However, you can still book onto individual modules using the link below:
AS FEATURED IN
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.
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™
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!"
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.
EMPOWER-300 YOGA TEACHER TRAINING IS ACCREDITED BY:
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...
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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.
“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
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.
THE EMPOWER PLAN
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.
LIVE AND INTERACTIVE SESSIONS
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.
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 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!
ASSIGNMENTS AND ASSESSMENT
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Yes! Each module is (GBP599) each. Installments are not available for modules.
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)
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.
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.
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.