Embracing the Crone Online Training

This Yoga Alliance International accredited 50-Hr YTT, explores the female body, mind and soul as we begin to age, moving through the stages of menopause. Healthy ageing 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

  • Explore the various types of hormones testing and wether 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 the Menopause and uncover yoga practices for relief of symptoms

  • Use the YogaBellies Sadhana of Sense Breath Move Sleep Circleto work with women throughout perimenopause, menopause and post-menopause.

  • Explore common female conditions thtoughout 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

Introducing EMPOWER™ by YogaBellies:

Embracing the Crone is also part of the EMPOWER™  yoga teacher training programme. EMPOWER™ is a unique yoga teacher training for all women at every stage of life - and you don't need to be a yoga teacher already to join us.  Let me explain...


What is EMPOWER™ ?

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 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.


How do the Individual 50-Hour courses work?

Each of our 50-Hour YTT are individually accredited courses on their own or can be added together to qualify for the 300-hour EMPOWER™ qualification. You can join in with our live online teaching sessions for the 50-hour YTT, or you can simply view the recordings and complete the assessment in your own time. Everything you need is available to you online instantly on sign-up and you will receive a 50-Hour YTT Certificate accredited by Yoga Alliance International on completion.


What do the 50-Hour Courses Cover?

With a focus on yoga for physical, emotional and mental wellbeing throughout the female life stages - in each module, we’ll cover yoga and wellness for the various female life stages such as 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™ 


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A 50-HOUR YOGA ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL ACCREDITED WOMEN'S YOGA AND EMPOWERMENT TEACHER TRAINING

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

Meet the Teacher

Cheryl MacDonald, E-RYT 500


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

How is the training delivered?


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?


LIVE AND INTERACTIVE SESSIONS

EMPOWER is a combination of live (or live online) yoga teacher training and guest expert sessions; live mentoring sessions with myself and my Senior YogaBellies Teachers 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 RESOURCES

In addition to this, you have access to complete handbooks for each module; a full YogaBellies Asana Manual; adaptions for the female life stage and conditions and more. You'll also be provided with pre-written YogaBellies class plans if you chose to become a licensed teacher (optional).

ONLINE LEARNING

We provide pre-recorded live YogaBellies class videos for your review and learning; lecture and asana break down videos, all of which you have lifetime access to and can watch at a time to suit. You also get downloadable handbooks, Asana ‘Cheat Sheets’, slide shows, audio learning and more.

 ASSESSMENT

For the 50-Hour YTT qualification, you must complete the online quiz to gain your certification. If you are just completing the training for personal reasons, there is no requirement to do this. If you wish to gain the 300-Hour Qualification, there are various other criteria that need to be met also. 

You will receive a downloadable certificate from YogaBellies on completion of your 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.

What Students Have Said About EMPOWER Training

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Empower - Amazing!

Nicola Welsh

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,...

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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 enrol, it’s life changing! Absolutely amazing!

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Empower 300 ytt review by Katie Brown Svennebye

Kathleen Brown Svennebye

We are Half way through already! I have really enjoyed the EMPOWER 300 YTT course thus far, Module 1 really opened up a whole new depth of yoga knowledge par...

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We are Half way through already! I have really enjoyed the EMPOWER 300 YTT course thus far, Module 1 really opened up a whole new depth of yoga knowledge particularly the spiritual aspect and I loved learning more about Ayurveda, Module 2 has really allowed me to appreciate our natural cycles & opened my eyes to living more in tune with nature, the seasons and in particular the moon and it’s relation the our menstrual cycle, as the course is limited to a small number of women it feels like an intimate group and safe space to share our personal experiences and wisdom together and make real friends whilst gaining a deeper understanding of yoga philosophy and practical knowledge. I am pleasantly surprised by the in depth course materials provided by Cheryl especially the extra courses for foundational yoga knowledge which is particularly beneficial for a non yoga teacher like me, the lifetime access to the materials also means I can dip in and out of these areas of study at my own pace and in as much depth as I choose, the hormonal eating plan, birth rocks, pregnancy and menopause additional materials included also provide for greater understanding of these topics alongside the EMPOWER course. I have also enjoyed access to the Yogabellies teachers lounge as well as the empower group to provide further opportunity to meet others in the yogabellies family and gain some insight from other yoga teachers and their existing knowledge. The course is refreshing in that it does not put high pressure on us to achieve certain academic grades and feels more about growing and learning over time and understanding that each module can be completed without having to “know it all” at once but that we can use the live lectures, handbooks & nest sessions to gain a foundation of knowledge in the particular module area and to sufficiently complete the module but know we will continue to use the additional materials and recommended reading throughout our lifetime and that together with our own personal yoga practice will enable us to develop practical yoga and teaching skills over time. Also thanks to the small groups undertaking the course at any given time, it means rather than feeing like a lost number in a high volume academic setting, I feel my voice can be heard and I can gain a deeper connection with those participating and teaching in the course despite being online rather than in person training and also allows for those of us to share the course across different countries. I would definitely recommend the course to any other women seeking a new challenge and wanting to develop their yoga practice and knowledge and/or wishing to teach female friendly yoga at every life stage. Thanks 🙏🏼 🧘‍♀️Katie Brown Svennebye

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A wonderful experience

GEMMA STRONACH

Cheryl has worked tirelessly to provide a course which not only develops you as a practical yoga teacher, but also to understand the fundamental foundations ...

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Cheryl has worked tirelessly to provide a course which not only develops you as a practical yoga teacher, but also to understand the fundamental foundations of yoga in a mental and spiritual sense. Yoga with Cheryl and the girls has already transformed my life and continues to enhance it each day. It is not about who can do the best headstands and bends, it is about loving yourself and the body you have. It is about understanding what is going on and how to enhance your own life to then be able to help others. I have never been so in tune with my own body as I am now.

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Life Changing

Katieanne Duncan-Bruce

I’ve loved every minute of Empower so far. There is so much information at hand and Cheryl & the team are quick to answer any further questions. I’ve bee...

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I’ve loved every minute of Empower so far. There is so much information at hand and Cheryl & the team are quick to answer any further questions. I’ve been thinking about doing a course like this for a while and so glad I waited until now. Empower is so thorough and the live sessions are invaluable. I’ve learnt so much in a short time and looking forward to the remaining modules. I would highly recommend this course to anyone thinking about becoming a yoga teacher or working on their personal development. I feel confident in what I’ve learnt so far and love that there are so many resources to refer back to in future. The inclusion of guest speakers is a fantastic addition. Cheryl is so knowledgeable, welcoming and down to earth - a fantastic role model. You are made to feel so welcome and included in the group. All the senior yoga teachers are experienced and inspiring. I’m so excited for my journey ahead. Thank you empower. Katieanne

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A course that every female can benefit from

Beth Thomas

I signed up for the Empower 300 YTT purely from the perspective of wanting to become a yoga teacher working with ladies in pregnancy and postnatally, but the...

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I signed up for the Empower 300 YTT 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 learnt so much about yoga, I have learnt 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 learnt for myself as I progress through life, as well as offering a wonderful yoga practice for other ladies.

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Empower 300 YTT

Georgina Ward

I am currently halfway through my EMPOWER 300 YTT and can honestly say I am loving every second of it. I was so nervous before I started, I wasn't sure I wou...

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I am currently halfway through my EMPOWER 300 YTT and can honestly say I am loving every second of it. I was so nervous before I started, I wasn't sure I would be able to keep on top of it all and wasn't sure how involved I would feel with it being online. Since I've started I've got to know some wonderful ladies, I have built up a connection with the girls in my nest and we feel like we have known each other for years but its just been a few months. The group are so supportive, from your nest to your SYT and Cheryl too. Its been a transformative experience for me so far, I have made such small changes to my life based on some of the things I'm learning but the outcome of that is huge. I have changed my mindset to menstruation, I have learnt to adapt my yoga practice based on which stage of the cycle I'm in. I have also learnt that yoga practice is a whole lot more than just postures. I'm seeing things differently in my every day, I'm embracing things that I didn't before....I'm just loving it. The content is so varied and interesting, you can take what you want from it and the delivery from Cheryl is so engaging and uplifting. I'm also really enjoying the life class run-throughs with different senior yoga teachers and seeing how their styles vary. This course is giving me back what I have been missing for years. I'm gaining confidence which I had lost since leaving my career and I'm seeing how I could build a future on these foundations. Thank you to Cheryl for developing such a collaborative, engaging, varied and interesting course. I don't have any regrets! Georgie x

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Inspiring

Nicola Emmett

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 k...

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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 is 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 me. 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 women I’ve ever come across and the other ladies who are all so supportive. I just wished we all lived near each other but I’m sure we will all meet in person at some point in the future!

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Informative, relevant and manageable

Jeanie Mannion

I am part way though the Empower training and really loving it. The content is relevant to me and the different stages of my life (I began peri-menopause wit...

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I am part way though the Empower training and really loving 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 am managing to fit the requirements of 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’ve loved it. Cheryl is always on hand to help if we have any issues and her knowledge and own journey is truly inspiring.

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I think the course title sums up the entire ethos of the ...

Claire O'Brien

The course content is well thought out, put together and presented. The flexibility of the course is great too, the recordings give you lots of options if yo...

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The course content is well thought out, put together and presented. The flexibility of the course is great too, the recordings give you lots of options if you’re not able to join in live, and also to go back and recap on any areas of particular interest. The presenters are well informed, knowledgeable and approachable, everything you’d expect from a first class training course. Then course materials are well presented and easy to follow. Thanks for putting together such a wonderful course Cheryl. Women empowering other women to be the best version of themselves is exactly what we should all be doing. Keep up the great work and I would highly recommend the course to others wishing to deepen their knowledge of the benefits of yoga throughout a woman’s life cycle.

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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome

    • Welcome!

    • What's Covered

    • Module 3 Handbook

  • 2

    Core Curriculum

    • The Power of Menopause

    • Is This Menopause?

    • What Are Hormones and How Yoga Can Help to Balance Them (Slides)

    • What Are Hormones and How Yoga Can Help to Balance Them

    • Yoga Practices to Stimulate the Endocrine System and Impact Hormones

    • Are You Suffering From (Peri) Menopause Symptoms?

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Is Hormone Testing Necessary? (video)

    • YogaBellies Guide to Hormone Testing - Everything you need to know in a Handbook

    • Why Yoga Is So Incredible As Women Age

    • The Stages of Menopause and What Happens

    • The YogaBellies Sadhana for The Stages of Menopause

    • The YogaBellies Sadhana for The Stages of Menopause

    • Therapeutic Asana and Modification for Menopause: Slides

    • Quick Reference Guide: Yoga for Menopause Asana Modifications and Recommendations

    • Yoga Throughout Menopause

  • 3

    Female Anatomy & Physiology

    • Female Anatomy and Physiology

    • The Female Reproductive System

    • BAPs (Back, Abs and Pelvic Floor)

    • All About the BAPs (Back, Abs and Pelvic Floor)

    • The Core and Back

    • YogaBellies for the Pelvic Floor

    • Working With Common Female Conditions

    • The Biggest Health Threats to Women

    • Embracing a Hormone Healthy Lifestyle: Endocrine Disruptors and Eating for Hormonal Health

    • Herbal Remedies and Supplements for Menopause

    • Aromatherapy for Menopause

    • GUEST SPEAKER REPLAY: DR MIKE MACDONALD: A Cardiologist Guide to Longevity and Wellness in Women

    • CorePlay Live Practice Session with SYT Ellie

    • Watch LIVE CorePlay Classes in Action

    • OMWork and Further Reflections

    • Assessment Module 3

  • 4

    Join Live Online Teaching Sessions

    • Embracing the Crone YTT - Day 1

    • Embracing the Crone YTT - Day 2

    • Embracing the Crone YTT - Live Recap with Cheryl

    • Module 3 Exam Discussion

    • SYT YogaBellies Live Class Practice

    • Embracing the Crone YTT - Live Recap with Cheryl

  • 5

    Resources and Links

    • Your EMPOWER Live Training Schedule

    • Reading and Teaching Kit Lists

    • Becoming a Licensed YogaBellies Teacher

    • Want to Become a YogaBellies Ambassador?

  • 6

    Assessment

    • 50-Hour Module Assessment