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HHY 85-Hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training

Humble Haven Yoga's 85-hour Prenatal Teacher Training Program is designed for yoga teachers and students, health and childbirth educators, healthcare professionals, expecting mothers, and women wanting to conceive. 

The intention of this program is to empower each participant with tools to support expectant mothers in their 9-month journey through pregnancy and beyond. These tools include a study of yoga philosophy and techniques, anatomy of prenatal yoga, childbirth education, and, most importantly, a study of self and the power and knowledge we each already possess as teachers. 

Topics of Study


  • Sequencing prenatal yoga classes

  • Yoga postures and modifications specific to various stages of pregnancy

  • Pranayama (breath) techniques during pregnancy

  • A teacher's role in creating conscious community for mother's and expectant mother's

  • Movement, meditation, and breath techniques for women looking to conceive

  • Childbirth education covering the physiology of birth and common interventions during birth - how to avoid them, alternative options, and when they become medically necessary

  • Hormonal structure of labor, birth, breastfeeding, and postpartum

  • Anatomy of Pregnancy - structural changes of the female anatomy during various stages of pregnancy, hormonal changes and their effects on major systems, common medical conditions during pregnancy and helpful modifications for yoga practice

  • Botanical Oils to nurture conception, pregnancy + postpartum

  • Mom + Baby Yoga

2018 Schedule 

  • Weekend 1: 10/12/18 - 10/14/18

    • Friday, 6-9pm

    • Saturday, 12-7pm

    • Sunday, 8a-5pm

  • Weekend 2: 10/19/18 - 10/21/18

    • Friday, 6-9pm

    • Saturday,12-7pm

    • Sunday, 8a-5pm

  • Weekend 3: 11/9/18 - 11/11/18

    • Friday, 6-9pm

    • Saturday, 12-7pm

    • Sunday, 8a-5pm

  • Weekend 4: 11/30/18 - 12/2/18

    • Friday, 1-9pm

    • Saturday, 9a-7pm

    • Sunday, 8a-5pm


Deposit: $300 (nonrefundable; make deposit by 8/31 to receive early bird discount)

Early Bird Pricing: $1500 (ends 8/31)


Training Leads

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Suzanne Burns

Owner, ERYT-200, RPYT, YACEP and lead trainer for Humble Haven Yoga's Prenatal Training Program. Mama to 1 little boy and passionate about making a conscious contribution to the Richmond community through the practice and teaching of yoga. Suzanne began her teaching career in Power Yoga, receiving her 200-hour teaching certification from Down Dog Yoga under the instruction of Patty Ivey. Suzanne went on to study with Sonia Sumar becoming licensed practitioner of Yoga for the Special Child, specializing in teaching to children and young adults with special needs. When the desire came for Suzanne to start a family of her own, she was drawn to the Khalsa Way 85-hour Prenatal Teaching Program developed and led by Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa based on Kundalini Yoga and Meditation as taught by Yogi Bhajan. The guidance Suzanne received from all her teachers not only deeply influences the way she teaches, but the way she lives her life. Her intention as a teacher is to empower her students to call on their own inner wisdom to guide them through their yoga practice, on and off the mat.

Melanie Headley

Owner/Operator of A Brighter Birth. Birth Doula, Childbirth Educator and Lactation Counselor. Mama to 4 little people, lover of food, art, music, fashion, yoga and ALL things birth. A Brighter Birth is a sanctuary of birth services ranging from Fertility to Postpartum for RVA families. Melanie stumbled across A Brighter Birth when she was pregnant with her first kiddo 15 years ago. It was the only out of hospital Childbirth Education class of it's kind, taught by the fabulous Chris Dewilde. Along with her partner, Melanie utilized every.single.tool she learned during their 46 hour birth experience, helping them feel empowered and confident in making decisions and working together. Melanie took over the class over in 2008 and has since helped over two thousand families in or around Richmond. 


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Bethany Frazier

Owner of the skincare and wellness line, Maven Made. Her personal journey with cystic acne was the catalyst that started the beginnings of the company. Instead of continuing to battle her issues with prescriptions and harsh products, she discovered the botanical powers of natural ingredients and oils. In 2013, she concocted an oil-based Facial Serum (now a bestseller) and the rest is her story. Maven Made's handcrafted, vegan and nontoxic products are now sold nationwide and have extended to workshop and one-on-one consults. Bethany will be sharing her knowledge of Botanical Oils to nurture conception, pregnancy + postpartum during our 2018 training. 



Kristen Hendricks Dandy

Kristen Dandy, PT, DPT, has been teaching yoga in the Washington metropolitan area since 2008.  She taught in Boston at the Baptiste studios for one year and has assisted Baron Baptiste in over ten BPYI programs including Level 1, Level 2, Art of Assisting, and Foundations in Action.  Kristen holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from George Mason University and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Marymount University.  Since completing her doctorate, Kristen has been a PT  in the inpatient acute care setting.  In December 2017, she and her husband welcomed their first child, a daughter.  "While I was pregnant I practiced in a Baptiste studio 2-3 times a week.  Much like the expression 'our injuries are our biggest teachers,'pregnancy has been the biggest teacher for me yet.  I am honored and excited to be able to share some of these lessons from an anatomical and empathetic perspective."