We ask all our students for anonymous feedback at the end of the course to allow total freedom of expression. Here are the questions and some responses we have received:
Was the content and information offered in the training what you expected? Please explain.:
Yes, the teachings were thorough across various methods, perspectives, philosophies and stages of female experience (fertility to postpartum)
Yes! Everything we covered was so valuable and more. :)
Did you feel there was anything lacking from the content and information covered?:
No, everything I could think of was presented!
I found it a little challenging to toggle back and forth between the different manuals you gave us.
What were your 3 most enjoyable aspects of the program?:
Engaging in discussion with the group of trainees to further perspective and understanding of various perspectives and techniques.
Putting together practical sequences that I could use outside of the program and apply to personal as well as professional life
Ayurvedic learning. The readings were all helpful and relevant
The vast knowledge and depth that Cassie and Lela have to share.
Being led through practices and meditations.
Being surrounded by such amazing women and expertise.
What were your 3 least enjoyable aspects of the program?:
The three least enjoyable were actually the most beneficial for me despite fears and reservations.
I struggled with wrapping my mind around the anatomy teachings but gained so much from learning this
I was fearful of practice teaching but this was crucial to building confidence and application
Desired more focus on contraindications -- like a top 5 list of NEVER to do EVER that's easy to memorize.
Did you feel supported throughout the program by the lead trainers? :
I not only felt supported, I felt held, loved and uplifted when I needed it more than anything
Did you feel the homework requirements were reasonable and valuable to your learning experience?:
The homework was reasonable, informative, insightful and extremely valuable
Yes, very much so!
Did you feel the 10 elective hours were reasonable and valuable to your learning experience?:
Yes, it was nice to be able to pick the hours based on personal preferences and desired areas for exploration
Yes, very much so!
Do you feel prepared to begin teaching prenatal yoga?:
I’d like to have more scenarios that I might face teaching prenatal yoga and be quizzed on what I would do in those situations.
Would you recommend Amala School of Prenatal Yoga to others?
Yes, my experience with Amala was invaluable. I had the opportunity to connect with other soul sisters while on my journey to improve my own prenatal/postnatal experience and to become better equipped to service others. It was an honor to be a part of the program. I gained insight, perspective and skills to apply to both my personal and professional spheres.
“YES! I participated in Amala PYTT from 7 months pregnant through my “4th trimester” - 2 months postpartum. Looking back, it’s amazing to see the knowledge and resources I acquired during that time and how they directly impacted myself and my growing family. Not only was I able to grow my existing yoga teacher skills for the pre and postnatal audience, but I was profoundly impacted on a personal level as well.
Through the reading materials, lectures, practice flows, and outside experts, I was given an extremely authentic picture of this time in women’s lives — what to expect, how to prepare, how to ask the right questions, and how to best stick to my birth intentions while still practicing non-attachment. It’s easy to get caught up on your birthing day, but thanks to the Amala 3rd module all about postpartum, I was able to return and complete my training with my now 2 month old Ember all 4 days. I was met with welcoming energy from the instructors, and the other amazing women in the class. We even shared in a sacred ceremony to honor each of the pregnant mothers and their unique and heart-wrenching experiences.
Becoming a mother means slaying the woman you knew yourself as before…all the activities, friends, work that you used to define yourself simply feel devoid of meaning upon welcoming this new person into your life. While I had a very challenging postpartum experience, I also felt I had the right support and tools to help me through what can be a very isolating experience. I feel I owe this to my training and wonderful teachers. Without AMALA, I believe I would have had a very different experience through the end of my pregnancy, during birthing and postpartum. I know the benefits have greatly impacted not only myself, but also my sweet family for being so supportive during this time. Thanks to all the resources, I was able to educate them in ways about the needs of myself and my baby in a very helpful way. I can't wait to begin bringing this knowledge to the pre- and post-natal population.”
- 2018 graduate
“Thank you so much for the experience of Amala. I don't even really know where to begin, besides just saying thank you. Being part of this group, and learning so much from the two of you, has truly changed my life. It opened my eyes to so much about yoga and the female journey, and has shaped me as a teacher and a woman. I'm not entirely sure the path that it will lead me down, but I know that it will have a great impact on the choices I make as I continue to teach, study and build a family. Thank you for helping to open so many new doors for me. I'm sure I will be in touch with more questions as I (hopefully) teach more prenatal/postpartum classes. Thank you for always being willing to answer my many questions!” - Rachel Belkov 2019 Graduate
"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."
"Amala School of Yoga not only gifted me the education, both through an Ayurvedic and anatomical/medical lens of pregnancy, birth and postpartum, but also the place to come together and share wisdom and differing perspectives in a safe and healing space. I graduated Amala's program feeling ready and equipped to teach Prenatal Yoga." - 2018 Graduate
"I highly recommend Amala School of Prenatal training to anyone interested in teaching this population. Amala provides an extensive, complete program that serves prenatal students in a safe, strong, and knowledgeable way. You will learn how to create mindful practices, that include dynamic flows, relaxation, meditation and connection for the student and their babies." -2015 graduate
"I loved everything about the workshop. Cassie and Lela are amazing women, amazing teachers. They are truly knowledgeable teachers and genuine yoginis, bringing us their wonderful firsthand experience of pregnancy, birth and motherhood. I felt like I learned more about yoga in these past 2 modules than I did in my entire 200 hour teacher training. I love the approach that they take about really incorporating the subtle bodies. We are genuinely becoming prepared to lead women through a practice that will truly support women through their pregnancy and throughout the birth process. I came into the workshop thinking I'd get some helpful tips on asana and how not to hurt a pregnant woman, and I'm learning so, so, so much more than I ever thought i would. I'm even learning more about myself as a person and as a teacher. It's been a wonderful experience." - 2014 graduate
"The experience I had studying Yoga for Fertility, Prenatal & Postpartum is unmatched. Yes, I learned a great deal about working with the Women's body through different stages of pregnancy, labor and beyond... and was awestruck at how the training continued more deeply into discussions around the philosophy and science of yoga and Ayurveda.
With each session, I left feeling more inspired and prepared to teach even my ongoing yoga classes. In addition to the material, presentations and homework assignments adding to my "tool box", both Lela and Cassie made an incredible team. Even beyond our training, they continue to be accessible resources to aid in our continuing development and success as we collaborate to make yoga that much more accessible to this specialized population. Thank you, Amala School of Prenatal Yoga!!" -2014 graduate
"Diving deeper in to yoga philosophy brought light to concepts that I had learned in my 200 hour training, yet had not fully understood at that time in my life. The philosophical aspects of the practice were presented with a simplicity and openness that made the concepts feel less unattainable.
This workshop is not only a great prenatal workshop, but also a solid compliment and extension to 200 hour training." -2016 graduate
" I've worked in the fitness and health industry for 25 years now, but I always felt somethings was missing. After going through your training I realized I did not have a platform for a spiritual component. When I taught high school health education, I did slip the spiritual side of health in as much as I could which the students seemed to enjoy, but I never really did with my personal clients or with the research I was doing with Women's Health Foundation. This gives me that chance to bring that into my work, which makes it feel complete. Thank you!!! " - 2017 Graduate
“Although this is a great pre/postnatal teaching training, it was so much more than I expected! Both trainers- Cassie and Lela, are so knowledgeable and the way they shared their wealth of information with us students was superb. So much more knowledge than just beyond the pregnant body and mind. I am so grateful to have studied under them both- I learned so much more beyond prenatal, techniques and teachings that I am utilizing in my non-prenatal classes. I absolutely LOVED my time training with Amala.” - Vanessa Jeziorski
“Amala School of Prenatal Yoga is one the very best certification programs I have had the pleasure to be a part of. Both Lela and Cassie are extremely knowledgable and beyond that, they fill their program with lectures and resources from additional expert sources. It transformed the way I teach all my classes, I left that program with two, true mentors. In addition, they were so supportive and accommodating to my crazy schedule, which is such a challenge when taking on new trainings while you are teaching full time. I highly recommend this program to anyone interesting in serving this population or just looking for a deeper understanding of the female body in a yoga practice” .- Jillian Wirtz
“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.” - Meg Murphy
“Cassie and Lela are incredible instructors! Their prenatal program covers everything from fertility yoga to yoga for postpartum depression/anxiety. I learned so much and was able to practice what we learned with hands on constructive feedback! I would recommend this yoga training to any teacher wanting to expand their client base. It is simply wonderful!” -Beth Albrecht
“Lela and Cassie offer a wonderful training program that is both thorough and flexible. The training covers the common physical complaints along with the mental and energic changes of pregnancy. We were offered a wealth of information including a thorough training manual, required reading and a suggested book list, and online training materials. Each module offers a variety of local experts on topics including pelvic floor health, physical therapy, midwifery/doula services, childbirth, postpartum issues and so much more. They tap into the collective wisdom and experiences of the group to share additional resources. I highly recommend the Amala School of Prenatal Yoga.” - Jane Brotski, DC
“Such an amazing program!!!! The level of knowledge in which both Lela and Cassie share in this training is truly inspirational. I honestly recommend this training not just for yoga teachers looking to teach the prenatal population, but for every women who is looking to gain a deeper understanding of her body and how to handle transitions in life with compassion, empathy and acceptance.” - Jennifer Lavin, PT
“The Amala School for Prenatal Yoga was amazing! I took the plunge and signed up even though I live 3 hours away and would need to take off of work and pay for hotels in order to complete training -- and wow, was it worth it! Cassie & Lela are wonderful, knowledgeable instructor who have a passion for sharing and teaching. The detail and care they put into each module was felt and so appreciated! I've been able to to put much of my training to good use as we started our first Prenatal Class at my home studio. I am still learning every week along with my studio and continue to dive into the world of prenatal yoga.” -Kristi Hass Spivalo
“This training was both theoretical and applicable! I partook in the training while pregnant and so I also had the benefit of learning value-add real-time information (helpful for my own prenatal and postnatal experience), as well as learning the tools to teaching Prenatal and Postnatal yoga classes! I would highly recommend this training.” - Tanya Findlay
“This program was so much more than Prenatal and Postpartum Yoga Training. The teachers clearly have a passion for spreading this under-served population and a determination to instruct with heart-driven integrity. Lela and Cassie are amazingly gifted instructors...delivering their message with skill and love. It was a complete joy to be their student, and to be a sponge in their deep well of knowledge. I am humbled and can't wait to learn more and continue my journey!” -Amy Torrey
“This was a well thought out curriculum, executed by two very informed yoga instructors. They also bring in specialists to teach about different parts of the perinatal process. I would recommend this to anyone excited about serving this population of women!!!” - Amanda Felkey
“Lela and Cassie are both wonderful. Their experience teaching prenatal yoga and working with women through the perinatal period shed valuable light on the training. This training takes a very well-rounded approach to prenatal yoga and it helped to inform all of my teaching and my practice. I can't recommend highly enough!” - Emily White
“Great training! Very thoughtful, thorough, and extensive. Cassie and Lela shared so much information and expertise. They also brought in specialists from other fields to give us a broader background. Even though this training was specifically geared towards prenatal yoga, they also covered fertility and postnatal. I really liked that Cassie and Lela were very approachable and supportive, as well as fun and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this training for any yoga teacher!” - Amy Prais
“The training I received through Amala School of Prenatal Yoga was exceptional. I grew as a teacher on many levels and it was a wonderful extension to my 200 hour training. The founding teachers of the training program were skilled and knowledgeable on asana modifications, yoga philosophy, and the physical changes that occur during pregnancy. I feel well prepared to teach prenatal classes as well as on how to teach in a warm, supportive environment that allows women to build community and confidence.” -Emily Rose, MA, DMT
“The Amala School of Prenatal Yoga is an extremely in depth teacher training that adequately prepares teachers to work with prenatal and postnatal students. It was the perfect addition to my 200HR Teacher Training as we not only were trained deeply in the anatomical modifications, but also discussed yoga philosophy in depth in correlation to pregnancy and childbirth. I highly recommend this program to anyone who is interested in taking their yoga and meditation education further. It was a life changing experience, to say the least.” - Rachel Grundner
“I received a fabulous training from the Amala School of Prenatal Training. I would recommend this to anyone interested in learning more about yoga and prenatal training. I left the training fully prepared to teach prenatal yoga, knowing I would offer a safe, knowledgeable and mindful practice for pregnant women. I look forward to continuing to teach this underserved population.” - Celeste Holly