WORKSHOP Pelvic Floor: Demystifying “Down There”

with Leslie Howard

pelvicfloor1A healthy pelvic floor is more than doing Kegels. Proper work of strengthening and stabilizing the pelvic floor helps to create the correct foundation of each movement in the body. It is a basic tool to avoid loss of energy from this important area. A strong pelvic floor helps keep the pelvic and abdominal organs healthy as we age.Come find out specific details of what mula bandha is and is not.
The female pelvis and the pelvic muscles are an under-appreciated region of the anatomy. Important not only for sexuality, the pelvic muscles are crucial for optimal functioning of the body. The pelvic muscles begin at perineum and are complex arrangement of muscles that hold all of the lower organs. Heredity, life-style, and childbirth all have an effect on the perineum and the pelvic floor muscles.
Common problems that are related to the health of the pelvis are:

  • lumbar spinal problems
  • sacroiliac, hip or sciatic pain
  • bladder weakness
  • digestive, menstrual and sexual difficulties

This area can be too gripped, or too weak or both. You will learn how to distinguish the three layers of the pelvic floor and how to soften and strengthen these areas.

This workshop will begin with descriptions, drawings, handouts, and identification of the pelvic floor muscles. What follows is a series of specific exercises for self-discovery, and then specific poses and exercises to increase the flexibility, strength, and coordination of each of the pelvic functions.

The price of this 4 hour workshop is $100; or $90 when you early bird register at least one month in advance. Yoga Garden SF members receive and additional 10% off. Sorry, gentlemen: this workshop is for women only.



This course provides 4 Elective Contact Hours for YGSF500 and/or 4 Yoga Alliance® CEUs

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LESLIE HOWARD  holds a 320-hour Advanced Studies Certificate from Rodney Yee, a 300-hour teacher training certificate with Tony Briggs, and a 500 hour Yoga Alliance certification. Leslie has been practicing for over fifteen years in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, including twelve years of teaching, workshops, and annual yoga retreats. Previous international retreats have included Egypt, Hawaii, Mexico, and Italy. She is currently studying under Manouso Manos and Ramanand Patel, both of whom hold some of the highest level certificates given in the system of Iyengar Yoga. Leslie credits Susanne Kemmerer (a Physical Therapist from Germany), for introducing her to her pelvic floor and Lizanne Pastore (a PT from San Francisco) for helping her deepen her knowledge of the subject. She recently completed Judith Lasater’s training on restorative yoga.