Prices: $22 per class
Ma Teacher Training is an in-depth, specialized prenatal yoga training for yoga teachers and women in the birthing field. Mia Borgatta enriches this program by incorporating her years of experience in yoga and in the birth field, as doula, yoga teacher, childbirth educator, and RN.
Dr. Eden Fromberg provides a thorough overview of the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and birth, and her insights about birth in America.
MA YOGA’s prenatal Yoga is an empowering technique that reinforces the inner resources and innate wisdom of the body and mind as preparation for birthing and mothering. The intense demands of birthing and mothering require a practice that is strengthening as well as restorative for the expecting mother’s body and soul.
A balanced spectrum of breathing (pranayama), childbirth preparation techniques, and special asanas (poses) are included in each class. By cultivating mindfulness and awareness in the moment and participating in a community of other mothers-to-be, a woman can begin to prepare for this exciting transformation in life.
• Anatomy and Physiology of Pregnancy and Birth (Dr. Eden Fromberg)
• Appropriate Asanas (Poses) and Pranayama (Breathwork)
• Class observation and Sequencing
• Childbirth Preparation Exercises
• Emotions of Pregnancy
• Contraindicated poses
• Common Discomforts
• Yoga Therapeutics for Pregnancy
• Teacher’s Guidelines and Responsibilities
• Community Support
Apprenticeship with a multi-media curriculum including 14 class observation/student teaching, class plans, research project, and further
childbirth studies. (By Application)
Advanced studies including pelvic floor training, therapeutics, and
Each part must be completed in order.
This workshop takes place in NYC bi-annually (in June and November). It has also been presented in Washington, DC, New Haven, Connecticut, and Montclair, NJ.
Please contact us if you would be interested in bringing a Ma Yoga training to your studio.
Ma Teacher Training
Private classes or individual sessions available by appointment in open, prenatal, postpartum, and couples Yoga.
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How does prenatal yoga class differ from open yoga?
In prenatal class, the asanas are all adapted for the changing pregnant body, and modifications can be made according to yoga level as well. A prenatal class provides community and addresses ways to prepare for the birth as well as orientation towards motherhood.
When should I start?
I believe that yoga practice should be modified when you find out you are pregnant. Without proper modification and awareness, certain postures and practices can be dangerous, and the body heat should not be significantly raised. If you feel well during the first trimester, you may begin a responsible prenatal practice. Many people start prenatal yoga after first trimester exhaustion and nausea are over. If you choose to remain in the open class setting, then it is important to find out how to alter your practice. Taking a prenatal class with an experienced teacher can give you that guidance.
How often should I come to class?
The ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) recommends exercise at least three times a week. Yoga will impact your life in positive ways the more frequently it is practiced.
Can I take prenatal yoga without any previous yoga experience?
Yes. Many women start yoga when they are pregnant and continue after. Be sure that you have your physician's or midwife's approval if there are any medical considerations.
How does yoga help me prepare for birth?
The practice of yoga helps to cultivate moment-to-moment awareness of the breath. The establishment of this practice helps to prepare for dealing with the intense sensations and discomforts of birthing. If any moment is experienced fully, one discovers that not only is ones life not threatened but that each moment leads to the birth of the baby. The class includes practices to prepare for birth by meeting challenges and practicing surrender. The physical asanas are chosen to build strength and open the pelvis. Relaxation, restorative poses, and inner listening are also aspects of the practice.
How long can I continue to practice?
We have had people come in to class in labor! Even though it is hard to leave home in the final days of pregnancy, the class can have a calming effect on prenatal anxiety.
When can I start yoga postpartum?
It is recommended that you wait until 6 weeks postpartum. You can start your kegels as soon as you remember to do them. Inversions should be avoided until 6 weeks after delivery.
Prenatal and Post-Partum Yoga FAQs
MIA BORGATTA, RN, the founder and director of the Ma Yoga program, was born in New York City. Mia both attended her first birth as a doula and received her Yoga Certification in 1989. The merging of these two disciplines has resulted in the Ma Yoga prenatal technique - an invigorating and empowering practice that includes instinctive positioning and movement in preparation for birth.
Mia has taught yoga since 1990 and prenatal yoga since 1994. She has taught at various centers, including Jivamukti and dance festivals, and currently teaches and runs the Ma Yoga Program at Lila Yoga and Wellness Center in New York.
As a doula, she has been present for the wonder and magic of over 260 births and applies the depth of these experiences to her teaching.
Mia is a mother to spirited and inspiring Jaya who was born at home in 1994 and brings great joy to her life. She is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and practices deep therapeutic massage.
Mia recently completed a BSN in Holistic Nursing that brings together her extensive experience with holistic modalities and the field of nursing.
Mia thanks all of her teachers especially Genny Kapuler, Zjenja la Rosa, Robert Moses (Shankarananda), Alison West, and Eden Fromberg who have deeply enriched her life and have influenced her work.
AMBIKA has been practicing yoga with teachers from different traditions for over seventeen years. In 2011 she completed her 200 hour training at Ananda Ashram in Monroe, New York.
While pregnant with her daughter, she felt naturally drawn to teach prenatal yoga. She took Ma Yoga Prenatal Teacher Training in NYC, as well as an apprenticeship program with Mia Borgata. Ambika is currently teaching hatha-vinyasa yoga, yoga nidra, prenatal, and mom and baby yoga. With the understanding that birth is a uniquely individual experience, in her classes Ambika creates a balance between building strength and relaxation.