Level 3 Yoga for Pre and Postnatal Clients

Become a specialist pre and postnatal yoga teacher and discover how to safely and effectively tailor yogic activities for mums to be, or those who have recently given birth.

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Level 3 Adapting Yoga for Pre and Postnatal Clients

A fully immersive course that will equip you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to adapt your yoga teachings to better meet the needs of pre and postnatal participants.

  • Flexible Course Structure:

    Study from home - no attendance required

  • Internationally Recognised:

    YMCA Awards certified and CIMSPA endorsed

  • Expert Delivery:

    Delivered by a Registered Midwife

  • Self-Paced Learning:

    Achieve in as little as 2-4 weeks

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Level 3 Adapting Yoga for Pre and Postnatal Clients

There are abundant benefits for pre and postnatal clients to take part in yoga, discover how to adapt your classes to make them inclusive, safe and beneficial for new and expectant mothers.

Course Overview

Yoga is an incredibly inclusive form of exercise used to develop flexibility, improve posture and aide relaxation, among many other notable benefits. Today, there are few limitations as to how yoga is used and who can participate in classes. One such group who is able to reap the many physical and emotionally benefits of this holistic practice is pre and postnatal women, although there are a number of key safety considerations that must be carefully considered. This is what this qualification will teach you.

In order to work effectively with special population groups, like pre and postnatal clients for example, then it’s essential that you are appropriately qualified. Our Level 3 Adapting Yoga for Pre and Postnatal Clients combined the YMCA Awards Level 3 Adapting Exercise for Ante and Postnatal Women with a bespoke online learning solution focusing specifically on adapting yoga for this population. Although separate, these programmes function seamlessly together to provide a comprehensive insight into everything you need to know and be able to do to teach yoga to pregnant and new mothers.

This course provides a great opportunity for current yoga teachers to enhance their career, or newly qualified professionals to widen their client base.

  • Entry Requirements

    Ideally, you'll already hold a a recognised yoga teacher training qualification , like the Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga for example. This will ensure that you are familiar with the rich history and philosophy of yoga, and that you have sufficient knowledge and experience of different yoga asana and breathing practices.

    The Pre and Postnatal qualification actually only requires you to hold a valid Level 2 Fitness Instructor certificate and so if you feel you have sufficient background and experience in yoga, you'd be eligible to enrol also.

    Please note however, without a specific yoga teacher training course, you wouldn't be eligible to teach yoga to participants, even if you completed this CPD programme.

  • Learning Materials

    On enrolment, we'll supply you with all the learning resources and content that you need to achieve. You'll receive a comprehensive training manual focusing on the specific pre and postnatal qualification, and interactive eLearning that will guide you through how to plan and adapt specific yoga activities to make the more suitable to pregnant women and those that have recently had a baby.

    You'll also get a detailed study guide breaking down all the course content into a logical and easy to follow plan. All you need to do is follow it. There's also lots of mock assessments, and templates for all the coursework that you need to complete.

  • Acreditations

    The YMCA Awards Pre and Postnatal Exercise qualification is fully Ofqual regulated and is endorsed by CIMSPA. This ensures that all employers, insurance providers and industry regulators will recognise your achievements.

    The Adapting Yoga for Pre and Postnatal Clients has been developed by HFE specifically for qualified yoga teachers and on completion, graduates will receive a YMCA Awards and HFE certificate also.

With You Every Step...

Graduates of our training courses and qualifications continually rate our support team as 'excellent' and they're usually the first thing that's mentioned in our hundreds of 5-star online reviews.

When you enrol on a course with HFE, you'll be supported by a dedicated, passionate and experienced team of support tutors who will be there for you when you need them.

Some of the more common ways we support our students includes:

  • Phone

  • Email

  • Video call

  • Webinar

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What You'll Learn

Our Level 3 Yoga for Ante and Postnatal Clients is literally packed with technically rich information to give you the knowledge, confidence and credibility to stand out as a specialist pre and postnatal yoga teacher. While the subjects may be technically rich, they’re presented in a simple to understand format, maximising the impact of your learning experience.

Here are just some of the topics you’ll cover in this course.

  • Benefits and Risks of Exercise in Pregnancy

    - Physical, emotional and mental benefits
    - Risks of exercise in pregnancy
    - Implications and links with miscarriage
    - Thermoregulation and overheating
    - Hypoxia and pregnancy
    - Supine hypotensive syndrome
    - Premature membrane ruptures
    - Common myths about exercise

  • Anatomical and Physiological Changes in Pregnancy

    - Stages of pregnancy
    - Musculoskeletal changes
    - Hormone and endocrine changes
    - Cardiovascular changes
    - Respiratory changes
    - Metabolic changes
    - The pelvic floor
    - Emotional changes

  • Physical Conditions Associated with Pregnancy

    - Diastasis recti
    - Symphysis pubis dysfunction
    - Lower back pain
    - Round ligament pain
    - Cramps
    - Carpal tunnel syndrome
    - Stress incontinence
    - Varicose veins
    - Gestational diabetes
    - Haemorrhoids

  • Childbirth and Postnatal Recovery

    - Hormones and labour
    - Stages of labour
    - Complications of labour
    - Caesarean section
    - Post-birth recovery
    - Pelvic floor adaptations
    - Child birthing procedures

  • Planning and Teaching Yoga to Ante/Postnatal Clients

    - Screening and risk stratification
    - Warning signs and red flags
    - Postural issues in pregnancy
    - Adapting yoga asana for pre and postnatal clients
    - Adapting yogic breathing for pregnancy
    - Contraindicated yoga exercises in pregnancy
    - Using yoga to prepare for birth

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*Images and videos are for illustration purposes and may not depict specific course materials.

A Yoga Career Without Limits

Since we first opened our doors back in 2007, we've trained over 40,000 exercise professionals across a variety of disciplines. Many of them have gone on to do amazing things in the health and fitness industry and we're proud to be part of their journey. Where will your yoga journey take you?

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How You'll be Assessed

Our Level 3 Adapting Yoga for Ante and Postnatal Clients course includes a multitude of assessments, formal and informal, to ensure that you develop the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to effectively support new and expectant mothers in the field of yoga.

In this section we've provided a breakdown of the different assessments you'll need to complete, and you can also watch our assessment video to get a better understanding of what's involved.

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  • Multiple-choice
  • Informal knowledge checks
  • Embedded into learning


  • Pre and postnatal case-study
  • Exercise modifications worksheet
  • Unlimited submissions


  • Complete online or at a venue
  • Multiple-choice
  • 70% pass mark

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