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“Pregnancy is not an illness, it is a gift and should be treated as such." ∼ Arielle Nash-Degagne

Continuing Education: Prenatal

Prenatal and Postpartum Yoga Teacher Training

December 5 – 19, 2015

with Arielle Nash-Degagne

*This course meets the 85-hour requirement of Yoga Alliance standards for Prenatal Yoga

If you would like to receive the Yoga Alliance certification please fill in the application form.

About the RetreatYoga practice for Pregnancy

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.

Topics include:

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

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

Arielle Nash-Degagne

Arielle Arielle Nash

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.

As Wellness Director, Arielle is grateful for the opportunity to positively impact and guide Samahita guests toward optimal wellness. Arielle is also Samahita’s resident anatomy educator, teaching anatomy for continuing education courses and teacher trainings at Samahita and other centres. Arielle takes yoga off the mat at home as a proud mother of twin toddlers. For more please see her full see full bio.

The Daily Schedule

Sample day:

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
 Saturdays will be a day off

Add-On Programs

Combine your Retreat with a Health or Wellness Spa Add-On Program to make the most out of your stay. We invite you to enjoy rejuvenating massage and treatments at an exclusive rate - Enjoy a 10% discount on the Add-On Program of your choice.

Wellness Spa Add-On Program

Relax and enjoy our Wellness Spa Add-On Program, designed to nourish body and soul. Choose from a range of massage, beauty treatments and detoxifying therapies to compliment your time with us.

3 days 5 days 7 days
Wellness Spa Program 4,770 THB 7,560 THB 10,530 THB

Health Add-On Program

Our Health Add-On Programs have been specially designed to help you rediscover health and vitality, and where necessary target areas of imbalance in your life. From our healthy detox, candida detox program to our de-stress program, our specially designed blend of treatments, nutrition and support ensure you meet your wellness goals.

3 days 5 days 7 days 10 days
Detox 13,500 THB 20,250 THB 23,150 THB 32,400 THB
Candida Detox 20,250 THB 29,460 THB 34,930 THB 45,850 THB
De-Stress 13,500 THB 20,250 THB 23,150 THB 32,400 THB

We recommend you book in advance for your Health or Wellness Spa Add-On Program as much preparation work is required and space is limited.

Retreat Rates (THB)

Private room             83,580 per person
Semi-Private room      75,180 per person
Share two bedroom loft      66,780 per person

Friend / Family Room & Board Rates

These are available to 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 the Room & Board guest(s).

During our Peak periods, the friends and family rate applies to single and deluxe rooms only.

Deluxe One Bedroom Suite

We only have two deluxe one bedroom suites located in our most private building closest to the sea. They have a private bedroom, living room, fully equipped kitchen, generous bathroom and an extra large balcony. Both suites offer a modern open living room with sofa bed, LCD TV, working desk and DVD/ iPod Stereo. They are perfect for a family or couple. The additional rate is a flat rate based on the room and is added on to the total rate package whether a single individual, couple or family.

Deluxe One Bedroom Suite - Additional cost on the total program package:

  • 2,100 per day
  • 13,440 for one week
  • 26,040 for two weeks
  • 37,800 for three weeks
  • 46,200 for four weeks

Our guestrooms are set back just over 50 meters from the water to provide with you with a private community and greater security. A selection of our rooms enjoy this spectacular sea view, while others enjoy the tropical gardens scene.

It is possible to extend your time on detox day by day from an above program as fits your timeline. You can also add extra therapies and treatments to your program at a special discounted rate.

The rate is inclusive of:

  • Full yoga and fitness program
  • Fully equipped accommodation with AC
  • Full brunch and dinner buffets
  • Mineral drinking water
  • Herbal steam room
  • Salt water swimming pool
  • Wi Fi internet
  • Service charge
  • VAT government tax

Thank you and we look forward to you joining us.

Reserve your place on this program.

If you wish to combine or extend your stay to include a wellness program please use the Wellness Booking Form

All rates will be charged in Thai Baht at the time of booking. The following conversions are intended as a guide only. This currency converter uses inter-bank rates rather than the cash rates that apply to payments, so it is likely that the actual exchange rate will be different to what is indicated here.


Arielle has so much knowledge! I loved that she really knows what she is talking about and does not beat around the bush.

~ Kaitlyn, USA, November ’14

Arielle knows so much about anatomy! She explains it all very well and gave us the passion to know our own bodies.

~ Paola, France, November ’14

Arielle was amazing! I am now so excited to learn more about anatomy.

~ Tabbi, UK, November ’14

I appreciated Arielle’s in-depth knowledge of anatomy, her energy and excellent adjustments in class.
~ Karen, Switzerland, 2014

Arielle is straight-forward, very warm and loving charisma, has the ability to make anatomy exciting.
~ Josephine, Austria 2014

Arielle, against all odds I actually know something about anatomy! You deserve a medal and you are a star when one needs a notary!
~ John, Hong Kong, 2014

Arielle and Elonne’s adjustments and advice in the Mysore space were invaluable. The amount of time and energy they gave to adjustments and teaching during Mysore was incredible!”
~ Erica, Canada, 2014

Arielle is a fantastic anatomy teacher; students love her! Her presentations are organized and entertaining, and her experience and knowledge of yoga makes the teaching especially valuable.
∼ David Robson, Founder, Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto

Arielle has been one of my favourite yoga teachers for over 8 years in Canada and South East Asia. I am always humbled and impressed by her teaching style and growing knowledge. Her holistic approach is refreshing; integrating her in-depth knowledge in movement mechanics and years of experience as a yoga practitioner and teacher in a high level of spirit. Her love for yoga, sense of humor, and friendliness create a very enjoyable atmosphere to learn. She has helped me deepen my practice, and grow as a yoga teacher, with her on-going encouragement and support. My deepest gratitude to Arielle.
∼ Hang, RYT Ho Chi Minh City

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