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Yoga Therapy and the Pelvic Floor

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Unveil the power of your foundation! The pelvic floor sets the foundation for healthy movement, happy relationships and a feeling of safety and wholeness. Yet no other part of the body is as shrouded in taboos as the pelvic floor. This weekend workshop will interweave the wisdom of western anatomy and research along with the ancient practices of Ayurveda and yoga. This blending is a powerful combination to heal pelvic dis-ease. The workshop will provide information about key structures in the pelvic floor, common dysfunctions including urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic pain, while linking the information to yoga postures, breath awareness, diet and meditation. Come peak through the veil and emerge more empowered!

Upon successful completion of this module, students will be able to:


· Key structures of the pelvic floor

· Common dysfunctions including urinary incontinence

· Yoga therapies for prolapse, urinary incontinence and pelvic pain.


· The differences in therapeutic approach with a client with hypertonic versus hypotonic pelvic floor issues through the panchamaya model.


· How a client’s relationship with the pelvic floor impacts the whole body, how different structural issues impact the function of the pelvic floor.


Key structures of the pelvic floor, hypertonicity, hypotonicity

Required reading: Pelvic Liberation: Using Yoga, Self-inquiry, and Breath Awareness for Pelvic Health by Leslie Howard.

Materials to bring: A tennis ball, 5-inch ball, standard yoga props (2 blocks, 2 blankets (or 1 blanket and 1 bolster), and strap).

Course Completion Requirements: Attending and participating in the course module (or completing makeup assignments given by the teacher). Practice the pelvic floor protocols connecting to pain in the low back, hips, and upper leg. Utilize the modifications and meditations learned within this class to create a one-hour yoga session. Practice within your home practice or on friend/family. We will use the Yoga Therapy assessment tool to describe your client, sequence and modifications needed. (5.5 hours). 2 hours preparation, 1 hour with client, 1 hours reflecting and charting, .5 hours meeting with mentor.

Due: 30 days after taking the module.

Working with a partner from class either online or in person, determine a 20-minute practice (meditation, asana, pranayama, journaling) to improve the partner’s relationship with the pelvic floor.

*Page numbers given in lecture might not match up with the numbers in your source material if you are taking this course asynchronous

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Jenny "Sevika" Young

Jenny started yoga for her daughter in 2010 but stayed for herself. This is when powerful healing began to transform her body, mind, and spirit, not necessarily in that order. Through a regular asana and sitting practice, studying with phenomenal teachers and soaking in the love of the beautiful yoga community, she has begun to discover a quieter mind. She became RYT 200 certified through Prana School of Yoga and Health in 2012 as well as Thai Massage from Thai Body Work in 2012. She became ERYT 500 certified in 2015, and a Certified International Yoga Therapist in 2017. As a teacher, she sees each student as whole. She strives to create a supportive environment in which each student can safely experiment in uncovering the beauty and joy that reside within the heart of each of us. This support can include traditional yoga therapy, massage therapy, and a synergistic blend of the two. She is a perpetual student and is furthering her yogic and massage studies on the pelvic floor and myofascial release.