S01-YA-SCHOOL-RPYS (1)Mindful MamasTM:  A mindfulness-based prenatal yoga teacher training 

This training, the first in Michigan and Ontario, gives an opportunity to learn more about the journey of the first stage of motherhood and how yoga can ease and empower women through this life-changing event. This training will teach yoga teachers and birthing professionals holistic tools and techniques that will assist mamas-to-be in their journey.

Click here for schedule of trainings. If you would like to host a training at your studio, please contact Laurel. She has offered trainings in Ontario (Windsor, London, Toronto), Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training








The prenatal yoga teacher training is open to all perinatal health professionals, childbirth educators, doulas, mamas-to-be and yoga teachers interested in offering a complimentary, mind-body approach to pregnancy, birth and parenting preparation.

The prenatal yoga teacher training is 85 hours and is a registered prenatal yoga school through Yoga Alliance. Applicants should have a minimum one-year of yoga practice. To register as a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) through Yoga Alliance, registration as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200) is required. Others can participate but will not be eligible for registration as a prenatal yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance.

How to Become a Certified Mindful MamasTM Prenatal Yoga Teacher and be Registered by Yoga Alliance (RPYT):

  • 65 contact hours with Laurel Hicks (The teacher training courses will meet this requirement)
  • 10 hrs Observation / Assisting Classes with Laurel (6 hours with Laurel, 4 with other teachers. Arrangements can be made to attend Laurel’s classes or a DVD with classes to view will be given)
  • 10 hrs Teaching / Feedback Classes with Laurel (6 hours with Laurel, 4 hours with other students/teachers. 5 hours with Laurel are included in the 65 contact hours, the remaining hour will be your final test to be certified, and you will have to teach in front of Laurel to pass and gain certification)
  • 10 hrs of homework and readings (this will be assigned in the teacher training courses.)

All of these requirements as well as being an RYT-200 and 30 hours of teaching prenatal yoga after the training are needed to become a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance.


Laurel believes that incorporating traditional mindfulness techniques into prenatal yoga offers a unique way to lessen stress, judgment, depression and anxiety in pregnant and postpartum women. Laurel is training in techniques in the tradition taught by Jon Kabat-Zinn, such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). You will learn methods to integrate these teachings into your classes as well as how to develop and deepen your own mindfulness practice.

Relaxation and Visualization Techniques

A unique aspect of this training is an emphasis on exploring the fears and aversions that a yoga student may have of their upcoming birth and mothering. Many women are not mentally prepared for this next stage in their life and they hold a lot of stress and doubt surrounding it. By learning some relaxation, visualization and journaling techniques, we can help give the students a safe place to explore their fears. This allows women to learn more about themselves prior to labour rather than during labour.  Studies show that being relaxed during labour brings a greater ability to have a natural birth reduces instances of cesarean births and brings a stronger initial bond between the mother and baby. A lovely result of these exercises is that the women feel a greater sense of community and support with each other and they begin to understand and explore what it means to bring a new life into this world.

What You Will Learn:

The prenatal yoga teacher training is 85 hours in length over 3 or 4 modules and is eligible for Continuing Education (CE) credits through Yoga Alliance as well as Registration as Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) with Yoga Alliance. For a detailed syllabus of what is covered in each module, click here.

Topics will include:

  • The effects of pregnancy on the body and mind
  • The physiology of pregnancy
  • The benefits of yoga during pregnancy and beyond
  • Asana: postures to support a healthy pregnancy, modifications for each trimester, contraindicated postures and posture sequencing
  • Pranayama (breath work), vocal toning and massage techniques
  • Relaxation and visualization techniques to help create a more positive and relaxed birth experience
  • How to integrate mindfulness into your classes.
  • Laboring positions, birth preparation to empower women in childbirth.
  • Postnatal asana and recommendations for recovery.

Doulas, Labor and Delivery Nurses, Childbirth Educators, and Midwives can empower their patients/clients with new and effective tools for coping with labour and skillful ways to enhance their comfort in pregnancy. Prenatal Yoga Classes also create and strengthen a needed sense of community and friendship among the participants and a forum for discussing issues pertinent to pregnancy, birth and family making.

Click here if you would like to learn more about financial assistance for the 85 hour training. 

If you are interested in offering the prenatal yoga teacher training at your studio, please contact Laurel at mindfulmamasyoga(at)gmail.com or 226-946-8051 (in Canada) or 313-405-9642 (In US). 


 You will come out of Laurel’s training feeling confident to deal with any situation with your pregnant students, at the same time, you will also feel confident to know Laurel will be there to help and guide you.  Her training is filled with everything and anything you need to know about pregnancy, birth, motherhood and more!!
Thanks Laurel!   ~Seema Singh, RYT

Laurel embodies the beautiful spirit of a Yogini. She offers a nurturing environment and shares with truth. In taking the Mindful Mamas Teacher Training with Laurel, I not only learned about yoga and moms but also was reminded by her spirit and teachings that yoga is more than just asana. ~ Chae Yang Bullock  – E-RYT, RPYT

 **** The yoga therapy components of Laurel’s teachings are based on qualifications as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker,  are not derived from her status as an E-RYT 200, RPYT with Yoga Alliance Registry.