Welcome to Ma Yoga Prenatal Certification

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 Hi I’m Jessica. Welcome to the Ma Yoga teaching community!  When people call or email me about our trainings, I always find we share one special thing: we are drawn to connect with and support women who are transitioning to motherhood.

I started teaching prenatal yoga right after my first regular teacher training in 2001. I knew nothing about the process of creating them (except the basics). At the time, most of the training for prenatal was about what NOT to do. But what I saw were people who were uncomfortable, anxious, and needing a strong practice as much as anyone else.

Pretty soon I realized that pregnancy – like other times in life when we are completely not in control of what’s happening – can be a wonderful opportunity to learn to listen to our inner guidance, and discover our innate power, wisdom, and nurturing energy.

I wanted to share this perspective with other teachers, as well as the alignment principles I found helped women stay strong and feel great throughout their pregnancy, and I started offering The Yoga of Pregnancy teacher training weekends in 2004.

When I got pregnant in 2006, I thought I’d feel prepared. Wrong. I found myself lost without the parts of my identity that had for so long made me feel like me. I couldn’t get anything done, I was exhausted and depleted and having trouble losing the extra weight, and the hardest part: I didn’t have time to do yoga.

The long, focused practices I had come to love were no longer accessible. But I didn’t think it was fair that just because I was a mom, I had to give up yoga. So I honed the yoga I’d be taught down to its essential practices and principles, so I – and other moms – could get the breathing, meditation, alignment and strengthening during naps, while baby is playing – even while we’re holding baby. I called this training Yoga for Moms.

As for food – I wanted to be healthier, but I didn’t want to live in the kitchen. I dove into Ayurveda (the 5,000 year old wellness system that was traditionally part of yoga) for two years, and began teaching basic healthy lifestyle routines (Dina Charya – I call them “Anchor Practices”) that we can all fit in to our day to give us more energy, help us sleep better, and allow us to find our ideal weight. I offer these simple but powerful practices in my online course, MAyurveda: Living Ayurveda for Mamas.

I combined The Yoga of Pregnancy, Yoga for Moms, and the MAyurveda teleseminar – along with labor education and a unique distance mentor program with a senior Ma Yoga teacher – and the Ma Yoga Prenatal Certification Program was born!


Our 85-hour Ma Yoga/ Yoga Alliance registered program will give you the tools to:


yogi pngSupport, guide and inspire pregnant women to become the moms they want to be

yogi pngCreate a meaningful, rewarding career path and offer your gifts fully

yogi pngHelp moms feel nurtured, revitalize, and find their strong core again

yogi pngUse birth as a guru to become a powerful co-creator in your own life and relationships

yogi pngAccess your own feminine power, wisdom, and nurturing energy

yogi pngInstruct with the Ma Yoga Healing Alignment principles to help your students and clients get and stay out of pain

yogi pngIncorporate Ayurvedic food, self-care and daily rhythm practices for vitality, energy, and health

yogi pngBe part of a growing, global teacher tribe who see the transition to motherhood as an opportunity to become our authentic Selves

yogi pngWeave pregnancy and mom-related themes to motivate students to see the possibilities

yogi pngReceive marketing, business and emotional help for growing your own Mama Circle!

Our curriculum is comprehensive, combines Eastern tradition and Western knowledge, and supplies you with the tools to guide women throughout their childbearing years.

Ma Yoga Certified teachers get free business coaching to partner with local mom businesses and offer prenatal and mom yoga in their own neighborhoods. So far, we’ve helped over 6,000 women prepare for labor and motherhood, learn how to relieve their aches and pains, and use the challenges of this time to become the moms they want to be.

We would love to have you part of our nurturing, growing teacher tribe!

We make it easy for you to get your RPYT Certification:

yogi pngYou can take our affordable modules in any order, and take 3 years to do them

yogi pngYou will access ebooks, pdfs, videos and other support materials in our member areas right away and for years to come

yogi pngYou can host our two on-site trainings at your home studio – the rest you do on your own time and virtually

yogi pngYou will be assigned a mentor to support you on your path

yogi pngYou will use the essential women’s yoga practices and principles immediately and for a lifetime

yogi pngOnce you’ve completed the program, you will be eligible to start your own Mama Circle – as well as become a mentor and teach Ma Yoga teacher trainings!

Join us in our vision: a Mama Circle in every village in the world!

Email me for your free 30 minute Prenatal Dreams and Visions call to discuss the program and different career possibilities.

Throughout the training period and after, you will be in partnership with an open-hearted, loving group in which we will act as midwives for each other as we give birth to ourselves as wise, powerful, nurturing women teachers for mamas.

Looking forward to finding out how I can support you on your path!

Testimonials from those who have completed the training

  • I’d never taught before this program. It gave me the confidence to be a teacher...As a teacher, I love helping moms get their minds and bodies ready for labor. As a doula, I know which poses are good for fetal positioning and labor - and it makes my job easier because by the big day, the things they need to do are second nature.

    Melanie Wachsman
    Melanie Wachsman DONA Certified Doula
  • I am now empowered in my own practice and life with the tools I received related to how life create itself, on and off the mat. This program helped me shift the way I deal with aches and pains, enhance my daily routine, and interact with my community. I feel so grateful for the knowledge gained from this life-changing program.

    Aileen Pham
    Aileen Pham Owner, Spectra Yoga
  • I have more confidence with moms that come to me with aches and how to get them out of pain, and through learning Dina Charya (daily rhythms) I know how to help them have more energy. I love that we have this community where I can go for inspiration and support as a teacher, and that we all also create our own little communities in our neighborhoods!

    Lauren Horn
    Lauren Horn Mom and Prenatal Yoga Teacher
  • The Vision and Strategy call with Jessica was exactly what I needed it to be! She answered all my questions with practicality and honesty. The beauty of our conversation was in her deep appreciation and understanding for my desire to find balance in my life and my many roles within it; roles as wife and mother as well as a business owner, and professional support person for birthing families in my community. As I hung up the phone I was filled with a deep gratitude for Jessica's encouragement and guidance

    Adriane Garbayo
    Adriane Garbayo Birth Doula & Childbirth Educator

Let’s Get Started!

Let’s connect! Fill out the form and I’ll reach out. Plus, I’ll send you my free Yoga of Pregnancy for Teachers ebook!

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