Poppy Perinatal Yoga Training

December 7th - 9th, 2019
9 AM - 12 PM; 2 - 6 PM

Course and Materials Fee:
$380 2 weeks in advance
$430 within 2 weeks of training date

Poppy Perinatal Yoga Training


To provide excellent professional training and development for yoga teachers and aspiring yoga teachers who teach prenatal and postnatal yoga students

Core Values:

  • EDUCATION: Provide the most up-to-date and evidence-based information about how to best support pregnant and postpartum people.
  • EMPOWERMENT: Encourage self-advocacy through informed decision-making and integration of knowledge into your life
  • EMPATHY: Support an individual’s needs instead of upholding ideology
  • Philosophy and Approach:

    Pregnancy, birth, and postpartum recovery are rich and intense experiences.
    The yoga practices taught in the Poppy Perinatal Yoga School are designed to help people:
    1) balance and align the body and emotions
    2) skillfully soften and relax within intensity
    3) increase stamina and endurance for the realities of labor, childbirth, and postpartum recovery
    The pranayama and asana practices meet you where you’re at and accommodate your needs during pregnancy and post-birth, whether you need a slow/gentle practice or moderate to more athletic practice. This approach to pregnancy and postpartum yoga is Forrest-inspired and incorporates specialized core exercises designed for supporting prenatal and postnatal people.

    Who Can Attend:

    The training is open to yoga teachers/professionals, aspiring teachers, birthworkers, or anyone who is pregnant or post-birth.

    Curriculum / Topics Covered

  • Daily Prenatal/Postnatal and Meditation Sessions.
  • Tailor poses for various needs and conditions during pregnancy.
  • Specific postpartum yoga practices that promote healing and support after childbirth, including vaginal birth, surgical birth, VBAC, and pregnancy loss.
  • Use yoga practices to relieve pain, discomfort, anxiety, depression that could accompany pregnancy and postpartum.
  • Understand the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum and apply that knowledge to help prenatal and postnatal students.
  • Help people connect emotionally, physically, and spiritually with themselves and use those connections to help prepare them for pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum.
  • Hands-On Assists Clinics – learn and practice enhancement, or supportive, or pain-relieving techniques. No one technique works for everyone; adapt techniques that work best for the individual.

  • Teacher Training Manual (e-book)
  • Prenatal Yoga Workshops
  • Postnatal Yoga Workshops
  • Discussion and Q&A Sessions
  • Daily Breathwork and Meditation Exercises
  • Hands-On Assists Workshops
  • Certificate of Completion

  • Over 100 prenatal and postnatal full color asana pictures with detailed instructions
  • Articles about prenatal and postnatal practices through yoga, breath, meditation
  • Poses and techniques for relieving pain and cultivating strength and openness
  • Up-to-date info on anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum
  • Example 60-minute sequences for private and group prenatal or postnatal classes
  • Example 60-minute sequences for integrating prenatal and postnatal modifications into regular group classes
  • Example 60-minute sequences from relaxing to moderate to athletic prenatal or postnatal classes
  • About the Instructor

    Catherine Allen has been teaching yoga for nearly 20 years and is renowned for her skill as a practitioner and teacher trainer. Cat has completed intensive yoga studies in India and studied several forms of yoga, including Ashtanga Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, and Pralaya Yoga. Her style is rooted in the Forrest Yoga system. For years, Cat apprenticed directly with Ana Forrest, the Creatrix of Forrest Yoga. After receiving the honored title of Forrest Yoga Guardian, Cat became one of the first Forrest Yoga Guardians to be authorized by Ana Forrest to teach the 200-hour Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training and 9-day Forrest Yoga Advanced Teacher Training. Cat herself created Poppy Perinatal Yoga, an approach to prenatal and postnatal yoga that promotes more comfort and support in pregnancy, labor, and postpartum recovery. Yoga teachers and birth workers worldwide throughout the United States and Europe have been trained in the Poppy Perinatal Yoga approach. Cat is a Level 5 Certified Forrest Yoga Teacher, Forrest Yoga Guardian, E-RYT 500, RPYT, Spinning Babies® Certified Parent Educator, and Birth, Loss, and Postpartum Doula. When not on the mat, Cat enjoys spending precious time with her husband, daughter, and coterie of canine and feline companions.

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    Catherine teaches with unmatched clarity and precision. Her language is concise, her assists spot-on, and as her warmth and humor reveal themselves, one feels the presence of greatness. - Stephen G.

    Cat is an inspired and motivated teacher whose class has given me a newfound confidence in my body’s potential for moving in new ways and for growing in strength and flexibility. Her class is a journey, a goal, a process, a project, an opportunity. - P.D.W.

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