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Reconnect to your "Ma" Self

The 85-hour Ma Yoga Prenatal Yoga Certification Program is about learning how to truly nurture yourself, on and off-the-mat.

You’ll learn powerful co-creative practices and principles that will not only help you teach safe, therapeutic, and transformative prenatal and postpartum yoga – 

In the process, you’ll rediscover your highest, most wise and powerful “Ma” Self.

Let's get you started today.

The 85-hour program is the longest runnning online RPYT program, and unique in so many ways:

  • It’s comprehensive: It’s so much more than do’s and don’ts and sequencing for prenatal yoga. You’ll learn to teach with themes, therapeutic alignment for pregnancy, postpartum, and healing in general, and Mayurvedic self-care and food-as-medicine routines for mamas.
  • It’s flexible: You can start with The Yoga of Pregnancy self-paced, and then join us for the other trainings live – or do it all self-paced. You have a whole year to complete your Certification, and you have evergreen access to your trainings as long as we’re online. You can even hop back in live anytime for a refresher.
  • It’s alignment-based: Instead of just learning poses and practices, you’ll be learning principles behind them. Kind of like physical therapy, you’ll understand how to cue your students to be able to use each pose to help your students receive, recruit muscles, release, root and rise – to support healing and thriving.
  • It offers a paid teaching opportunity: Our virtual yoga studio is a wonderful way to take that next step, and guide mamas through prenatal practices just by clicking in to the Ma Yoga Zoom Room. Plus, you’ll be getting your required Yoga Alliance teachign hours.
  • It provides personal support: So many trainings out there give you a bunch of videos and lists… and we find ourselves at the end in exactly the same place where we started. We all have our own unique obstacles and challenges to get through. In this training, you’ll get customized support so you feel confident, calm and clear as a prenatal teacher.

I’m excited to support you on YOUR unique Ma journey!

What's included in the Ma Yoga Prenatal Yoga Certification Program:

A Comprehensive, In-Depth Training in Yoga for Women

($447 Value)

($447 Value)

($397 Value)

Ma Mentorship (1-on-1 support for teaching)

($500 Value)

Lifetime access to live-stream and recorded trainings

($1500 Value)

Six Months of our highest level Ma Collective Membership

Personal Coaching

Personal guidance and feedback in live sessions, as well as in training Circles

($500)

Private online training “Circles” – evergreen advice

($2500)

An opportunity to continue receiving support as a paid prenatal teacher on our online prenatal yoga platform

(priceless)

Total Value: $8,838

You pay only:

$1,297

or choose payment plan: pay only $357 now, 

plus three more monthly payments of $357

Additional requirements for Prenatal Yoga Certification:

Six Ma Yoga Prenatal Class Write-Ups … $54 with your free Ma Membership discount

Certificate Fee + One-on-One Career & Closure with Jessica… $50

(fee is waived if you choose to write a blog and be highlighted on our websiste) 

If you do NOT already have your Yoga Alliance (RYT) Certification:

  • Completing the above qualifies you to become a Ma Yoga® Certified Instructor
  • As a Ma Yoga® Certified Instructor, you can teach your own “Ma Circle” without Yoga Alliance Certification, but if you want to teach in a yoga studio they might ask for your RPYT
  • To submit your Certificate for Yoga Alliance RPYT certification, you must complete a 200-hour Regular Yoga Teacher Training (RYT). If you haven’t taken a regular yoga training, we recommend you take this training first as it will give you foundational alignment principles that will be support you in any future trainings or teaching

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

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

Annie

After this training, I feel connected to sacred life amidst universal challenge and change. What worked: a small group, combination lecture/ sharing/ workbook/ videos/ 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 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.

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.

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, 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.

Empowerment and care for this whole community is at the core of all that Ma Yoga does. 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 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.”

Light bulbs are going off, and the connection is beautiful.

Deborah A.

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.

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, diet techniques and so much more.

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

Shawna W.

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.

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.

Carley H.

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.

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 unfailingly encouraging every step of the way.

 

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.

Thank you so much 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.

Lindy K.

The Prenatal Certification Program with MaYoga® is a wonderful opportunity for personal and professional development and growth.

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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

I loved the training from MaYoga so much. It touched on so many facets of yoga, philosophy, ayurveda, pregnancy, and birth. The community circle and mentorship program were the icing on the cake!

Allison S.

While my certification through Ma Yoga was entirely online, I felt so connected to Jessica and those training with me. The zoom classes were informative and attending other prenatal classes through ma yoga was so helpful for me. The most helpful part was the ma yoga mentorship where I recorded myself teaching and was able to get feedback from an experienced teacher. I’m so grateful for all the knowledge I gained here!

Heather J.

I am so thankful for the prenatal yoga training through Ma Yoga. I have completed a handful of other certification trainings and I believe this content was by far the most in depth.

I love how well rounded the training was. Many trainings feel like they are doing the bare minimum to meet the requirements and feel like a hustle to get teachers in and out the door.

I felt like this training was created from a true heart to support women on the deepest level and for generations to come. The intention and heart-filled teachings were evident in every step of the training.

Rachael C.

I feel confident and prepared to teach prenatal & postnatal yoga after completing the Ma Yoga Teacher Training. Not only have I learned how to plan classes for pregnant students, but I have learned how to create supportive spaces to assist students on their journeys into parenthood.

Angela B. from The Yoga Alliance website

Jessica is a treasure. Her knowledge of and passion for prenatal yoga is contagious! She worked very hard to help me overcome some health issues so that I could complete the program.

Kelly B.

My back is happy. I don’t intend to teach prenatal, more to suggest asanas that can help postpartum mamas. But I will be more “bossy” in my teaching, as well as in my life. Clearer boundaries, more assertive.

I loved your joy, your passion, your knowledge. I really appreciated how you commented on our teachings. You were respectful, positive and uplifting. That hasn’t always been my experience. Thank you for that.

Marie-Claude
I was looking for a prenatal training that was not generic.
I understand WHY we are cueing certain physical instructions and this really helps me hone in what is the most important things to include.
The interactive model of the online training really raised my confidence and the feedback was always on time, clear and helpful.
Laura M.

This was such a thorough and fulfilling teacher training!

Jess has such a beautiful spirit and so much knowledge on 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 our Google listing

For more testimonials, click here.

Ma Yoga Prenatal Yoga Certification Program Format

  • Upon registration, you will get instant access to your trainings so you can get started.
  • You’ll also be on the roster for all four upcoming trainings.
  • If you can’t make it to any sessions, you’ll get an email that evening with a link to the videos so you can stay with us in our trianing Circles.
  • You can do it all self-paced if you like, but you must show up live to at least 6 sessions – either one complete training, or spread your sessions out over the four.
  • If something comes up and you get busy – no worries! Just email and we’ll put you on the roster for the next one. We offer each one at least twice a year.
  • You have a year to complete your Certification, and evergreen access as long as we’re online.

Our Curriculum

18 hours

Learn to teach safe, strengthening and transformative prenatal yoga classes:

  • Learn to adjust poses for each trimester plus teach prenatal yoga, guided by the five natural elements
  • Create inspiring themes to weave through every pose to deepen your students’ experience in class
  • Prepare mamas for labor and postpartum physically, mentally, and energetically in transformative prenatal yoga classes

12 hours

Understand how to use yoga to heal injuries and conditions, especially for women’s changing bodies:

  • Discover simple principles to help students and clients out of pain, and to support healing, on and off the mat
  • Address common physical and emotional conditions during the 18 months around birth like Diastisis Recti, and postpartum
  • Use breathing, alignment and the chakras to address anxiety, infertility, asthma and more

12 hours

Incorporate simple but powerful Ayurvedic practices that are easy to do and create deeper connection:

  • Explore how to use food as medicine for you and your family to have better sleep, stronger immune systems, more energy and vibrant wellness
  • Incorporate simple but powerful Ayurvedic self-care called “Anchor Practices”
  • Understand how to balance your unique Constitution, and make good choices for you

12 hours

Journey through the phases of labor, guided by two birth and postpartum doulas/ Certified Ma Yoga Teachers:

  • Explore non-judgmental, evidence-based pro’s and con’s of each choice and challenges mamas face
  • Practice mudras, meditations, and breathing practices to decrease fear and stress during labor, and stay empowered and connected
  • Prepare mamas for a supported, healing, even blissful postpartum

One year, and ongoing if you choose to stay in the Ma community!

  • Ma Mentorship: 1-on-1 mentor with Certified Ma Yoga Teacher (read more)
  • Optional weekly office hours with Jessica
  • Private online community: lifetime membership
  • Six months Ma Membership: weekly Alignment Therapy, Ma Yoga Anytime and many more resources (read more)
  • Over 50 pages of handouts and guides
  • Opportunity for paid teaching with free online teaching training (read more)

Small Print

  • We do not offer refunds because of the instant access you get to all of our trainings and materials, so please purchase carefully. You can get credit towards other trainings and program, or gift any programs to someone else.
  • If you are getting your Ma Yoga / RPYT Prenatal Yoga Certification, you have one year from day one of your first live training to complete it (exceptions made for new moms). Trainings are offered at 2-3 times per year, and are always available self-paced.
  • You will have evergreen access to all of your videos and course materials as long as we are online – you can even re-take trainings live at no cost if you want a refresher.
  • If you’re doing the trainings self-paced must show up live for at least 6 live sessions – either one complete training, or spread it out over the four.

FAQs

Still have questions about prenatal yoga certification?

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:

  • The Yoga of Pregnancy & Postpartum Training
  • The Yoga of Healing for Women Training
  • Mayurveda: an Ayurveda Training for Busy Women Training
  • The Yoga of Birth

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: 

  • six prenatal yoga classes ($50-ish with your Ma Member discount) 
  • $50 Certification Fee at the end (this is waived if you choose to write a blog).

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.

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.

For testimonials, click here.

Thank you for following your "Inner GPS" to the Ma Yoga Prenatal Yoga Certification Program!

a note from Jessica

Jessica Jennings, MS, founder Ma Yoga Prenatal Yoga Certification Program sitting in lotus

Thank you for wanting to support, guide and inspire moms and moms-to-be, and for finding your way to my life work: the Ma Yoga Certification program.

Kaiser group visit program - Jessica Jennings, founder Ma Yoga Prenatal Yoga Certification ProgramIt all started for me at Kaiser Permanente, where I completed my Masters with a program called “Pregnancy in Balance”. 

You can see me in front with my baby who’s in yellow.
: )

In those six years I realized how life-changing it can be when women get the right kind of support and guidance in the transition to motherhood.

When it was done, I knew what I wanted to do.

In 2009, Ma Yoga® Pregnancy, Postpartum & Beyond was born with a vision: a Ma Circle in every neighborhood.

Before Covid we had more than ten in-person Ma Circles in Southern California…and more than 18,000 mamas had relieved aches and pains, strengthened and opened, prepared for labor and postpartum and enjoyed this exciting time with us.

Now we’re supporting people online to create Ma Circle across the country – and the world. We’re about to start our first one in Norway!

If this is part of your vision for yourself, I can’t wait to help you make yours happen.

And if not, I look forward to supporting you on your “Ma” journey, wherever that may take you… 🙏