It’s been hard to pay attention to anything other than COVID in the past few years...

Your health and safety, family, and overall-wellbeing need are our priority at YogaBellies, and we’re supporting our community of women in every way we can.

But if you are in the fortunate position to have a strong foundation across these areas, you might also be looking at how you can adapt to the 'new normal,'  look towards the future and maybe thinking about what work might look like for you in the future. And that’s why you're here right now. In fact, there may be no better time for you to begin your YogaBellies teacher training. 

Our clients need your support more than ever, with women birthing alone in hospitals or choosing to birth at home. New mums are unable to get out and enjoy the much-needed post-partum 'village' that we provide at YogaBellies. This is why our online sessions are just as important and relevant now online as they are in person.

There are *so* many misconceptions about what yoga is and who should become a yoga teacher. Let me dispel some of these myths

I'm sure you've probably thought (or heard other women say):

  • I’m not bendy enough
  • Yoga is for teenagers on Instagram doing handstands
  • I’m not skinny enough to do yoga
  • I’m wayyy too old for yoga
  • I’ve just had a baby, so I can’t do yoga...
  • I’m pregnant, it’s not safe for me to practice yoga
  • Yoga won’t get you fit or help you lose weight
  • I don't have any yoga teaching experience...

No matter your shape, size, experience or what’s going on in your body — as women, we gain extra benefits from the correct yoga practice at each stage of our lives — even from adjusting our practice to align with where we are in our menstrual cycle. 

But when we go to a yoga class or we train as a yoga teacher, we’re not made aware of these benefits unique to women!

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.

Sign Up for Our Yoga Alliance International Accredited 200-Hour Training

Is it your dream to create a beautiful, empowering, inclusive yoga community for ALL women? Do you want to work for yourself, set your own hours and build a business you can run alongside your family commitments? Want to know more?

how is yogabellies® teacher training is different to all the other yoga training courses out there?

YogaBellies® offer yoga classes for women at every important life stage, including pregnancy and post-partum with baby. Our YogaBellies Teacher Training doesn't just cover the basics of teaching hatha yoga: We focus specifically on teaching yoga for women throughout these life stages, making you a specialist in yoga for women.

Certified YogaBellies® Teachers receive worldwide accredited training  (Yoga Alliance International) as well as brand and peer support. We don't just give you yoga teaching skills in our unique women's only style, we also give you all of the tools and techniques that you need to set up and run a successful, ethical YogaBellies® business all of your own.

Sound good?

Become a Qualified Women's Yoga Teacher

Being a yoga teacher is a true calling. If you’ve had a little burning flame flickering inside you for a while now telling you this is the path you should go down, you’re in the right place. Is it your dream to create a beautiful, empowering, inclusive yoga community for ALL women? Do you want to work for yourself, set your own hours and build a business you can run alongside your family commitments? Want to know more?

What's Included in my 200-hour training?

Immediate access to your Teacher Training online with lifetime access to all of the following:

  • 60+ hours of video content, including a step-by-step breakdown of every posture for every life stage
  • Bursting-at-the-seams YogaBellies teacher training handbooks and Asana guides on all of the topics covered - covering all of the basics you’d expect from a standard 200 course PLUS more information on our specialization, yoga for women
  • 30 hours of YogaBellies class live recording from different teachers, practices and techniques
  • Lectures on all of the YogaBellies themes and topics (with printable handouts)
  • My complete YogaBellies business goddess training in a series of video lectures and printable handouts, to help you set up, plan for and grow your yoga business
  • Home study YogaBellies® first aid certification for all teachers as well as anatomy and physiology guidebooks

  • Regular ongoing live sessions with myself and my team of teacher trainers online for you to interact and learn as you progress your training (attend if you can or view the recording)
  • 60+ step by step prewritten YogaBellies class plans for you to tweak and make your own, all with Prewritten SLEEP meditations to accompany each class plan (only for licensed teachers)
  • By the end of this training, you'll be qualified to teach: pregnancy yoga; postnatal yoga for mum and baby; baby massage and yoga for women throughout life.

Certified YogaBellies Teacher Training

The Complete 200-Hour Curriculum

  1. 1
    • Overview

  2. 2

  3. 3

  4. 4
    • The Yogabellies Sadhana

    • Move: the 29 Yogabellies asana

    • Move: the 29 yogabellies asana: individual postures

  5. 5
    • Yoganatomy And Female Physiology

  6. 6
    • Maiden, Enchantress, Crone (menses and menopause)

    • Yogabelles Knowledge Test

  7. 7

    • Yogabellies For Pregnancy Knowledge Test

  8. 8
    • Unit 1. YogaBellies for Mum & Baby

    • Yogabellies For Mum & Baby Quiz

  9. 9
    • Unit 1. About NURTURE

    • Unit 2. Traditional Post-Partum Care of the Mother

    • Unit 3. MamaMassage - How To Do It

    • Unit 4. Baby Massage

    • Unit 5. Teaching NURTURE

    • Unit 6. Assignments

    • YogaBellies Nurture Quiz: Please complete all training and form below to claim your 3 CPD points

  10. 10

  11. 11

    • Yogabellies First Aid Quiz

  12. 12
    • Yogabellies Business Goddess

    • Week One Your Business Goddess Life Plan

    • Week Two Planning Like A Business Goddess

    • Week 3: Online Marketing Goddess

    • Week 4: Big Goddess In Small Business

    • Overview

  13. 13
    • Assignment 1

    • Assignment 2

    • Assignment 3

    • Assignment 4

    • Assignment 5

  14. 14
    • Watch Live Yogabellies Class Videos

  15. 15
    • How to graduate

  16. 16
    • Becoming a Licensed YogaBellies Teacher

    • Want to Become a YogaBellies Ambassador?

    • Yoga Vocabulary Quick Reference Energy & Subtle Body

    • Yoga Vocabulary Quick Reference Asana Foundations

    • Yoga Vocabulary Quick Reference Philosophy Foundations

    • Yoga Vocabulary Quick Reference Anatomy & Physiology Foundations

    • Sanskrit First Words

    • Want to Become a YogaBellies Ambassador?

What’s the difference between the 200-hour YogaBellies teacher training and EMPOWER?

and which one is right for me?

This is a question I get asked a lot! Traditionally, a 200-hour YTT qualification is the base required qualification to teach hatha yoga. The 300-hour qualification is usually for those who hold a 200-hour qualification already and want to dive deeper into yoga specializations, such as yoga for Menopause or Pregnancy. A 300-hour course also dives deeper into integrating yoga practices and methods into your own life for personal transformation. I always think the best way to describe this is to think of a 200-hour qualification as a Bachelors' Degree and to think of the 300-hours as a Master's Degree.

Our 200-hour YogaBellies Teacher Training covers specific women-focused yoga.

Who should take the CYT 200-hour training?

  • You don’t hold any other yoga teaching qualification
  • You want to be able to complete all of your studies online without deadlines or time commitments of live sessions
  • You want to be able to dip in and out of your studies and specific teaching styles (e.g. pregnancy and postpartum) as it suits you
  • You want to ensure you have a solid grounding in the basics of yoga terminology, philosophy, and anatomy.
  • You can to get qualified as quickly as possible and have everything at your fingertips

Who should take the 300-hour EMPOWER training?

  • Those who already hold a 200-hour yoga teaching qualification or
  • Midwives, teachers, chiropractors, doulas who wish to incorporate yoga practices for women into their work, without necessarily teaching yoga classes or
  • Serious yoga practitioners who want to dive into a journey of self-exploration, embodying the yoga practices they learn and empowering themselves throughout life
  • You want to dive deeply into each area of women's yoga or have a specialist interest in one area
  • If you are looking to complete your studies over a 6 month period and can commit to live online teaching and mentoring sessions, with Cheryl and her team of Senior YogaBellies Teachers
  • You can find out more about EMPOWER here 


YogaBellies Founder, Master Yoga Teacher

Cheryl MacDonald

I am a Yoga Master and founder of YogaBellies® and the Birth ROCKS Method. Over the past 20 years, I’ve trained in more female-centric holistic modalities than you could shake a big stick at including yoga; tantra; hypnosis; somatic movement; naturopathy; massage; meditation and so much more. I love introducing women (ALL women) to yoga and showing them the difference that yoga can REALLY make to your life – on and off the yoga mat. YogaBellies is a whole-life approach to wellness for women: Yoga practices, breathing techniques, mindfulness, shadow work, self-improvement and nutrition. Helping women to love themselves and live their best life is my soul purpose.

Meet Cheryl

"I understand why yoga is so important to women: But not just ANY yoga practice. I've seen over 100,000 women in the UK alone, come along to  YogaBellies classes and understand how best to work therapeutically with women throughout life. Over my 25 years of yoga practice, I have learned what that practice is and want to share it with you. 

As a 500 E-RPYT, I have trained hundreds of yoga teachers in the YogaBellies® style of pregnancy yoga over the past 15 years. YogaBellies® is a unique style of yoga that I created specifically for women, making use of the yogic practices best suited to support us through the emotional, physical and psychological changes we experience - not just during pregnancy, just custom created for each of our female life stages."

I've also been featured in:

    The Huffington Post - talking about my yoga journey and YogaBellies® beginnings

    As a winner of BBC Dragon's Den - 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

Phew — that’s a lot, Cheryl! Can we run through a recap of everything included in this program?

CYT training in the form of 10 distinct modules covering everything you need to know about teaching yoga women at every life stage, including over 60 hours of video content including a step by step breakdown of every posture for every life stage;        

If you choose to become a Licensed YogaBellies Teacher, you will also have your own hosted YogaBellies mini-website where you are immediately searchable on our main site. Access and use our marketing platform to customize our ready-made marketing materials, ongoing yoga business training and more

Access to a world-wide community of YogaBellies Teachers in our international teacher's forum, for you to interact and learn 

Lifetime access to your training course and as well as downloadable YogaBellies teacher training handbooks, handouts, templates, pre-corded classes and lectures and slideshows

Complete Business Goddess Training with templates to get started with your own YogaBellies franchise business. Additional resources in the form of our extensive online community and franchise support managers and resources


How long does it take to complete?
Some people complete in 3 months, others take 12. It is possible to complete the course in less time; it entirely depends upon your personal circumstances, the amount of time you have available to study and your work and family commitments.  We find that most students are able to complete the course steadily in the allocated timeframe with approximately 5 hours of study per week, but many students are able to complete the course more rapidly if they have additional time to devote to study.  

What about teaching practice and observation?

We also recommend that all students observe and assist in a class where possible but we provide access to 30 videos of different YogaBellies teachers teaching our classes online so you can observe and learn. We provide guidance on how to do this.  We are happy to observe and assess one of your own classes via video.

Will I make my money back?

Our yoga teacher training package represents amazing value for your investment and a truly affordable route to becoming a specialist women's yoga teacher. 

Our yoga teacher training programme is carefully designed to give you the knowledge you need to start teaching your classes soon after completing the course. You can also choose to become a licensed YogaBellies Teacher where you will be provided with all the marketing and promotional material templates you need to advertise and fill your classes as part of the package.  

Womens’, Pregnancy, Postnatal, Baby Yoga and Massage are specialist classes in great demand so you can expect to earn more than from general yoga. When teaching our boutique YogaBellies classes, you can expect to charge higher than average for your class bookings.   

I am a Midwife, Doula, personal trainer, or fitness professional – can I enroll?

Midwives are particularly welcome, as they have so much to offer women. Fitness professionals are welcome.  Many Physical Training Instructors have fertility students, pregnant or postnatal ladies as clients and would benefit from some specialist tuition in how to support their specialist requirements.

Training in women’s pregnancy or postnatal yoga will add a highly marketable skill to your teaching repertoire.  If you already have a committed yoga practice and have been attending classes for at least 12 months, you are automatically eligible for enrolment on the course.  If you have less yoga experience then we would encourage you to contact us before enrolling. You may also be interested in our EMPOWER training.

When can I start to teach classes?

You can start to practice as a trainee teacher whenever you feel comfortable and you are ready to do so.

Can I join the teacher training when I’m pregnant or just had a baby?  

Definitely! Many of our teachers enroll in the programme during or just after pregnancy and find it’s the perfect time to study how to teach women's’ yoga. After having a baby, some ladies find that they reconsider their career options.

Teaching YogaBellies offers a flexible and rewarding career which is possible to fit around other work and family commitments.  It's not impossible to study with a new baby; it simply requires a little organization and a whole lot of love.

What assignments do I need to submit?

In order to successfully complete the course, you will need to complete a module exam for each to ensure you have understood the training information.  You are given clear guidance for submission plus our marking criteria as part of the course materials.  There will also be teaching practice and class observations to be undertaken.

I'm not a Yoga Teacher and I don’t have much Yoga experience — can I enroll?

We believe that an interest in yoga is more important than hours of experience on a yoga mat.  If you've always wanted to teach yoga for women but you don't have much experience then we encourage you to contact us before enrolling, just drop us a line and we can chat more.  We can then speak to you in person to assess your suitability for the course.

Can I pay in installments?

Yes! We also offer a finance option. Please contact

I’ve never had a baby — can I enroll?

Definitely! All we require from you is a keen interest in yoga and a passion for passing this on to female students, pregnant or postnatal ladies, and their babies.

Who else is suitable to take our course?

Completion of a 200-hour yoga teacher training program or its equivalent prior to taking this course is not a prerequisite as we understand that many of our students are only interested in learning to teach Women’s’, Pregnancy or Postnatal / Mum & Baby Yoga. This course was originally designed to be taught as a live 200-hour YTT, so you will get a LOT of extra information and guidance should you need it. It is open to women from all walks of life, NOT just yoga teachers.

Can I become a licensed YogaBellies Teacher?

Yes absolutely! When you are undertaking one of our teacher training courses or once qualified, you can choose to become a licensed YogaBellies Teacher.  This means you can offer YogaBellies set class plans, be listed on our website and use the YogaBellies name to promote your yoga business. This is completely optional and you can find out more here.

YogaBellies® are looking for teachers with a balance of skills. You must have a love (some would say an obsession!) of all things women, baby, birth and yoga. But most importantly - you MUST have a genuine interest in supporting women and infants using our yogic techniques.

We believe that if you live by yoga ethics, that the physical aspects of your practice can be perfected in time. We accept applications from all health, maternity and fitness professionals too, and all applications will be considered.

Our YogaBellies® Teacher training is delivered fully online, so you can fit in your education whenever (and wherever) you can.

As a YogaBellies® teacher, you will have a complete, ethical and supportive licensed business model, to help you live the dream.