Prenatal Teacher Training

About Our Prenatal Teacher Training


The training is taught by Juliette Kurth, Prenatal Yoga Teacher of 21 years, DONA certified Birth of Doula of 15 years and co-owner of Silver Lake Yoga for 23 years. Juliette is currently in a MSW program at USC with a focus in Maternal Health. She is also a Mindfulness volunteer at Huntington Hospital's Maternal Wellness Program in Pasadena. Additional instructors are Emily Herakovich who is also an E- RYT 200 & 500 and Patricia Starr who is a RYT 200.

We meet four separate weekends, non consecutive weekends. We begin on a Friday night from 6:30 - 9:30 pm, followed by an all day on Sat. and Sun. from 9 - 6 pm with a one hour lunch and breaks in-between. We understand people have busy lives and we will do our best to make accommodations for trainees. However, if you want to satisfy the Yoga Alliance  Prenatal Specialty Training and receive your certificate, you must be present and sign up for ALL four weekends, making the full training 75 contact hours with lead teachers and 10 outside non-contact hours with reading assignments, minimal homework and class observation.

For teachers who have already completed a 200 or 500 hour Yoga Alliance teacher training, this program fulfills the Yoga Alliance requirements for the Yoga Alliance Prenatal Certification. It is not necessary to be certified by the Yoga Alliance to teach prenatal yoga and the skills and knowledge you will acquire through our training will compliment many professions that deal with pregnancy and childbirth.

Payment plans for the training are available. The full training needs to be paid for by the start of the first day. Please click Buy Now at the bottom of the page.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Prenatal Teacher Training is suspended until a future, to be determined date. Check the site for updates on the next Training.



There are many different styles of Yoga out there as well as many different points of view as to what is appropriate exercises prior to a woman’s birth. At Silver Lake Yoga, we teach a blend of Hatha Yoga inspired by our studies of Iyengar, Ashtanga, Anusara, and Mindfulness Meditation. We are not interested in prescribing to a particular doctrine or teaching style, rather we look forward to sharing our collective 25 years of experience teaching pregnant women as well as our continuing dialogue with OB’s, Midwives, PT’s in pelvic floor dysfunction and chiropractors, to help inform and adapt each and everyone’s individual class as well as the community they are serving.

The Training

The Training will be broken up into 4 separated weekends or “Modules.” Each of those Modules will address Yoga Alliance requirements towards the 85 hrs. required for the Prenatal specialty certificate. It is also necessary to have been through a 200 hr. Yoga Alliance Teacher Training in order to acquire the certificate, however if you don’t have the 200 hr. training before our training, you can still participate in this training. You will still acquire the skills to become a Prenatal Instructor, you just won’t receive the certificate from this program until you complete a 200 or 500 hr. training.

Instructors and Guest Speakers

Each 4 day Intensive will include 2 Guest Speakers. Previous speakers include:

  • Dr. Jennifer McNulty, MD, a high risk OB/GYN from Long Beach Memorial Hospital
  • Susan Minich, registered nurse-Midwife at Kaiser/Sunset, as well as a licensed acupuncturist.
  • Dr. Elliot Berlin, prenatal Chiropractor & birth advocate. Founder of Berlin Wellness Center.
  • Laura Horn MPT, prenatal physical therapist specializing in Women’s Health & Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation.
  • Dr. Erin Stamford Moore, a cultural anthropologist from USC specializing in Women’s Birthing Rights.
  • Giuditta Tornetta, author of Joy In Birthing and a speaker on pregnancy and the nine fetal Chakras.

juliette_kurthJuliette Kurth has been a certified 200 and 500 hour Yoga Alliance instructor since 1992. She became particularly interested in prenatal yoga in 1995 when her first child was born and pursued classes as well as self-study to introduce a program to Yoga Alliance for a prenatal specialty program. After the birth of her second child, she went on to become a birth doula through DONA as well as become a member of DASC. She along with her husband Jonathan Emerson also developed a Labor Support Prep.class for couples. Together they run Silver Lake Yoga, which opened  in 1994 and services a variety of people, from pregnant moms to Ashtanga jocks. Juliette is currently working on a Masters degree in social work with a focus on Maternal Mental Health. She is also a volunteer at Huntington Hospital's Maternal Wellness Program in a mindfulness & stretching class. Juliette believes that by preparing a pregnant woman’s body physically for labor, that strength will be manifested emotionally, which can only support and enhance her birthing experience!

july  2008Susan Minich CNM, MSN, MSOM, LAc has been involved in Health Care for 31 yrs as a Certified Nurse-Midwife working in Women’s Health providing care to Woman and their families. This practice involves gynecology, pregnancy and delivering babies. Susan has now integrated Traditional Chinese Medicine into her Western Practice. She is a Board Certified, Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist. Susan’s interest and passion for Eastern Medicine was inspired by a trip to China, traveling with the American Academy of Medical Acupuncturist through the People to People Ambassador Program. She toured many Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospitals and was fascinated by the success of this healing medicine. Susan returned to LA and completed her Master of Science Degree in Oriental Medicine at Samra University of Oriental Medicine in LA. She graduated with the highest honors, the Academic and Clinical Performance Achievement award. She has trained with world renowned Chinese Health Care Practitioners both in China and the US. Susan recently returned from China after advanced training at the Institution of Training, Beijing International Acupuncture Training Center.

Susan believes in prevention and maintenance of our health care and well being through nutrition, exercise, and life- style changes. With her many years of experience in Western Medicine, Susan now integrates Eastern Medicine into her healing methods. Chinese Medicine works by re-establishing balance and harmony within the mind/body/spirit. Acupuncture stimulates the flow of Qi, allowing the body to heal itself and balances the body’s energy. Acupuncture and Herbal remedies are very effective in treating a variety of health concerns. Susan’s areas of expertise include: Headaches/Migraines, HIV/Immune Disorders, Side Effects from Chemotherapy/CA treatment, Facial rejuvenation, weight loss, GI problems, stress, Women’s Health: fibroids, endometriosis, painful menses, menopause, reproductive/ infertility: male/female, to name a few.

In addition to Susan’s busy practice she is a noted author, lecturer and teacher. She has been on Clinical Faculty in the Graduate Nurse-Midwifery Program at UCLA and the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, Susan is on the Clinical Faculty at Cal State University, Graduate Nurse-Midwifery Program as well as mentoring Nurse-Midwife, Nurse-Practitioner and Nursing Students and plays a key role in the teaching of Ob/Gyn and Family Practice Residents at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in LA.

elliot_berlinDr. Elliot Berlin is an award winning prenatal chiropractor, childbirth educator and labor support bodyworker. His innovative techniques for prenatal wellness care address tight and painful muscles and tendons with specific massage based soft tissue releases together with traditional chiropractic adjustments to restore motion to restricted joints.  The unique ‘prenatal chirossage’ session lasts 30-45 minutes and effectively addresses most pregnancy aches and pains in just a few visits and promotes a healthy, comfortable and functional pregnancy and preparation for an ideal labor and delivery experience.  Dr. Berlin also works with several hundred breech babies each year, most of whom turn into the ideal pre-birth position once normal function is restored to the mothers low back and pelvis.  Dr. Berlin, a labor support doula, also attends birth, providing the laboring mother with bodywork such as massage, reflexology, acupressure, counter pressure, and chiropractic adjustments to help keep mom relaxed, comfortable and focused and in ideal mind and body condition for smooth, uncomplicated labor and delivery.  Dr. Berlin attends labor at hospitals, home and birthing centers and can be instead of or addition to a traditional labor doula.

mcnulty-jenniferDr. Jennifer McNulty, OB/GYN Certifications: UCLA undergraduate, UC Irvine Medical School(92') 23 years of experience, American Board Of Obstetrics & Gynecologists Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Specialties include: VBAC, C-section,Gynecologic Cancer Screening,Sympathectomy,Vaginal delivery. Conditions: Antiphospholipid Syndrome( APS), Breech Position,Coagulation Disorders (inc. Hemophilia), Ectopic Pregnancy, Encounters for High-Risk Pregnancies, Genitourinary Tract Infections in Pregnancy, Gestational Diabetes, Hematologic Abnormalities Associated with Pregnancy, Hemorrhage from Placenta Previa, Hypertension Complicating Pregnancy, Childbirth & Postpartum, Intrauterine Growth Restriction, Maternal Anemia, Ovarian Cysts, Pap smear Abnormalities, Placenta Previa, Pregestational Diabetes Mellitus, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD's), Sickle Cell Disease,Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). Healthgrades Honor role, Languages; Spanish & English. Biography: Long Beach Memorial Hospital, Obstetrics Medical Group in Wittier, CA; Magella Medical Group in Long Beach,Perinatal Center in Whittier.Obstetrics & Gynecology as well as Neonatology care or NICU. Refer to her Bio. & Stats on-line through

horn_l_headshot_mediumLaura Horn, MPT Physical Therapist, Women’s Health Specialist. Laura joined the Silverlake Yoga Prenatal Training team in 2012, and is thrilled to return. She owns a private physical therapy practice in the Pasadena area specializing in women’s health, pelvic rehab, and Pilates. She earned a Master’s in Physical Therapy from California State University Northridge, and completed her Pilates certification with Body Arts and Science International. Laura’s post-graduate study has focused on female pelvic floor dysfunctions, pregnancy, and post-partum patient care. In her clinical work, Laura views each patient case holistically, and integrates manual therapy techniques with traditional therapeutic and Pilates-based exercise to tailor individualized treatment plans. She has worked with various multi-disciplinary teams throughout Southern California, addressing pelvic floor dysfunction and women’s health needs in the community, and is passionate about passing on her knowledge to others working in Women’s Wellness and Fitness. Laura has spoken at many local community centers, cancer support groups, and Yoga and Pilates studios. As adjunct faculty at Mount St. Mary’s College DPT program, Laura has lectured and advised research in Pilates rehabilitation, pelvic floor dysfunctions, and post natal conditions. She is currently involved in research with the Huntington Colorectal and Pelvic Floor Center.

Ms. Tornetta is a certified birth and postpartum doula, lactation educator, a certified clinical hypnotherapist, a NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) practitioner. Giuditta was born and raised in Italy and emigrated in the USA in 1976, with no money in her pockets nor the knowledge of the English language. She began her journey by cleaning people's homes, all the way to becoming a collage graduate and entering the workforce as a marketing specialist.  Giuditta received her certification as a hypnotherapist in 1994, and became a doula in 2002. In 2008 she published her first book Painless Childbirth recounting her own birthing experience and how she achieved the seemingly impossible - a painless birth of her second daughter. She has developed the concept of their being nine Chakras during the nine months of pregnancy.

Required Reading

These are the four required books for the training. They will be referenced throughout the training. It is not necessary to complete these books cover to cover.

  • Mayo Clinic Guide to A Healthy Pregnancy OR Your Pregnancy & Childbirth month to month (put out by The American College of Obstetrics & Gynecologists)
  • Exercising Through Your Pregnancy by James F. Clapp III. M. D.
  • Maternal Fitness by Julie Tupler, R. N.
  • Yoga: A Gem For Women by Geeta Iyengar
  • Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering: A Doctor's Guide to Natural Childbirth and Gentle Early Parenting Choices by Sarah J. Buckley, M.D.
  • Essential Exercises For The Childbearing Year by Elizabeth Noble

What the Graduates are Saying

“...thorough, informative, and enjoyable...I cannot recommend this course enough for anyone interested in teaching prenatal yoga.” - Anna Lotto 2012

“I now have three classes a week teaching prenatal and postnatal women and it’s because of my training at Silverlake Yoga that I feel so confident when I teach.” - Candace Cherney 2013

“ The guest speakers and the hands-training are as good as it gets! “ - Allison Hamilton 2013

“I completed this training feeling well-equipped to adapt prenatal practice to all levels, all trimesters, and especially for those with special conditions.” - Sarah Hemphill 2010

“Besides being an incredible and empowering training for future prenatal teachers, this has been one of the best all-around yoga trainings I have ever attended.” - Janet Colson 2011

“I am so grateful to Silver Lake Yoga for this wonderful program, and I can’t recommend it highly enough! Juliette and Leah both bring vast knowledge, experience, and passion to this comprehensive training, and they share it all in a way that makes the information accessible and memorable. From the materials they provide, to the speakers they bring in, and the hands-on practice in prenatal yoga classes, Juliette and Leah offer everything I could have asked for to feel confident as a prenatal yoga instructor. Thank you, ladies!” - Kate Eales 2012