EMPOWER-300/500 Women's Yoga Teacher Training Is Accredited By:

EMPOWER™ is perfect for:

  • dedicated yoga lovers

    You've got the yoga bug and you’re ready to deepen your practice, on and off the yoga mat. You you know you need to make big lifestyle changes, but you’ve no idea where to start. Perhaps you’ve lost your direction in life or you have personal baggage that you’ve been avoiding dealing with for years and you know it’s now or never. You could be moving into a new life phase and what to understand what that looks like and learn how yoga can help with the changes and challenges ahead.

  • aspiring yoga teachers

    You’re completely new to teaching yoga, but you already know that teaching women is your calling and want to dive right into the in-depth expert knowledge on the female life stages and how yoga can empower women throughout life. You want the support of a loving all-female community of yoga teachers as you begin your teaching journey. You want advice and support on how to create your personal yoga brand, and how to launch and grow your business from a master yoga teacher, who’s been there and done that.

  • qualified yoga teachers

    You don't feel confident advising your female students on the best yoga practices for their life stage and you want to teach yoga for the menstrual cycle; pregnancy and post-partum with baby - and throughout menopause. You want to do this in an integrated way as a complete feminine journey. Perhaps you’ve been yoga teaching for years but you still can’t fill classes or you’ve lost your momentum. Maybe you want to take your yoga business to the next level and want to learn how to firsthand from a multiple business award-winning yogipreneur. You want to join a high-quality, interactive and world-recognized yoga alliance international accredited 300/500-hour course.

  • birth and baby workers and wellness entrepreneurs

    You don’t necessarily want to teach yoga classes, but you want to learn yoga practices that will help your female clients throughout the various life stages, adding to your existing toolkit of skills. You may already work with women, but don't feel confident in your understanding of what they’re going through or in advising them on the best practices for where they are at in life. You want to know how to really create and grow your wellness brand from someone that's successfully done that over the past 15 years.

Introducing EMPOWER™ by YogaBellies:

EMPOWER™ is a unique yoga teacher training and personal empowerment programme.

It's for all women at every stage of life.

You don't need to be a yoga teacher already to join! 

Let me explain...

"I created EMPOWER for women who want to live their best lives. Maybe you’ve lost direction - in your life or your career - and you know you need to make big lifestyle changes, but don’t know where to start.  We begin this journey by empowering YOU  to embrace your yoga practice - on and off the yoga mat - so that you can enable other women to do the same. You will become a qualified expert in teaching yoga for women throughout life. 

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. Whether you’re completely new to teaching yoga or are adding to an existing yoga qualification, EMPOWER will take you through an in-depth, integrated journey of yoga through the female life cycle.

I've been training YogaBellies Teachers across the world for 15 years and our training programmes are established and have been taught in person to hundreds of yoga teachers. 

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… and so much more :)

I will personally 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."

Check out below just some of the publications that Cheryl and YogaBellies have been featured in over the years.

Student Testimonials

Hear What Some Of Our EMPOWER Graduates Had To Say About The Programme


  • 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 rituals as you learn to teach. You won't just learn how to teach yoga for women, but how to embrace every aspect of feminine yoga and self-care in your won life.

  • 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. Cheryl will personally guide you and review your yoga business plan leaving your ready to launch or grow. Get access to Cheryl's know-how as she guides you through yoga practices and yoga business coaching, never offered before.

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 yoga teachers. 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 (check out some of the featured press below)

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.

Book a Free Consultation Call with Cheryl

Discuss what EMPOWER can do for you and if this training is right for you

Watch YogaBellies on ITV's This Morning with Phil and Holly

Cheryl and her YogaBellies Teachers demonstrate yoga for mum and baby

What EMPOWER Students Have Said

Read Our Graduates Testimonials

A whole new depth of yoga knowledge *****

Course review for Empower 300 YTT by Kathleen Brown Svennebye

I have really enjoyed the EMPOWER 300 YTT course. It 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

Empower 300 YTT *****

Course review for Empower 300 YTT by 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 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

A course that every female can benefit from *****

Course review for Empower 300 YTT by 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 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.

Life Changing *****

Course review for Empower 300 YTT by 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 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

Informative, relevant and manageable *****

Course review for Empower 300 YTT by 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 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.

Empower - Amazing! *****

Course review for Empower 300 YTT by 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, 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!

Inspiring *****

Course review for Empower 300 YTT by 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 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!

I think the course title sums up the entire ethos of the course. Love It *****

Course review for Empower 300 YTT by 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 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.

A wonderful experience *****

Course review for Empower 300 YTT by 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 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.

Life changing learning opportunity noto be missed! *****

Course review for EMPOWER 300-Hour YTT by Joanne Shaw |

If anyone is considering Empower my advice would be simple…do it! As a health professional / Physio who is addicted to learning I can honestly say this is one of the best courses I have completed. I enjoyed the opportunity to really learn all about yoga and how it can have a positive impact on females through each of the life stages and how to tailor yoga appropriately for each female to get the best outcome both physically and psychologically. Each of the modules was thorough with educational workbooks, live classes and support from Cheryl as required. I really appreciated the opportunity to be able to participate in live sessions and also playbacks meaning I could fit my learning around my work and home schedule. From a Physiotherapist's point of view, this has been great for my practice. The feedback from my clients has been excellent and I have loved seeing them reap the health benefits from the knowledge and skills I have gained on Empower. It really is a life-changing course / opportunity on both a professional and personal level. I for one have learned to much about myself and how to optimize my own health and well-being and for that, I will be forever grateful.


"EMPOWER™  is a culmination of 25 years of personal yoga practice. I have been training yoga teachers in the YogaBellies style of yoga for women for 15 years, and thousands of women across the globe have used YogaBellies practices to improve their lives. 

I’m so psyched to be offering this much-needed specialist programme for the second time because I know that we ALL need this. Yoga teachers, experienced 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 cycle 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!"

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Keep Reading If You...

  • Want to earn your Yoga Alliance International 300-hour certification.
  • Want to completely transform YOUR personal health, wellness and life on and off the yoga mat.
  • Want to gain essential business skills to turn your dream of teaching yoga as a career into a reality
  • Want to save thousands on learning key yoga practices for every female life stage in an integrated and logical wayBecome qualified to teach yoga for pregnancy; post-partum with baby; menopause; the menstrual cycle and even baby massage!
  • 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 - even if you don't teach yoga!
  • 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 and expand your yoga teaching skills or therapy/coaching practice.
  • Don't know how to take your yoga business to the next level if you are already a yoga teacher.
  • 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.

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On Completion of EMPOWER 300-Hr YTT You Will:

  • Have overcome your personal limiting beliefs and blocks and understand what you want from life long term;
  • Have embraced fully a yoga lifestyle and feminine yoga practices to enhance your wellbeing;
  • Will understand your true calling as a yoga teacher and have an easy-to-implement yoga business plan, which you will create with Cheryl's support;
  • You will be qualified to teach Yoga for the Menstrual Cycle and female-related issues and ailments;
  • Yoga for Pregnancy and Childbirth;
  • Post-Natal Yoga for Mum and Baby Yoga too;
  • Baby Massage 
  • 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 the founder of YogaBellies global women's yoga collective, from her own skills and experience.

Training Resources To Suit All Styles of Learning

Access from your mobile, laptop, iPad or keep a physical copy

Handbooks, online resources, yoga videos, audio, cheat sheets, live and recorded yoga practice sessions and lectures, Asana manuals and more.

Early Bird Bonuses Worth £1200

If you sign up for EMPOWER before the end of March 2022, you can join at a reduced price AND you'll get these awesome bonuses

  • Birth ROCKS Mentor Training

    You get immediate access to our Birth ROCKS Mentor training, allowing you to qualify as a hypnobirthing and childbirth mentor too. VALUE £599

  • Printed Copies of Course Handbooks Sent To Your Home

    Wherever you are in the world, we will send you printed copies of your complete EMPOWER course handbooks, YogaBellies Asana Manual and Workbooks. VALUE £300

  • Bonus EMPOWER Review Call with Cheryl

    You will get a one-to-one mentoring call with Cheryl, where you can discuss your aims and goals for EMPOWER training and how best to achieve these. VALUE £250

Sign up NOW for EMPOWER 2022

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What EMPOWER Students Have Said About The Course

"In the past I have enjoyed yoga (asana) meditation, eating well, reading, podcasts, and self-care and insight into the self. Following postnatal depression, these were the things that pulled me out of it in the end, not the antidepressants prescribed. After learning about the 5 doshas, I realize all of these practices were part of the yogic lifestyle. I've found all the different aspects of this course so interesting so far. The Vikalpha section made me cry, in a good way. When you asked us “Who do you want to be”

I am already starting to see how this course can help me feel more 'empowered' as a woman, to honour all the different aspects of being female. This course is helping me gain confidence. In your handbook you talk about 'Yogabellies does not promote a flat belly and welcomes all the natural curves of a woman' This is my Vikalpha, my self-doubt. Something that may seem so insignificant to some people but which has haunted me for years. Having IBS especially and gaining weight after two kids, means I most likely will always have a round, bloated belly. I have often hidden myself away, turning down social events and only daring to dream that I could be a yoga teacher. 

This course is allowing me to think that as women we go through so many stages in our lives, and our 'bellies' are part of that :-) I am starting to learn to honour myself, to honour my body and it's this course that is helping me to heal :-) I definitely want to try and incorporate this idea into my business as it feels authentic to me."

"The content is absolutely amazing, so much information. I feel like I am learning way more than I ever realized I could!"

"I really like how you have set it out on the website, so I can keep dipping in and out when I have an hour or two free. Sometimes I literally manage one of your videos a day but I can clearly see where I'm at and keep writing notes on which section to do next."

"Gaining a better understanding of my own self in line with the lunar cycle and seasons, and now aiming to incorporate the affirmations and yoga practices in line with my natural cycle by listening to my emotions and body more instinctively to allow it to rest and recover when necessary, to just be, taking more me time and also accepting the different stages and cycles and allowing them to flow without resistance.

Really enjoyed this module, and also feel it has allowed the group to share real personal experiences with each other developing a real supportive sense of community in the course."

"Really enjoyed the practical aspect via the live yoga practice and also the videos provided with yoga asanas for menstruation and the luna class videos from the various yb teachers, to see how different teachers deliver the classes in their own style. Also the handy modifications list in the manual for menopause is a great reference to have at hand. Theoretical content - again a great breadth of information and ties in nicely with the yoga life journal."

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!

200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification IS NOT REQUIRED.

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

The EMPOWER Programme Will Help You:

  • 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!

Katieanne Duncan-Bruce

EMPOWER Student Testimonial

"Hi, I’m Katie! Over the past 6 months I have been undertaking a 300 Hour Yoga Alliance International accredited Women’s Yoga and Empowerment Teacher Training called ‘Empower’.

My background is in the Entertainment industry and I have over a decade of professional experience. Holding a BA(Hons) in Dance, I have worked around the world as a performer as well as various production and management roles. 

 However, the proudest yet most significant moment of my life was the birth of my identical twin boys Alfie & Charlie. 

 The challenges I faced physically and mentally during and after my multiple pregnancies are what drove me to become a yoga teacher.  Following my C-Section, I needed a further 2 abdominal surgeries.  This saw me dig into the depths of my physical and mental health. I was working full time as a Dance Teacher & Team Leader in the Central Belt of Scotland.  I loved it but thought about expanding my repertoire and had always taken an interest in yoga.  

 Intuitively, it felt like the correct step to seek out this opportunity and at the perfect time – after relocating to my hometown in the North East of Scotland after 17 years away.   

 I had heard about Yogabellies many years ago and saw Cheryl & Mike on Dragon’s Den.  I was inspired about the business model and had been following them for a while.  When I saw ‘Empower’ advertised I looked into it and immediately knew I wanted to add another string to the bow.   I wanted to invest in good quality training and the programme was unlike anything I’d ever seen before.  The timing was perfect for me! With the course being delivered online, it enabled live interaction with Cheryl from Singapore and other Senior Yogabellies Teachers from across the globe.  The final module – Soulful Entrepreneur: Business, Branding, Leadership & Productivity was my favourite. Having Cheryl as a mentor all the way through has been so inspiring and really invaluable.  She is so knowledgeable, welcoming and down to earth – a fantastic role model.  The training included assignments and assessments, practice teaching, yoga teaching video submissions, modules quizzes, regular yoga practice, completing a reading list and actively working on my personal Empower plan.   

 I have learned so much during these past 6 months and can’t wait to get started with my plans.  I feel confident in what I have learned so far and I’m excited about the future! I hope to start a range of Yogabellies classes in my area as well as launching my own business offering workshops fused with dance and yoga later this year.   

I am truly grateful for the experiences and destinations my career has taken me and look forward to this next chapter of my journey. My twin boys are what have shaped me into the person I want to be today and I hope my experiences are what will help my future clients."

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Here's a complete breakdown of the syllabus

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 will dive deep into the roots of feminine yoga and the relevance of the Goddess archetype in embracing each life stage. We’ll learn about female physiology and how to adapt our yoga practice throughout the month in a way that's therapeutic and feels good. We’re going to embrace the life stage we're in and watch our energy levels and lust for life soar as we reconnect with our true nature
  • Dive deep into the roots of women in yoga and discover why it's essential that women have a unique yoga practice from men;

  • Learn about the role of the Goddess and how we can embrace Maiden, Mother, Enchantress, and Crone archetypes throughout life for our personal empowerment;

  • Learn why every female life stage is incredible and how to tune into the positive elements of each;

  • Learn about the female reproductive anatomy and the physiology of the menstrual cycle and why this information is important and empowering for all women;

  • Understand the influence and relevance of the lunar cycle to the female life and monthly cycles and why tuning into lunar energy can improve our personal wellness and help alleviate symptoms such as insomnia and anxiety;

  • Learn how to chart and regulate your menstrual cycle (or the lunar cycle if you don’t menstruate!) and why it’s essential to be aware of where we are at in our cycle;

  • Understand the phases of the menstrual and lunar cycles, so that you are able to plan your life around your hormonal peaks and troughs, by tuning into your natural energy levels, instead of fighting against them! Explore the Wheel of the Year and learn how to adapt your yoga practice and lifestyle by living in season;

  • Learn how to adapt your yoga practice for every stage of the menstrual cycle, so that yoga feels good all month long!;

  • Learn yoga asana and practices to aid hormone-related ailments such as cramps; irregular periods; menstrual migraines; irregular periods and mood swings. Explore how to adopt the correct feminine self-care practices and rituals for each stage of the menstrual cycle;

  • Learn the YogaBellies method (The Sadhana) of Sense Breathe Move Sleep Circle to create (and teach) complete yoga sequences with all of the essential elements required for a therapeutic women's 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.
  • Explore the beauty of perimenopause, menopause and what lies beyond. Uncover 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.

  • Identify the signs and symptoms for each stage of the Menopause and learn yoga practices for relief of symptoms

  • Learn about the power of the Crone archetype and how to embrace her power in our everyday life

  • Understand the role and importance of hormones in the female lifecycle. Discover how to use yoga to stimulate the endocrine system and balance hormonal fluctuations, not just in menopause, but throughout life.

  • Explore the various types of hormone testing available for women and wether they are necessary

  • 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 our yoga practice to benefit our clients.

  • Understanding female anatomy and physiology as related to menopause and learning the BAPs practices. Discover the importance of working in the correct way with the BAPs (back, abs and pelvic floor) during menopause to strengthen the key seat of women's health

  • Exploring hormone-balancing nutrition and self-care for Menopause and living a hormone-healthy lifestyle, 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 Circle 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.

  • Become a qualified YogaBellies NURTURE/Baby Massage Instructor , looking at how baby massage benefits both mum and baby and how to teach a class

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 products 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, knowledgeable and effective

  • Create an actionable plan for your yoga business, eliminate overwhelm and make things happen

  • How to create an online 'funnel' to promte and sell your offerings, from classes to products. Create a lead magnet, tripwire and core offering. Cheryl will take you step-by-step how to earn money from your yoga business while you sleep!

  • Align your business with your core values and cement your place as an expert in your field

  • Learn everything else you ever need to know about a successful yoga business in these 121 sessions

Need Additional Support Setting Up Your Yoga Business?

The YogaBellies Business Package and Teaching Licence could be right for you(optional)

Whether you’re a brand-new yoga teacher or you’ve been teaching for years, you can also choose to become part of the YogaBellies family when you sign up for EMPOWER. 

Established for 15 years as one of the world's leading yoga collectives for women, multiple yoga and business award winner, Cheryl will support you on your yoga business journey.

This package gives you an immediate head start with your women’s yoga business by providing you with a mini-site on the YogaBellies.com website where you can tell prospective clients all about your yoga business and classes. Your class listings will be searchable which means you’ll start to get inquiries from people looking for YogaBellies classes in your area immediately.

You don't have to call your business 'YogaBellies,' (so no issue if your yoga business is already established with another name,) but  you can describe your women's yoga classes as 'YogaBellies approved.' We'll even give you a badge to add to your website.

What are the benefits?

  • Immediate credibility by being listed as a Licensed YogaBellies Teacher;
  • Offer YogaBellies classes and workshops in your area and use our pre-written class plans;
  • No need to make your own website and worry about how you rate on google: You get a mini-site on the yogabellies.com website where you can post text, videos, images and links to contact you and your socials;
  • Access an online YogaBellies student health questionnaire, customized for women during the various life stages, making sure you don't miss any of those important medical details!
  • Get enquires for your classes immediately as all of your class listings will be searchable on our website;
  • Free YogaBellies resources for your clients to use and to encourage bookings including free access to an exclusive yoga course for YogaBellies clients;
  • Access to our YogaBellies International Teachers lounge for peer support from your fellow teachers;
  • Access to our YogaBellies Teachers Resource portal where you’ll find both business and yoga teaching resources including email inquiry templates; accounting tools; marketing and social media planning;
  • Ongoing training sessions; recorded webinars and guest expert sessions for you to access and help grow your business and further your yoga teaching;
  • Linkable Licensed YogaBellies Teacher badge to add to your own website if you have one. This also links to your clients' reviews on the yogabellies.com website.
  • Discounts on any further YogaBellies training you undertake.

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How Does EMPOWER Training Work?

Having had some pretty deplorable 'online' training experiences myself, I wanted to make sure that 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?

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. 

As part of your Nest (a group of 3-4 trainees,) you'll support each other and meet regularly to reflect on the course work, assignments and goals. 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. The great news? All of the sessions are recorded so even if you can't make a live, you can watch it later.

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.

Online Learning

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; online exams for each module; keeping a yoga practice and menstrual/moon cycle log; a reading list to complete and actively working on your personal EMPOWER plan.

Wrap Up and Your Personal Business and Life Plan

In the final month of your training, you will be putting together your personal business and life plan. We will look back at your objectives and find out where we are now and how we take our personal wellness and yoga business forward after training. You will also speak with Cheryl on a 1-2-1 call so that she can help you focus and refine your vision.

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EMPOWER Course Curriculum

View the contents of each module below

    1. Welcome!

    2. Track Your Unique Journey

    3. How to Master the EMPOWER Journey

    4. Read the EMPOWER full syllabus for 2022

    1. Welcome!

    2. Module 1 Handbook

    3. The YogaBellies Sadhana

    4. An Overview of the Koshas

    5. SENSE: Yogaroma

    6. SENSE: Nada Yoga and Sacred Sound

    7. The Sadhana: BREATHE

    8. BREATHE: The Respiratory Diaphragm

    9. The Sadhana: MOVE

    10. MOVE: YogaBellies Asana Manual

    11. MOVE: Asana Categories

    12. MOVE: Cheryl's Overview of the 29 Asana

    13. MOVE: The 29 YogaBellies Asana Individual Instructional Videos

    14. The Sadhana: SLEEP

    15. Living Your Yoga: An Introduction to Ayurveda and Doshas

    16. Yoga for Dosha Balancing

    17. Ayurvedic Diet and Lifestyle

    18. Vikalpas and Releasing Your Limiting Beliefs

    19. Session Replay Video: Luna Class with SYT Siobhan

    20. Further Study and Reflection

    21. EMPOWER LIVE Module 1 Day 1

    22. EMPOWER LIVE Module 1 Day 2

    23. Assessment Module 1

    24. Module 1 Feedback Form

    1. Welcome!

    2. Module 2 Seasons and Cycles Handbook

    3. Webinar Replay: Why The Right Yoga Practice Has Extra Benefits for Women

    4. Quiz: Which Goddess Archetype Do You Embody?

    5. HERStory and The Triple Goddess

    6. Is Your Menstrual Cycle Normal? Quiz

    7. Menstrual Physiology

    8. Female Monthly Cycles and The Moon

    9. The Menstrual Cycle: An overview of the physical, spiritual and archetypal meanings of your cycle

    10. Syncing Your Menstrual Cycle with The Lunar Cycle

    11. Charting the Eleven Moon Centres

    12. Yoga Throughout the Stages of the Menstrual Cycle: Walk through of the Asana

    13. Asana Modifications and Recommendations Throughout the Menstrual Cycle

    14. Adapting Your Yoga Practice Throughout the Month: Additional Pointers

    15. Yoga and Self-Care During Menstruation

    16. Quick Reference: Modifications for The Menstrual Cycle

    17. YogaBellies Seed Cycling Cheat Sheet

    18. Yin & Yang

    19. An Introduction to Seasonal Yoga

    20. Seasonal Yoga

    21. The Wheel of the Year

    22. Solstices

    23. Adapting Your Yoga Practice By The Wheel of The Year

    24. What Is Luna by YogaBellies?

    25. Watch Live YogaBellies LUNA Classes in Action

    26. OMwork, further reflection and study

    27. EMPOWER Modules 1 and 2: Video of Live Recap with Cheryl

    28. EMPOWER LIVE Module 2 Day 1

    29. EMPOWER LIVE Module 2 Day 2

    30. SYT YogaBellies Live Class Practice

    31. EMPOWER Live Recap with Cheryl

    32. Assessment Module 2

    33. Module 2 Feedback Form

    1. Welcome!

    2. Module 3 Handbook

    3. The Power of Menopause

    4. Is This Menopause?

    5. What Are Hormones and How Yoga Can Help to Balance Them

    6. Yoga Practices to Stimulate the Endocrine System and Impact Hormones

    7. Are You Suffering From (Peri) Menopause Symptoms?

    8. Is Hormone Testing Necessary? (video)

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

    10. Why Yoga Is So Incredible As Women Age

    11. The Stages of Menopause and What Happens

    12. The YogaBellies Sadhana for The Stages of Menopause

    13. Therapeutic Asana and Modifications for Menopause with Kim

    14. Reference Table: Yoga for Menopause Asana Modifications and Recommendations

    15. Common Female Conditions

    16. Common Female Conditions Presentation

    17. Female Anatomy and Pysiology

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

    19. The Core and Back

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

    21. Herbal Remedies and Supplements for Menopause

    22. Aromatherapy for Menopause

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

    24. CorePlay Live Practice Session with SYT Ellie

    25. Watch LIVE CorePlay Classes in Action

    26. OMWork and Further Reflections

    27. Module 3 Exam Discussion with SYT Tara

    28. Module 3 Recap with Cheryl

    29. EMPOWER LIVE Module 3 Day 2

    30. EMPOWER LIVE Module 3 Day 1

    31. Assessment Module 3

    32. The Respiratory Diaphragm

    33. SYT YogaBellies Live Class Practice

    34. EMPOWER Live Recap with Cheryl

    35. Module 3 Feedback Form

    1. Welcome!

    2. Module 4 Handbook

    3. The Female Reproductive System

    4. Overview of The Trimesters of Pregnancy

    5. Contraindictions for Exercise in Pregnancy

    6. Pre-existing Health Conditions and Pregnancy

    7. An Introduction to Yoga and Pregnancy

    8. SENSE in Pregnancy

    9. BREATHE: Pranayama for Pregnancy and Birth

    10. BREATHE: YogaBellies Breathing Practices for Pregnancy and Birth (videos)

    11. MOVE: Practice Considerations Through The Trimesters of Pregnancy

    12. MOVE: Adapting Your Yoga Practice During Pregnancy

    13. MOVE: Therapeutic Asana and Modifications for Pregnancy

    14. MOVE: YogaBellies for Pregnancy DVD Sequence Breakdown

    15. MOVE: Asanas for Pregnancy Modifications: Quick Reference Guide

    16. MOVE: Checking for Diastasis Recti (video)

    17. MOVE: YogaBellies for the Pelvic Floor

    18. MOVE: YogaBellies Pregnancy Yoga Sequences Quick Reference

    19. SLEEP: Deep Relaxation in Pregnancy

    20. Holistic Remedies for Common Pregnancy Complaints

    21. BIRTH: YogaBellies Guide to Birth Preparation

    22. BIRTH: Preparing for Birth (video)

    23. BIRTH: Alternative Wellness Trends in Pregnancy and Birthing

    24. Module 4 Live Recap with Cheryl

    25. Watch YogaBellies for Pregnancy Live Class Videos

    26. OM Work and Further Reflections

    27. EMPOWER LIVE Module 4 Day 1

    28. EMPOWER LIVE Module 4 Day 2

    29. EMPOWER Live Recap with Cheryl

    30. SYT YogaBellies Live Class Practice

    31. Assessment Module 4

    32. Module 4 Feedback Form

    1. Welcome!

    2. Module 5 Handbook

    3. YogaBellies for Mum & Baby: Sense, Breathe and Sleep

    4. Postpartum Recovery and The BAP's

    5. Post-partum Physiology

    6. Postpartum Yoga Benefits and Contraindications

    7. BREATHE: Post-Natal Pranayama

    8. MOVE: Post-Natal Asana Modifications and Recommendations with SYT Ellie PART 1

    9. MOVE: YogaBellies Post-Natal Asana Modifications and Recommendations with SYT Siobhan PART 2

    10. MOVE: Post-Natal Asana Modifications and Recommendations SLIDES

    11. MOVE: YogaBellies Postpartum Modifications Quick Reference Table

    12. MOVE: YogaBellies for Mum & Baby Class Walkthrough

    13. BABY: Working with Newborns

    14. BABY: Baby Yoga Postures Video Demo

    15. NURTURE: Post-Partum Care for Mother and Nurture

    16. NURTURE: About NURTURE

    17. NURTURE: Traditional Post-Partum Care of the Mother

    18. NURTURE: Mama Massage - How To Do It

    19. NURTURE: Teaching NURTURE

    20. NURTURE: YogaBellies Baby Massage Instructor Training

    21. NURTURE: YogaBellies Baby Massage Postures Video Demonstrations

    22. Watch Live NURTURE Class Recordings: YogaBellies Baby Massage

    23. Watch Live YogaBellies for Mum & Baby Class Videos

    24. Module 5 Recap with Cheryl

    25. Module 5 Exam Discussion with SYT Tara

    26. Session Replay Video: Live Class with SYT Siobhan

    27. Mum & Baby Class with SYT Tara

    28. YogaBellies Class Run Through with SYT Ellie

    29. Guest Speaker Joanne Shaw Physio: Exercise and Activity to Optimize Every Female Life Stage

    30. EMPOWER LIVE Module 5 Day 1

    31. EMPOWER LIVE Module 5 Day 2

    32. SYT YogaBellies NURTURE Live Class Practice

    33. SYT YogaBellies Live Mum & Baby Class Practice

    34. EMPOWER Live Recap with Cheryl

    35. OMwork, further reflection and study

    36. Assessment Module 5

    37. Module 5 Feedback Form

About this course

  • 215 lessons

EMPOWER Payment Options

We want to make EMPOWER as accessible as possible, so we've put together a range of payment options to suit.

Want to Spread the Payment Over 9 Months?

Click below to sign up. If you sign up by end of May 2022 you can choose to pay in 9 installments


Got More Questions? We Have Answers

Where will the training take place?

The training will run over 6 months with the next live training kicking off in August 2022. Upon sign-up, you will get immediate access to all of the course materials and recorded sessions from previous training. 

You do NOT have to attend the live training sessions and can begin and complete the course as soon as you like, however you also have the option to join the live sessions if you wish.

Cheryl will be teaching the training LIVE from Singapore but it will be available worldwide, with EMPOWER trainees joining us from the UK, Australia, USA and Europe too! 

The sessions are a blend of live lectures and practice classes, recorded seminars and classes, reading materials and handbooks and audio. All live sessions are also 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. 

Applications for the YTT-300 are opening for August 2022 soon! Can I still join the mini-courses?

Yes! The EMPOWER 300-Hour YTT will be open for bookings for August 2022 shortly. You can sign up now for August 2022.

You can however also still choose to 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 also available online to study in your own time, at any point in the year. 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 at least a minimum of 200 hours of yoga teacher training. Many of our students undertake 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, based on your experience and confidence in the subject matter.

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 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 a Yoga Teacher Training Foundations course for non-yoga teachers.  This gives you a great basis in all of the core fundamental yogic concepts. Our 300-hour EMPOWER training is designed to be accessible for all levels and if you haven't done a yoga teaching qualification previously, you will be provided with an additional reading list and advice on what to brush up on.

What is a 300-hour Teacher Training?

Yogis, teachers, women and wellness professionals who are serious about yoga (and want to deepen their knowledge and practice!) can join EMPOWER. Unlike most other 300HR training, which only covers yoga or yoga philosophy, our EMPOWER™ 300HR programme 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. Think of EMPOWER as a Master degree in Feminine Yoga and Wellness: You will become an expert in all things woman and yoga. 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 as much a personal empowerment programme as a yoga teacher training. This helps differentiate your yoga teaching expertise, add more value and ultimately make more money. Plus, Cheryl mentors an entire module focused on helping you learn to grow your yoga or wellness business, having done it first hand herself. 

What's the difference between the 200-hour and 300-Hour EMPOWER teacher training?

This is a question I get asked a lot! Traditionally, a 200-hour YTT qualification is the base required qualification to teach hatha yoga. I created EMPOWER and chose to make it a 300-hr qualification, because there is just so much included! A basic 200-hour course covers hatha yoga basics. EMPOWER provides yoga teaching basics PLUS specialism in then menstrual cycle, hormones, living in season, pregnancy, post-partum, baby yoga and massage and menopause AND yoga business skills! So although we used to offer a 200-hour as our base yoga teacher training qualification, 300-hours really gives us the time and spsce to cover so much more.

 I always think the best way to describe this is to think of a 200-hour qualification as a Bachelors' Degree (basic) and to think of the 300-hours as a Master's Degree (spaecialist.) You can jump right in there with EMPOWER, you'll just need to fill in the basic blanks, which we will help you to do.

Who should take the 300-hour EMPOWER training?

  • You want to explore deeply,  each area of women's yoga or have a specialist interest in one area
  • Existing Yoga teachers who want to specialise in teaching yoga for women
  • Midwives, teachers, chiropractors, doulas, hypnobirthing, massage therapists, personal trainers and placenta encapsulators 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 - no requirement to hold a previous yoga teaching qualification!
  • If you are looking to complete your studies over a 6 month period and can commit to live online teaching and mentoring sessions (although everything is recorded if you can't make it!,) with Cheryl and her team of Senior YogaBellies Teachers. You still have yp to 18 months to complete all coursework, as we know that life happens!
  • You want ongoing, guided live support from Cheryl and her team 

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! Check out some of our amazing testimonials above! 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 genuine 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 GBP2497, available until the end of Feb 2022. The full programme price is then GBP2997). 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! Installments are not available for modules.

Can I pay in installments?

Yes! You can pay for the full 300-hour programme over 6 installments, with the first installment due on signup. Full price: 6 payments of GB499

Exclusive early bird: If you sign up before the end of March 2022, you can choose to pay over 9 months. The first payment is GBP993 (plus installment 1 of GBP223) and then 8 further installments of GBP223. Contact cheryl@yogabellies.co.uk to sign up for this option.

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 25% 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.

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 practicing the methods.

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 purchase the YogaBellies Business Package and Teaching Licencemeaning 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.

What If I Want More Ongoing Business and Yoga teaching Support?

Then the  YogaBellies Business Package and Teaching Licence is definitely for you! When you join YogaBellies, you get the immediate credibility of being a Licensed YogaBellies Teacher and all of your classes and teaching profile will be searchable on our website, meaning instant enquires for your classes.  Pre-made and branded marketing and business resources are readily available and peer support from YogaBellies Teachers across the world. You can even choose to teach under your own name of you wish, for example, Sarah Jane Yoga offering YogaBellies Classes. To find out more and sign up now click here.