Yoga Alliance® 85 hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training with Lily in Baltimore, MD
Join renowned yoga teacher Lily Dwyer Begg for four weekends of intensive study during which you will gain real skills and confidence to support women during pregnancy. Learn to empower women to call on the ancient mind/body wisdom of yoga to feel stronger, steadier, and more sensual during this transformative period, and to embrace the fullness of their growing bodies, hearts and souls!
This course will ask you to look within - examining your own birth story and reflecting on personal and cultural attitudes around birth and pregnancy while also imagining yourself with a pregnant body to bring light to the teachings. The foundation of your success as a teacher will revolve around your self-inquiry and experiential participation in everything we do and learn.
You will develop a heightened compassion for pregnant women, mothers, and babies. You will learn the sacred art of holding space to enable you to work with a range of different types of pregnant women while honoring each student’s diverse perspective and mind-body experience surrounding pregnancy and birth.
This program aims to:
· Develop confident and knowledgeable prenatal and postpartum yoga teachers who will strengthen the yoga offerings available for pregnant women in their respective communities. Graduates of this program will have a foundation to think on their toes, address common pregnancy discomforts, and teach to the individualized needs of the students in their classes.
· Co-create a safe and sacred teacher trainee community where both inward personal evolution and outward bonds within our trainee community will blossom and reinforce one another.
· Spark understanding, integrity and creativity rather than "cookie- cutter" teachers. Trainees will be educated on prenatal anatomy and physiology, benefits and contraindications to dig deep and discover their unique teaching voice, presence, and style. Trainees will be prepared to think critically and creatively and truly teach to the individual rather than memorizing formulas and routines.
· Inspire a community of passionate teachers who lead by example, dedicating themselves to continuing education, dialogue within the yoga and birth communities, life-long study, self-inquiry, and somatic practice.
· Illuminate the path of building student community as the key to building a thriving career.
· Develop compassionate, non-dogmatic teachers who respect, educate and support the diversity of choices a mother can make for her body and her baby. You will learn about the processes of pregnancy and birth and understand the root of why we teach prenatal yoga this way and learn how to make these teachings your own. This course does not ask that you promote a specific philosophy around birthing or mothering. Instead, it asks the even harder questions of you - to identify your own personal values around birth and mothering, while also developing compassion to hold space for all preferences around the hot-button topics of birth and mothering. In the words of Rumi: “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing there is a field. I'll meet you there.”
The mission of this curriculum is to open a space for learning that is at once rigorous and intellectual, preparing a solid foundation for the demands of working with pregnant students but at the same time, allows space for embodied practice, a meditative journey inward and integrates all layers of self into the rich and fertile learning environment. Graduates will emerge empowered to teach from the heart grounded by sound knowledge and expertise.
Together we enter into the humbling and transformational realm of deep self-inquiry, radical self-acceptance and compassion for all beings, while also entering into the space of committed study and intellectual growth. You are a welcome friend in this sacred learning space.
Lily Dwyer Begg:
Though she has had a committed practice since 2000, Lily’s most profound, direct, earthy, transcendent, and soul-altering experience of yoga in her lifetime was giving birth to her son Blaise in 2013. Lily has taught yoga since 2005 in Berkeley, CA; Berlin, Germany; and Baltimore, Maryland. Her work has brought her to work with hundreds of pregnant and postpartum mothers, in yoga studios internationally, with an NBA basketball team, an NCAA diving team, and to homeless women and children. Lily studied with Shiva Rea, Ana Forrest, Don and Amba Stapleton, David Moreno, yoga for scoliosis with Elise Browning Miller, Ayurveda with Kameko Shibata, Prenatal yoga with Marisa Toriggino, and Yoga for the Female Pelvic Floor with Leslie Howard. She is a California licensed massage therapist and has studied anatomy with Art Riggs, Thomas Myers, and Narelle Carter-Quinlan. Lily grew up in the dance studio, has studied ballet and modern dance her whole life, and prior to moving to Baltimore, she worked as a professional modern dancer with the San Francisco troupe, LEVYdance and as a freelancer in Berlin, Germany. She currently makes her home in Baltimore with her husband, Aaron and son, Blaise where she is the director of the YogaWorks Baltimore Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training. Her approach to Prenatal Yoga is a signature balance of precise alignment based posture, slow flow, uplifting community building, and humble acknowledgement of the sacred inner strength, boundless love, and liberated consciousness within all mothers every step of their own motherhood journey no matter what shape it takes.
Physical Therapist, Bio coming soon
Certified Nurse Midwife, Bio coming soon
My approach to birth is one of compassion and experience. I have personally experienced the trials and gifts of pregnancy, labor and postpartum recovery and from this place found a calling to serve women and their partners through their personal journey through birth. As a Certified Alternative Medical Practitioner, I have cognition of how the body processes and heals, bringing this holistic perspective to each of my clients. I have trained with Birthing from Within and am trained through ICEA Childbirth Education. I am trained with Spinning Babies for therapeutic positioning in birth as well as the Rebozo tool for comfort and progress in birth.
I’m approaching 16 years as a birth doula, birth activist, and 11 years as a childbirth educator…and a Mother of Four..Wow! What an incredible job I have. I feel blessed and lucky to love what I do.
It’s been such a journey supporting over 300 couples in birth, and how birth continues to be such a miracle to me still - so surreal and magical, and filled with love, intensity, transformation and joy. My hope is for each of my clients to find their own miracles in their birth experiences. Whether they choose to use a medically managed labor, or a natural, low intervention birth. There's not one way to have a baby, but with whatever way you choose, feeling empowered, supported and making choices with Informed Consent will make for a remarkable journey that you will remember in a positive light for the rest of your days. Ultimately, I believe birth is a normal natural process for most women and the less we interfere with the birth process, the safer, and easier it can be. I encourage you to surround yourself with stories of how normal and natural birth is and how much you can trust your body's ability to perform.
4 weekends - Fri-Sun
December 7 and 9 (no session Sat, Dec 8)
Fri: 7:30-10:30: YogaWorks Fells
Sat: 12:30-8:30 YogaWorks Fells
Sun: 11-6 YogaWorks Midtown
$1050 by August 14, 2018, $1,250 thereafter
Yoga Works Fells Point
1807 Thames St, Baltimore, MD 21231