Welcome to Ma Yoga Instructor Certification (RPYT - Registered Prenatal Yoga Instructor)

The Ma Yoga Instructor Certification Program (RPYT) is the longest running Yoga Alliance-accredited live online prenatal teacher training out there.

It's also the most comprehensive.

Hi I’m Jessica. I’m so glad we’ve connected!

The Ma Yoga® Instructor Certification (RPYT) is different from your typical online prenatal training. It’s so much more than do’s and don’ts, lists of yoga poses, and postpartum healing practices.

It’s the result of 20+ years of teaching moms and moms-to-be. It’s really a deep dive into yoga for women’s ever-changing bodies and lives, on and off-the-mat.

It’s been Yoga Alliance RPYT registered for more than a decade, and was always partly online. Now all four 3-week trainings are online, which means you can take time to integrate all the empowering information into your practice, your teaching and your life.

Jessica Jennings, pregnancy and postpartum support

The training you need to be confident teaching mamas; the certification you need to teach prenatal yoga; the support you need to start teaching mamas online.

In 2009, I called my alignment-based method of yoga “Ma Yoga” in part because the syllable “Ma” in every language means “mother.”

But also, in Sanskrit – the ancient language of yoga – “ma” means “the highest, most powerful, wise and nurturing”.

As in “Ma Kali”, the Mother of all Goddesses.

The secret of Ma Yoga is that it isn’t just about becoming a mother to a baby.

It’s about discovering how to truly mother yourself.

Whether you’re gestating a baby, a project, or a new version of you, you too can slow down and learn to align with nurturing energy.

And when you do, you begin to access your highest, most powerful, wise, and nurturing “Ma” Self.

We are so confident in the practices and principles you’ll be learning, that you can apply to teach with us on our platform after your Ma Mentorship, even if you’re not done with the program!

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

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


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

Click the right arrow below to see why people say the Ma Yoga Instructor Certification (RPYT) Program is a whole other thing:

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.


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.


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.


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.

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.


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

After the 85-hour, Ma Yoga Instructor Certification (RPYT), you'll have all the tools you need to:

The Ma Yoga Instructor Certification (RPYT - Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher) is made up of the 3-week trainings below:

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 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 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 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 may be taken as birth preparation, for Continuing Education or to fulfill birth education requirements for Prenatal Yoga Certification (RPYT). It is NOT included in the whole program price, because you may choose to take a doula training on your own instead.

Get started by receiving dates and deets, plus a free copy of my ebook, The Yoga of Pregnancy for Teachers:

Jessica Jennings, founder Ma Yoga Instructor Certification Program

Jessica Jennings
Los Angeles, California