“I love the profound wisdom of the methodology and Jessica, its founder. The Ma Yoga approach is not only beneficial in the time around giving birth, it can change your whole perspective on life.”
– Ann-Christin G.
Since 2012, I’ve been helping teachers and moms feel confident guiding and inspiring pregnant mamas.
I can’t wait to support you on your “Ma” journey!
Hi I’m Jessica Jennings. I’m so glad you found your way to Ma Yoga.
I created Ma Yoga® as a new mom in 2009 with the idea in mind fo have a Mama Circle in every neighborhood.
More than 20,000 pregnant mamas and new moms have come through our ten Southern California classes before Covid, and now we get to serve mamams (and teachers!) all over the world.
Ma Yoga is rooted in the five elements of nature, and is based in simple alignment actions to bring space, steadiness, watery playful energy, firey power and freedom into every pose, every body, and every life.
When you learn these principles in our prenatal yoga teacher training – what I call the “Five Sacred Steps” – you’ll have a guide for every co-creative act you do, from teaching a pose to writing a poem to being a mom to co-creating a new career path.
I created the Ma Yoga Prenatal Certification Program in 2012 because I believe yoga teacher trainings shouldn’t just teaching you what pregnancy women can’t or shouldn’t do, and they shouldn’t just give you a bunch of videos and pose lists.
For me, a good Online Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training gives you a deep experience of practices and principles that help you become a powerful co-creator, whether you’re pregnant with a baby, a vision, or a new way of showing up in your life.
Pregnancy is a beautiful time for us to learn how to truly nurture ourselves, support the flow of prana (life force), and incorporate simple but powerful routines that will support healing and thriving for our whole lives.
And we can use birth as our guru, and do this anytime.
I named my school of yoga Ma Yoga because the root “Ma” means “mother” in almost every language. In Sanskrit it also means “the highest, most powerful and wise.”
Ma Yoga isn’t just about becoming a mother to a baby. It’s even more about becoming a mother to ourselves.
And with the right kind of support and guidance, this can be a doorway for all of us to our highest, most powerful and wise “Ma” Self.
Moms-to-be need and deserve to be cared for so they can experience their journey as the miracle it is. In the same way, as you become a prenatal yoga teacher you’ll receive personal support and guidance from Ma Yoga Founder Jessica Jennings, MS, ERYT, RYPT, plus a mentorship so you can apply to teach with us even before the program’s over.
There’s no right way to give birth. Similarly, we believe prenatal yoga teacher training should fit with your unique life. You can join us live on Zoom calls, watch the videos and stay with your group, or do the whole thing on your own time – or any combination of the above. You’ll have lifetime access to all course materials and the supportive Ma Yoga community.
Teaching prenatal yoga means watching women go from anxious pregnant women to empowered mama bears. The Ma Yoga Prenatal Teacher Training will not only help you confidently teach prenatal yoga, you’ll also find your own “Ma” voice and teach from a new place of authentic wisdom and power.
years teaching prenatal yoga
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Ma Yoga students
…adjust yoga poses for different trimesters, skill-levels and physical limitations
…teach inspiring prenatal yoga classes
… relieve common pregnancy aches, including wrist, back, shoulder and neck pain
… help people prevent and heal postpartum issues
… reconnect to your own highest, most powerful, wise and nurturing “Ma” Self
Even if you’ve never had kids, taught yoga OR taken a yoga teacher training, you can become an expert in yoga for women in their childbearing years.
Teach mamas to make space for baby plus create a strong container for baby. Address common pregnancy conditions including depression, anxiety and aches and pains. Help moms-to-be enjoy this exciting time.
One in three women report that their birth was traumatic, and Black women are three times more likely to die in childbirth than white women. Help women learn to breathe through intense sensation, gather a nurturing team, and connect to their “ROAR” – so they are ready for an empowering birth.
One in seven mothers experience postpartum depression – and anxiety is becoming even more common. Help women incorporate nurturing practices and routines in advance so they can heal completely postpartum, and help new moms build their bodies back better than ever.
For more testimonials, click here.
Each of the four trainings is 3-weeks, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Join live on Zoom or watch the videos.
Learn to teach safe, strengthening, inspiring prenatal yoga.
Support the body’s ability to heal, expecially for women’s changing bodies and lives.
Incorporate Ayurvedic self-care to find more energy + vibrant wellness.
Take an empowering journey through birth, guided by two birth doulas.
Completing the four trainings above plus your mentorship and class visits fulfills the requirements for Ma Yoga® Certified Instructor/Yoga Alliance RPYT. Yoga Alliance does require a regular 200-hour training to get the RPYT designation, which you can take anytime. Ma Yoga provides a solid foundation for any future yoga teaching or training you might do, and gives you all the tools you need to teach your own “Mama Circle” right away – you can even apply to teach with us on our online platform after your mentorship.
Yes, the four 3-week trainings are all online, and you can take them either live on Zoom, watch them on your own time – or both.
If you prefer to be live on Zoom but you get busy during the training, just reach out and we’ll put you on the roster for the next one.
Yes, the Ma Yoga Prenatal Yoga Certification (RPYT) Program was created in collaboration with Yoga Alliance in 2012. This means if you have your RYT, this program fulfills the requirements for your RPYT Certification.
You don’t need any previous training or experience to take this course, and get all the tools you need to start teaching mamas.
While you can’t get the RPYT letters after your name unless you have your RYT, you can say you are Ma Yoga Certified, and to anyone who is familiar with prenatal yoga trainings this means the highest quality.
If you do decide to do a regular training in the future, you’ll have a leg up as you will learn foundational alignment principles that will help you in any trainings or teaching you do.
If you do choose to do a 200-hour yoga teacher training (RYT) down the road, you can submit your Ma Yoga Certificate to Yoga Alliance and get your RPYT at that time.
If you feel drawn to teaching prenatal yoga, we highly recommend that you start with this training as the principles you learn are easier to learn first, as a basis for all yoga practices.
When you register for the Ma Yoga Prenatal Yoga Certification Program, you get INSTANT access to:
You can take any of the above self-paced, live with us, or both throughout your Certification year.
After YOP and YOH, you can schedule your Ma Mentorship.
Finally, when you register for the whole program, you’ll have six months to enjoy Ma Collective Membership with monthly Masterclasses, business coaching, yoga and tons of resources for studying and teaching.
Yes. With modules in Mom + Baby Yoga as well as preschool yoga and postpartum healing, you will know exactly what and how to teach yoga to new moms.
Here’s what’s NOT included when you register for the Ma Yoga Prenatal Yoga Certification Program:
Requirements not included:
Each of the four trainings is three weeks, twice-a-week – Wednesdays and Saturdays.
If you can’t make it to any of the sessions, you can watch the videos and stay in the nurturing current of the group.
OR, you can watch them whenever it’s convenient for you.
You have a year to complete your Certification program.
Go up to Upcoming Events for dates, discounts and times – and to register!
Yes, as soon as you register for the Ma Yoga Online Prenatal Yoga Certification (RPYT) Program, you’ll receive instant access to our prenatal teacher training, therapy for women and Ayurveda self-care for moms courses.
You can choose to do them at your own pace, join us on Zoom or stay with us by watching the videos at home.
There’s a short quiz at the end of each session that you take to get credit, whether you were there live or you watched the video.
Either way, you can be part of the ongoing conversation in our training Circles.
You have one year from the first day of your first LIVE training to complete your Certification.
However, you have evergreen access to all your trainings and materials, so you can come in and watch sessions for a refresher anytime.
You can even hop in live again – we love to see you!
Once you join the Ma Yoga community, you’re part of it as long as you want to be.
All the materials are available and since they’re changing all the time, you can keep learning by watching new sessions you’re interested in.
You can choose to teach online prenatal yoga classes with us and have quarterly gatherings where we share ways to expand your impact. Plus, you get free Ma Collective Membership, which includes monthly Masterclasses, business coaching, all of our live yoga classes and Ma Yoga Anytime.
Even if you don’t end up teaching with us, you will have the opportunity to stay on as a Ma Collective Member at the same low cost that regular members pay, as long as you join as a trainee.
We love continuing to support you on your “Ma” path, whatever that may be!
After your Ma Mentorship, you can reach out to start getting your required Yoga Alliance prenatal teaching hours.
There is no cost for the in-depth training you’ll get in online teaching – both in content and technical elements.
You’ll get paid 80% of all the revenue that comes in for your online class.
We believe we can all make a bigger impact when we offer our gifts together.
Teaching with Ma Yoga means you have a nurturing community supporting you as you expand your reach.
Just go up to Event Registration.
Click in to any training and you’ll see dates, times, prices and registration for that individual training OR the whole Ma Yoga Prenatal Yoga Certification Program.
After you’ve completed the Ma Yoga Prenatal Certification Program, you’ll have all the tools you need to teach prenatal yoga.
If you don’t have your Yoga Alliance RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher), you won’t be able to get the RPYT (Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher) until you do.
Many yoga studios will require that you have your RPYT, but if you want your own Mama Circle or you just want to share these practices and principles with clients, you’ll be more than ready.
Click here to schedule a call with founder Jessica Jennings. She’ll answer all of your questions and help you determine if the Ma Yoga Prenatal Yoga Certification Program is right for you.
Fill out the form below to receive info about Ma Yoga Prenatal Teacher Training and Certification, plus get the Free 5-Day Ma Yoga Prenatal Yoga Training (2.5 hours toward Ma Yoga/RPYT Certification).