Program Highlights, Trainee Codes and Ethics

Amala’s Mission
The Amala School of Prenatal Yoga makes yoga accessible to women in their childbearing years by creating confident, sensitive teachers and empowering educational programs.

Training Highlights
During our teacher training you can expect to have learning in the form of lecture, experiential, practicum, and practice teaches. Our days usually begin with an opening circle followed by a lecture or practice. After lunch we offer a longer lecture and experiential and most days end with practice teaching where you will apply the days lessons by teaching them among your fellow trainees.

One of the richest aspects of our training is the opportunity to learn from guest presenters from the licensed health professionals including; doula support, physical therapy, midwifery, clinical social workers. These presenters bring some of the most dynamic conversations and insights to our training.

Over the course of our training you will have two unique opportunities to see and engage with the public. We host two training clinics; a Prenatal Yoga Clinic where you will be paired with a actual pregnant students to offer a 60 minute private lesson, and a Baby Yoga Clinic where you will observe one of the lead trainers leading a 45 min baby yoga class to the public.

Another very important part of your experience as a student will be your access to a mentor. Each trainee will be assigned as a mentee to one of the lead trainers. Your mentor will be observing your learning process and will be available to you for support via email anytime.

Code of Conduct for Training

  1. Please arrive on time and if late, enter quietly. If you aren’t going to attend any portion of the training, please let your mentor and the training manager know in advance. Arrangements to make up any missed hours will be necessary for your completion certificate (see make up policy for details).

  2. Please take care of your body while training and practicing. Be responsible for yourself and not others.

  3. When in the “assisting/adjusting” role, please ask permission before you touch someone else and ask for feedback about the quality of your touch.

  4. Speak from your own personal experience. Using “I” statements as a goal.

  5. Anything that is spoken about in the circle is considered confidential within our group and must not be shared or gossiped about outside the training. Please refrain from talking about other participants when they are not present.

  6. We ask you to come to this training with a willingness to learn new skills and new ways of doing things regardless of previous experience.

  7. Please reserve questions and comments unless they are relevant to the current conversation.

  8. Giving and Receiving Feedback;

    • Please use the Amala Teaching Principles as a guideline when giving feedback to another participant. You may draw from each category to offer insight into where the teacher has successfully executed concepts and where they could continue to grow.

    • Please respect the Four Gates of Speech: Is it true? Is it kind? Is it timely? Is it necessary?

We ask all Amala trainees and graduates comply with the following expectations:

  • To comply with the restrictions on the use of the Training Manual.

  • To not call yourself a certified prenatal yoga teacher through the Amala School of Yoga until you have completed our program and received a certificate of graduation. While in training it is acceptable to refer to yourself as a prenatal teacher in training or after all modules are complete a “trained prenatal yoga teacher”. After graduating our program you can use the credentials CPYT (Certified Prenatal Yoga Teacher) and after registering with Yoga Alliance you can use RPYT (Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher).

  • To not use the “Amala" brand without our express written permission.

  • To not form an 85 hour prenatal and postnatal yoga teacher training program in the city of Chicago within two years of graduating from Amala.

  • To consider the larger impact on our community of graduates and yoga students if you were to offer a shorter or less comprehensive prenatal yoga teacher training in our area.

  • To teach within your scope of practice and not provide medical advice or call yourself a yoga therapist unless you have additional training or certification that verifies additional expertise.

Code of Ethics. Amala Graduates;

  • Offer classes that actively promote the growth of community, friendship, self-empowerment and education to their students.

  • Strive to keep students feeling safe and trusting of the environment and teachings they are offered.

  • Ask permission before touching a new student and are willing to receive feedback from their students about their quality of touch, teaching style etc.

  • Make every effort to know their students by name and address them personally at each class they facilitate.

  • Approach teaching with the Amala Teaching Principals as a guideline.

  • Speak inclusively and are respectful and supportive to our students choices (even when they differ from our own). We recognize and meet students where they are at. We don’t preach from one school of thought about pregnancy, birth or postpartum.

  • Offer resources as a way of education and exposure to the options and choices a student may have in regards to her care.

  • Respect other teachers and schools of yoga, both within the context of the training and after graduation.

  • Encourage positive communications between and with other healthcare providers, community and family members of our students.

Amala Teaching Principles
These principles are at the heart of our goal in your growth as a teacher. They are to be used as a guideline and tool for reflection on each category in relationship to your current teaching skills. Where do you feel strong, where do you hope to grow?

Intro to Theme and Language: Does your language reflect the theme throughout the class? Do you leave space for people to have their own experience? Do you ask questions? Is there silence?

Body Awareness: Do you guide students to pay attention to subtle physical cues such as imbalances, difference in sensation pre and post posture?

Educational Component: Do you spend some amount of time educating your students about their body, pregnancy, what to expect during childbirth, ways to minimize pain and discomfort, offering resources and tools for further study/support? Do you explain the “why” behind the what?

Safety, Modifications and Transitions: Do you take the time to guide students into and out of postures with internal stabilizing cues? What is the speed of your class and is it appropriate for all trimesters/levels? How do you make sure people are safe? Are your eyes open? Do you get off of your mat?

Therapeutics: Does your teaching address the therapeutic needs of your students? (physical pain/imbalance/discomfort, psychological imbalances, sleep/digestion problems)

Tie to the Subtle Body: Do your classes address more layers of the human experience than just the physical? At what points are you introducing the idea that there is more to us than just what we see on the surface? How do you guide students to sense prana, the witness (vijnanamaya kosha layer), surrender/non-doing/trust in the process.

Pranayama: Does your teaching include discussion of breathing practices that are helpful during pregnancy and labor? Do you guide breathing in your classes? Do you explain why you are teaching breathing?

Meditation/Reflection: Do your classes have a meditative/self-reflective quality? Do you leave time for centering at the beginning and seated reflection at the end? Does your teaching itself have a meditative quality that allows students to look inward?

Identifying with your students: How are you connecting with your students through your teaching in a way that makes you relatable? What of your personal experience and background do you feel comfortable bringing into the classroom to use as teaching material? Do you follow up with your students after class?

Self Inquiry – Identify the deeper reasons on why you feel challenged by any of the principles above. How can you move towards resolving this? What type of support will aid in your growth?