Embracing the Seasons & Cycles


"I created this programme for those who want to deep dive in women's wellness and the roots of feminine yoga. This is not a dry yoga 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. This programme 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. Seasons & Cycles focuses on yoga for physical, emotional and mental wellbeing throughout the menstrual cycle and the seasons of the year- we’ll cover yoga and wellness for the menstrual cycle, female-specific illnesses and conditions and adapting your yoga practice in line with the seasons, self-care...and so much more."

Cheryl MacDonald, YogaBellies Founder and Master Yoga Teacher

This Training Is For You If:

  • You Want To Optimize Your Energy Levels and Overall Wellness

    If you want to embrace your monthly cycle and learn to ride the hormonal fluctuations instead of fighting against them, this is for you. Learn to adapt your yoga practice, self-care and lifestyle for each phase of the menstrual cycle for optimal wellness and vitality ALL month.

  • You Want To Understand Female Physiology and Key Areas of Concern for Women

    We dive into the female reproductive system and the YogaBellies BAP's philosophy: that women must maintain the integrity of the Back, Abs and Pelvic Floor, throughout life for optimal wellness. We look at strengthening each of these areas individually and together.

  • You Are Experiencing Menstrual Issues

    If you are experiencing strong hormonal fluctuations, pain or PMS throughout the month, or irregular menstrual cycles, this training is for you. We look at holistic self-care and yoga practices to guide you through the month for optimal energy and vitality.

  • You're a Yoga Teacher or Wellness Professional Working with Women

    If you teach yoga specifically for women or would like to, this 50-hr Yoga Alliance Accredited Training will give you insight into yoga and feminine self-care practices throughout the menstrual cycle and how to harness energy fluctuations throughout the month. Guide your female students with sensitivity and empowering feminine knowledge.

  • You Want to Understand and Fully Embrace the Female Life Stages

    Women are taught to hate their period, fear pregnancy and menopause and rush back to 'normal' after baby. This programme will guide you through the female life cycles and why they are ALL incredibel, including identifying the Goddess archetypes and how this can help us understand where we are in life and how to move forward.

  • You Want to Live In Line With The Wheel of the Year

    We look at how female monthly and life cycles relate to nature's seasons of the year, equinoxes and eclipses, and of course the lunar cycle. You will learn how to 'cycle with the moon' and the psychological and emotional benefits of doing so and how to adapt your yoga practice for the lunar phases and the seasons of the year.

Introducing Seasons and Cycles™ by YogaBellies:

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


What is Seasons and Cycles™ ?

I created this programme for those who want to become an expert in women's wellness. This is not dry teacher training course, we look primarily at YOU living and embracing your yoga - on and off the yoga mat - throughout the menstrual cycle and even if you don't menstruate - the lunar phases. 

You will learn the YogaBellies practices, for each phase of the month. This will allow you to embody each practice as you learn it. 

This training is equal parts practicing and teaching yoga; personal development and empowerment skills. Seasons and Cycles 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 does the Seasons and Cycles 50-Hour course 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.

If you are simply joining this programme for your own personal wellness, there is no requirement to complete the coursework.


What do the 50-Hour Courses Cover?

With a focus on yoga for physical, emotional and mental wellbeing throughout the female life stages - in this course, we focus on living in season with the universe, and also our internal universe. This means embracing our female life stages and phases of the month, where we experience hormonal highs and lows. We’ll cover yoga and wellness for the menstrual cycle, 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. Seasons and Cycles™ will allow you to begin the journey to understanding and embracing the cyclical nature of female life and show you how to lead other women to do so too.

With more than 15 years of experience as a yoga teacher, and over a decade in training and leading YogaBellies® teachers, Cheryl is the visionary behind Seasons and Cycles™ 

Seasons & Cycles Online Training is Available Now

This 50-Hour Yoga Alliance International accredited training, explores why yoga for women is different and how this applies throughout the life stages and also throughout the phases of the menstrual cycle. We examine the menstrual cycle, the lunar cycle and living in season with nature and how this applies in our yoga practice. Sign up now for immediate access.

  • Find out about the incredible journey of psychological and physiological changes that every woman travels during these transformational life stages. Embrace the maiden, mother, enchantress and crone and learn how these archetypes can be present in our lives at every age

  • Explore the history of women in yoga and their role in yoga today. Uncover the mythology of the divine feminine and the goddess and how this applies in feminine yoga practice.

  • Exploring the Triple Goddess and the Goddess Archetypes in relation to our life stages and natural cycles and how to embrace them for empowerment

  • Learn about honoring our natural rhythms and the benefits for life. Explore the intricacies of working with the lunar and menstrual cycles to align with nature and also identifying and charting our Moon Centres.

  • Use the YogaBellies Sadhana of Sense Breath Move Sleep to work with women throughout the menstrual cycle

  • Understand the anatomy and physiology of the menstrual cycle and what happens to a woman physically and emotionally throughout the month. Learn how we can optimize our yoga practice to enhance our overall wellness and alleviate common conditions such as cramps and PMS using yoga.

  • Uncover the benefits of living in season and seasonal yoga practices. Explore the wheel of the year including Equinox and Eclipses and how to adapt your yoga practice.

Want To Know More About Yoga and Self-Care for Menstruation?

Download our beginner's guide here for free

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 YogaBellies™ 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

Seasons and Cycles

The Full Curriculum

    1. Welcome!

    2. Seasons and Cycles

    3. Module 2 Handbook

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

    2. HERStory

    3. The Triple Goddess

    4. Quiz: Which Goddess Archetype Do You Embody?

    5. Menstrual Physiology

    6. Quiz: Is Your Menstrual Cycle Normal?

    7. Female Monthly Cycles and The Moon

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

    9. Syncing Your Menstrual Cycle with The Lunar Cycle

    10. Charting the Eleven Moon Centres

    11. Yoga Throughout the Stages of the Menstrual Cycle: Asana Modifications Walkthrough

    12. Asana Modifications and Recommendations Throughout the Menstrual Cycle

    13. Yoga and Self-Care During Menstruation

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

    15. Quick Reference: Modifications for The Menstrual Cycle

    16. YogaBellies Seed Cycling Cheat Sheet

    17. Yin & Yang

    18. An Introduction to Seasonal Yoga

    19. Seasonal Yoga

    20. The Wheel of the Year

    21. Solstices

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

    23. Module 2 Feedback Form

    1. Luna by YogaBellies

    2. Luna

    3. Watch Live YogaBellies LUNA Classes in Action

    1. Female Anatomy & Physiology

    2. The Female Reproductive System

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

    4. BAPs (Back, Abs and Pelvic Floor)

    5. The Core and Back

    6. YogaBellies for the Pelvic Floor

    7. Common Female Conditions

    8. The Biggest Health Threats to Women

    1. Module 2 Day 1 - Monday 16th August 7am BST

    2. Module 2 Day 2 - Tuesday 17th August 7am BST

    3. SYT Live Class Practice - Aug 23, 2021 11:00 AM BST

    1. 50-Hour Module Assessment

    2. OMwork, further reflection and study

    3. Assessment Module 2

About this course

  • £549.00
  • 48 lessons
  • 0 hours of video content

How is the training delivered?


Having had some pretty deplorable 'online' training experiences myself, I wanted to make sure that all of my courses 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 training delivered?


LIVE AND INTERACTIVE SESSIONS

Seasons and Cycles can be undertaken immediately online in your own time or you can join our live sessions (which run once a year) at no extra costs. The programme is a combination of live (or live online) yoga teacher training and guest expert sessions;  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 the course; 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 too (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.

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