In this module you’ll learn about the pelvic floor anatomy, understand the role of the pelvic floor and how yoga practices can improve function.
The anatomy and yoga therapy component is delivered by Shelly Prosko, Canadian physiotherapist, yoga therapist and pelvic health expert.
You’ll then use principles of yogic education to apply the material to your own work, hear stories from people with a history of pelvic pain, and understand the support that is presently available to them in the community.
This module is delivered via online delivery to ensure practitioners in all locations can participate. You will receive notes ahead of time and followup summaries and links to support your learning.
Open to all Yoga for Pain Practitioners who have completed Yoga for Pain Foundations Level Training.
Outcomes for health professionals
Learn about yogic models for understanding health and how you can use these to consider your pelvic pain patients’ physical and psychosocial wellbeing. You also hear from world expert yoga therapist Shelly Prosko who has been integrating physiotherapy, yoga therapy and yoga for nearly 20 years.
Threaded throughout is the Yogic Education framework that helps bridge yoga and health care, while helping you to better understand the depth and breadth of your clients’ needs, and how you can help.
Outcomes for yoga teachers
You will have a greater understanding of the pelvic floor anatomy, what pelvic floor health can be, and what dysfunction can mean, physiologically and emotionally. We also cover yoga techniques and methods for improving pelvic floor health, and further refine your skill at using Yogic Education frameworks to work with specific groups.
Brief overview of pelvic floor anatomy
Roles of the pelvic floor
4 main categories of pelvic floor dysfunction, with a focus on pelvic pain
Overview of factors that may influence pelvic pain and pelvic floor function, and how pelvic floor health translates to overall health (from a biopsychosocial perspective)
How yoga methods may help optimize pelvic floor function and pelvic pain reduction/management (parallels between biopsychosocial and panch maya kosha frameworks)
Practical/experiential component: focus on pain reduction/management yoga methods for pelvic pain dysfunction, including awareness practices and positionsor movements to help enhance natural excursion of the pelvic floor and reduce the over active, non-relaxing pelvic floor
Basic foundational information and practical tools for yoga teachers, therapists and health care practitioners to understand how yoga can effectively and safely be used for people suffering from pelvic floor dysfunctions, with a particular focus on pain
Interview with Vanessa Watson, a former nurse who has experienced pudendal neuralgia for more than 10 years
Overview of the main support services available to women with pelvic pain
Pelvic Floor Yoga with Shelly Prosko Annual Meeting of the International UroGynecological Association Vancouver, Canada: Yoga is one of the leading complementary health practices in North America. There are even new fields of study, Yoga Therapy and Medical Therapeutic Yoga, that are recognized by health organizations and being introduced into medical college programs and post graduate courses across the continent as growing research suggests that therapeutic yoga can be used as an effective and safe form of complementary therapy for…Find out more »
PhysioYoga and the Pelvic Floor: Secret to Vitality + Health: A Five Day Retreat Style Training with Shelly!
Your pelvic floor supports some of the most vital physical processes for a long and healthy life, including breathing, balance, hip function, core timing, and more.
This in-depth workshop with physical therapist and professional yoga therapist Shelly Prosko will guide you in building a foundation for lifelong balance and strength through PhysioYoga.
For both men and women, pelvic health issues such as pelvic pain, incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and sexual health are often poorly addressed or left untreated. Shelly developed PhysioYoga from her extensive training and experience, resulting in an effective, evidence-based practice that provides easy-to-use tools to maximize pelvic floor health and overall wellness.
During these five days, you will experience an empowering combination of therapeutic yoga sequences, discussions on yoga philosophy, and physical therapy movements that you can continue at home on your own.
You will learn:
The functional, anatomical structure of the pelvic floor and eight roles the pelvic diaphragm plays in overall health and wellness
Factors that influence pelvic floor health, including physical, psychosocial, spiritual, and emotional aspects of being
Breath and body awareness experiences, movement explorations, and approaches to self-inquiry
How to incorporate PhysioYoga into your daily self-care routine.
Get proactive about moving through the stages of your life with more ease, stability, and security. You will return home feeling great, with everything you need to continue to use what you’ve learned at home for ongoing well-being and confidence.
**This training retreat is not intended to assess or treat or act as medical advice. Please seek guidance and treatment from your health professional in your area for any unmanaged conditions.*
Shelly Prosko, a physical therapist, professional yoga therapist, and Pilates instructor, is a highly sought-after pioneer in the area of PhysioYoga Therapy, a combination of physical therapy and medical therapeutic yoga.
Since 1998, she has been integrating yoga into her physical therapy treatments to promote optimal healing for people suffering from a variety of conditions, including pelvic-health issues and persistent pain. Her pelvic health PhysioYoga workshops, trainings, and DVDs support physical therapists, various healthcare providers, yoga therapists, and students of all levels to take an active approach toward creating and sustaining health.
Shelly integrates the art and science of yoga and physical therapy in valuable and empowering ways as a presenter at medical colleges and yoga therapy schools, and yoga therapy and medical conferences throughout the world. She gave a TEDx talk and is a contributing writer to Yoga Therapy Today and several blogsFind out more »
Join Shelly Prosko, Physical Therapist and Professional Yoga Therapist, in this inspiring one hour morning yoga practice at the 3rd World Congress of Abdominal & Pelvic Pain hosted by the International Pelvic Pain Society, where she will guide you through breath and body awareness practices that can be used to help empower your patients to reduce and manage persistent pelvic and/or abdominal pain. You will also enjoy a gentle, physical yoga practice including poses and movement sequences using Pain Care Yoga movement guidelines while integrating self-regulation practices, mindfulness, breathing and yoga philosophy.
You will experience these biopsychosocial techniques that you can immediately use with your patients to enhance safe and successful participation in their pain rehabilitation. As a bonus, you get to start the day with some well deserved self-care!
Please visit the International Pelvic Pain Society for details for the full Congress Program and to registerFind out more »
Join Shelly Prosko, PT, PYT, CPI, for this PhysioYoga workshop as she explains the neuroscience of pain including roles the brain and nervous systems play in pain, and how yoga can be safely used to reduce pain, manage stress & used as a key component for injury prevention. This workshop includes a combo of theory and practice including awareness practices, movement, breathing methods, meditation and yoga philosophy using Life is Now Pain Care Yoga guidelines and valuable resources to share.Find out more »
Professional Yoga Therapist Certification: Module 8 Module 8 is an intensive on-site module that is part of the practical, applied lab portion of the Professional Yoga Therapist certification program. This course puts the lectures of Modules 1-7 into motion with application of the concepts learned in those pre-requisite distance modules. Topics covered include: Biopsychosocial (BPS) model of assessment and application Interdisciplinary 10 Precept application and case study analysis Yoga posture, breath, and meditation prescription using Medical Therapeutic Yoga (MTY) methods (including mudras)…Find out more »
REGINA, SK: Creating Core Power: The Diaphragms of Health. Join Shelly Prosko, Physical Therapist, Professional Yoga Therapist, and Pilates Instructor, for this highly sought after PhysioYoga workshop on creating optimal Core Power. We will: • Learn and experience how the diaphragms of your body all work together as a coordinated team to contribute to the core strategy system to enhance overall fitness, performance, health and wellness. • Discuss and explore the myths vs truths of ‘core stability’ from an evidence-informed…Find out more »
Creating Core Power: The 3 Diaphragm Approach to Health
Join Shelly Prosko, Physical Therapist and Professional Yoga Therapist, for this intriguing and highly sought after PhysioYoga course about 3 of the diaphragms of our human body. Be prepared to learn and experience how our pelvic, respiratory, and vocal diaphragms all work together as a coordinated team to contribute to overall health and wellness using a yogic biopsychosocial model. The 3 diaphragm approach to health optimizes our movement mechanics, breathing, speaking, balance ability, and enhances many of our bodily functions by understanding and using the core strategy system.
This course integrates a combination of lecture with a fun, inspiring and valuable yoga practice, including a variety of movements with breath, vocal sounds, awareness methods, visualization practices, and meditation. You won’t want to miss this unique workshop!
1) Define and overview the anatomy and biomechanics of 3 of the diaphragms of the human body: pelvic, respiratory and vocal diaphragms.
2) Learn the roles of the 3 diaphragms, and in particular how BREATHING influences numerous other physiological systems of our being
3) Define a healthy breath pattern
4) Discuss 3 most common and inefficient breathing pattern disorders (BPD’s) and learn how and why they can contribute to a variety of dysfunctions which can lead to physical, mental, energetic and emotional imbalances.
5) Define and discuss the 4 categories of pelvic floor health dysfunctions
6) Discuss the debate surrounding the performance of kegel exercises for pelvic floor health and rehabilitation using a best evidence approach
7) Discuss Mula Bandha (MB) including developing an understanding of the intention of MB and the differences and similarities to pelvic floor engagement
8) Outline factors that may contribute to a Non-Relaxing Pelvic Floor and health issues that may arise from over-recruitment of pelvic floor musculature
9) Explain the Chakra system, and characteristics of each chakra as it relates to pelvic, respiratory and vocal health
10) Outline the factors that influence healthy performance and functioning of each of the diaphragms, using the pancha maya kosha model or biopsychosocial-spiritual model of health
11) Learn and experience how the voice, respiratory diaphragm and pelvic floor all work together as a coordinated team through breath, vocalization and movement, to contribute to our core strategy system and a variety of other physiological systems to enhance overall health & wellness.
12) Experience yogic breathing methods (Pranayama) that may help optimize tissue oxygenation, enhance organ system function, improve energy, vitality, mental clarity, focus, postural alignment, sleep patterns, core strategies, stimulate the relaxation response of the nervous systems and optimize general overall health and wellness.
13) Discover and practice awareness of the coordination of the pelvic and respiratory diaphragmatic excursion by integrating physiotherapy exercises and yoga (mindful movement, breathing and meditation)
14) Learn and experience breathing methods and meditation techniques with a focus on awareness and relaxation of pelvic floor muscles
15) Learn and participate in activities that include components of the core strategy system that have been shown to influence pelvic floor muscle engagement and function, including hip and lumbo-pelvic strategies, through the use of physiotherapy exercises, pilates, yoga postures (asanas) and breathing methods
16) Experience and learn a chakra meditation
17) Experience and learn activities to enhance foot awareness and potential connection to the pelvic floor
18) This workshop includes a combination of theory and practice. A fun, inspiring, empowering and valuable experiential yoga and movement practice that includes yoga postures (asana) and other movement practices inspired by physiotherapy, somatics and pilates, breath practices (pranayama), vocal sounds, awareness and visualization practices and meditation is included
19) The participant will leave with a new found knowledge, understanding and experience of how the 3 diaphragms work together to contribute to our core power, health and overall well being and will have techniques to share immediately with students or clients.Find out more »
Creating Core Power AND Your Brain on Pain:
Nydia’s Yoga Therapy presents Shelly Prosko, Physical Therapist and Professional Yoga Therapist. Join Shelly on Saturday, April 7th for this intriguing and highly sought after PhysioYoga workshop that consists of both lecture and practice about 3 of the diaphragms of our human body and how they relate to the power of our core strategy system (the pelvic diaphragm, respiratory diaphragm and the vocal diaphragm).
Then join Shelly on Sunday, April 8th for another PhysioYoga workshop about the neuroscience of pain and changes that result in the brain, nervous systems, and other physiological systems, when pain persists and how we can use yoga practices and philosophy to help people in pain move with more ease and be empowered to reduce and self-manage their pain.
REGISTRATION now open:
Early Bird Cost:
$300 for both sessions
$175 each session before March 9th, 2018.Find out more »
Join Shelly for Saturday only, OR Sunday only OR make it a package PhysioYoga weekend! On Sunday, April 8th for "Your Brain on Pain: Yoga Meets Science for Pain Care." Another PhysioYoga workshop about the neuroscience of pain and changes that result in the brain, nervous systems, and other physiological systems, when pain persists and how we can use yoga practices and philosophy to help people in pain move with more ease and be empowered to reduce and self-manage their pain.Find out more »