Experience Africa! Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training in Uganda


The next Shakti Yoga 40 Hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training in Uganda is happening in May 2018 (16th-26th)! This yoga training will immerse you in the prenatal experience from a holistic women’s health perspective while surrounded by the positive energy and wisdom of the midwives and mommas at the Shanti Uganda Birth House in Luwero, Uganda. The yoga sessions and lectures of this special training are woven into a journey of cultural immersion. No specific yoga experience is needed to take part. This exciting and life changing experience is for anyone interested in travel, cultural exchange, meeting new people, women’s health & wellness and yoga!

The Shakti Yoga Prenatal Teacher Training emphasizes the spiritual and mind-body aspects of pregnancy, birth, and women’s health & wellness. In-depth training is provided in anatomy & physiology, teaching techniques for every trimester, yoga philosophy, yoga relaxation and visualization, plus lots of opportunity to develop confidence teaching moms-to-be. The skills learned in this training will help you develop and enhance your own healthy lifestyle as well as provide you with the techniques and confidence to share all of this with prenatal moms back home. This unique setting also provides the opportunity to explore rural Uganda, interact with the community, eat local cuisine, and experience Uganda knowing that your food, transportation, accommodation, safaris, etc. will be taken care of by the Shanti staff, leaving you to simply savour every moment.

This Training is for:


  • Anyone looking to deepen their knowledge of holistic women’s health/prenatal yoga and have the cultural experience of a lifetime.
  • Any professional working with pregnant women who wishes to complement their professional work.
  • This would include doulas, midwives, nurses, doctors, childbirth educators, acupuncturists, physiotherapists, massage therapists, therapists, etc.*These hours qualify as CEUs with DONA
  • Teachers of yoga who want to deepen their understanding of the prenatal experience and develop confidence teaching Prenatal classes. *These hours qualify as CEUs with Yoga Alliance

Savasana-Amy-Martin-Photo-W_thumbMany lectures will take place outside on the Shanti Birth house grounds as pregnant moms come for prenatal check-ups, take in a prenatal yoga class (taught by you!) or wander about the grounds in labour as they wait for their babies to arrive.

Meals are fresh cooked by Shanti women, using locally grown ingredients, prenatal_yoga_teacher_trainingsome of which are grown on site. There will be opportunity to visit and eat with local women in their homes and receive lectures by the local midwives and traditional birth attendants. All this is punctuated with a variety of cultural experiences, tours, local events, and interaction with local staff and residents.

You will go home fully prepared to teach expectant moms, having experienced Uganda, connected with the people, the food and the culture and most of all knowing that you have supported a worthwhile cause that is making real change in the lives of the women in this community.

The course fee of $2675.00 covers the cost of the yoga teacher training and everything listed below. This Training is a Fundraiser for Shanti Uganda. When you register for this program you are contributing to the improvement of infant and maternal health in this community, helping to provide safe women-centered care. If you have ever wanted to make a real difference in the world AND have the opportunity to share the laughter and shake the hands of those being touched by your contribution this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is for you. Click here to go to the Shanti Uganda website and find out more about the Shanti Uganda Society.

Included in Price:

  • Nine Nights Accommodation (double occupancy)
  • In Country Travel
  • Airport Transfer
  • All Meals (We will be hosted by some local women for some of these)
  • A comprehensive 40 Hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training
  • Course Manual & Certificate
  • Lectures by local midwives and traditional birth attendants
  • Bonfire and traditional African drumming event
  • Zhiwa Rhino Safari Experience Entrance fee
  • Visit to the Uganda Wildlife Education Center in Entebbe.

Not Included in Price:

  • Additional Snacks
  • Drinks
  • Airfare
  • Medical Insurance
  • Visa
  • Inoculations & Medications
  • Personal Spending

For more information on this exciting once-in-a-lifetime experience contact bobby at: Bobby@ShaktiYoga.ca


Registration and all final payments are due two weeks before we leave.

Visit the Shanti Uganda website where you can register online and hold your space, a $500 deposit is required to register. Cheques can be made out to Shanti Uganda and mailed to: Shanti Uganda, 1900 Bowman Avenue, Coquitlam, BC, V3J 6E3


About the Instructor

Bobby Bessey, B.Sc., E-RYT 500, RPYT, Doula CD(DONA), HBCE HypnoBirthing Educator

zz_prenatal_training_19Bobby specializes in prenatal yoga classes and birth education. She is a birth doula, HypnoBirthing instructor, registered prenatal yoga instructor (RYPT), and mother of two. Pulling from more than a decade of  instructing prenatal yoga classes and providing birth support Bobby creates  informative, insightful and practical prenatal yoga classes that incorporate birth preparation themes. Her popular classes teach prenatal moms to strengthen their body and mind as they prepare for beautiful YogaTeaching_Uganda3pregnancy, birth and motherhood experiences. Bobby’s passion for making pregnancy and birth the enjoyable and sacred experience it is meant to be is obvious in her positive and inspiring approach to instruction.

Bobby studied birth support at Shanti Uganda in the Fall of 2012 and was so moved by the experience that she returns as often as she can fit it into her busy life of teaching and being a mom to two young boys. Through her prenatal yoga teacher training program she hopes to foster an understanding of how to effectively support women to have healthy, fear-free, mindful pregnancies and births.