Frequently Asked Questions - Pregnant and wanting to practice Yoga

No. Only students who are already studying Yoga at the Institute can enrol in courses when pregnant. Commencing Iyengar Yoga when one becomes pregnant is not recommended.

Yes. Advise your teacher immediately that you are pregnant. Qualified teachers (with an "Introductory" or Introductory Level 2 certificate and higher are able to teach pregnant women, (but not those with Introductory Level 1). Send an email to the Institute office ( and they will send you a form to complete. The form will be kept in the teacher's folder so that your teacher has access to your information. Also, go into your Yoga Mandir User Account and update your medical conditions section. While we note that pregnancy is not a medical condition, it is very important that any teacher who may be teaching you during the term is aware of the stage of your pregnancy so please note your due date. Details of students' medical conditions go into the teacher's folder at the commencement of each term.

If you are contemplating attending a make up class ensure that the teacher is qualified and check with your usual Practitioner Program teacher first.

If you are experiencing significant health problems during pregnancy, you may wish to consider a Private Assessment. See the Specialist Programs section of the Yoga Mandir website for more information.