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Hybrid 85-Hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Schedule

Hybrid Program Schedule
May 4 - June 25, 2023

The Hybrid program is a combination of weekly virtual sessions, along with 3 in-person weekend intensives (weekend intensives may also be attended virtually). 

3 Weekend Intensives

Fridays from 6:00 - 9:00pm CT

Saturdays & Sundays from 11:00am - 5:00pm CT

  • May 5 - 7

  • June 2 - 4

  • June 23 - 25

Graduation day is June 25th, 2023!

Weekly Virtual Sessions 

Every Thursday from May 4 - June 22

6:00 - 9:00pm CT

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Community Class Teaching

 

Trainees will teach one Community Class either In-Person at Bloom or Virtually, to be scheduled at their convenience. Lead trainer will observe and provide detailed feedback.

Observations Requirement

 

Trainees are required to observe 10 prenatal classes. Four of the prenatal observations must be taught by Lead Trainers and these sessions will be available as recorded classes. Three may be observed with other Bloom instructors (or your lead trainers, whichever you prefer), while the remaining three classes may be observed elsewhere in the community (fee for attendance will vary based on class location chosen).

 

3 Complimentary Classes are included in the cost of tuition for the Bloom observations. Following the observations, trainees submit a written response noting sequencing details, prop usage, theme, and other observations from the teacher trainee’s perspective. This is a wonderful and very helpful assignment, and always a favorite with our graduates!

"Prenatal yoga may prove a game-changer for me. The training was so extensive that I feel prepared to bring it to the community. There is a real need for prenatal yoga and, thanks to Bloom, I feel qualified to do so."

—85-hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Graduate

Attendance Policies

 

Trainees are expected to attend all scheduled training sessions as detailed above. Trainees may miss one session without requiring a make-up, and will still be eligible to receive a certificate of completion. Any additional sessions missed must be made up hour-for-hour. Trainees needing to make up hours must review recordings of sessions, if available, and submit a review to the Lead Trainer, or schedule a private lesson at an independent cost of $100/hour. Should trainee miss more than 3 scheduled sessions, they may not be eligible to receive a certificate.

Yoga Alliance Requirements

 

Bloom is a Registered Prenatal Yoga School (RPYS) through Yoga Alliance. Graduates of Bloom's 85-hour Prenatal Teacher Training program will be eligible to receive the Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) designation.

Note: Upon completion of the required coursework, Prenatal Teacher Training graduates are required by Yoga Alliance to teach 30 hours of prenatal yoga classes in order to be eligible for the RPYT designation.

Prenatal Teacher Trainers

Prenatal Teacher Trainers

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Lucy Coloccia, Lead Trainer - E-RYT 200, RPYT

Lucy's yoga journey began in 2004 when her close friend (fellow Bloom teacher Sharon Wentz) enlisted her as a willing guinea pig for yoga teacher training practice sessions and Rodney Yee Yoga videos (if you know you know). From the beginning she was captivated by the practice, and it has since become an integral part of her life. Originally hailing from the picturesque mountains of Colorado, she brings a deep appreciation for nature and mindfulness into her teaching style. 

An enthusiastic and devoted instructor with over a decade of teaching experience, Lucy enjoys guiding students on their own yoga journey of discovery. Lucy is a Lead Trainer for Bloom’s 200-hour and Prenatal Teacher Trainings, and she is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT® 500), a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT®), and a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP®). Lucy has undergone extensive training and her desire to continually learn and grow ensures her students receive the highest quality instruction. 

With a nurturing and inclusive approach Lucy draws inspiration from various yoga styles, incorporating elements from each to create a harmonious blend in her classes. She aims to empower her students and give them the tools needed to connect mind, body, and spirit both on and off the mat. 

Outside of the studio, Lucy enjoys spending time working in her garden, taking long walks with her dog, snowboarding, trying new recipes and spending time in nature with her family and friends, drawing inspiration from her surroundings to continually enrich her teaching. Whether you're a seasoned yogi or just beginning your journey, Lucy welcomes you to join her on the mat and discover the transformative power of yoga.

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Natalie Evans, Childbirth and the Early Postpartum Period Module Instructor 

Certified Childbirth Educator, DONA trained

Natalie is a certified Childbirth Educator through ALACE (Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators). She has also enjoyed the rewarding work as a doula for over 10 years and is DONA (Doulas of North America) trained. She has attended a wide variety of births in the home and hospital setting, including Cesarean and VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean) births. She is the Chair of Member Services for NEIDA (NorthEastern Illinois Doula Association). Along with her birth work Natalie also enjoys the exciting and difficult job of being the mother of two children, one born at Evanston Northwestern hospital and one a home water birth.

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DuShaun Branch Pollard, Cultural Competency, Children's Yoga & Social Media
RYT 200, RCYT

DuShaun has been practicing for almost 15 years and fell in love with yoga because
it allowed her to find peace of mind while moving her body. As a yoga student,
DuShaun noticed that in the majority of her classes, she was the only black and plus-sized person in the room. This inspired her to become a practitioner to bring yoga to more people who looked like her.

DuShaun is certified in Children's Yoga, RYT 200 and she was trained in 2020 for prenatal and postpartum yoga. DuShaun has her own business Sage Gawd Collective LLC and teaches a wide range of classes including chair yoga, intro to yoga, yoga for teens, and baby and me yoga. In all classes, DuShaun puts an emphasis on bodily autonomy and doing what feels right for you. 


Outside of yoga, DuShaun is a Community Organizer and adjunct college professor.  Because of her former and current work, DuShaun is focused on bringing yoga to historically marginalized communities, with a focus on black and brown youth, women,
activists, and organizers. She believes people need rest, relaxation, and resistance; yoga is a powerful way to tap into the balance of ease and positive effort.

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Kerry Maiorca, Ethics module instructor
E-RYT 500, RPYT, Advanced Relax & Renew Trainer

Kerry founded Bloom back in 2004 to make yoga more welcoming and accessible to all. She co-created Bloom's 85 hour Teacher Training program to help teachers share yoga's incredible benefits with during the childbearing year. Kerry enjoys exploring the individual nature of yoga and encourages students to make the practice their own. Her down-to-earth teaching style emphasizes healthy alignment, gentle strengthening, mindfulness, and an exploration of conscious breath and movement. Whether teaching an active or gentle practice, Kerry prioritizes time for reflection, stillness, and rest. As a recovering past- and future-thinking junkie, she loves the way consistent yoga practice teaches us to live in the now so we may enjoy all of life's richness. Kerry has been teaching since 1998 and considers it an honor to mentor and support budding instructors in their own journeys towards teaching.

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