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95 hr Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training

with Cassie Rodgers and Lela Beem

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Held online using a combination of live Zoom sessions and pre-recorded lecture

We are in the process of reformatting our training to be a series of online courses with mentorship. Please email us to learn more!

Why train with Amala?

After graduating from your 200 hour program, you probably realized that your yoga education was just beginning—and that with such a saturated market, it’s wise to invest in advanced training. So why not further your career by targeting an underserved specialty population?

Because health care professionals are beginning to understand yoga’s ability to alleviate both the physical and psychological challenges associated with childbearing, there is increased demand for professional prenatal yoga teachers nationwide. Yoga Alliance has recognized this need with training standards for yoga teachers to become Registered Prenatal Yoga Teachers (RPYT).

The Amala School of Prenatal Yoga’s unique program goes above and beyond the typical 85-hour certification protocol. In addition to teachings based in yoga therapy and Ayurveda, our faculty offers clinical insights into physical therapy, nurse midwifery, obstetrical and perinatal psychology.

Over the course of 95 hours, you will learn to design intelligently sequenced classes for women on the path from pregnancy to birth to motherhood. You will become confident in offering powerful meditation, pranayama and relaxation techniques appropriate for the prenatal and postnatal woman.

One of Chicago's longest running prenatal trainings, Amala has offered its certification annually since 2014.

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Join experienced prenatal yoga teachers Cassie Rodgers and Lela Beem and their team of women’s health professionals for a comprehensive curriculum divided into three separate modules. Each module can be taken individually if needed though it is recommended to take all three.

Module One: Yoga for Fertility and Pregnancy

Will be an online course with mentorship componant- stay tuned

Learn how yoga can support women who are trying to conceive, the concerns of the first trimester, and modifications for the initial changes of the pregnant body. Learn how to address common concerns, discomforts and risk factors during the three trimesters of pregnancy. Beth Heller, co- founder of the holistic yoga and fertility centers Pulling Down the Moon, will present about how yoga can assist with fertility. Catherine Lewan, yoga teacher and women's health physical therapist will provide an experiential talk on the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy during this module. There is no pre-requisite to attend this training, but it is ideal to take this as a companion to Part 2.

Module Two: Yoga for Childbirth Preparation

Will be an online course with mentorship componant- stay tuned

Continued education on how to modify asana and pranayama for later stages of pregnancy.  Experience how basic teachings of yoga philosophy can help women through this uncertain time.  Explore how yoga can help women and couples prepare for childbirth. Certified Nurse Midwife Jennifer Jaume from North Shore Assoc. of OB/GYN at Evanston Hospital, will present on the midwifery model of prenatal care and give basic information about hospital births. Qiddist Ashé,  certified doula with Chicago Volunteer Doulas and Lamaze instructor, will offer an in-depth presentation on the role of a doula in pregnancy, labor and postpartum. Yoga for Fertility and Pregnancy (Part One) is a pre-requisite for this four-day training.

Module Three: Yoga for the Postpartum Body & Mind

Will be an online course with mentorship componant- stay tuned

Learn about common concerns that many new moms share and how to support with the therapeutic application of yoga postures, targeted strengthening and guided relaxation. This training will include presentations from Catherine Lewan, yoga teacher and Women's Heath Physical Therapist on common concerns and physiology of postpartum women. Terri Drews, LCSW and co-founder and Kay Warren, LCSW of Beyond the Baby Blues postpartum depression support group in Evanston will also present about common psychological and emotional changes and how to support a new mother. Students will observe a postnatal class during this training that includes baby yoga and infant massage.  Also included will be strategies for successful marketing and community outreach. This training has no pre-requisite. 

Each module will include the following components:

  • A daily morning asana practice, reflection and discussion led by Cassie or Lela
  • Experiential learning to help build confidence leading theme-based sequences
  • Appropriate asana, breathing, meditation and relaxation tools to help students cope with stress, anxiety and pain
  • Anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, birth and postpartum
  • Guest speakers to offer additional expertise in the field
  • Tools for working privately with perinatal students
  • Ideas for building community within your classes


Full Tuition includes:

  • Amala Teacher Training Manual
  • Continued support including on-line forum and apprenticeship resources
  • Additional day for final presentations required for those taking all three modules

A 200 hour yoga teacher certification or professional certification in a related health field, along with prior yoga experience, is required.  Individual modules may be applicable towards cumulative credit for certification if you are unable to complete the full program in a single year.  Individual modules may be applied toward Continuing Education credits for yoga teachers.

This curriculum conforms to the Yoga Alliance standards of a Registered Prenatal Yoga School.  Upon completion of this full training and all requirements (listed below), you will receive a certificate of completion and be eligible for a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher credential (Yoga Alliance requires 30 additional teaching hours after completing our training).

Cassie Rodgers and Lela Beem are co-founders of Amala Yoga School and are both Experienced Registered Yoga Teachers (E-RYT) and Registered Prenatal Yoga Teachers (RPYT) through Yoga Alliance. Amala Yoga School is a Registered Prenatal Yoga School and modules 1 and 3 will be Approved Professional Development courses with the International Association of Yoga Therapy for all C-IAYTs. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 847-644-3623 for more information.

Additional Requirements for Certificate of Completion (95 hour training)*

10 elective credit hours, which need to be completed within 365 days of finishing the three parts. These elective credits can be fulfilled in the following ways:

  1. Attending a childbirth education course of your choice. We have arranged 50% off discounts for our participants at two different childbirth education courses in Chicago and Evanston.
  2. Attending a yoga workshop with a focus on restorative, gentle yoga or meditation. This specialized workshop does not need to be a teacher training, but does need to be applicable to working with prenatal and postnatal students. Pre-approval required.
  3. 10 hours of observing or apprenticing in prenatal or postnatal yoga classes led by a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT).

*Yoga Alliance requires all teachers applying for RPYT status to have completed 30 hours of teaching prenatal group or private sessions following completion of this 95 hour training.

Amala School of Prenatal Yoga Mission Statement

The Amala School makes yoga accessible to families in their childbearing years by creating confident, sensitive teachers and empowering educational programs.

Our trainings, workshops and classes steeped in the wisdom of yoga and Ayurveda also include modern clinical insights from the physical therapy, nurse midwifery, obstetrical and psychotherapeutic communities. 

Our dynamic, innovative training methods are suited to all styles of learning and belief systems. We provide a high level of learning, mentorship and community building in our classes that graduates learn how to replicate in their yoga classes.

Amala Founders and Principle Faculty

lela-jasper-headshotLela Beem, E-RYT, RPYT, C-IAYT is co-owner and founder of Grateful Yoga of Evanston. She is a certified Kripalu Yoga and ParaYoga teacher and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist. Lela has been teaching group and private prenatal, hatha and yoga therapy full-time since 2005. Yoga was a monumental support during her own pregnancy, birth and postpartum recovery processes and she is inspired to share her knowledge and experience with her students and new yoga teachers.

cassie-headshotCassie Rodgers, E-RYT, RPYT had been teaching prenatal yoga since in 2007.  From her in-depth studies and training in prenatal yoga and personal practice during both her pregnancies she created The Pregnant Practice workshops and trainings.  She has been training teachers how to confidently support students during pregnancy with the knowledge and benefits of yoga since 2010.  To learn more about Cassie visit

See additional faculty bios and more on our website!