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Polyvagal Theory for Infant Development A Professional Training

For birth professionals including prenatal, postnatal, and Baby and Me yoga instructors; baby bodyworkers; and health professionals.

This training explores how the autonomic nervous system relates to a baby’s development, specifically in the pre-crawling stages. Occupational therapist Michelle Emanuel brings her background in pre- and perinatal psychology, autonomic nervous system regulation, infant sensory processing, and craniosacral therapy to her methodology. Research shows that brief periods in which a baby lies on their tummy, before they develop the ability to crawl, for developmental play and parental connection has a profound impact on how the baby calms, settles, engages, and interacts.

Deepen your skills, knowledge, and experience as you learn

  • The full TummyTime!™ method and how to lead groups and individual sessions
  • Ways to use therapeutic presence as a tool for working with parents and babies
  • How to empower parents to maximize their baby’s social and emotional abilities, and optimize their capacity to connect, improve feeding success, and movement and developmental potential.


Program at a Glance

Yoga Experience
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All Health, Fitness, and Wellness


Michelle Emanuel has more than 18 years of experience as a neonatal/pediatric occupational therapist, including neonatal intensive care, pediatric critical...

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