2022 Program Information
Program Schedule and Details coming soon!
Community Class Teaching
Trainees will teach one Community Class either In-Person at Bloom or Virtually, to be scheduled at their convenience.
"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
The only additional requirement beyond the above is for each trainee to observe 10 prenatal yoga classes. Four of the prenatal classes must be taught by Lead Trainers, three may be observed with other Bloom instructors (or your lead trainers, whichever you prefer), while the remaining 3 classes may be observed elsewhere in the community (fee for attendance will vary based on class location chosen). 7 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!
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. Trainee needing to make up hours must register for an approved workshop at an additional cost. The trainee may also schedule a private make-up session to receive a condensed version of missed content at a rate of $100/hour. Should the trainee miss more than 3 scheduled sessions, he/she 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
Jessie Novak, Lead Trainer - E-RYT 200, RPYT
Jessie Young-Novak is a Registered Yoga Teacher E-RYT 200, and a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher RPYT 85. She received her teaching certifications from Bloom Yoga Studio in 2013 and 2014 respectively after performing, teaching dance and Pilates, choreographing, and practicing yoga in Chicago since 2002. She was first exposed to yoga, Pilates, kinesiology, Laban, Bartinieff, and Feldenkrais, in addition to dance technique while training at the University of Iowa. There she uncovered her passion for observing the human body in motion from an analytical and postural perspective. She continues to seek out teachers and opportunities to further her knowledge of anatomy, bio-mechanics, and healthy, functional movement for people of all ages.
While rehabilitating several common and not-so-common dancers' injuries, Jessie discovered the benefits of integrating yoga and Pilates into an overall strength and conditioning program. After retiring from the professional dance world, she received Pilates certification in 2009 from the Pilates Method Alliance with an idea for pursuing yoga training in the back of her mind. Jessie's yoga practice deepened after the birth of her first child while attending Mom & Baby Yoga classes at Bloom. The mental benefits of practicing yoga as a new mom were invaluable, and she deeply appreciates the nurturing yogic community of this special population of moms and families seeking balance in their new roles. In 2013 her family welcomed their second child, and she is deeply grateful for the tools and strength her prenatal yoga practice and training has provided, allowing a space to practice self-compassion and non-judgment.
Whether working with groups or individuals, Jessie is a passionate, engaged teacher, applying a holistic and functional approach, while using creative imagery with a love for anatomy and physiology. She believes movement, music, and breath benefit every body, every age, in every stage.
Lucy Coloccia, Lead Trainer
E-RYT 200, RPYT
Originally hailing from the mountains of Colorado, Lucy began her yoga journey in 2004 when her best friend started using her as a guinea pig to practice for her yoga teacher-training program and she has been hooked ever since. Her consistent yoga practice over the years has helped transform her stress-filled lifestyle for the better which inspired her to become a teacher to share the gift of yoga with others.
As a yoga teacher, Lucy is inspired by many different styles of yoga and seeks to give her students the tools to create their own mind/body connection on the mat as well as in everyday life. Her classes are a restorative balance of alignment and flow imbued with heart, sweat, and breath. She both her 200 hour and Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training certifications through Bloom Yoga Studio.
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.
Francine Kelley, Psychological Considerations of Pregnancy and Philosophy
Certified Yoga Teacher, MA in Professional Counseling, Total Control Pelvic Health Fitness Program
Francine was introduced to yoga as a pre-teen growing up in Jamaica (a most unusual occurrence in the early 1980s) and has been in love with yoga ever since. She was certified to teach yoga through the Temple of Kriya Yoga in 2004 and feels blessed to have studied with many wonderful teachers since then. In addition to teaching yoga, Francine also supports clients and students in recovering from trauma and having a richer experience of life through the use of yoga, Somatic Experiencing® (body-centered psychotherapy), Reconnective Healing®, and the Akashic Records. Francine’s classes encourage mindful, yet relaxed, self-awareness. It is her hope that while developing flexibility, strength and body awareness, students will also find the self-acceptance, peace and well-being that yoga can help us uncover. In addition to working with students and clients, Francine also enjoys reading, blogging, butterfly gardening, and spending time with her most cherished spiritual teachers - her husband and two energetic children.