100 hours Certification Course

Education in Yoga:
Foundation Level

With Arielle Nash-Degagne
June 3 – 16, 2018

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This 100 Hour Certification Course is registered by the Yoga Alliance, and one of the most
comprehensive and thorough trainings available in yoga today.

Continuing Education Module

PreNatal and Portpartum

This course is appropriate for expectant mothers, personal trainers, yoga teachers, midwives, doulas and birth coaches.  The content of this course is drawn both from scientific knowledge and the personal experiences of pregnant yoga practitioners.

Whether it’s the first time or the fifth time, the relationship between mother and baby begins long before birth.  Yoga can play an integral role in the quality of this relationship as mom connects with baby and takes care of her body and mind through practice.

Teaching pregnant women is delicate and must be approached with the proper knowledge and confidence to ensure safety and effectiveness.

Post partum women need to be guided back into practice with key exercises that assist in re-building strength, balance and stability while getting reacquainted with their post baby body.

This course will outline a woman’s journey from preconception to 1 year after childbirth.

All Advanced Yoga Teacher Training 100-hour modules are fully inclusive of the training program, both practical sessions and lectures, and includes the full facilities of Samahita Retreat, accommodation of your choice, and all buffet meals and drinks. Additionally we offer fully filtered water stations for you fill up and stay hydrated along with electrolyte drink on the buffet. We provide a setting to support your body and mind at the optimal level so the time invested in your training is most beneficial.

Topics of this training

You will leave confident in your ability to teach basic level prenatal classes
and adapt a Vinyasa practice for an experienced practitioner.

Preparing for pregnancy

  • Understanding the menstrual cycle and fertility
  • The stress response and hormone regulation
  • Psychological preparation
  • The physiology of conception
  • What it means to grow a baby
  • Practices to increase fertility

The Anatomy & physiology of a woman’s body during pregnancy

  • Pregnancy hormonal shifts
  • The biomechanics of the expectant mother
  • How the body changes during pregnancy
  • Organ function
  • Pregnancy “symptoms”
  • Pregnancy after age 35
  • Energy conservation and expenditure
  • The psychology of miscarriage

The Pregnancy Journey

  • The mental shifts during pregnancy
  • Stages of Fetal development and the effects on the expectant mother
  • Partner Yoga during pregnancy
  • Diet & Nutrition during Pregnancy
  • Relaxation and Meditation Techniques for pregnant women
  • Injury during pregnancy

Trimester Specific Practice Considerations

  • Anatomy and Alignment
  • General Precautions
  • Pranayama during pregnancy
  • Do’s and don’ts for each Trimester
  • Exercise outside of practice (other activities)
  • Connecting with baby
  • Abdominal and Pelvic awareness
  • Asana for alleviating symptoms
  • Sequencing and adjusting
  • Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Hatha practice for each trimester
  • Teaching a Prenatal Restorative Class

Yoga and the High Risk Pregnancy

  • Preeclampsia and hypertension
  • Multiples pregnancy (carrying twins or more)
  • Early or advanced age pregnancy
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Other health considerations
  • Assisting an Expectant Mother in Preparing for Childbirth
  • Signs and stages of labor
  • Birthing Options
  • Premature labour
  • Working with health care practitioners
  • Breathwork and Pain Management
  • Mental preparation

The 4th Trimester

  • Becoming “mom”
  • The early days post-partum
  • C-Section and Vaginal birth recovery
  • Post partum depression
  • Breast-feeding
  • Nutrition for breast feeding
  • Relationship management
  • When to start practicing yoga after having a baby
  • A woman’s body after children
  • Mom & Baby yoga

The Ethics of Teaching Pregnant Women

  • When to consult her health care practitioner
  • Building a network of allied health professionals
  • How to appropriately hold space for the mother to be

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Places are limited on these training programs.
We encourage you to invest in your education and practice


Arielle Nash-Degagne

Leading Fitness Expert, Anatomy Educator and Senior Yoga Teacher

Arielle has spent nearly 20 years studying the human body, its performance and factors that contribute to wellness. Her passion and knowledge led her to a decade long career training athletes and educating fitness professionals. Arielle has been teaching yoga since 2004 and she holds a degree in Kinesiology, along with certifications in Mysofascial Compression Techniques©, Strength & Conditioning, and Nutrition & Wellness. After graduating from Centered Yoga’s Teacher Training in 2005 with Paul, she returned to Koh Samui every year to deepen her practice and study before making it her home in 2013. Her primary teachers are Paul Dallaghan and Sharath R. Jois. Arielle is Centered Yoga’s lead anatomy educator, teaching anatomy for continuing education courses and teacher trainings at Samahita.

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Daily Schedule

6: 30am Morning herbal tea and early breakfast
7:00 am Seated practice: day opening, mantra, pranayama
8:00 – 10:00 am Led asana class (some days will be self-practice)
10:00 am – 11:00 pm Brunch
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Theory education session / teaching techniques
12:30 pm – 4:00 pm Lunch & free time
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Class design/ practice teaching/ restorative class
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Dinner & optional evening program: video, meditation, tratak

So Samahita has widened its scope to add spin classes and core classes. This can be added to the already established yoga choices of Mysore and Led classes or for those who aren’t yoga inclined, can just add a bit of fitness to your holiday.

So Samahita has widened its scope to add spin classes and core classes. This can be added to the already established yoga choices of Mysore and Led classes or for those who aren’t yoga inclined, can just add a bit of fitness to your holiday.

So Samahita has widened its scope to add spin classes and core classes. This can be added to the already established yoga choices of Mysore and Led classes or for those who aren’t yoga inclined, can just add a bit of fitness to your holiday.

Add-on a Detox Program

Enhance your stay by detoxing during your retreat for a full health make-over

Add-on a Wellness Program

Take more time for yourself while on retreat and increase your wellbeing

Arrive Earlier or Stay Longer?

Samahita Retreat has a full program of yoga, breath, meditation, and fitness classes every day, all year.


A lot goes on in this little place. Take a tour and see for yourself.


A variety of private and semi-private options, clean, airy and comfortable. Just what you need.


Rates are in US Dollars, are per person, and are fully inclusive of room, buffets, and practices for the duration of the program dates

Private Room xxx USD
Semi-Private Room xxx USD
Share Two-Bedroom Loft xxx USD
One-Bedroom Suite xxx USD

Need to bring a friend, partner or family member?

Subject to availability, we have Friends & Family rates for any registered Samahita Retreat guest’s partner, family member or friend, who is not interested in participating in any of the programs but will stay in a room and board capacity. Shared accommodation, food, and the facilities are open to them. If they prefer to engage in the selection of yoga, breath, meditation, and fitness classes every day then a separate booking under YogaCoreCycle is advised

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