Squat 101 Workshop for Pregnancy Yoga Teachers & Birth Professionals


"Nadia is an excellent communicator and has a wealth of knowledge.  She is masterly at combining past and present teachings..and maternity yoga"

Una Bentley

Key Information:  Certified 3 Hour Online Training You Can Take in Your Own Time


This training has been designed for all perinatal birth educators including pre and postnatal yoga, pilates and fitness professionals, midwives, doulas and other birth professionals  to give a strong skill set for understanding the squat in pregnancy and birth.

To Squat or Not to Squat? 
             This training aims to clearing up the ambiguity and confusion around the squat. In recent months, the squat has gone from being a golden pregnancy pose to a contraindicated pose with the position being blamed for posterior presentation.   Consequently there is a lot of nervousness in the pregnancy yoga teaching community. Uninformed teaching, lack of information and unobserved zoom classes has meant that a lot of women are performing unhelpful and uncomfortable squats.   However the squat remains a functional posture that can and should be taught in pregnancy classes to offer women the full range of pregnancy possibilities. It does need to be taught properly, experienced pain free and different body types and lifestyles accounted for.
               Squat 101 aims to bring the squat fully into the spotlight, unpack it anatomically, explore its functional role in pregnancy and childbirth, show ways to prepare for it accounting for structural differences and offer sequences and variations for all body types.
This key pregnancy and birth pose should not be eliminated — simply understood.
In this training you will:
  • Take a closer look at the anatomy of the squat
  • Explore the squat’s functional role in pregnancy and childbirth
  • Experience different variations of the squat and intelligent substitutions
  • Learn how to properly prepare for effective squatting
  • Experience a range of squatting sequences to teach in your pregnancy classes

Course Certification

Your success in completing the Squat 101  training will be celebrated with a Yoga Teachers Forum certificate recognised by major yoga organisations including YAP & BWY.  Contact hours: 3.

Once you have registered you will be sent enrolment details.

This training is for you if you are a:

  • Yoga Teacher
  • Pilates Teacher
  • Movement Professional
  • Birth Educator
  • Midwive & Doula

Feedback from Nadia's Training for Yoga Teachers:

"Fantastic training. The teacher was clear , precise and explianed the information so that it could be easily used in a class enviroment. Highly recommend this course for those who want a little more confidence if yoga students become pregnant."

Corinne BethelI, Attendee, Incorporating Pregnancy Yoga Into a General Class

"I really enjoyed this course. I learnt a lot of new material to bring to my pregnancy yoga classes, it's given me a lot of new ideas and it's been wonderful to spend time with other passionate birth workers."

Rosa Davis, Maternity Chakras

This training is recorded for all participants and there will be a supportive online community for you where Nadia will be available to answer your questions and where she will be supplying support material.

Policies & Procedures For the full course policies and terms & conditions please click here.


About the facilitator:

Nadia Raafat

Nadia is a senior yoga and meditation teacher, trained in a variety. of yoga and meditation traditions and disciplines: Hatha, Yin, Mindfulness, Yoga Nidra, and Hypnosis. She is a perinatal specialist  (Pregnancy, Birth Prep, Postnatal, Baby Yoga,), a pelvic health specialist, childbirth educator and doula with over 15 years experience in the field. 
Nadia is the producer of Yoga and Mindfulness for Pregnancy & Birth DVD and Online and In-person Course which has been taught to 1000s and has devised and directs the Yoga & Mindfulness for Pregnancy & Birth 100 Hour Teacher Training Programme. Nadia is also a former journalist, a mother of 4 and lives in Kingston, London.