Qualifying Programs and Affiliates for Non-Contact Elective Hours

As part of Amala's 95 hour certification requirements all trainees are to complete 10 non-contact hours. These elective hours may be completed through various educational resources.  Below are a list of some programs that qualify for this requirment.

The following are a list of approved training's (some with special Amala discounts).  Many other workshops and training's are eligible for approval.  Please submit links to any that you find that you would like to use for your 10 non-contact elective credit hours.  You may take one course totaling ten or more hours or several shorter coursed amounting to ten hours.

Birthing Mama

An on-line holistic pregnancy program.  Amala students receive a 25% discount.  Birthing Mama┬« Prenatal Yoga and Wellness is an ONLINE holistic program for pregnant women.  Birthing Mama┬« supports pregnant women with the insight, inspiration and education they need to dive deeply into the body-mind-spirit system during the transformational time of pregnancy.  When a woman can be present with what is, care for and love herself fully, she will then be able to do this for her children. Together we work toward creating a more conscious and peaceful world: one woman, one birth and one child at a time.

The Bold Method

Training doulas, childbirth educators, midwives, and other professionals who work with mothers in a unique empowerment formula that includes yoga nidra to help mothers awaken their vital force and carry this power throughout their birth and into motherhood.

Chicago Volunteer Doulas Intercultural Communication Workshop

In this workshop, we will explore how power dynamics, social identities, and a diverse range of cultural understandings shape our beliefs, values and practices related to pregnancy, birth and parenting through first-voice experiences of women from particular cultural communities. The goal of this interactive workshop is to empower doulas and other birth workers to identify and build on their existing ability to work through unfamiliar and uncomfortable situations that may arise when they are called upon to support/work with someone. Various cultural approaches towards birth, bridging differences, and ways to support will be explored and placed in the context of a social justice framework.

Everyday Nectar Yoga & Ayurveda

Ayurvedic wisdom courses from Toronto-based yoga teacher and Ayurvedic scholar Matthew Remski.

Find You Prana - Essential Oil for Pregnancy

Discover the secrets to support your body from pre-pregnancy through postpartum using Young Living Essential Oils and other safe and effective health practices. In this class you will discover how to support your body pre-pregnancy; how to have a healthy stress-free pregnancy using essential oils and more; how to rock your delivery in the way that works well for you and your family; and how to continue the healthy lifestyle postpartum to handle all those situations we fear as a new parents. To register, visit click here

Getting to the Core of Postpartum Recovery at Grateful Yoga

This unique series of four-week courses, taught by a licensed physical therapist, will help you move more safely and confidently into your post-pregnancy body.
February will feature Joint health and body mechanics with Becky Liston, PT.
March will feature Posture, Breath and Core Function with Laura Gleason, PT.
April will feature Pelvic Health Awareness, Strength, and Healthy Habits for Optimal Functioning with Annie Cumming, PT.

iRest Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra books, training and resources

Mia Park Yoga

Yoga Nidra: The Art of Guided Relaxation with Mia Park
In this practical, experiential training, you'll learn how to practice and teach transformative relaxation. Yoga nidra is clinically proven to improve pain management, lower PTSD symptoms, and facilitate deeper self-awareness. Yoga nidra is a powerful technique from the Tantric tradition that can benefit everyone from prenatal women to seniors, children, those new to yoga, and more. CE credits available. Watch this video for more information: https://youtu.be/CAoiTrXroCY

Mothering the Mother

A non-profit organization dedicated to improving pregnancy, childbirth and mothering experiences for all women regardless of income.  Provides prenatal care coordination, childbirth and new parent education, doulas, lactation support, and more to all women on a sliding scale. Comprehensive training programs that will help you achieve the basic skills that are needed to start doing this very important work.

Sweet Pea's Studio

Specializing in classes and massage therapy for expecting and existing parents.  Amala students receive a 50% discount for childbirth education courses.

Theda Care

E-learning Childbirth Education. This complete, online childbirth education program, which includes animated illustrations, videos, and interactive tools, takes you from pregnancy through childcare. You can begin this 90-day course whenever you want

Third Coast Birth

A community providing Childbirth Education Course, Labor Support, Postpartum Support, and New Parent Groups.  Amala students receive a 50% discount on education classes subject to availability.  Contact Shawna Martens.

Total Yoga Nidra

An online, expanded version of the Total Yoga Nidra Immersion Experience from Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Nirlipta Tuli. An accessible and profound experience of yoga nidra, providing a perfect opportunity for those who have encountered the practice in other partial or limited forms to experience the full spectrum of approaches and applications. A combination of theory and practice to give you a sound foundation (or to deepen your existing foundation) of understanding about what yoga nidra is in the broadest sense, and how it works. The material is divided into fourteen, roughly one-hour sections, each covering a specific aspect of the practice. It is open to anyone with an interest in learning about and experiencing yoga nidra, and assumes no prior knowledge or experience. Special 10% discount for Amala Students.

Video Review Package

Our video review option is a great way to receive feedback based on the Amala Teaching Principles.  An opportunity to be reviewed by an experienced prenatal teacher can be invaluable to your skill development.  After recording yourself teaching a class and submitting it, we will review within 4 weeks.  During our phone meeting with you, we will offer insights and feedback that will allow you to reach your highest potential as teacher.  This package can be applied towards Amala's 85 hour teacher training "elective credit" requirements as 2 hours.

Trauma Informed Prenatal Yoga Mentorship Training

As prenatal yoga teachers we have an opportunity and responsibly to provide practices, classes and guidance that seeks to create safety for those we teach through connection, knowledge and empathetic understanding. Trauma-informed yoga is an approach to teaching yoga that takes into account the reality that many people have experienced trauma, that healing from trauma can be a somatic as well as a cognitive experience and that yoga, meditation and mindfulness are unique and powerful tools for healing. It also acknowledges the potential for some yoga approaches to be triggering and considers the student's individual needs with every decision. 

Registered with Yoga Alliance for CEUs, this course aims to prepare trained prenatal yoga teachers to adapt and create practices that are trauma-informed for pregnant people both in and outside of yoga studio spaces. Taking an inquiry approach we consider what does a trauma-informed, inclusive prenatal yoga class look like? How can the practice of prenatal yoga evolve to be non-judgmental, affirming and inclusive of all people? And perhaps most importantly: how can each teacher discover and foster their own authentic approach to this important work?

Students should expect to devote a minimum of 10 hours of time on this course over a 6 week period with three hour-long video calls with Kim. Assignments, and readings are chosen with an eye toward understanding, growth and preparation.
Cost: $300 (sliding scale/scholarship available). Learn More!

Books Reports
This is a short list of recommended books that are approved for book reports.  Each submitted book report will count for 5 hours.

Yoni Shakti
The Female Pelvis Anatomy & Exercises
Ending Female Pain
A Headache in the Pelvis
Birthing From Within
The Fourth Trimester: A Postpartum Guide to Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions, and Restoring Your Vitality
Green Mama-to-Be: Creating a Happy, Healthy, and Toxin-Free Pregnancy
Wild Feminine
Awakening Shakti

The Birth Partner
Labor Day
What Mothers Do
The Natural Pregnancy Book

You may complete your ten elective credit hours through an apprenticeship with an Amala approved teacher.  Lead trainers Cassie and Lela offer apprenticeship programs.  If you elect to work with another teacher please gain approval from Amala where we will help you achieve a successful contact and program.

Case Study Report

In this program you will work one-on-one with a pregnant women offering 3 private sessions.  You will need to turn in:

  • A client intake form

  • Logs from each session reporting a general description of what was discussed and what you led in your session.

  • Reflection form based on what your impressions were