85 Hour Pre Natal Yoga Teacher Training + Wild Womban Intensive
MAY 16 - 26, 2020 : COSTA RICA
The All-Inclusive 85 Hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training that ignites your passion to support Empower, and Embolden women who are blossoming into their feminine power and awakening to their true potential.
Do you feel the wild call of the divine feminine to guide, nurture, and support women during their childbearing journey?
If your soul Screams 'Yes!' - This intensive is for YOU!
Hosted Near Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica – At an Eco-Conscious Setting Intensely Rooted in the Wildness of Mother Earth’s Jungles
The wise womxn are gathering to change the world...
This training isn't just for yoga teachers, it's for EVERYONE who feels called to support women through this journey, including midwives, doulas, nurses, doctors, childbirth educators, and those who are ready to awaken their inner wildness. We will join together at a permaculture farm deep in the lush jungles near Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. For more than an entire week, we will steep ourselves in the ancient wisdom offered during this in depth, comprehensive 85 Hour Pre Natal Yoga Course. This isn't just a course to prepare you to radically shift a pregnant mother's experience, this is an intensive to awaken to unapologetic self love as well. Diving into your own embodiment will support other women in doing the same as you emerge from this program with the confidence, knowledge, and deep understanding needed to safely, and impactfully teach prenatal yoga.
All these women feel the wild call of the Divine Feminine to guide, nurture, and support expecting mothers connect with their intuition, instinct, and truth during their childbearing journey. Do you?
If your soul screams “yes” - if you're ready to connect with the essence of womanhood through your yogic expertise – then our collective is waiting for you with open arms and wild, pulsing hearts.
Become a Conscious Prenatal Yoga Teacher - A Comprehensive 85 Hour Course That Shows You How to Use the Techniques of Yoga, Feminine Embodiment Practices, and Technical Anatomy to inspire the connection to deep trust, intuition, and inner guidance Throughout the woman's Birthing Experience
Before we continue with the details of this program, let us tell you why women across the world – with a deep and fundamental interest in providing support throughout the childbearing journey – have gathered to howl at the moon, dance under the stars, and join together to radically shift the birth experience.
The program gives a deep confidence in your ability to safely teach prenatal yoga. Many yoga teachers are hesitant about the idea of teaching yoga for soon-to-be-moms because it entails an immense amount of responsibility. For example, before launching this program, we asked a number of yoginis what fears they had about teaching prenatal yoga. The answers were varied, of course, but several common themes emerged. One yogini expressed that she was worried about accidentally hurting the expecting mother – or her baby.
This fear – and other fears – are completely valid and honored. This course was designed to meet your fears head-on – and transform them with the light of love and experiential learning.
After successfully completing this program, you will have a depth of knowledge to draw from to serve the world. This course gives you a deep well of knowledge and experience to create tools to support the world – including your current students as well as childbearing women and mothers who reach out to you for guidance and support. Your cultivated wisdom will provide you with greater opportunities to show up in your truth and explore the depth of your teaching practice.
The course instills in you the presence and clarity to hold space for a woman's own self-empowerment, creating greater, deeper connection with her own body for the sacred rite of passage that is pregnancy and birth. Every day, thousands of women around the world search for a safe space to experience the miracle of pregnancy, away from the fear, shame, and guilting practices of modern society. You can be a pivotal, conscious part of this process by committing to awaken the wise woman within you to support the creation of the next generation.
Gather with a community of fierce, awe-inspiring humans who will inspire you to honor the magic of your physical body, stimulate spiritual evolution, and radically reshape your understanding of your purpose in this world. Be a part of a community made up of people who thrive most when they are living in harmony with the Earth, who are all here to learn zealously, to celebrate the Divine Feminine in us all, and to connect with the essence of womanly existence. Our spirits are wild and untamed here – and we would love for you to join us.
Tuition for This Comprehensive Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training
Investment in this immersive training is $2,500 USD.
The cost is all-inclusive, covering all meals and lodging – as well as 85 hours of in-depth prenatal yoga teacher training (the tuition does not, however, include your air fare to and from Costa Rica, or transportation after your arrival). There is a reason why many women are drawn to reserving their sacred space in this program – there is nothing else quite like it in the world.
The entire program takes place in a permaculture farm (called Finca Armonia) located near Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. The permaculture farm is an eco-conscious habitat; it gives our students an experience that is starkly different from the day-to-day living of modern, high-tech society. It gives you the opportunity to “disconnect” from the minute-by-minute distractions of our fast-paced lives, so you can focus completely on mastering, understanding, and grasping prenatal yoga practices. You won’t have television or readily available WiFi or other outside distractions. Instead, you will find strength and support in a soul-centered community of women eager to explore their own inner conditions and the prenatal dimensions of yoga. You will read a little more about the permaculture farm and community, below.
The training will be lead by Usha Anandi with support from world class faculty sourced from around the globe. Usha inspires the awakening of your inner wise woman through her connections with Eastern Yogic practices and Western holistic nutrition – giving you a well-rounded, thoroughly grounded understanding of prenatal yoga practices. Her fiery passion for supporting, empowering, and uplifting women throughout the process of conscious conception, sacred birth, and nurturing postnatal care takes you on an embodied journey. She has lead hundreds of wombxn through transformational programs, retreats, and yoga teacher trainings internationally in India, Costa Rica, Mexico, the US, and Canada. For this course, Usha will share her knowledge and experience in womb healing, anatomy, women's wisdom traditions, and birth practices.
Since the intensive takes place in the jungles of Costa Rica, your training will be held deep in the heart of Mother Earth. The learning environment at Finca Armonia allows you to go deep into your practice. Everything here is designed to root you firmly to Mother Earth. Even the food you eat is organic (and delicious, too!) – coming straight from the gardens of the permaculture farm. Lodging is provided by eco-conscious, recycled container homes. So if you’re drawn to the idea of transforming your yoga practice amongst howling monkeys, rain-swollen clouds rolling across the sky, and the murmuring voice of the wind playing with the leaves and trees of the jungle – then you’ll love what we have for you here at our permaculture community.
In a few words, this 85 hour yoga teacher training is one of the most powerful prenatal yoga programs. It turns your understanding of yoga from fundamental to prenatal – and in a way that will leave your soul glowing with the flame of empowered femininity and sisterhood.
Not Ready to Get Really Uncomfortable? Then This Probably Isn’t For You
The truth is this – if you’re not ready and willing to go through some pretty intense emotional discomfort, then this program definitely isn’t for you. This program will shatter the boundaries of your comfort zone. It can, at times, get emotionally exhausting because you will come face to face with the deep shame, fear, and disconnection that many women feel towards their bodies as a result of dominant cultural beliefs and narratives indoctrinated in us since birth, and even before. Don't worry sister, you aren't in this alone - together we will nurture, laugh, sing, and dance our way back to healing.
Unraveling these feelings – digging into them before uprooting them – is an uncomfortable, but liberating, process. It is not an experience that is for everyone. For those not willing to lean in trust the process and sit in their discomfort, it might cause a desire to quit the program and run away. If this sounds like you, then this program is definitely not a great fit.
If, however, you are more than willing to put yourself through the storm of emotional release – understanding and accepting that you will at times you may be very triggered, and that you won’t walk out of here without having undergone a soul-shaking transformation of Self – then this just might be for you. We’re ready to meet you at the soul level, sister.
A Look Inside the 85 Hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Curriculum
This 85 hour prenatal yoga teacher training doesn’t just scratch the surface. It is an in-depth, sweeping study of multiple aspects of care and support for childbearing women – as well as helping to promote their self-empowerment (and your own). Here is a look inside this 85 hour prenatal program.
• Reclaiming HERstory •
Unearth the truth held within your mystical ancestry through diving into the TRUTH of history. Told from the hidden perspective of the wise women, the witches, the doulas, and the midwives - this journey will take you deeper into the mysteries of the past and how they affect the future. Reconnect with your roots and use the wisdom held in your DNA to unlock the wildness of your soul.
• Female Anatomy Demystified •
A clear, comprehensive exploration of female anatomy – including the pelvic floor and perineal muscles and how they impact the childbearing journey, the anatomy of pregnancy, and the transformations that occur in the woman's body over the course of the 3 trimesters.
• The Hormonal Axis for Birth •
In this module, you will delve into the relationship between the nervous system, endocrine system, and the child's perspective on life (with love and fear as the two distinct axes). This is complemented with a thorough, hands-on study of Ayurvedic and holistic nutrition.
• Over 25 Distinct Asana Postures and Pranayama Breathing Techniques •
Presented with an emphasis on how to use asana postures and pranayama breathing techniques to support the pregnancy of the woman and birth of the baby, in this module you’ll learn how to safely apply yoga techniques and practices to support women throughout every stage of their pregnancy.
• Conscious Conception and Womb Healing Practices •
A detailed look into using conscious conception and womb healing practices so that the pregnant woman is free to release shame and fear – and more fully connect with her body with awareness, and in a way that is emotionally and spiritually healthy.
• Sacred Self Care and Postpartum Healing Rituals •
Western society has largely disconnected from the importance of honoring the Mother's body after birth. Sacred practices of nourishment and nurturing are still beating in the hearts of many ancient cultures around the world. These ancient rituals facilitate healing space for the Mother to reconnect with her body in this new form, as well as open up space for her to melt into loving connection with the baby. Dive into these ancient practices, their history, and how they can be integrated during classes to deeply serve your students.
• Sacred Healing Songs from Ancient Cultures •
Using the uplifting power of song to heal and infuse more of the sacred in the pregnancy journey – and learn how these sacred healing songs have a real, positive biological impact on the pregnant body and add to overall well-being and vitality.
• Emotional Healing and Trauma Release Practices •
Discover your power to cleanse your own body of shame, guilt, and disconnection that so many women experience every day. And, by acquiring insight into specific trauma release practices, you will be better prepared to transcend difficult and painful memories of the past.
• Conscious Cueing for Greater Feminine Empowerment •
This module is an excursion into the realm of conscious cueing. You will learn what conscious cueing is, and how it can be used to encourage a shameless, empowering feminine atmosphere liberated from fear.
You will fly into San Jose, Costa Rica (airport code SJO). You need to be at Caribeans Coffee + Chocolate in Playa Cocles at 3pm on May 16th for your shuttle to the farm. For more details on arriving to Puerto Viejo visit here.
This 85 hour prenatal yoga teacher training is hosted at Finca Armonia, a sacred gathering space for awakening and empowering the divine feminine, in Punta Uva, Puerto Viejo.
There will also be complimentary weekly beach shuttles (about 15min) on Saturday afternoons. You can also coordinate shuttles during your lunch breaks for an additional fee if you would like to spend more time at some of the most beautiful tropical beaches in the world.
MEET YOUR FACILITATORS
Director of Womben Wellness
Connecting women with the power of their inner intelligence and guidance is at the core of Usha's offerings. Drawing upon her education as a Western holistic nutritionist, birth and postpartum doula, pre natal yoga teacher, womb worker, and placenta encapsulation specialist, Usha encourages self inquiry and exploration as she takes her students on a journey of the body. She believes wholeheartedly in the body’s innate ability to heal itself given the proper conditions, and facilitates space for students to connect with their own unique rhythm.
Usha is the Creatress of Womben Wellness, an integrative women's health platform for women to heal through the portal of their wombs. She believes that developing a deeper relationship and understanding of the body is essential in supporting each person to come to their own definition of health.
She has spent extensive time apprenticing her teachers Doña Maria Carmen, a Zapotec traditional midwife from the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico and Yogrishi Vishvketu PhD, a Himalayan Yoga Master from India. Usha combines her reverence and respect for ancient wisdom traditions with a modern based, scientific approach to offer transformational experiences that nourish the soul at every level.
Director of Alchemy School of Yoga
Jeanie Jyanti is fascinated by how our bodies work, from the subtle to gross level. She combines her love of science and factual based research with the ancient practices of yoga and meditation to allow students discover the joys of yoga in their own time and space.
Having worked in the corporate world of Pharmaceuticals for 7 years after completing her BSc Hons in Chemistry from UCC she left her full time, permanent, pensionable job (much to her Father's horror!) to teach full time. She believes in yogic practices that much and she's excited to help you discover these practices too.
She is passionate about taking yoga off the mat and helping others discover the many aspects of yoga and how you can integrate them into your everyday life. She loves incorporating yoga with her other passions of food and music. Her desire is to preserve the ancient teachings of yoga, gifted to us from Mother India and allow people all over the world to experience the immense benefits yoga can have on your life.
She has studied and trained under the joyous Yogrishi Vishvketu of Akhanda Yoga in Rishikesh, India to gain her RYT500 and with the sublime Sally Parkes Yoga to gain her RPYT85 Pregnancy, Post-natal and Mother and Baby Yoga qualification.
She teachs Akhanda Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Pregnancy Yoga and Mother and Baby Yoga. She teaches yoga to suit all levels and abilities so the majority of her classes are for every level. She adores that yoga really can be practised by everyone in one space and she is truly passionate about creating an environment to allow people of all abilities to feel comfortable, challenged and supported.
Hosting Retreats in Ireland, Spain and the UK from day long to week long these incorporate food workshops, kirtans (sacred singing circles), kryia experiences, yoga asana, pranayama, meditation and a lot more!
She loves curating Yoga Events and currently runs: Food and Yoga Walking Tours of Cork City, 'The Yoga of Food' Evenings allowing students to discover a yogic approach to food...while enjoying yummy nibbles Kirtans - sacred chanting and mantra circles Self Practice workshops allowing people to learn how to have an at home self practice.
For quick reference, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions. The answers to your remaining questions about this program might be found here; if not, you are more than welcome to schedule a call with Usha, and she will happily address them with you.
What is the general schedule?
Please see the specific program page for details on the schedule. You should plan to be fully available for the duration of the course.
Who typically comes to your programs?
We welcome all shapes, sizes, races, sexes, genders, religions, and orientations to our programs. That being said, many of our students are women from the ages of 20 - 35 who are deeply called to empower their inner feminine, release their shame, and step more fully into themselves. We have formed a strong sisterhood, and we welcome brothers into our spiritual family with open arms.
How do I get to you? Where exactly are you located?
We are located on the Southern Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica in a small town called Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. The best way to get to us is to fly into Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO) and take a shuttle to Puerto Viejo. We recommend booking Caribe Shuttle for your transportation. Be sure to check their departure schedules before you book your flight. Their shuttles leave Denny’s Restaurant twice a day, which is about 5 minutes away from the airport by taxi.
Can I bring my children?
We are unable to host children at Finca Armonia due to the all inclusive, intensive format.
Where should I stay during, before or after the program?
When you register, you receive a Welcome Packet with tons of great, budget-specific information on where to stay both in San Jose or Puerto Viejo before or after your intensive program.
What can I expect in terms of weather?
We are blessed to live in complete harmony with nature and experience ALL of her wild cycles (possibly in one day) here in the Caribbean. You can expect to be blessed by the radiant Caribbean sun and the intense Caribbean rain that beats down on the jungle canopy. Honoring Mother Nature in all her forms is an integral part of our practice here at Womben Wellness.
What should I bring with me?
Once you place your deposit, you will receive a detailed list of items to bring that are required for the course. Two weeks before the course begins, you will receive a packing list and helpful travel information about your upcoming trip.
What about internet access?
Expect to be disconnected from the internet most of the time, and connected with your spiritual family and the nature that surrounds you. If you need constant access to WiFi to keep in touch with work, etc. – it is better to find a different program. Our program is about unplugging so you really nourish yourself in a meaningful way.
What are the expectations around daily discipline?
The boundaries and expectations for our programs will be outlined on the first day of class. They include a vegetarian diet, abstinence, periods of silence, and more. We call our programs intensives for a reason. We go deep. Be ready to show up for yourself and your practice every day to fully experience everything the program has to offer.
How much experience in yoga should I have before doing the course?
These are the only requirements needed for you to participate in this course: an unyielding interest in exploring and expanding your knowledge base of empowered prenatal practices; a drive to fully awaken your own divine feminine; and an unapologetic curiosity and desire for deep transformation of self.
How does payment work?
To reserve your space in one of our personal transformation intensives, we ask that you make a deposit of 30% of the total price by following the payment link. We accept payment by debit card or credit card. The final payment for the training is due 60 days before the program start date, and you will receive an automated reminder email with a link to submit payment. If you would prefer smaller installments, please email us and we can easily find a solution that serves you.
Do you offer scholarships? What about work exchange?
We have a few early bird scholarships that have VERY limited availability. More information about our scholarship opportunities for upcoming programs can be found by emailing [email protected]. We don’t currently accept work exchange for our trainings or intensives.
What do I need to bring?
A list of essential items will be sent to your inbox via email once you place your 30% deposit.
What is the cancellation/refund policy?
All deposits are non-refundable. However, they are transferable, so if for whatever reason you place your deposit and can’t join us, you can give your spot to someone else. All deposits are valid through the next calendar year, so you may apply your payment to a future program that fits a change in your schedule.
How do I know if this is NOT the program for me?
If you aren’t ready to dive into the depths of your soul, discover places where you feel uncomfortable, and release the layers of yourself that cause you suffering – this is not the program for you. We live in the jungle where the energy of Mother Nature is strong. It’s humid – the air is thick here. There are truly huge bugs. Rain will wet your hair, with your feet trudging in mud. Simply put, this is not the program for you if you are not ready to commit to your growth 100%.
How do I know if this IS the program for me?
This is the program for you if you're ready to change your life. If you have come to a place in life where you're at a crossroads and looking for new direction, this is the program for you. If you are ready to face your deepest fears, express yourself, and be fully loved, seen, and accepted for who you are – this is the program for you. We have been waiting for you.
Why This Program Will Transform Your Relationship to Yourself + Others – Hear It Directly from Our Graduates!
You Can support Expecting Mothers Through the Journey of Birth with Prenatal Yoga – Are You ready to take the journey?
If you are up for this life changing journey – if you are willing to dedicate yourself to the beautiful calling of holding healing space for the health and emotional well-being of pregnant women and new mothers (and their babies) – then this is your chance to turn your soul’s desire into reality. We are here for you.