YOGA ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL ACCREDITED TRAINING WITH YOGABELLIES FOUNDER, CHERYL MACDONALD
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You've got the yoga bug and you’re ready to deepen your practice and make big changes to your life, but you’re not sure you have enough experience to be a yoga teacher
Perhaps you’ve lost direction in life or you have personal baggage that you’ve been avoiding dealing with for years and you know it’s now or never. You could be moving into a new life phase and what to understand what that looks like and learn how yoga can help with the changes and challenges ahead.
aspiring yoga teachers
You’re completely new to teaching yoga, but you already know that teaching women is your calling and want to dive right into the in-depth expert knowledge on the female life stages and how yoga can empower women throughout life. You want the support of a loving all-female community of yoga teachers as you begin your teaching journey. You want advice and support on how to create your personal yoga brand, and how to launch and grow your business from a master yoga teacher, who’s been there and done that.
qualified yoga teachers
You don't feel confident advising your female students on the best yoga practices for their life stage and you want to teach yoga for the menstrual cycle; pregnancy and post-partum with baby - and throughout menopause. You want to do this as a complete feminine journey - and save thousands on training fees! Perhaps you’ve been yoga teaching for years but you still can’t fill classes or you’ve lost your momentum. Maybe you want to take your yoga business to the next level and want to learn how to firsthand from a multiple business award-winning yogipreneur. You want to join a high-quality, interactive and world-recognized yoga alliance international accredited 300/500-hour course.
birth, baby and wellness entrepreneurs
You don’t necessarily want to teach yoga, but you want to learn yoga practices that will help your female clients throughout the various life stages, adding to your existing toolkit of skills. You may already work with women, but don't feel confident in your understanding of what they’re going through or in advising them on the best practices for where they are at in life. You want to know how to really create and grow your wellness brand from someone that's successfully done that over the past 15 years.
"YogaBellies is not just about pulling some shapes on a yoga mat. The right yoga practice is a lifestyle choice that means you’ve got tons of energy; feel positive; have your hormones under control and look and feel great … all month long.
You're busy; you're tired and you're looking after everyone... except you. Maybe you just feel aimless and you know you need to make big changes to your life but you're not sure where to start. We begin your YogaBellies journey by empowering YOU to embrace a yoga lifestyle - so that you can show other women how to do the same. You will become a qualified expert in teaching yoga to women throughout life.
I also think it's important you know this wee thing about yoga...
Nobody comes to yoga with their sh*t together.
If your life was perfect and you knew all of the answers... you probably wouldn't be practising yoga.
Yogis are Seekers: You've come to the yoga mat looking for answers.
You want to know how you can feel fulfilled; have time for your family (and even your own yoga practice and self-care;) increase your energy levels and find some balance and calm in your life.
That's Why Yoga Is Essential For All Women.
I had just gotten married and was working as a business analyst and was teaching yoga to my friends at night for free. I was burnt out AF, I hated my job and yoga was my only escape. I didn’t think for a minute it could ever be my ‘real job.’
I’d struggled with PMS and heavy, irregular periods for years and I was looking into having children. My 6-day-a-week hardcore yoga practice had basically stopped my periods altogether and although I looked the part physically (oh the abs I had,) my hormones and moods were all over the place and I knew this was going to affect my chances of getting pregnant.
I also wanted to keep practising yoga during pregnancy and stay sane and well. I was also terrified of giving birth and I just knew there had to be a better way to do this!
This is when I started looking at how yoga could actually work for women throughout life. How to increase - not deplete - our energy levels; balance our hormones and optimize our fertility. I needed a yoga practice that was going to keep me fit, fabulous and in control of my life.
...So I Created YogaBellies
I gave up the day job and over the past 15 years, I've worked with women at every stage of life using our unique YogaBellies practices in class. YogaBellies is not just pulling some shapes - it's how that translates into making our real lives better that counts.
I call bullsh*t on all of this!
As women, we experience HUGE transformations and challenges - physiologically and emotionally - throughout life - that men just don't have. We need to acknowledge and respect this, instead of ignoring it. I can show you how to do that. In your yoga practice and in your life off the mat too... and It Will Change Your Life!
Here's another Newsflash...Yoga was originally created for young boys - not childbearing hips and hormones and breasts and pregnancy.
You probably didn't know that only a hundred years ago, women probably wouldn't even have been allowed in a yoga class. 90% of people who practice yoga today are women! ...but the yoga classes you go to... were designed for men!
That did not sit well with me. I knew firsthand the negative effects a masculine yoga practice could have on your fertility and sanity!
" This course has been transformational in so many ways. First and foremost it has given me the confidence I previously lacked, not only to become a yoga teacher but to believe in myself and in my own potential.
The information covered in each module I have found to be fascinating, not only as an aspiring yoga teacher but as a woman in general. Knowledge I can now retain, and share, for a lifetime.
The support from the ladies on the course has been special, very grateful to have shared this journey with some wonderful ladies.
The online aspect of the course has been particularly advantageous to myself as it has allowed me to manage the course around family life and study at a time that is convenient for myself."
- Carol MacPhee *****
"I have loved this journey and don't want it to end.
There is a lot of very useful information. Each module is clear and has plenty for us to go through. It would be nice to have more sessions together to go through some parts lives as I love the interaction. It could be nice to have some more live yoga classes, not just posture run throughs but a full class. The business module was the hardest for me to get my head around and would be good to have some short sessions on different business topics together in small groups. I love all the anatomy information and all the self-care and development. It is very useful and something that will help us as women and also yoga teachers. Thank you for all these beautiful moments. I hope we have many more."
- Elena Borello *****
"I started Empower in the trenches of post-natal depression after my first son’s birth. I found motherhood transformational but overwhelming. I was living in a city with no real friends, so I felt a little lost. I have always been interested in practising yoga, living an ayurvedic lifestyle and living in harmony with mother nature.
This is when I came across Empower and decided to go for it.
Empower has given me much more than my yoga teacher training qualification. It has given me my mojo back, my confidence and self-belief and a deep, enriched understanding of how my yogic lifestyle can help me live my best life.
I recommend this course to anyone – you don’t need to be a yoga expert, bendy, or an Instagram model; you need to be a female looking to empower your life for the better!
I cannot recommend it enough! Sign up now."
- Abigail Sherlock *****
The Yoga Teacher Training and Female Empowerment Programme You Need
"I know what it's like to be running around like a mad woman getting the kids off to school and working my ass off and juggling the 9-zillion other things I do. I also know firsthand the millions of unique benefits yoga can bring to a woman's life - and how it can change how you experience each female life stage. Everything I teach I apply to my own life.
Over 100,000 women have attended YogaBellies classes globally. I've personally trained hundreds of YogaBellies teachers; worked with several celebrities; appeared on TV and been featured in all of the publications and shows you'll see on this page.
I want you to STOP trying to twist yourself into knots (literally) trying to practice yoga created for men.
Let me show you how to feel great about yourself, have tons of time and energy and a life you love ...
Here are some of the awards I've won over the years:
You may also have seen me featured in:
Our EMPOWER Teacher Training also has a number of Guest Experts and Senior Yoga Teacher Mentors from across the globe (United Kingdom, Singapore, Dubai and Thailand!) These women's yoga and health experts will lead sessions throughout the programme.
"This has changed my life - even if I hadn't wanted to become a Yoga teacher for babies and Mums and women, I would have done this. It covers everything and more and Cheryl has left no stone unturned to equip us all with the tools to live a better life on and off the mat! Thank you, Fee x
Fee Speed RYT-300
EMPOWER Graduate and Kids Yoga Teacher
"Having taught and practiced yoga for over a decade I had never come across the style and form that the Empower 300 Hour YTT contained. I really enjoyed the depth of focus on topics often ignored (such as the different stages of a woman’s life). I thoroughly enjoyed the content and the community formed between the students and look forward to keeping in touch as we each move forwards in our own way.
Kim Katre RYT-500
EMPOWER Graduate and Existing Yoga Teacher 200-Hour
"EMPOWER was everything I was looking for and more. I was at a loss with where to start becoming a women's yoga teacher. It has given me confidence and renewed energy. I wasn't sure how I would find the online aspect of the course, but it gave me the flexibility around my young family and I could catch up on my own time and the nest was perfect for additional support. We are women supporting women and it's brilliant. I wish EMPOWER wasn't ending because I have loved it so much.
Georgie Ward RYT-300
The Yoga Teacher Training and Female Empowerment Programme You Need
"If anyone is considering Empower my advice would be simple…do it! As a health professional/ Physio who is addicted to learning, I can honestly say this is one of the best courses I have completed.
I enjoyed the opportunity to really learn all about yoga and how it can have a positive impact on females and how to tailor yoga appropriately to get the best outcome both physically and psychologically.
Each of the modules was thorough with educational workbooks, live classes, and support from Cheryl. I could fit my learning around my work and home schedule.
From a Physiotherapist's point of view, this has been great for my practice. The feedback from my clients has been excellent and I have loved seeing them reap the benefits of the knowledge and skills I have gained.
It really is a life-changing opportunity on both a professional and personal level. I for one have learned so much about myself and how to optimize my own health and well-being and for that, I will be forever grateful.
- Joanne Shaw
Physiotherapist and Yoga Teacher
"I signed up for the Empower purely from the perspective of wanting to become a yoga teacher working with ladies in pregnancy and postnatally, but the course has offered so much more than that.
It is truly a course that every female at every life stage will benefit from. I have not only learned so much about yoga, but I have also learned about the wonders of the human body, our hormones, the impact of our environment, the importance of diet and nutrition, the wonder of aromatherapy and most importantly about myself.
I have already been commenting to my female friends and family members about how can we not know this stuff - how is it not taught in schools or in families... I really look forward to using what I have learned for myself as I progress through life, as well as offering a wonderful yoga practice for other ladies."
- Beth Thomas
"I loved it! The content is relevant to me and the different stages of my life (I began peri-menopause within 12 months of having a baby) and is also giving me the knowledge and understanding I need to become a yoga teacher.
I fit the course around work and family life, and although I found everything a little overwhelming initially, I’ve come to realise that’s how I react to anything new! Once I got my head around the schedule and got organised, I loved it. Cheryl is always on hand to help if we have any issues and her knowledge and own journey are truly inspiring."
- Jeanie Mannion
Yoga teachers, experienced yoginis, fitness professionals, mums – you can all benefit from EMPOWER™.
Here’s what I promise you:
YOU will continue to learn, grow and evolve. You will find the confidence to move forward in every area of your life and feel empowered to support other women through yoga. You'll take comfort in knowing you can offer women the unique feminine yogic practices and tools that you have used yourself for long-lasting results.
You will get to connect and be a part of a sisterhood of YogaBellies Teachers all over the world, that provide unwavering support for each other. Making some very close friendships will be a side-effect you'll need to be aware of too.
EMPOWER™ Is About YOU Being Succesful
The YogaBellies style of yoga and the business model that you have access to really is designed for you to be successful at every level (personally and as a yoga teacher.) All the information, templates, and worksheets to run your classes, workshops, etc are all at your fingertips in our Licensed teachers' resource library. You'll enjoy live monthly online group coaching sessions with Cheryl discussing all things yoga and business. Our aim is to continue developing your skills as a YogaBellies® Teacher so you are seen as the go-to women's yoga and wellness expert in your local area.
Our EMPOWER™ programme is the most comprehensive women’s yoga teacher training around marked by our exclusive feminine approach to yoga, health and well-being. Whether you want to be a more educated and skillful yogini living your best life personally or start an exciting new career as a yoga teacher or lightworker… Or recession-proof your finances with an extra income stream… this is it.
**Get Your Complete Women's Yoga and Wellness Programme Worth Over £12,000**
On completion of all of the coursework, you will be able to register as a Yoga Alliance International 300-Hour Yoga Teacher, specializing in Yoga for Women. (Value £4500)
Fully qualified to teach YogaBellies practices for pregnancy and childbirth. (Value £800)
Qualified to work with women after birth during the postpartum period, offering yoga, advice and support. (Value £800)
Qualified to teach yoga for babies! This can be incorporated into mum and baby yoga classes or taught as baby yoga alone. (Value £700)
BONUS YogaBellies Baby Massage Instructor training so that you can offer baby massage or YogaBellies NURTURE classes, incorporating postpartum Ayurveda for mum and baby. (Value £700)
Fully qualified to teach yoga and wellness to women over 40 through every stage of menopause and beyond. (Value £900)
Qualified to use yoga practices to work with women throughout the menstrual and lunar cycles and also throughout the seasons of the year. (Value £800)
Ready to start, grow or expand your own Yoga Teaching business with our ongoing coaching and mentoring. (Value £3000) You will also get 6 month's free subscription to our YogaBellies Licensed Teacher programme and unlimited access to our teachers' yoga and business resources, your own mini-website and use of the brand - no obligation to renew! (Value £250)
Having identified what you want from life and/or for your yoga business, we'll help you put together your bespoke EMPOWER plan to work through your blocks and reach your goals. (Value £1500)
Access from your mobile, laptop, iPad or keep a physical copy
Handbooks, online resources, yoga videos, audio, cheat sheets, live and recorded yoga practice sessions and lectures, Asana manuals and more.
“In the past, I have enjoyed yoga (asana) meditation, eating well, reading, podcasts, and self-care and insight into the self. Following postnatal depression, these were the things that pulled me out of it in the end, not the antidepressants prescribed. After learning about the 5 doshas, I realize all of these practices were part of the yogic lifestyle. I've found all the different aspects of this course so interesting so far. The Vikalpha section made me cry, in a good way. When you asked us “Who do you want to be” Katie-Anne D
"I am already starting to see how this course can help me feel more 'empowered' as a woman, to honour all the different aspects of being female. This course is helping me gain confidence. In your handbook you talk about 'Yogabellies does not promote a flat belly and welcomes all the natural curves of a woman' This is my Vikalpha, my self-doubt. Something that may seem so insignificant to some people but which has haunted me for years. Having IBS especially and gaining weight after two kids means I most likely will always have a round, bloated belly. I have often hidden away, turning down social events and only daring to dream that I could be a yoga teacher." Jemma S
"The content is absolutely amazing, so much information. I feel like I am learning way more than I ever realized I could" Fiona S
We Start With YOU.
We look at what's been holding you back and make a plan to get to the other side. It's equal parts feminine yoga, personal empowerment and business training. You WILL learn how to transform every aspect of your life from a world-recognized yoga expert and business leader.
This training will enable you to grow into an empowered leader, with all of the skills you need to take your unique feminine yoga practice to your own tribe.
EMPOWER Graduate Case Study
"Hi, I’m Katie! Last year I completed the 300-Hour Yoga Alliance International accredited Women’s Yoga and Empowerment Teacher Training called ‘Empower’. My background is in the Entertainment industry and I have over a decade of professional experience. Holding a BA(Hons) in Dance, I have worked around the world as a performer as well as in various production and management roles. However, the proudest yet most significant moment of my life was the birth of my identical twin boys Alfie & Charlie.
The challenges I faced physically and mentally during and after my multiple pregnancies are what drove me to become a yoga teacher. Following my C-Section, I needed a further 2 abdominal surgeries. This saw me dig into the depths of my physical and mental health. I was working full-time as a Dance Teacher & Team Leader in the Central Belt of Scotland. I loved it but thought about expanding my repertoire and had always taken an interest in yoga.
Intuitively, it felt like the correct step to seek out this opportunity and at the perfect time – after relocating to my hometown in the North East of Scotland after 17 years away. I had heard about YogaBellies many years ago and saw Cheryl & Mike on Dragon’s Den. I was inspired by the business model and had been following them for a while. When I saw ‘Empower’ advertised I looked into it and immediately knew I wanted to add another string to the bow.
I wanted to invest in good quality training and the programme was unlike anything I’d ever seen before. The timing was perfect for me! With the course being delivered online, it enabled live interaction with Cheryl from Singapore and other Senior YogaBellies Teachers from across the globe. The final module – Soulful Entrepreneur: Business, Branding, Leadership & Productivity was my favourite. Having Cheryl as a mentor all the way through has been so inspiring and really invaluable. She is so knowledgeable, welcoming and down to earth – a fantastic role model. The training included assignments and assessments, practice teaching, yoga teaching video submissions, modules quizzes, regular yoga practice, completing a reading list and actively working on my personal Empower plan.
I have learned so much during EMPOWER and can’t wait to get started with my plans. I feel confident in what I have learned so far and I’m excited about the future! I am now running a range of successful YogaBellies classes in my area as well as launching my own business offering workshops fused with dance and yoga.
I am truly grateful for the experiences and destinations my career has taken me and look forward to this next chapter of my journey. My twin boys are what have shaped me into the person I want to be today and I hope my experiences are what will help my future clients."
"I can honestly see why the course is called Empower. It’s so inspiring to me as a female. The wealth of information is amazing and will keep me invested to keep learning for years to come! Even if you do not want to teach at the end of it, I’m still on a bit of a journey with this 😊 The things you learn about yourself for your own personal development are great.
I love the content. I’m a busy working mum of two kids so I do wish I had more time to spend on the course as I love it but I’m trying to give myself more time for myself. That’s one of the things this teaches us. It’s not optional to look after ourselves as women, it’s essential. I’ve loved getting to know Cheryl who I think is the most incredible woman I’ve ever come across and the other ladies who are all so supportive."
"I enrolled on the course with little yoga experience feeling excited and nervous all in one! The support from Cheryl and the ladies also enrolled is great, we are all learning together.
The course has lots of information and I had a lot to learn, this can be done in my own time which is great around family life and work. I’m so happy I decided to enroll, it’s life-changing! Absolutely amazing!"
This foundation module is completed online before you begin any of the live modules. On completion of this module, you will have a 1-2-1 call with Cheryl to help your create your customized EMPOWER plan.
This foundation module will help you focus and align as you embark on your EMPOWER journey. We'll uncover your true values, beliefs and why you're really walking this path. We'll explore The YogaBellies Sadhana and how to apply this to living your life and that of your clients.
In this module, we will dive deep into the roots of feminine yoga and the relevance of the Goddess archetype in embracing each life stage. We’ll learn about female physiology and how to adapt our yoga practice throughout the month in a way that's therapeutic and feels good. We’re going to embrace the life stage we're in and watch our energy levels and lust for life soar as we reconnect with our true nature
"This was my favourite module alongside The Crone, It has taught me to honour my body and mind during different menstrual phases. The thing I connected with the most was the seasonal changes and how these can affect the body and mind and how we should work with the seasons rather than against them."
- Nicola Emmett*****
"I have been educated on something that happens to me on a monthly basis, absolutely amazing. I had no idea about my period before this module. Thank you for educating me. Surely this should be taught to teenagers, it would certainly take the awkwardness away from the topic. Really informative. It just makes sense!
Also, the Moon? I think I am a new fan of the Moon. I will be journalling and hopefully be in sync with the Moon someday."
- Victoria Morton *****
This is a fascinating course, with so many learnings apply that can improving our lives and the lives of our students. It offers life -long learning as there are so many themes that can play a crucial part in inspiring our teaching of yoga. I have absolutely loved this course and would recommend to anyone to partake to further inspire their practice.
Loved the live classes, the video learning style and interactive practice."
- Abi Sherlock *****
This module explores the female body, mind, and soul as we begin to age, moving through the stages of menopause. Healthy aging practices combined with therapeutic yoga for common female conditions over 40. Understand the importance of hormones and how yoga can be used to balance hormonal fluctuations throughout life.
"I absolutely loved this training. I found the content incredibly fascinating and thought-provoking in what lies ahead in my own future but also the possibilities to support my clients. It seems crazy that this isn’t spoken about more, or indeed support isn’t as readily available as it should be. I will definitely be taking my training forward to offer classes in the future in this area. I loved the mix of videos and workbooks and lives - and the range of speakers/teachers too. Thank you."
- Alice Drewett *****
"I knew that women and what our bodies are capable of made us amazing, but this module offered a deeper insight into just how incredible we are given what our bodies go through and are challenged with everyday... at every changing stage of life.
I learnt so much more then I knew, and can't wait to continue my learning/research into this area in order to benefit and help as many women as possible.
- Amy brunt *****
"Fab module with lots of golden nuggets of information that will improve your life instantly! The hormones play such a crucial role throughout our life that I don’t know why women are not taught this information as part of our education. If you are over 40 and want to feel your best, I’d highly recommend. If you’re a yoga teacher and want to add something new to your classes then this is an incredible element to offer over 40 females."
- Abigail Sherlock *****
This module covers all aspects of the perinatal period and the effects of pregnancy on the physical and emotional states of the mother. We also cover The Sadhana for pregnancy and birth and how to support women at this life stage.
"I was so looking forward to this module. It was the topic that I thought I knew most about and also the one I wanted to learn more about. After teaching for over a decade, I felt that I was becoming a bit stale and needed to update my knowledge and this module ticked all of my boxes.
I’m teaching in a slightly different way now and I really enjoyed having feedback from the rest of the ladies taking the modules with me."
- Sharon Osu *****
"I thoroughly enjoyed this module, particularly as I am currently pregnant so I found that what I was learning was beneficial to me personally as well as professionally. Now when I speak to mums to be, I feel amazed that the knowledge I have learnt during this course is not common knowledge. This module was both insightful and practical! Thank you!!"
- Kathryn Trillow *****
"Completing this module has been cathartic for me. I personally did not have a good pregnancy or labour but feel had I have been better informed and supported this would have made a huge difference. I have realised things about my own pregnancy that I did not know at the time. It has helped me heal. It has given me the knowledge to go on and share all this with other women who are pregnant, to create a supportive and positive experience for them."
- Nicola Emmett *****
This module delves into the post-partum world of mother and newborn. We look at post-natal self-care and nourishing, the importance of the Sangha and the mother’s physical and emotional wellbeing. We look at the use of The Sadhana post-natally for mum – but also for baby, using baby yoga and infant massage techniques.
"This course is literally everything you need to know to teach Mother and Baby yoga - and it’s even more than just yoga.
I have been teaching for a while and literally immersed myself back into postnatal classes with a renewed vigour and a change in style and content that I feel has been necessary for a while.
My favourite module so far x"
- Sharon Osu *****
"This module really highlights the importance of caring for the mother as well as the baby post natally. The body goes through so much in pregnancy and I loved that the focus was on supporting mum both mentally and physically as she emerges into her new role as mother. I loved the baby yoga poses and learning about how these simple movements can help with their development. I think unfortunately, women are not supported in this country as well as they could be after having a baby, which has made me more passionate about creating a village for all mums as we all need it. "
- Kathryn Trillow*****
"This is the reason I wanted to do this course, I really look forward to teaching Mum and Baby yoga. I found Jess, Ellies and Taras class run throughs brilliant. 'Funny Walks' from Jess' class is something I will definitely add into my class plan. I couldn't see Siobhan in her presentation. Thank you once again Cheryl."
- Victoria Morton *****
In this module, multiple-business award winner, Cheryl will teach you everything she knows about creating an international yoga business and brand. REAL Business training to help you determine what is your soul purpose, who are your niche clients, how to create an ethical brand and develop your leadership and productivity skills.
"A wonderful module to end the 300hour Empower course.
Lots of structured hints to take your business to the next level - whether you are new to teaching or a veteran Looking to update your skills. I especially found Cheryls Rolodex and the business funnel to be most helpful.
It’s basically a how to guide of the things to do and not to do and the mistakes that Cheryl has made along the way. I felt that it was quite a heavy course - lots of info, in a good way though. Will be a fantastic business resource for years to come and something I can dip into from time to time when i need inspiration or a different way to do something.
I didn’t know how much I didn’t know before I did this course.
Really excellent course!"
- Sharon Osu *****
"This module was very interesting and indepth, but also very challenging. I think I could have benefited from short regular sessions to discuss the business topics and progress through the different points maybe all together or in small groups. It was quite overwhelming. I will continue to work on this module and use all the fantastic tips."
- Elena Borello *****
"This is a fascinating course. The content gives great insight into setting up and creating your niche yoga business. The course teaches you all the pitfalls to avoid and all the valuable marketing and brand-building considerations too. A one-stop shop for everything you think you need and more!"
- Abigail Sherlock *****
The YogaBellies Business Package and Teaching Licence could be right for you (optional)
Whether you’re a brand-new yoga teacher or you’ve been teaching for years, you can also choose to become part of the YogaBellies family when you sign up for EMPOWER.
Established for 15 years as one of the world's leading yoga collectives for women, multiple yoga and business award winner, Cheryl will support you on your yoga business journey.
This package gives you an immediate head start with your women’s yoga business by providing you with a mini-site on the YogaBellies.com website where you can tell prospective clients all about your yoga business and classes. Your class listings will be searchable which means you’ll start to get inquiries from people looking for YogaBellies classes in your area immediately
You don't have to call your business 'YogaBellies,' (so no issue if your yoga business is already established with another name,) but you can describe your women's yoga classes as 'YogaBellies approved.' We'll even give you a badge to add to your website.
You will get 6 months YogaBellies Teaching Licence FREE when you pay in full, giving you access to all of our additional resources, and no obligation to renew.
What Are The Benefits of Being a Licensed Teacher?
Having had some pretty deplorable 'online' training experiences myself, I wanted to make sure that EMPOWER provided as much as in-person training BUT with the added benefits of having lifetime access to the resources and access them in your own time. Our programme modules run all year long and you can begin at any time.
How is the EMPOWER Training Delivered?
YogaBellies Basics: Your Pre-Course Work
At the beginning of your training, you will complete our online 'YogaBellies Basics' module. This means you're ready to dive in and begin at whichever live module is running that month. In this online module, we make sure you have all of the 'YogaBellies Basics' so that you can fully understand our practices, postures and techniques and transition easily into the next specialist module e.g. pregnancy or menopause.
The Empower Plan and 1-2-1 Call
At the beginning of your training, we help you identify what you really want from your life - personally and professionally - and we use this as a guiding tool to make sure you get exactly what you need from the training. On completion of your pre-course work, you will have a 1-2-1 coaching session with Cheryl or a Senior YogaBellies Teacher, to help personalise your EMPOWER experience and make sure you are ready to begin live training. We'll be checking in with your plan regularly to make sure you're on track, beginning with your pre-live training call.
Live and Interactive Sessions
EMPOWER is a combination of live online mentoring and coaching sessions; yoga teacher training and guest expert sessions (including Cardiologists, Weight Management Specialists, Physiotherapists and Female Sexuality Coaches.) You'll have weekly live sessions with Cheryl and the Senior Yoga Teacher team and will have daily interaction in our online forum with the YB team and your peers.
As part of your Nest (a group of up to 5 trainees,) you'll support each other and meet regularly to reflect on the course work, assignments and goals too. Every week of training you will be engaged in a combination of these training sessions with home study too. We're constantly interacting with you to make sure you're on track throughout the training and if you can't make a session you can access it later in your own time. The great news? All of the sessions are recorded so even if you can't make a live, you can watch it later.
Specialist Module Handbooks and Class Plans
In addition to this, you have access to complete handbooks for each module; a full YogaBellies Asana Manual; adaptions for each female life stage and condition and more. You'll also be provided with pre-written YogaBellies class plans within the licensed teachers portal.
We provide over 30 hours of live YogaBellies class videos for your review and learning; 60 hours of lecture and asana break-down videos, all of which you have lifetime access to and can watch at a time to suit. We even give you my hormone-balancing recipe book and meal plans for you to use personally throughout your EMPOWER journey!
Assignments and Assessment
If you wish to gain the 300-Hour Qualification, there are some criteria that need to be met including practice teaching: Yoga teaching video submissions; online exams for each module; keeping a yoga practice and menstrual/moon cycle log; a reading list to complete and actively working on your personal EMPOWER plan.
Wrap Up and Your Personal Business and Life Plan
In the final month of your training, you will be reflecting on your personal business and life plan that we've built throughout the programme. We will look back at your objectives and find out where we are now and how we take our personal wellness and yoga business forward after training. We will be helping you focus and refine your vision all the way through the course.
Choose Your EMPOWER Sign-Up Package Below
£639 PER MONTH X 6
£1000 DEPOSIT + 8 MONTHLY INSTALLMENTS £374
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You can sign up at any time. Our training runs all year long but you can dip in and out and everything is recorded. Before you start you will complete an online pre-course module to make sure you have all of the basic tools to just dive into any specialist women's yoga training we offer!
Upon sign-up, you will get immediate access to all of the course materials (depending on the payment package, for installments it's a module per month) and you have up to 18 months to complete your training although the full 300 hours can be completed in 6.
I understand that life happens so I've made this programme as flexible as possible for busy women. You do NOT have to attend the live training sessions and can begin and complete the course as soon as you like, however you also have the option to join the live sessions at any time if you wish.
EMPOWER training is available worldwide, with EMPOWER trainees joining us from the UK, Australia, USA and Europe too! The programme has a blend of live lectures and practice classes, recorded seminars and classes, reading materials and handbooks and audio. All live sessions are also recorded and professionally edited into bite-sized chunks, so that you can take part in the training wherever you are in the world, at a time to suit you. You will also have lifetime access so you can refer back to the training whenever you like.
That's no problem at all! You can choose to join individual course 'modules' on specific life stages, for example, menopause or pregnancy. These are specialist women's yoga and wellness courses in their own right and are accredited by Yoga Alliance International for a 50-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Qualification.
You will receive a certificate from YogaBellies on completion of each course and these can also be counted as credits towards with 300-Hour EMPOWER YTT within 3 years. However, almost everyone who signs up for a 50-hour course... ends up joining EMPOWER! So you should think about this as you may end up completing your studies back to front, LOL.
You can join the live sessions with the other EMPOWER students or you can choose to watch the recordings later and work through the course at your own pace. Again, you can start these at any time and have unlimited access to them. The full 50-hour courses are also available online to study in your own time, at any point in the year. To gain accreditation, you must complete the online assessment for the course, but not required if you wish to join the programme for your personal development.
Can I teach yoga once I've completed a 50-hour course?
There is no unified legal standard for teaching yoga however, the generally accepted minimum standard is usually at least 200 hours of yoga teacher training. Many of our students undertake our individual courses for personal development (for example, if they are pregnant or going through menopause) or work with female clients in another area e.g. pilates, as a doula or physiotherapy work.
Whether you are ready to teach yoga is a personal decision you must make, based on your experience and confidence in the subject matter. You may also wish to consult your teaching insurance company on this. You may already hold a 200 or 300-hour teaching qualification and just want to expand your knowledge. The choice is yours. If you are applying to become a licensed YogaBellies Teacher, we will assess this on a case-by-case basis.
No, absolutely not! Many of our EMPOWER students don't and never intend to teach yoga! You do NOT need a 200-hour yoga teacher training as a prerequisite before you do EMPOWER™. If you don't hold an existing qualification, we do recommend some additional reading, prep work and practice for you - this is your choice. We also offer a Yoga Teacher Training Foundations course for non-yoga teachers if you want to go on to teach. This gives you a great basis for all of the core fundamental yogic concepts. Our 300-hour EMPOWER training is designed to be accessible for all levels and if you haven't done a yoga teaching qualification previously, you will be provided with an additional reading list and advice and support on what to brush up on. We've got you!
Yogis, teachers, women and wellness professionals who are serious about yoga (and want to deepen their knowledge and practice!) can join EMPOWER. Unlike most other 300HR training, which only covers yoga or yoga philosophy, our EMPOWER™ 300HR programme is different.
We include in-depth training to help you understand the female body, mind and soul and our journey through the feminine life cycle, using yoga and personal empowerment as our guiding tools. Think of EMPOWER as a Master's degree in Feminine Yoga and Wellness: You will become an expert in all things woman and yoga. You will LIVE and embody the practices as you learn them so that everything you share with other women, you will have used yourself.
The purpose of EMPOWER™ is to help YOU live your best life and to enable other women to do this too - this is as much a personal empowerment programme as a yoga teacher training. This helps differentiate your yoga teaching expertise, add more value and ultimately make more money. Plus, Cheryl mentors an entire module focused on helping you learn to grow your yoga or wellness business, having done it firsthand herself.
Yes! You will be eligible for triple accreditation: Certified YogaBellies Teacher EMPOWER 300-Hours; Yoga Alliance International 300-hour certificate and accreditation by the World Yoga Federation.
If you join the individual modules, the specialist women's yoga short courses are accredited by Yoga Alliance International for a 50-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Qualification and accepted as CPD if you are an existing YogaBellies Teacher. You will receive a downloadable certificate on completion of each short course and these can also be counted as credits towards with 300-Hour EMPOWER YTT within 3 years.
Yes! One of the main benefits of online yoga certification and training is that anyone can make it work under their own circumstances - we have students attending from the UK, France, Germany, Ireland, Australia, Dubai, and Singapore already!
You will have in-depth personal guidance through our Mentorship programme (if you join us live) with your assigned Senior YogaBellies Teacher Mentor. Cheryl also leads her group work and teaching sessions live and also during the monthly 'deep dive' calls where you can “jump into the hot seat” for personal coaching with her every month. There will also be expert guest speakers including Medics, Physiotherapists and Female Sexuality Coaches.
Yes! Check out some of our amazing testimonials above! I love online training and I believe it’s a wonderfully accessible way to earn your Yoga Alliance International 300-hour Certification. It is profound how much transmission can come through online.
We use a combination of live and pre-recorded training for a genuine one-of-a-kind, immersive experience. We will also all be “together” online for the group calls taught by Cheryl and the Senior YogaBellies teachers.
Plus, unlike in-person training, online training also offers you the unique opportunity to revisit any sessions you like at any time you like!
Finally, online learning allows you to earn your 300HR certification at a fraction of the cost of in-person training — there’s no overhead for your meals, travel, and accommodations and we are able to offer the same curriculum at a fraction of the cost.
The full programme price is then GBP3495 for payment in full. Please see the payment links for installment options.
Yes! You can pay for the full 300-hour programme over 6 or 9 installments, with the first installment due on signup, or over 9 months with a larger initial deposit.
Absolutely! You will be able to undertake this 300-hour training at 25% off the listed price. If you've completed our 200-hour training, you will also be eligible to apply for Yoga Alliance International, 500-Hour Teacher Accreditation.
No, we no longer offer a franchise model. YogaBellies now offers stand-alone yoga teacher training for all women and practitioners, with no obligatory fees, restrictions, or ongoing commitments.
There is also an optional opportunity to become a Licensed YogaBellies Teacher, where you can teach our branded class plans and be listed and searchable on our website. There is no obligation to do so and you can do this, even if you currently have your own yoga business, e.g. OM Mums Club, Dubai is listed on our website as having been trained by YogaBellies and practicing the methods.
Yes! You can purchase the YogaBellies Business Package and Teaching Licence, meaning you will have your own mini-site on yogabellies.com, where you can list your classes and be instantly searchable worldwide. You will also have ongoing access to our International Teachers Lounge for support on your yoga journey, use of our pre-written class plans, social media templates, business tools and brand exposure. Becoming a licensed teacher is completely optional and application is no guarantee of approval.
Then the YogaBellies Business Package and Teaching Licence is definitely for you! When you join YogaBellies, you get the immediate credibility of being a Licensed YogaBellies Teacher and all of your classes and teaching profile will be searchable on our website, meaning instant enquires for your classes. Pre-made and branded marketing and business resources are readily available and peer support from YogaBellies Teachers across the world. You can even choose to teach under your own name if you wish, for example, Sarah Jane Yoga offers YogaBellies Classes. To find out more and sign up now click here.
I am so confident that you will absolutely LOVE Empower and that it is everything you hoped for, that I am actually offering all trainees a 100% Money Back Guarantee. Yep, you heard me correctly: If you do not LOVE EMPOWER, I will refund your training fee!! On completion of training, if you don’t feel that EMPOWER was everything you wanted, we will refund the full course fee.
For anyone who has completed the training and wasn’t happy with it, we will issue a full refund (minus a £500 admin fee) if this is claimed within 30 days of the live training scheduled end date. To complete the training you need to actively participate in all the live lectures, training and NEST sessions with your group and submit your assignments on time and in full.
However please be aware that no refunds will be issued for people who do not complete the training or meet the above-detailed conditions. If you purchase the course and cannot complete it there will be no refunds issued. Please triple-check the dates and make sure you can attend. If unforeseen circumstances prevent you from attending we will consider this on a case-by-case basis and you may be given the opportunity to attend the next course we run.
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