The Ma Yoga Instructor Certification - an 85-hour, all-online Registered Prenatal Yoga Instructor (RPYT) Program

Welcome to the Ma Yoga Instructor Certification (RPYT) Program - Yoga Alliance accredited since 2012.

Teaching prenatal yoga is so much more than knowing do's and don'ts...

It's about reconnecting with your own feminine wisdom, power, and nurturing energy.

Hi I’m Jessica and I’m so glad you found me!

I’ve been teaching prenatal yoga since 2006, and training prenatal teachers since 2012.

It’s never been more important that we are all standing at the doorway for moms-to-be, saying “Welcome.”

Jessica Jennings, pregnancy and postpartum support

The levels of depression and anxiety for moms and moms-to-be in the US are skyrocketing. Isolation, aches and pains, and stress are common. One in seven women report that their birth was traumatic. Black women are three times more likely to die in childbirth than white women.

You can begin change fear to power when you ask yourself this question:

What is the opportunity that pregnancy brings?

After teaching moms-to-be for years, I started to notice something.

So many pregnant women slow down and listen inward in a whole new way.

With the right guidance at the right time, they learn how to take care of themselves.

As we aligned bodies, minds and hearts in a nurturing environment, I watched my moms-to-be go from isolated and anxious to connected and empowered.  

In 2009, I created a method of yoga designed for women’s changing bodies and lives called “Ma Yoga”.

I chose the syllable “Ma” because in every language means “mother.”

And in Sanskrit – the ancient language of yoga – “ma” also means “the highest, most powerful, wise and nurturing”, as in “Ma Kali”, the Mother of all Goddesses.

Ma Yoga is about way more than becoming a mom to a baby.

The opportunity pregnancy brings is a chance to learn to mother ourselves.

We’re all pregnant with something – whether it’s a baby, an idea, or a new way of offering your gifts to the world. 

Ma Yoga Instructor Certification will help you birth your highest, most powerful, wise, and nurturing “Ma” Self into the world.

And the world needs it!

What Ma Yoga Certified Teachers Are Saying:

I would absolutely recommend this class for anyone who has pregnant students or clients.

It’s not just how to apply philosophy and asana, it’s a lot about how to get the conversations going and create community.

I feel more confident, and more informed and like I’ve been teaching prenatal longer than I have because I’ve been in these classes and these conversations.

Ivy G.

I took this training to get more knowledge about appropriate poses for pregnant women. I got a lot more… the Ma Yoga principles are golden and I can use this knowledge for every type of yoga class and even apply them to my own personal life.

I feel blessed to have been given this gift. Thank you Jess!

Erica T.

This training is so well put together, the information is infinite, and I have a whole new love for pregnancy and motherhood.

I can’t wait to one day teach with and be part of Ma Yoga!

Mandy Johnson

If there is one person in the community of yoga that I recommend to people for prenatal yoga and prenatal yoga trainings, it is Jessica. I have taken Jessica’s prenatal training several times and have found it to be not only informative but inspiring.

Jessica demystifies some of the misinformation about prenatal yoga, and inspires women to listen to themselves and their baby and to honor this unique and special time.

Tara Judelle

I feel so much more confident about teaching, which is amazing because I didn’t feel that way after my 200 hour.

Annie

Thank you so much for offering and teaching your prenatal TT. It was invaluable. I taught my class today with a newfound sense of knowledge and confidence. Your essence stayed with me and infused my thoughts and actions.

Thank you, thank you. If the timing is right I will take it again, that’s how much I enjoyed it.

Anna Getty

After this training, I feel connected to sacred life amidst universal challenge and change. What worked: a small group, combination lecture/ sharing/ workbook/ videos/ guest speaker/ practice teaching. And the pure spirit of “Jess”.

Don’t hesitate. Do it! Be receptive. Have faith in the process. It is a gift to me personally and to ALL.

Nina R.

I LOVED the training and feel so much more confident helping people out of pain! It’s definitely changed how I approach cueing my classes now, and though I’m sure they will evolve so much over time, I don’t think I’ll ever stop using the 5 principles!

Amanda C.

I just love how everything is based on the Five Sacred Steps. It was hard to get at first, but eventually I got it and it’s so helpful not just for yoga but for life.

Like I fully stepped into my power today and told some people I didn’t want to do this thing that I felt pressured to do.

Before this whole training with you I would have just sucked it up, I feel bad, but now I’m like “this doesn’t feel good to me” and I know how to find my power and stand in it.

Annie

It was great to be able to listen and participate while taking care of my son and if I missed something I could re-listen to that part of the call on the recording.

By adding a few of [the Anchor Practices] into my daily routine, I now have the extra energy to take care of my son without feeling drained.

Elizabeth R.

My perception of online learning has totally changed. I have felt wonderful connection with this process and am enjoying it. I have started cooking more, making lentils, and tonight is the sweet rice I am testing with brown rice.

I am so excited to have this knowledge that I can actually pass on to my clients.  ♥

Melanie W.

I have only just begun this program and I am impressed!

From the ease of navigating the website, to the breadth and quality of content, I am thrilled to have been connected to this community and wealth of resources.

Thank you!

Kelsey D.

I’m glad that it was over time and not just a quick training and then you’re done. It gives you time to absorb the material and integrate it into my own teaching.

I feel like a stronger teacher, especially when it comes to people who back pain or issues related to pregnancy and postpartum.

I feel more confident as a teacher overall, thank you.

Angela R.

The Ma Yoga Prenatal Teacher Training has truly been a metamorphosis both personally and professionally.

Jessica and the team at Ma Yoga have created a certification made up of crucial components, which allow you to build upon your knowledge and training, continually reassessing and reflecting in order for you to deepen your learning and understanding; thus improving and empowering your teaching and your own life.

Andy

I had a wonderful experience with Ma Yoga. Jessica is always available and quick to respond to any questions. She wants you to be successful.

Through Ma Yoga I feel empowered as a working mom instead of apprehensive or lost in a corporate job that doesn’t want to accept my new life as a mother.

Jolie S.

Wow, I was crying right after doing our “Look Ma no hands” pranayama. Thank you thank you.

We all are so blessed to have you in our lives; we are so blessed to have MAyurveda principles and practices especially now with all of the shifts that are occurring.  Thank you for going beyond your head and letting your heart and intuition guide you into sharing these principles with us.

Nina R.

Empowerment and care for this whole community is at the core of all Ma Yoga do. I am at a totally different place than I was before I started on my Ma Yoga journey. I still have a long way to go, but I want to do it and keep doing it… I love it!

Thank you Jessica and all at Ma Yoga. You will never know what an impact you have made on me and how much I have taken from your course. You are truly inspirational.

Annie P.

PS OH YEAH! And I also liked the personal Dreams and Visions call you included. I found it very helpful to hear some positive things from someone who is making it work for herself!

Laurenne S.

I just wanted to reach out and let you know how much I am enjoying your training.  It is quite different than what I’m used to (aside from the prenatal aspect).

I love learning these sacred steps and how they apply to EVERY practice and EVERY “body.”

It’s wild how I’ve reinvented a few teaching language areas to help serve my students.  Light bulbs are going off, and the connection is beautiful.

Deborah A.

I must say I am loving the course with you. You are an amazing teacher and mentor and I am so grateful you were brought in my life.

I thought I would just learn about pregnancy yoga, but instead I have deepened my own practice and reignited my love of yoga.

Joanne H.

The training is incredibly well structured, with a wealth of tools and wisdom to be shared. Plus Jessica will answer all of your questions and then some.

I loved the community and spiritual principles that were always at play. I immediately felt comfortable enough to have a voice and make a mistake, which is a big deal.

I feel more confident in my own home practice as well. Bringing the magic of the 5 elements into my practice in this organic way has instilled a sense of renewal.

Ash S.

This training felt like it went above and beyond. There is way more to prenatal yoga than just the do’s and don’ts.

Jessica is an amazing instructor that has put a lot of thought and care into the program.

I’m confident that I’ll be a wonderful prenatal instructor upon completion of the program.

Amber T.

I had an incredible private session yesterday with a Mom and Dad expecting their first child.

It’s been eye opening using the fresh knowledge you’ve given me to steer the course of their session. From his feet and lumbar issues to her ever-expanding body, I’ve been able to give them 60min of expanding into their true potential.

forever grateful,

Deborah A.

As a registered nurse that has provided care to hundreds of women during their pregnancy for the last 16 years, I didn’t realize that there was another way to approach birth.

Jessica and her team explained how to prepare your body birth with alignment based yoga, doula services labor support techniques, diet techniques and so much more.

I believe that I am a better nurse in the hospital setting due to this training.

Shawna W.

I started out the training not being sure if I really wanted to become a prenatal teacher and if I really wanted to go into this very special connection with moms-to-be/ and new moms, and now, after the Yoga of Birth I’m even thinking that maybe the work of a doula might speak to me.

Ann-Christin G.

This prenatal certification program not only met, but exceeded my expectations!

There were so many details that helped me feel supported and encouraged throughout the process – from the live zoom classes, to the correspondence from Jelena updating my progress, to the attentive conversations with my Mentor Jamie.

It was the perfect training to enhance my 200-hour teacher training.

Elizabeth S.

Thank you for the beautiful response in our Teacher Training Circle forum. I feel like that response was like months of therapy. Really, I’m so grateful for your words, your teaching, your style. I hope I can be a resource for my future students like you are.

Ashley M.

The time I spent learning about yoga and the perinatal experience with Jess and Nicole at Ma Yoga was nothing short of wonderful. I learned many things that I will hold near and dear to my heart forever.

The different classes that I was a part of with them, as well as my prior doula and postpartum doula training, gave me everything I needed to know when supporting birthers physically, mentally,emotionally, and spiritually.

I feel fully prepared to step into the role of a pre  and postnatal yoga instructor, and cannot wait to see how much this helps me when working with my doula clients as well.

Carley H.

I cannot recommend the Ma Yoga Prenatal Certification Program enough! The teaching materials are concise, informative, and thoughtfully prepared.

The course requirements (lectures, assignments and tests) are thorough but not overly arduous. The teachers are passionate about their field, facilitate an enriching learning community, and are unfailing encouraging every step of the way.

The training has not only given me the preparation to step confidently into guiding expectant and new moms in their practice, but it has given me the gifts of personal growth and healing on my own journey.”

Beth Massey

My student delivered a healthy baby girl – vaginal unmedicated Sunday night. She told me all the work we have done during her pregnancy since 25 wks worked. The knowledge that yall gave me is amazing. My heart is so fulfilled right now that I was able to help someone have the birth experience that they wanted.

Shawna

Jessica I thank you again for this amazing program that you facilitate!

I could never have imagined learning the way I did and becoming so invested in the work through a computer!

I feel blessed to have found you and that our paths have crossed.

Alyssa W.

I taught my first prenatal workshop and I wasn’t nervous at all. I told my husband I felt sooo prepared! It went really well and I loved it.

Amber T

I cannot wait to speak with moms to be and get a feel for how their pregnancy is going, what to look for during a yoga practice and maybe share some helpful tips that I learned.

I already find myself doing that with my sister in law now!

Jess did an amazing job with the online teaching. I loved it!

Alyssa W.

Thank you so much, Colleen and Jess! I am humbled and uplifted by your teachings, support and encouragement.

There is always so much to learn when we are listening. I feel so blessed to be surrounded and inspired by teachers like you.

I am super excited to clarify my offerings in the world through Ma Yoga and yoga therapy.

Lindy K.

Having the mentor relationship and regular video conferences with Colleen was transformative.

You don’t always know what you are doing, no matter how self-reflective you are trying to be, having a mentor to celebrate your successes and make proactive suggestions for improvements was fantastic.

I am so thankful to Colleen for all the time and care she put into this process!

Andi I.

I am so happy I chose your training. The Doulas were amazing!!!

So beautiful you can feel the doula love and support from here.

Nancy B.

I loved Rachelle and Melanie! I learned so much and had no idea how many options we had. I was ignorant and now I am educated. This course added more value to my toolbox of wonderful things to share and I am glad to be a resource now.

I really appreciated all the stories shared amongst everyone! I felt so safe in this circle. Rachelle and Melanie were amazing, loving, empathetic people and I hope their communication skills rubs off on me.

This program has been amazing. It felt personal, attended to, cared about. I am very happy.

Bonita C.

The Prenatal Certification Program with MaYoga® is a wonderful opportunity for personal and professional development and growth. I love the profound wisdom of the methodology and its teacher.

The teachings are coming from the heart, from personal experience and from a deep understanding of the feminine.

The MaYoga® approach to life is not only beneficial in the time around giving birth but it can change your whole perspective on life. I heartedly and fully recommend Jessica’s program!

Ann-Christin Görtz, Certified Anusara Instructor

Since taking the Ma Yoga Prenatal & Postnatal teacher training with Jessica, my whole approach to yoga and my own personal journey has evolved. The teachings of the five sacred steps have offered me a new way to connect to all the elements and how they relate to us as human beings.

My emotional, physical & spiritual bodies all feel richly supported by these teachings. I am a stronger leader, mentor and human being from these practices.

Savannah Fox

As a yoga teacher, this program gave me the confidence to teach pre-natal students at any stage of pregnancy.

I am no longer nervous or worried if a pre-natal student joins in any of my group classes.

As a woman without children, this program taught me so much about my own body and the stages to which it changes during pregnancy. I am confident that I know what to do should I ever get pregnant and how to continue my own personal practice during this time.

Aileen P. from the Yoga Alliance website

This was a phenomenal program. I am so grateful I found Ma Yoga.

I am now a confident prenatal yoga teacher and this training has greatly improved my non-prenatal teaching as well.

Ashley M. from the Yoga Alliance website

This is the best prenatal teacher training program around.

Extensive and gives you the added business support to create your own pre and postnatal yoga business in your community. Outstanding.

Colleen H. from the Yoga Alliance website

The Ma Yoga prenatal teacher training was wonderful.

Jessica Jennings is a supportive and inspiring instructor.

My personal yoga practice deepened with the alignment principles that were taught, and I gained much knowledge and insight to share with others, both pregnant or needing healing alignment.

Daho S. from the Yoga Alliance website

Each of the instructors is incredibly skilled in and passionate about sharing their expertise and experience with Prenatal Yoga.

The support you receive from the Ma Yoga community after you complete training is unparalleled.

They are truly committed to building a support system for all the Moms out there and providing all their teachers the tools to help build in a mindful, compassionate, and educated way. I could not recommend this training more!

Emily M. from the Yoga Alliance website

This was such a thorough and fulfilling teacher training!

Jess has such a beautiful spirit and so much knowledge of prenatal yoga. I have felt so supported by Ma Yoga throughout this entire program and am very grateful to be a part of this community.

Hayley W. from the Yoga Alliance website

The Ma Yoga Prenatal Certification Program is incredibly comprehensive, covering not only alignment but self-care practices rooted in Ayurveda and birth training that provides teachers who may not have been through childbirth with greater understanding.

The mentorship and support calls take the training to the next level beyond theory and into practical, real-life application.

The Ma Yoga team really wants to see their teachers succeed and are committed to supporting them on their journey.

Heather K. from the Yoga Alliance website

Ma Yoga® is a wonderful program and I highly recommend it to any yoga teacher looking to reach this special community of practitioners.

The teachers are compassionate, highly skilled, and knowledgable and the curriculum is well-rounded and flexible.

Jamie H. from the Yoga Alliance website

The creator and owner, Jessica, and her team of educators were very supportive and knowledgeable.

Jessica creates a community for her students and provides a comprehensive program.

Jennifer R. from the Yoga Alliance website

I enjoyed this training so much that I am now moving on to teach the trainings to more teachers.

Joyful Path Yoga from the Yoga Alliance website

Ma Yoga is great.

I learned a lot and continue to practice their teachings.

Kathy C. from the Yoga Alliance website

Grateful for everything that was learned and shared with me and our growing community

Kimberly F. from the Yoga Alliance website

Ma Yoga provides stellar instruction and guidance for yoga teachers interested in working with women on the journey of motherhood.

Lauren H. from the Yoga Alliance website

I can’t recommend this training enough.

I feel so prepared as a prenatal teacher thanks to Jessica and ma Yoga!

Melanie W. from the Yoga Alliance website

The small class size allows for a more in-depth training and creates a place for making friends with fellow students I never could have imagined.

Jessica creates an environment to explore and learn the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of prenatal yoga.

The curriculum of the program is broken down in such a way that it is not overwhelming and you are well prepared to teach.

Pernille S. from the Yoga Alliance website

With my hectic schedule, I felt the convenience of having the classes split up over a few months really helped me focus on each aspect of the courses presented.

Very easy to move forward and I felt like I truly appreciated each step.

Stefanie C. from the Yoga Alliance website

This was an amazing teacher training program.

It was fun and there was a lot of support throughout the whole process.

Tammi F. from the Yoga Alliance website

So glad I chose to complete this program. It provides a strong foundation for concepts and theories that can be easily applied in classes with students.

It provides a wonderful approach that included ways to support nutrition, physical, and emotional support for mothers-to-be.

Tiffany T. from the Yoga Alliance website

Ma Yoga Instructor Certification (RPYT) is now 100% online.

Join us live – we start September 21, 2022!

OR, do some or all of your program self-paced. Click the button to receive deets, dates and prices.

Ma Yoga Doula

I’d never taken a yoga teacher training before my Ma Yoga Instructor Certification. 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, Certified Doula

aileen-pham

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 and I can't wait to teach a prenatal class!

Aileen Pham, Yoga Studio Owner

lauren prenatal yoga teacher

As a mom with two little ones, Mayurveda helped me heal in ways I didn't realize I needed to. Now I can now help moms that come to me so depleted, because through Dina Charya (daily rhythms) and MAyurveda “Anchor Practices” I know how to help them have more energy and heal more fully. I love that we have this community where I can go for inspiration and support as a yoga teacher.

Lauren Horn, Yoga Teacher Trainer, Mom

Below are the trainings that make up the 85-hour Ma Yoga Instructor Certification (RPYT) Program:

The Yoga Of Pregnancy: Prenatal Teacher Training

In The Yoga of Pregnancy teacher training, you’ll learn practices and principles to address each physiological and psychological change on the journey to motherhood and beyond. In three weeks, you learn to:

The Yoga of Pregnancy may be taken alone for 18 hours of Continuing Education credit, or toward Prenatal Yoga Certification (RPYT). 

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The Yoga Of Healing: Yoga Therapy Training

Our bodies change so much throughout the childbearing years.  With the “Five Sacred Steps” you can use alignment to:

The Yoga of Healing   may be taken alone for 12 hours of Continuing Education credit, or toward Prenatal Yoga Certification (RPYT)

Mayurveda: Ayurveda Training

The 5,000-year old wellness principles of Ayurveda (“the science of life”) are more relevant than ever before with our stressful, busy lives. MAyurveda is pared down, essential practices and principles to help women in their childbearing years incorporate powerful routines and rhythms into our busy day. You’ll learn how to:

MAyurveda may be taken alone for 12 hours of Continuing Education credit, or toward Prenatal Yoga Certification (RPYT).

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Ma Mentorship

After The Yoga of Pregnancy and The Yoga of Healing, you’l have received a lot of info. We’ll set you up with a Ma Mentor will help you create your first prenatal yoga class, and give you feedback on it. Your mentor will help you:

The Yoga Of Birth Class Online

In this live online birth education course you’ll learn about all the choices and challenges around labor and postpartum. Guided by two highly trained, experienced doulas and Certified Ma Yoga teachers, you’ll travel through the stages of labor learning how to:

The Yoga of Birth Class Online is not included in the Certification  program price, because doulas and those who choose to do a doula training instead may credit out of the childbirth eduation course.

Let's connect! I'll email you dates and prices, plus my ebook, The Yoga of Pregnancy for Teachers

(Look for an email from Jess@MaYogaLiving.com, probably in Promotions)

Jessica Jennings, founder Ma Yoga Instructor Certification Program