Introduction to Prenatal Ananda Yoga

Self-Paced Online Course

Use Yogic Tools and Techniques for a Natural Approach to Pregnancy

For anyone interested in learning Prenatal Yoga

In this self-paced course–educators and expectant mothers alike–will learn the basics of Prenatal Yoga including safety precautions, asana mechanics, and techniques that are designed to support, empower, and nurture expectant mothers.

Ananda Yoga Teacher Training director, Melody Hansen, E-RYT 500, will instruct and guide you through a Prenatal Ananda Yoga routine designed to improve posture, increase energy, reduce body aches (and other common pregnancy complaints), and achieve deep relaxation.

Cost: $




Course Material

Learn the Basics of Prenatal Yoga:

  • Benefits & cautions
  • Prenatal and postnatal anatomy & physiology
  • Remedies for common complaints
  • Pranayama breathing techniques with a meditative focus
  • Positive affirmations for pregnancy, labor, and birth
  • 75-minute Prenatal Ananda Yoga routine
  • Restorative Yoga postures for pregnancy
  • Pelvic floor strengthening exercises

Melody is not only an experienced teacher but also a caring friend and a mom herself. She lead our session with sensitivity, humor, and insight that only someone with those qualities could offer. I came away feeling more connected with my body, more relaxed, and confident in my capabilities. During pregnancy, I often felt like my limitations were emphasized by others. It felt empowering to be in an environment where instead, my body’s differences and capabilities were honored. I feel grateful for the opportunity to interact with my body in a deliberate, meaningful way with Melody’s guidance.

— Kristen, Auburn, CA

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What You'll Learn

Meet the Instructor

All our instructors practice yoga and meditation daily and are disciples of Paramhansa Yogananda who make it a priority to live the teachings.


Melody, E-RYT 500, directs the Ananda Yoga Teacher Training and Restorative Yoga Teacher Training programs in-person and online.

She is a Certified Ananda Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT and a trained Prenatal Yoga Instructor. Melody has been practicing the teachings of yoga since the age of 14, and began teaching at age 17. She loves to help her students experience the depth of Ananda Yoga and Meditation.

Melody Hansen lives at Ananda Village with her husband, Kalidas, and their baby, Japa, who was born at home in January 2014. Melody enjoys balancing her life as a new mother with daily meditation to help her stay even-minded and cheerful during the many duties of motherhood. She is grateful to share this course with you and hopes to develop a Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Online program in the future.

Nicole DeAvila Staff

Nicole DeAvilla, E-RYT 500 and C-IAYT has taught yoga teachers for over 20 years, and has taught regular Ananda Yoga classes since 1984. She has a background in sports medicine and chiropractic physiotherapy.

Currently she teaches private classes as well as a Master Yoga Class for Yoga Teachers.  Nicole is an active member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) and is a contributor to their journal and several other publications.  She has taught Master Classes for the International Yoga Therapy Conferences.


Karen, RYT 500, is a Certified Ananda Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT and has been teaching yoga since 2003. Originally from Texas, she directed and operated successful yoga studios in Dallas for over 13 years.

Karen has experience working with students of all levels in studio, privately and corporate settings. She loves to mentor teachers and help them discover their unique gifts while strengthening their self-reliance and positivity. Karen will be a lead asana instructor for this course while encouraging and assisting you throughout this journey!

Amala Profile

Amala, RYT-500, has practiced physical yoga for over 20 years and has meditation practice for over 10 years.

From Amala: “I will always be a student of yoga. Feeling ever-grateful for what my teachers have given me. I will continue to teach everything I have learned and practice what I teach. So everyone who is interested can learn the powerful life-balancing practices of yoga.

I live and work just north of New York City in Westchester County New York. I am also an artist, book designer and animal lover! I have practiced physical yoga for over 20 years and I have had a meditation practice for over 10 years.”

San Jose, CA
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Melody was wonderful. She was patient, kind, and nurturing, and had obvious passion and depth of knowledge for the material she taught. She also answered what I felt were some “BIG” questions with easy grace and wisdom. I am forever grateful for her guidance over my retreat weekend.
Nevada City, CA
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I was blessed to have a one on one prenatal yoga session with Melody a few weeks before my due date. I felt relaxed, rejuvenated and uplifted after just one hour. Not only was I able to give my body and mind a bit of much needed relaxation, Melody gave me tips to help me with my practice at home. I wish I had gone to prenatal yoga earlier in my pregnancy! The session helped me feel more comfortable and relaxed for the last couple weeks of pregnancy. Whether you have been practicing yoga for years or have never done a single yoga session, I am certain that you will enjoy and benefit from a class with her.
Portland, OR
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I would recommend Ananda Yoga to any expectant mother who wants to relax, feel nurtured, and connect with her baby and her own center.

Introduction to Prenatal Yoga

Self-Paced Course