prenatal yoga
Teacher Training

85-Hour Certification Program

“Peace and harmony in our world begins with the re-awakening of motherhood.
When we approach birth and parenting with conscious awareness, we create a positive impact on humanity.”

– Sri Janani Yoga Philosophy

Learn from The Premier Prenatal / Postnatal Yoga
& Childbirth Education Center in the USA  

Sri Janani Yoga, based in Seattle, Washington, offers one of the most highly acclaimed, comprehensive Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training programs available and is a recognized Yoga Alliance® Registered Prenatal Yoga School (RPYS®). Our program is infused with the wisdom of holistic childbirth education, combined with both prenatal and postnatal yoga instruction. Our first Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training program was created by Sri Janani Yoga founder, Colette Crawford (RN, BSN, E-RYT) more than 20 years ago, breaking ground in 1998 as one of the first of its kind in the country.

Benefits You Gain:

  • Certification through Sri Janani Yoga as a ‘Prenatal Yoga Teacher / Instructor’, and
    85 Yoga Alliance CEUs you can apply to the Yoga Alliance Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher certification (RPYT), or continuing education as a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT)

  • Guidance, mentoring and instruction from Sri Janani Yoga founder and director, Colette Crawford—often referred to as ‘Mother of Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga’—enhanced with introductions to additional Sri Janani Yoga instructors.  (For more information on Colette’s 45 years of expertise, read Our Story, and see our Instructors page.)

  • Knowledge and training for creating a profitable niche in the specialty of pregnancy, labor and birth

  • Hands-on teaching experience of yoga and meditation to pregnant and postpartum women

  • Deep personal growth and self-study opportunities

  • The gift of becoming qualified to offer a unique service to the women in your community—one that will greatly benefit their lives and their children’s lives, long after birth

  • Learning more than you could imagine!

You’ll go beyond the technique of yoga postures to deepen your understanding of pregnancy, labor and conscious birthing. Factual information on the current evidence-based data of modern birthing practices is woven into the instruction of each Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training class. This understanding will enable you to help empower women with an understanding of their choices, so they can make conscious decisions for their care, potentially greatly improving their birth outcomes.


The prerequisite for this course is simply a desire to discover more about birth. A basic understanding of yoga is recommended, but not required.
The program is open to teachers and practitioners of all styles of yoga, as well as anyone interested in learning more about birth. Sri Janani Yoga has trained teachers, doctors, nurses, doulas, midwives, childbirth educators, pregnant women and others from all over the USA and the world, including Australia, Canada, China, Taiwan, Germany, Iceland, Croatia and Vietnam.


The Curriculum consists of 3 Levels. You can do one at a time, or sign up for all three.*
( Levels 1, 2 or 3 may be taken separately within an 18-24 month period from time of registration. Before you can register with the Yoga Alliance as a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher, you must complete all three Levels.)

A New Paradigm

  1. Awakening of Motherhood, State of Health Care and Birth, Appropriate Technology for Birth

  2. Anatomy & Physiology

  3. Structuring a Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga class, Sequencing, General Routine of Poses

  4. Attend 2 Classes with an E-RYT

  5. Effects of Stress on Mother and Baby; Breathing and Relaxation Techniques

  6. Common Discomforts of Pregnancy; Therapeutic Application with Alternative Modalities

  7. Optimal Fetal Position (Working with occiput posterior, breech, and asynclitic presentations)

  8. Normal Labor and Birth

  9. Early Postpartum Period

  10. Chanting & Meditation

Transition into Motherhood

  1. Inversions, Healthy Back and Hips, Relaxation and Breathing Techniques for Pregnancy and Labor

  2. Attend 2 Classes with an E-RYT

  3. Teach 2 Classes with an E-RYT

  4. Evidence-based Data on Benefits & Risks of Current Birthing Practices, Drugs and Tests

  5. Techniques for Challenges in Labor

  6. Couples Yoga, and Massage for Labor

  7. Cesarean Section Prevention and VBAC

  8. Energy Styles, Masculine & Feminine Energy, and the Chakras

  9. Chanting & Meditation

Protecting Mother-Baby 

  1. The Fourth Trimester: What Babies Want

  2. Postpartum

  3. Healing from C-Section or Birth Trauma

  4. Pelvic and Abdominal Strengthening

  5. Tummy Time and Baby-Wearing

  6. Infant Massage

  7. Baby Gym: Infant Developmental Movement

  8. Attend 1 Class with an E-RYT; Teach 1 Class with an E-RYT

  9. Chanting and meditation

  10. Teacher Certification:
    Students who are interested in certification will be teaching in classes this week. There will also be a practical and written exam


2019 Dates:

Level 1

Apr 25 - 28

July 25 - 28

Oct 3 - 6

Level 2

May 1 - 4

July 31 - Aug 3

Oct 9 - 12

Level 3

May 7 - 10

Oct 15 - 18

All set training dates are posted above.
You are welcome to email the studio regarding any tentative future dates.


Standard Tuition for Each Teacher Training Level: $795
Discount Offer: Save $390 when you register and pay for all 3 Levels together = Total $1,995

A $150 non-refundable registration deposit guarantees your space and is applied towards your tuition. Upon payment of deposit or tuition fee, you will receive a
Program Packet:

  • List of reading materials (books to be completed prior to start of Teacher Training)

  • Essay assignment (to be completed prior to start of Teacher Training)

  • Information on local accommodations and transportation to and from the airport, including taxi services, public transportation (buses and light rail), shuttle and rental car options.

Sri Janani Yoga is a recognized Yoga Alliance® Registered Prenatal Yoga School (RPYS®).


  • Registration Fee of $150 is non-refundable.

  • Refunds are available (less your $150 Registration Fee and a $50 processing fee) up to 14 days before your Teacher Training Level begins. If you registered for all 3 Levels together, than Standard Tuition fees are applied to any Levels already taken before refund is given.

  • Nonrefundable credit toward a future Sri Janani Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Level (less your $150 Registration Fee and a $50 processing fee) is available if you give notice between 14 days and 48 hours before your Training Level begins. Credit may be applied to any Sri Janani Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Level one year following date of issue. If you registered for all 3 Levels together, than Standard Tuition fees are applied to any Levels already taken before program credit is given.

  • No credit or refund is available if you cancel less than 48 hours before your Teacher Training Level begins; if you do not show up; or if you leave the training early for any reason. No refund will be available if you attend the program and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content.

  • Sri Janani Yoga reserves the right to cancel the Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training program at any time. If Sri Janani Yoga cancels the program, you will receive a full refund.

I have the unique distinction of being one of Colette’s first Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training students. Although it is hard to find the words to describe my experience, extraordinary, eye opening, challenging, brilliant, empowering, nurturing, divine would be a start. I was then, and have been since, extremely blessed by Colette’s teaching and her guidance. Because of her I have touched the lives of countless women and their families in the last 17 years.

This training will inspire you to embrace all that is feminine and what ‘Mother’ truly means. It will give you the tools to provide the women in your community with knowledge and empowerment. If you have it in your heart to connect with women and make a difference in their lives, this Prenatal Teacher Training Program is for you.

Words cannot express how grateful I am to Colette Crawford for all that she’s taught me, and all that she’s shared with me, over the past 6 years. I attended my first training with Colette in 2009 with the intention of learning how to teach Prenatal Yoga so that I could offer these classes in my community, but discovered that my time with Colette ignited in me a passion for birth and helping women to have the tools, information and support to birth with confidence, peace and in their own terms.

Colette makes you feel welcome from the moment you walk into the studio and has a way of connecting with each and every student. I learned so much invaluable information and feel that all that she’s shared with me has given me the tools to do what I love—to confidently teach Prenatal, Postnatal, and Couples Yoga for Labor classes, and to support women in birth.

I highly recommend attending her classes and, if you’re an aspiring Prenatal Yoga Teacher, attending her trainings. You will find the experience transformational and will be so happy that you did!
— Anna Starikov, Kirkland, WA

 Please contact us if you would like more information, or are interested in signing up for a future training.

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