Women's Yoga Teacher Training & Immersion with YogaBellies founder, Cheryl MacDonald.


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yoga teachers and studio owners

You want to be recognized as a specialist in women's yoga. You may or may not already be a yoga teacher, but you do want to teach yoga for women: Through pregnancy, post-partum with baby and menopause and offer hormone balancing practices. You want to learn how to take your yoga business to the next level, by someone who's been there and done that. The programme is accredited by Yoga Alliance International.

dedicated yoga lovers

You love yoga and you're ready to deepen your practice. You may feel you're not getting as much as you could from yoga; you could be experiencing less than optimal health; hormonal imbalances or have lost direction and motivation. You want to overcome your blocks; find your soul purpose and live your best life, on and off the yoga mat. You want to learn about the best yoga practice for the female life stages and embrace them for your own health and wellness.

midwives, doulas and birth & baby workers

You recognize the incredible benefits of yoga for women during pregnancy, birth and postpartum for mum and baby, and want to incorporate them into your current work - without necessarily becoming a yoga teacher or taking a 200-hour teacher training.

fitness & wellness entrepreneurs 

You want to learn how to use therapeutic feminine yoga practices through pregnancy, postpartum and menopause to help your clients relieve stress; find hormonal balance and optimal wellness. You want to learn everything Cheryl knows about creating and growing a thriving wellness business to apply to your own.

The EMPOWER Teacher Training is fully booked for 2021 but you can join the 50 hour specialist courses

Introducing EMPOWER by YogaBellies:

EMPOWER is a unique yoga teacher training programme for all women at every stage of life - and you don't need to be a yoga teacher already! Let me explain...

I created this programme for those who want to become an expert in women's wellness. This is not a dry teacher training, we look primarily at YOU living and embracing your yoga - on and off the yoga mat - and learning how to teach the YogaBellies practices, as we embody them. This training is equal parts practicing and teaching yoga; personal development and learning tangible business and empowerment skills. EMPOWER is a real game-changer and is going to make a huge impact on your life and on the lives of the women you work with.

With a focus on yoga for physical, emotional and mental wellbeing throughout the female life stages - we’ll cover yoga and wellness for the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, post-partum (and baby!) and the stages of menopause, female-specific illnesses and conditions - as well balancing hormonal fluctuations;  yoga through the seasons, nutrition, self-care, Ayurveda for women's health… oooft! And so much more :)

Cheryl will lead you on a deep, personal journey, no matter your level of yoga experience. EMPOWER will allow you to understand and embrace the cyclical nature of female life and show you how to lead other women to do so too.

With more than 15 years experience as a yoga teacher, and over a decade in training and leading YogaBellies® teachers, Cheryl is the visionary behind EMPOWER™

Ready To Sign Up? Book A Mini-Course Now


Time-honoured Wisdom of Feminine Yoga

Explore the female life cycle and learn yoga practices for optimal wellness and vitality throughout life. Learn how to tune into your feminine intuition and live your best yoga life, on and off the mat. As we embody these feminine yoga practices, we learn how to empower other women with these tools also. Empower women using yoga during the menstrual phases; pregnancy; post-partum with baby and through menopause.

A Journey of Self-Enquiry and Personal Empowerment

Uncover what you really want from life, what's been holding you back and how to create and execute that life and yoga business plan you always dreamed of.

Embody feminine yoga practices, self-care and ritual as you learn to teach.

Business Wisdom from one of Yoga's Leading Entrepreneurs

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about creating and growing a successful ethical yoga or wellness business from multiple-award winner; serial entrepreneur; author and yogi, Cheryl MacDonald.

Get access to Cheryl's know-how as she guides you through yoga practices and yoga business coaching, never offered before.


"EMPOWER is a culmination of 25 years of personal yoga practice and 15 years of teaching yoga created for women. I’m sooo psyched to be launching this much-needed specialist women's yoga teacher training because I know that we ALL need this. Teachers, yogis, fitness professionals, mums – we can all benefit from EMPOWER .

"EMPOWER™ training begins by focusing on your personal yoga and wellness journey and making your life better in every way. As part of your journey, you'll be encouraged to follow a hormone-balancing diet (and given the resources to do so,) as well as tracking your menstrual cycle (or lunar if you don't menstruate) and to live in line with what your body needs and wants throughout the month and throughout life. As we change our own lives, we learn the YogaBellies practices and skills to empower other women on their wellness journey.

"Over a 6 month period, we’re going to uncover your deepest desires; set real-life goals, and understand what’s currently holding you back. I’m also going to help you to create your personal and business brand; identify your tribe and create the most-kick ass business and marketing strategy, guaranteed to meet your career and life goals - no matter what your work or business is!"


  • Want to earn your Yoga Alliance International 300-hour certification.
  • If you already hold a Yoga Alliance approved 200-Hour qualification, you can apply for the RPYS (Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher) qualification also
  • Want to completely transform your health, wellness and life on and off the yoga mat.
  • Want to gain essential business skills to turn your dream of teaching yoga into a reality
  • Want to save thousands on learning key yoga practices for every female life stage in an integrated and logical way: from yoga for the menstrual cycle; pregnancy, post-partum with baby and through menopause.
  • Want to take time out to figure out what YOU need from life and become your most vibrant self to do this!
  • Struggle to find your unique voice or tribe as a yoga teacher or leader.
  • Are passionate about the physical, mental and emotional benefits of yoga for women.
  • Want to integrate feminine yoga practices into your birth, baby, or women's wellness work.
  • Want to become a better wellness leader by using the YogaBellies Sadhana to structure your offering and be able to create client yoga prescriptions, for female life stages and conditions
  • Are ready to be seen as an expert in the field of feminine yoga.
  • Want to gain confidence in your yoga teaching or therapy/coaching practice.
  • Don't know how to take your yoga business to the next level.
  • Are seeking a like-minded community of women supporting women
  • Are ready to make a life-changing impact on your female clients and students.

Being part of YogaBellies® means that you're connected with an amazing global network of like-minded women, who want to support you and won’t judge you – because they’re right where you are too. It’s about waking up to the value of women supporting women, bringing back sisterhood and ‘the village’ as something that is absolutely essential for our wellbeing.



I understand why women need yoga throughout life - and that it can benefit us as much in life as it can in class. I've practiced and I've taught women at every life stage - in fact, over 100,000 women in the UK alone, have come along to YogaBellies classes to balance their hormones; relieve stress; find their calm place for birth; chill with baby afterward and battle the symptoms of menopause.

Yoga is as important to women at 14 as it is 99, and over my 25 years of yoga practice, I have developed The YogaBellies Sadhana, to give women exactly what they need in a safe and therapeutic practice.

YogaBellies isn't just about pulling shapes: It's about loving yourself, on and off the yoga mat. Body positivity, Self-love, and Self-worth are all important elements of our practice and the EMPOWER journey.

Equally as important to me is empowering women to have a sustainable career as a yoga teacher. The main thing that yoga teacher training lacks is someone who actually has the experience of creating a successful yoga business; I have this and I want to share it with as many teachers as possible! I've personally trained and coached hundreds of YogaBellies teachers in my proven business systems and marketing practices that have made YogaBellies a global phenomenon. I've won several business awards over the years including but not only...

  • LuxLife Most Inspirational Women's Yoga Teacher 2021
  • The Great British Entrepreneur Award 2019
  • The Scottish Edge Award for Enterprise 2013
  • Woman of the Year Award 2014
  • Mumpreneur UK Award 2012
  • 3 x What's On for Little Ones Awards 2014
  • Working Mums Top Employer Award 2015
  • Mums Club Top 100 Businesses 2012

You may also have seen me featured in:

  • The Huffington Post - talking about my yoga journey and YogaBellies® beginnings
  • As a winner of BBC Dragon's Den (watch us in the video below!) - the Dragon's loved the concept of YogaBellies®
  • Appeared on ITV's This Morning - teaching yoga to women and children at various life stages
  • All of the magazines, TV channels and publications you can see on this page, talking about yoga for women throughout life
  • Been personal yoga teacher to celebrities such as Kimberley Walsh (Girls Aloud), Fearne Cotton and Catherine Tyldsley

EMPOWER Guest Experts and

Senior Yoga Teacher Team

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.

On Completion of EMPOWER 300-Hr YTT You:

  • Will understand your true calling as a yoga teacher; have overcome any blocks and have a long-term personal and professional plan for your yoga business;
  • You will be qualified to teach yoga for the phases of the menstrual cycle and female-related issues;
  • Yoga for Pregnancy and Childbirth;
  • Post-Natal Yoga for Mum and Baby Yoga;
  • Yoga for the Phases of Menopause;
  • Have a range of proven technical, marketing, social media and networking skills for your yoga business. You will be taught personally by founder of YogaBellies global women's yoga collective, from her own skills and experience.
  • Please see individual mini-course/modules for the exact curriculum details of each module.

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“I trained with YogaBellies in Scotland as I wanted to train to be a yoga teacher but also get the work-life balance. YogaBellies taught me how to set up and run a successful yoga business whilst watching my baby grow up.

After teaching YogaBellies in Glasgow, I grew my own successful yoga business in Dubai when I moved, making use of the YogaBellies techniques and classes. YogaBellies is more than just yoga teacher training. It teaches you business and life skills and most importantly you are part of a community of women all with the same goal, not competing with each other but helping each other succeed. "

Ellie Higgins, The OM Moms Club Dubai

“After seeing a Facebook advert for YogaBellies in 2012 (and having an obvious interest in pre & postnatal yoga) I reached out to Cheryl and immediately knew it was the right training course for me.

In the last 9 years, I’ve assisted more than 500 women on their pre & postnatal journeys or helped them to balance body & mind using YogaBellies practices and classes. I love how YogaBellies empowers women at every life stage, builds lasting friendships, and allows our teachers to create a fantastic work/life balance...

I’ve witnessed the course content growing from strength to strength in this time and have learned so much. I’d say that our USP is the incredible business and marketing training which goes hand in hand with our teacher training courses. That and the fantastic knowledge you’ll gain in feminine self-care to either empower you personally and/or for you to share with your students. YogaBellies Teacher training courses provide you with all the tools you need for a lifestyle transformation, enabling you to be the best version of you!”

Siobhan Hencher, The Wellbeing Circle, Stirling Scotland



YogaBellies helped me make a sustainable career of teaching yoga, and it offers this within a community of strong independent kind and intelligent women. I trained with YogaBellies in 2011 and after a period of illness, I'm back on board!

— Sharon Osu, E14 Yoga Coach, Docklands London


  • It is equal parts yoga, personal empowerment and feminine wellness, and business training.
  • You WILL learn how to create your personal brand and grow a profitable yoga or wellness business.
  • Cheryl has trained hundreds of YogaBellies Teachers and Birth ROCKS Mentors over the past decade and is recognized as an expert in yoga for women throughout the life stages.
  • This training will enable you to grow into an empowered leader, with the business skills you need to take your unique feminine yoga practice to your own tribe.

200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification IS NOT REQUIRED.

All yogis are welcome on this beautiful journey! Choose your specialist EMPOWER Module to study


  • Live your dream life as a yoga teacher that's earning a sustainable incoming and exceeding their personal wellness and career goals
  • Uncover your optimal personal health so that you have the energy, vitality and motivation to help other women do the same
  • Discover what you REALLY want from life and help you get there - on the yoga mat; in your personal life and in business
  • Fully support female clients through pregnancy, post-partum with baby, menstrual issues and menopause
  • Understand why yoga has special benefits for women (that benefits us off the yoga mat too!)
  • Explore ways in which yoga can help alleviate and treat female-specific medical conditions
  • Learn how to live in alignment with our natural cycles and nature, in our yoga practice and in our daily lives
  • Discover what a woman's yoga practice needs to look like and why the BAP’s (back, abs and pelvic floor) are central to a woman’s wellness throughout life.
  • Take all of this expert knowledge and learn how to create an ethical and profitable business model that fully serves you and your clients' needs
  • Use everything you learn in EMPOWER to burst through any blocks, exceed your goals and absolutely live your best life!


Having had some pretty deplorable 'online' training experiences myself, I wanted to make sure the EMPOWER provided as much as an in-person training BUT with the added benefits of having lifetime access to the resources and access them in your own time.

How is the EMPOWER training delivered?


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.


EMPOWER is a combination of live (or live online) yoga teacher training and guest expert sessions (including Cardiologists, Weight Management Specialists, Physiotherapists and Female Sexuality Coaches); live mentoring sessions with myself; live coaching sessions with your appointed Senior Yoga Teacher Mentor and daily interaction in our online forum with the YB team and your peers. 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.


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 if you chose to become a licensed teacher.


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!


If you wish to gain the 300-Hour Qualification, there are various criteria that need to be met including practice teaching; yoga teaching video submissions; modules quiz; Keeping a yoga practice and menstrual/moon cycle log; a reading list to complete and actively working on your personal EMPOWER plan.

The Curriculum

Module 1: Empower


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.

  • Learn about YogaBellies beginnings and the foundation and theory behind what we do.
  • An introduction to working with women, understanding your goals and blocks and overcoming them, creating your life strategy.
  • Looking at challenging and changing beliefs: Samskara, Sankalpa, Vikalpa and Vasanas. Releasing Fear & Owning Your Desires. How to deal with the limiting beliefs holding you back from your vision–and put them to bed once and for all!
  • Stop holding yourself back. How to release your obvious and not-so-obvious fears and cultivate serious confidence in who you are, what you do and what you desire. This includes examining your purpose and messaging and how to get clarity on your vision.
  • Uncover the #1 belief you must cultivate if you want to feel confident in your work and earn what you're worth.
  • Explore the basics of Ayurveda for women: The Doshas, practical lifestyle considerations for optimal yoga-living
  • Creating a safe container, crafting ritual and holding space for optimal healing for you and your clients
  • Learn about The YogaBellies Sadhana, the practice and system we apply throughout the female life stages to optimize our yoga practice for overall wellness and vitality.
  • SENSE: Learn about YogaBellies grounding, embodiment and sensory practices, connecting to ourselves and alining with our external nd internal environment, to find  equilibrium
  • BREATHE: Explore the YogaBellies Key Pranayama practices for women's health
  • MOVE: Discover the 29 key YogaBellies Asana, chosen for their therapeutic benefits for women throughout life.
  • SLEEP: Uncover YogaBellies unique practice for the deepest level of relaxation. Our blend of self-hypnosis, yoga nidra, affirmations and nada yoga take Savasana to a different level.
  • CIRCLE: Understand the importance of ‘the village’ for all women.

Module 2. Cycles and Seasons


In this module, we explore why yoga for women is different and how this applies throughout the life stages. We examine the menstrual cycle, the lunar cycle and living in season with nature and how this applies in our yoga practice.

  • Find out about the incredible journey of psychological and physiological changes that every woman travels during these transformational life stages. Embrace the maiden, mother, enchantress and crone and learn how these archetypes can be present in our lives at every age
  • Explore the history of women in yoga and their role in yoga today. Uncover the mythology of the divine feminine and the goddess and how this applies in feminine yoga practice.
  • Examining the Triple Goddess in relation to the female life cycle and stages.
  • Learn about honoring our natural rhythms and the benefits for life. Explore the intricacies of working with the lunar and menstrual cycles to align with nature and also identifying and charting our Moon Centres.
  • Discover yoga practices for each stage of the month and the moon cycle. Learn how to chart your menstrual cycle alongside the lunar cycle and why you should do this
  • Use the YogaBellies Sadhana of Sense Breath Move Sleep to work with women throughout the menstrual cycle
  • Understand the anatomy and physiology of the menstrual cycle and what happens to a woman physically and emotionally throughout the month. Learn how we can optimize our yoga practice to enhance our overall wellness and alleviate common conditions such as cramps and PMS using yoga.
  • Uncover the benefits of living in season and seasonal yoga practices. Explore the wheel of the year and how to adapt your yoga practice.

Module 3: Embracing the Crone


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

  • Understand the importance of hormones and how yoga can be used to balance hormonal fluctuations throughout life
  • Explore the various types of hormone testing and whether they are necessary
  • Discover the beauty of perimenopause and menopause and what women are experiencing at these times, on all levels. Understand the benefits of yoga for menopause and how to work with women to alleviate the most common symptoms.
  • Learn about the Crone archetype and how to embrace her power in our everyday life
  • Identify the symptoms for each stage of Menopause and uncover yoga practices for relief of symptoms
  • Use the YogaBellies Sadhana of Sense Breath Move Sleep Circle to work with women throughout perimenopause, menopause and post-menopause.
  • Explore common female conditions throughout life and key risk factors for women as they age. Learn what adjustments we can make to benefit our clients.
  • Understanding female anatomy and physiology as related to menopause and the BAPs practices. Discover the importance of working in the correct way with the BAPs (back, abs and pelvic floor) throughout your life.
  • Exploring hormone-balancing nutrition for Menopause and living a hormone-healthy lifestyle
  • Embrace holistic self-care during Menopause including aromatherapy, herbs and supplements for optimal health

Module 4. Birthing the Mother


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.

  • The course looks in-depth at the relationships with health care providers and problems to look out for. We also teach how to deal with common pregnancy conditions using natural and yogic solutions.   
  • Use the YogaBellies Sadhana of Sense Breath Move Sleep Circle to work with pregnant women.
  • Examine the incredible journey of psychological and physiological changes that a woman travels during pregnancy and childbirth. Human anatomy and physiology (both physical and subtle body) related specifically to considerations during pregnancy. 
  • Explore anatomy and physiology during pregnancy, how organs function during pregnancy, an overview of the complications, including miscarriage, premature labour, hypertension, preeclampsia and body mechanics.
  • Learn the critical phases of pregnancy and key risk factors; what changes to expect and what adjustments we can make to benefit mothers every step of the way.
  • Discover how we can work therapeutically to alleviate and resolve various aches, pains and ailments related to pregnancy and birth. Understand which practices and postures to avoid and why and be able to offer beneficial substitutes.
  • Learn about comfort techniques and practices for pregnancy and birth including positions for birth; aromatherapy applications; alternative and holistic approaches to pregnancy and birth and additional ways to support your clients towards a peaceful birth.
  • Uncover the importance of working therapeutically with the BAPs (back, abs and pelvic floor) in a safe and beneficial way throughout pregnancy during your yoga practice.
  • Learn the YogaBellies SLEEP practices (our blend of self-hypnosis, yoga nidra and nada yoga) for pregnancy, that will help relax and destress your clients from conception to post-partum.

Module 5: Mother and Child


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.

  • Learn everything you need to know about postpartum anatomy and physiology. What is mum going through at every stage of the fourth trimester and beyond emotionally, physically and spiritually.
  • Use the YogaBellies Sadhana of Sense Breath Move Sleep to work with postpartum mum - with and without baby.
  • Principles of postnatal recovery (core-realignment, pelvic joint stabilization and decompression of the spine, by means of gentle isotonic stretches using deep abdominal breathing and some bandhas)
  • Progression of Asanas after childbirth. Simple teaching points ensure safe transition from yoga class to home practice, applicable to both experienced yogini and women new to yoga. 
  • Postnatal relaxation with baby and without baby: integration of the birth experience; postnatal self-nurturing practices; principles of integrative relaxation and self-referral for calming self and baby 
  • Postnatal yoga to address common complaints (weak pelvic floor, instability of pelvic joints, lower back pain, neck and shoulder pain, split abdominal muscles
  • Explore the powerful journey into motherhood and the psychological and physiological changes that a woman goes through after childbirth.
  • Understand the critical stages of post-natal recovery and the key health themes of the fourth trimester. Identify key risk factors to look out for in class; what changes mum should expect and what adjustments we can make to benefit mother become comfortable in her new post-partum body.
  • Learn about the importance of healthy BAPs (back, abs and pelvic floor) in the postnatal period and how to begin safely working with these key areas for full recovery. Learn about core activation and working with Diastasis Recti.
  • Learn the yogabellies SLEEP practices (our blend of self-hypnosis, yoga nidra and nada yoga) beneficial for mum AND baby, to allow the deepest levels of relaxation and rejuvenation.
  • Explore YogaBellies baby yoga postures for infants and toddlers to incorporate into your class: Why they are beneficial and how they can assist their growth, development and overall health.

Module 6. Soulful Entrepreneur


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.

  • Embrace a positive money mindset and become comfortable with charging what you are worth
  • Craft your personal vision for life, your mission statement and create a clear business plan
  • How to create your soulful brand identity and how to get your message to the right people
  • Identify 'your tribe,' uncover why they love you and differentiate your teaching to make an impact
  • How to create your 'Signature Offer' and a bespoke range of classes, services or prducts around that
  • Implement the Basic Funnel of Know. Like. Trust.
  • How I create kick-ass Lead Magnets to build my email list.
  • My business tool Rolodex: My best practices, apps, tools, and project management systems
  • Discover how to be your best self on social media: be authentic, knowledgable and effective
  • Create an actionable plan for your yoga business, eliminate overwhelm and make things happen
  • Align your business with your core values and cement your place as an expert in your field
  • Learn everything else know in these 121 sessions


Training LIVE ONLINE globally from August 2021 - December 2021


Where will the training take place?

The training will run over 6 months beginning Monday 2nd August for 6 months. Cheryl will be teaching the training LIVE from Singapore but it will be available worldwide, with EMPOWER trainees joining us from the UK, Australia and Europe too! All sessions will also be recorded and professionally edited into bite-size 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. Please click on the SIGN UP link to check out dates of individual modules/mini-courses.

Applications for the YTT-300 are now closed for 2021: Can I still join the mini-courses?

Yes! The EMPOWER 300-Hour YTT is now closed for bookings for 2021. The cart will open again in May 2022.

You can however join the individual modules which are specialist women's yoga mini-courses and accredited by Yoga Alliance International for a 50-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Qualification.

You will receive a downloadable certificate from YogaBellies on completion of each mini-course and these can also be counted as credits towards with 300-Hour EMPOWER YTT within 3 years. If you require a paper certificate you can request this from Yoga Alliance International. Please note installments are not available for mini-courses.

How do the 50-hour mini-courses work?

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. The full 50-hour courses are available online to study in your own time. To gain accreditation, you must complete the online assessment for the course.

Can I teach yoga once I've completed a 50-hour course?

There is no legal standard for teaching yoga however, the generally accepted minimum standard is a minimum of 200 hours yoga teacher training. Many of our students undertake the individual mini-courses for personal development (for example, if they are pregnant or going through menopause) or add to working with clients in another area e.g. pilates or physiotherapy work. Whether you are ready to teach yoga is a personal decision you must make.

Do I have to be a yoga teacher or already have a 200 HR certification to take this training?

No! You do not need a foundational 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. We also offer an Introduction to Teaching Hatha Yoga supplementary course for non-yoga teachers. Think of a 200-hour qualification as a Bachelor's degree and a 300-hour as a Master's Degree. You can jump right in there, you'll just need to fill in the blanks, which we will help you to do.

However, if you wish to pursue a Yoga Alliance International 500-hour certification, you need to complete a 200-hour and advanced 300-hour training – both of which must be Yoga Alliance International certified or equivalent. Pilates teachers, midwives, physios, hypnobirthers, massage therapists, personal trainers and placenta encapsulators who've never taught yoga before are just some of the examples of women who undertake EMPOWER™ training.

What is a 300-hour Teacher Training?

Yogis, teachers, and wellness professionals who are serious about yoga (and want to deepen their knowledge and practice!) can choose to pursue advanced study after completing a foundational 200-hour yoga teacher training. The 300-hour yoga teacher training is the next step, certifying you as a coveted 500-hour Senior Teacher when you graduate.
Unlike most other 300HR training, which only covers yoga or yoga philosophy, our EMPOWER™ 300HR program 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 as our guiding tool. 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 helps differentiate your yoga teaching expertise, add more value and ultimately make more money.
Plus, Cheryl teaches an entire module to help you learn to grow your yoga or wellness business, having done it first hand herself.

Will I receive a certificate upon completing this training?

Yes! You will be eligible to receive a dual Yoga Alliance International 300-hour certificate and our EMPOWER™ certification and approved by the World Yoga Federation. If you hold a Yoga Alliance 200-hour qualification already, you can also apply for the 85-hour RPYS (registered prenatal yoga teacher) qualification - you must complete the pre and postnatal modules to gain this.

If you join the individual modules, the specialist women's yoga mini-courses are accredited by Yoga Alliance International for a 50-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Qualification.

You will receive a certificate from YAI on completion of each mini-course and these can also be counted as credits towards with 300-Hour EMPOWER YTT within 3 years. Please note installments are not available for mini-courses.

Can I take this course if I live in a different time zone? What if I have a full-time job?

Yes! One of the main benefits of online yoga certification and training is that anyone can make it work with their own circumstances - we have students attending from the UK, Australia, Dubai and Singapore already!

Will I have one-on-one access to Cheryl?

You will have in-depth personal guidance through our Mentorship program with your assigned Senior YogaBellies Teacher mentor. Cheryl also leads her group work and teaching sessions live from Singapore and also during the monthly 'deep dive' calls where you can “jump into the hot seat” for personal coaching. There will also be expert guest speakers including Medics, Physiotherapists and Female Sexuality Coaches.

Is online training effective?

Yes! 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 genuinely 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, accommodations and we are able to offer the same curriculum at a fraction of the cost.

How much does the EMPOWER programme cost?

The standard early bird price is then USD$3500 (GBP2519.), available until the end of June 2021. The full programme price is then USD $4000 (GBP2879.). The price is the same for live and online training and includes lifetime access to all online course materials.

Can I sign up for individual modules?

Yes! Each module is (GBP599) each. Installments are not available for modules.

Can I pay in installments?

Yes! You can pay for the full 300-hour programme over 4 installments, with first installment due on signup.

Early bird: 4 payments of GBP629.75 (USD875)

Full price: 4 payments of GBP719.75 (USD1000)

Is there an alumni rate if I've already completed the YogaBellies 200-hour training?

Absolutely! You will be able to undertake this 300-hour training at 50% of 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. *Applies to 2021 training only.

Can I start teaching YogaBellies branded classes and be listed on their website?

Yes! On completion of our 200 or 300-hour courses, you can apply to become a Licensed YogaBellies Teacher, meaning you will have your own mini-site on www.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.

Is YogaBellies a franchise?

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 practising the methods.