into what I feel is the most comprehensive program that provides the broadest understanding of yoga for women available. Here are the elements of the 85-hour, Yoga Alliance-registered Ma Yoga Certification Program:
- Prenatal 1: The Yoga of Pregnancy and Postpartum prenatal yoga teacher training
- Prenatal 2: The Yoga of Healing for Women teacher training
- Ma Mentorship: One-on-one work with a senior Certified Ma Yoga teacher trainer
- MAyurveda: Living Ayurveda training for women in their childbearing years
- Labor Education: either a doula training you take on your own, or our online teacher training, The Yoga of Birth
- Class writeups: Write up sequences from Ma Yoga prenatal yoga classes live online
I put it ALL into the 85-hour Ma Yoga® Prenatal Yoga Certification Program, so that you can:
I’d never taught before this program. It gave me the confidence to be a teacher…As a teacher, I love helping moms get their minds and bodies ready for labor. As a doula, I know which poses are good for fetal positioning and labor – and it makes my job easier because by the big day, the things they need to do are second nature.
I am now empowered in my own practice and life with the tools I received related to how life create itself, on and off the mat. This program helped me shift the way I deal with aches and pains, enhance my daily routine, and interact with my community. I feel so grateful for the knowledge gained from this life-changing program.
I have more confidence with moms that come to me so depleted, because through Dina Charya (daily rhythms) and MAyurveda “Anchor Practices” I know how to help them have more energy and heal more fully. I love that we have this community where I can go for inspiration and support as a yoga teacher, on and off the mat.
Click each button to learn more about each teacher training module:
Where will I be after the Ma Yoga Prenatal Certification Program?
By the end of this 85-hour training, you will be able to:
- submit your certificate to Yoga Alliance for your Registered Yoga Alliance Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RYPT)
- confidently guide and inspire pregnant women, both in regular yoga classes and prenatal yoga classes
- get students and clients out of musculoskeletal pain, both in poses and off the mat
- share simple lifestyle practices that improve energy, sleep, immunity and digestion with loved ones, students and clients
- get support from our growing, global Ma teacher tribe of like-souled women, all drawn to support women as they transition into mothers
The modules are designed to be taken in any order. Each training is foundational and transformational.
To complete the program…
Take these trainings:
- The Yoga of Pregnancy and Postpartum
- The Yoga of Healing for Women
- MAyurveda: Living Ayurveda for Women
- Labor education – either your own doula training, or our online The Yoga of Birth in October
Do this homework for each training:
- The Yoga of Pregnancy (Prenatal 1) – Do write-ups for 3 Ma Yoga Prenatal Yoga classes, and 3 Ma Yoga Mom + Baby classes; if you’re not local, on Zoom
- The Yoga of Healing for Women (Prenatal 2) – Ma Mentorship – work with a Certified Ma Mentor to incorporate Yoga of Healing principles into your teaching, through video and phone sessions – become an even safer, more effective and more inspiring yoga teacher.
Apply for Ma Yoga Certification:
- Once you’ve completed above, apply for Certification
- Have your Certification Call with Jessica to discuss career opportunities now available to you!
- Submit your Certificate to Yoga Alliance
Once You’re Done:
- Apply to start a Mama Circle in your own neighborhood, and receive marketing and business support
- Feel confident teaching pregnant women in your regular yoga class
- Include in your “business funnel” private yoga and healthy living sessions for women in their childbearing years
Thinking about getting your Ma Yoga/Yoga Alliance RPYT Prenatal Certification, but not sure it’s for you? Schedule a free 30-minute Dreams and Visions call with me.
I look forward to helping you find your authentic life path, so you can make the biggest impact with your gifts.
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Your Investment for the full Ma Yoga®/ Yoga Alliance Teacher Certification Program
Here’s the breakdown of the value in the program:
- The Yoga of Pregnancy & Postpartum (Prenatal 1) – $497/$450 early bird
- The Yoga of Healing for Women (Prenatal 2) – $497/$450 early bird
- MAyurveda: Living Ayurveda for Women – $350
- Ma Mentorship – $200
- 6 months of Ma Yoga Living membership – $108
- Certification Fee – $30
Total value: $1680
The full Ma Yoga Certification Program price also does not include the cost of required labor education. You might choose to take your own doula training, OR take our online course, The Yoga of Birth ($350).
Your investment: $1297 when you purchase in full.
You save $350, PLUS receive a free private session with Jessica on any topic anytime during the program if you purchase by September 1!
Breadth and quality
From the ease of navigating the website, to the breadth and quality of content, I am thrilled to have been connected to this community and wealth of resources.
I feel more confident
I feel like a stronger teacher, especially when it comes to people who back pain or issues related to pregnancy and postpartum.
I feel more confident as a teacher overall, thank you.
Jessica and the team at Ma Yoga have created a certification made up of crucial components, which allow you to build upon your knowledge and training, continually reassessing and reflecting in order for you to deepen your learning and understanding; thus improving and empowering your teaching and your own life.
I love the Ma Yoga community
Through Ma Yoga I feel empowered as a working mom instead of apprehensive or lost in a corporate job that doesn't want to accept my new life as a mother.
Thank you Jessica and all at Ma Yoga. You will never know what an impact you have made on me and how much I have taken from your course. You are truly inspirational.