Including the Pregnant/Postpartum Practitioner in an Open Asana Class with Amber Sawyer, Oct 24 & 31
Saturday, October 24 & 31, 2020
11am - 6pm, 2pm - 5pm
Including the Pregnant Practitioner in an Open Asana Class
Saturday, October 24, 2020
11am - 6pm
So here you are with an abundance of teaching hours, certification and experience, yet as you see a pregnant practitioner walk into your open level asana class, you are filled with a moment of panic and insecurity. What can she do safely? Can you continue with your planned sequence? How can you help her to modify, without disrupting the flow of your class? What if she does something in your class that may cause harm to baby? Is she strong enough to do the class? Should I trust that she can modify her own practice? Do I support her or just let her be?
If this scenario has any familiarity for you, join us for this special workshop led by Amber Sawyer, PhD, Founder of Embodied Woman Yoga, as we take a full day to explore and deepen our understanding of how to safely include the pregnant practitioner in an open level class. In this workshop, we will start the day with an asana practice from the perspective of pregnancy, as well as include theory to look more closely at the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and at the musculoskeletal changes and complications that are common during pregnancy. Through this lens, we will better be able to explore how to modify an asana practice safely for pregnant practitioners, going through easy and quick variations for postures and vinyasas, how to incorporate props to support the pregnant body, as well as review the contraindications for yoga during pregnancy.
Rather than memorizing a list of contraindications for pregnancy, this course will enable you to have a deeper understanding of why a pose may or may not be beneficial during pregnancy. Moreover, this CEU will hopefully give you the skills to confidently welcome a pregnant practitioner into your open level classes, so that no longer do you feel the panic arise with her presence, and instead, you feel excited to include her on the mat!
Topics to be covered:
- Understanding an overview of the anatomical and physiological changes during pregnancy
- General guidelines to follow for a pregnant practitioner on that mat
- General asana and pranayama contraindications during pregnancy, and intuitively recognizing what may or may not be appropriate during pregnancy
- How to use props to support the pregnant practitioner
- How to include a pregnant practitioner in a vinyasa
- Safe pelvic floor and core training during pregnancy
- How to modify poses for common musculoskeletal complications during pregnancy
- How to quickly and efficiently offer asana variations for the pregnant practitioner
- Assists that are appropriate during pregnancy
11:00am - 12:00pm Asana Practice (bring a pillow!)
12:00pm - 1:30pm Theory
1:30pm - 2:15pm Lunch
2:15pm - 4:15pm Theory
4:30pm - 5:30pm Partner Work
5:30pm - 6:00pm Q&A
Including the Postpartum Practitioner in an Open Asana Class
Saturday, October 31, 2020
2pm - 5pm
In your list of conditions, injuries and physical challenges that you keep in mind during your open level asana classes, have you ever considered the postpartum practitioner? Postpartum is a term that refers to a woman after she has parted with her fetus (this can be used for miscarriage or for birth of a viable pregnancy). Giving birth is not only the birth of a baby, but is also the birth of the mother - and with this monumental life transition often comes an incredible amount of stress on the body and mind. Once postpartum, always postpartum, but the first 0-3 years are commonly the most tender as the new mother is adapting to her ever changing body and role. You may have found yourself in a position where a woman has returned to her yoga practice in your class, recently having given birth, and that you are not sure how to best support her. Or, you may have never even considered that postpartum women need any particular attention!
Join Amber Sawyer, PhD, Founder of Embodied Woman Yoga for a half day workshop specializing in how we can include the postpartum practitioner in an open level asana class. In this workshop, we will explore more deeply the physical and anatomical changes that take place postpartum, the general guidelines and contraindications that are common postpartum, how to offer appropriate asana modifications and what to look out for when including postpartum practitioners in your open level class. After attending this half day workshop, hopefully you will gain more confidence and security to welcome postpartum practitioners onto the mat.
Topics to be covered:
- Understanding an overview of the anatomical and physiological changes following birth
- General guidelines to follow for a postpartum practitioner on that mat
- General asana and pranayama contraindications following birth, and intuitively recognizing what may or may not be appropriate during the early postpartum years
- How to include a postpartum practitioner in a vinyasa
- Safe pelvic floor and core training following birth
- Assists that are appropriate for a postpartum practitioner
2:00pm - 4:00pm Theory
4:00pm - 4:30pm Partner Work
4:30pm - 5:00pm Q&A
Including the Pregnant Practitioner in an Open Asana Class: $250
Including the Postpartum Practitioner in an Open Asana Class: $125
Both workshops: $350
Please note that students attending the workshop must have completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training.
ABOUT AMBER SAWYER
Pregnancy and postpartum can be such a potent time for a woman as she embraces change on every level of her being, as she steps towards the labyrinth of birth and motherhood, shedding who she is now in order to bring forth and take care of a new human being.
Amber Sawyer, PhD, Founder of Embodied Woman Yoga, specialises in developing mindful and foundational yoga practices for expectant-, new- and seasoned- mothers, empowering them to find inner and outer alignment, connecting with their pelvic health, breath, body, mind and preparedness for birth and entry into postpartum. Currently she serves as a birth assistant, teaches pre and postnatal yoga, as well as offers an Embodied Woman Prenatal and Postpartum Yoga Teacher Training biannually. Amber also founded the Embodied Woman Yoga Academy, which is a platform for courses, CEUs, Yoga Teacher Trainings and resources related to women’s health, particularly pregnancy and postpartum. She has been a resident teacher and teacher trainer at HOM Yoga Singapore since 2012.