Frequently Asked Questions
Where is your training? How often do you run it?
Our training is held at Yoga Six in the South Loop of Chicago, Il. We run each of our 3 modules once a year. Our other workshop, The Pregnant Practice is held a few times a year at various locations in the Chicagoland area and surrounding suburbs.
Do I need to be a yoga teacher to take your program?
Our program is designed to be an advanced teacher training for people who have completed at least 200 hours of yoga training. That being said, we are willing to make some exceptions for licensed health care professionals who have extensive yoga practice experience and want to use yoga with their clients and patients. Please contact us to find out if you meet the criteria.
Do I need to attend all three modules of your program?
No. Our program is designed so that you can either take the whole training at once and become a certified prenatal yoga teacher or take individual modules for continuing education credits. Module 2, however has a prerequisite of Module 1 because of the foundational information we establish in our first course.
Do I need to have had a baby to take your program?
Absolutely not! There are many advantages to not having had your own baby. You will be able to meet your students with clear and unbiased eyes rather than some of the projection that having had your own experience can create. Women who have had their own experiences with infertility, pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum will add to our conversation in the training environment, as will women who have not had firsthand knowledge of these stages.
"Never having experienced being pre or postnatal first hand, I was a bit nervous about the training ... but! being that I was passionate about womens' health & advocating a space for their needs, I felt compelled to be a part of the training-especially given our current political climate. I feel extremely grateful of the warmth and welcoming space Amala provided. It was the exact atmosphere I hope to cultivate for women during their monumental life transition. I felt supported by the the leaders, Lela & Cassie, and was amazed to soak up the knowledge of not only the leaders but also all their contracted speakers and teachers in the training. The inspiring, nurturing and empowering training will help me confidently navigate my own future as well as my students and our culture in general."
What if I can’t make all three modules this year or am just interested in one of your module?
No problem. You can work on your full certification over the course of 18 months. The only stipulation is that you cannot take Module 2 without having completed Module 1. Aside from that you can take the courses that you are able to this year and complete the rest next year.
Some teachers may wish to just take Module 1 to deepen their understanding and ability to work with expecting students in their regular classes or take Module 3if they are seeking to have more tools for working with postpartum women.
In some cases, we can provide a distance learning/mentorship option for individuals who cannot attend one module. This is only in circumstances wherein you have paid for our full training and cannot attend a single module in person. An additional fee will be applied to cover the mentorship time. Please contact us for questions about this option.
What are the non-contact hours?
Between our 3 modules and final assessment day you achieve your 75 contact hours as required through Yoga Alliance's parameters. The 10 additional non-contact hours make up a portion of our training. For these hours you can choose which area's you wish to deepen your studies in though and source from a variety of partners and affiliates here. You also may submit your own idea's in how to complete these hours.
What makes your program different from competitors?
So many things distinguish Amala from our competitors! We have an outstanding faculty of licensed health professionals who are some of the most experienced people in the Chicago area. You will learn from a woman's health physical therapist, a holistic fertility expert and author, a certified doula, highly experienced Certified Nurse Midwives, and LCSW's from a perinatal mood disorder group affiliated with Evanston hospital. By bringing in professionals that speak about their field of expertise our students are exposed directly to these valuable resources and vital knowledge. Through these connections our trainees often feel inspired to study deeper in and are offered special opportunities within these niches.
Our training features teaching clinics in Module 2 and 3 along with a final clinic for certification. These give our students an opportunity to work with women one on one in a semi private setting while having access to the feeling of community and support from both lead trainers. These clinics are a joy to be a part of, you can truly feel the passion from the teachers to serve and the appreciation from the well deserving individuals who register. We love watching our trainees shine in these clinics.
The subtle body and therapeutics are at the core of our training. We spend a lot of time helping our students understand the more subtle but very influential ways a pregnant and postpartum women is affected by the experience and then provide the tools and skills to help bring their students into a better state of balance. Those that take our training are often surprised and delighted by how much of our training filters into their own practice and teaching. Even through their regular non-prenatal yoga classes.
Another valuable component of our training is that we record most all of our session so that you can revisit any lectures or practices that you feel you would like to have more time with. We also invite all of our participants back to retake any module in the future.
In addition, Lela and Cassie both have thousands of hours of training and teaching hours between them. They focus the training around how to understand fertility, pregnancy, birth and postpartum through the lens of yoga, Ayurveda, yoga philosophy and the subtle body. You will not find another training that spends the length of time on yoga therapeutics, theme-based sequencing and self-reflection. Lela is one of few certified yoga therapists (C-IAYT) with the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
If I travel to Chicago to take your program, where would I stay? And where would I park?
You can find several resources for your travel, dietary and overnight accommodations here. We are also happy to connect you with other trainees to see if you can either room together or stay with one of our graduates. We have a thriving Facebook community with many students willing to help each other. Once you are accepted into our program, we will add you to our private FB training page where you can also post about your housing needs.
Are there any distance learning/online opportunities for me if I live out of town?
We offer both customized mentorship programs as well as a video review program for individuals who want more feedback on their teaching skills. Please view this page for more information.
Do you have any scholarships, work-study or payment plans?
Yes, we offer the following programs for those in financial need.
Payment Plan: This payment plan is based on the sum of the Ala Carte per Module price of $650 totaling $1950. Initial payment will be $650. Remaining payments must be received by the 15th of every month and completed by May 15, 2018 for the full training price of $1950. For any balance remaining after May 15th will be charged interest at the rate of 3% per month, 36% per annum. If balance is not paid in full by final day (September 2018), participant will not be eligible for graduation or certification. If you are interested in this program click here and on then on payment plan product to learn more.
Community Outreach Scholarship: Every year we hold one position for someone with special financial need circumstances who plan to offer yoga to low-income women in under served neighborhoods. If you are interested in this program click here to learn more.