Sun 17 Sept 2017

Birthlight workshop | Helping heal rectus abdominus issues

With Kirsteen Ruffell & Liese van Dam

Birthlight trainings: Serving women through the best science, nature, wisdom and love have to offer.

During pregnancy the abdominal muscles stretch and expand to make space for a growing baby. After birth all these muscles need to be re-toned and be helped to regain the elasticity supporting a body after birth, through possible future pregnancies and all the way through menopause. When the rectus abdominus stays parted after pregnancy we speak of a diastisis recti which can lead to back problems, hernia’s, lack of strength and negative body image.

In this continuing professional development day you will learn:

  • How to help women avoid diastisis recti and
  • How to help them repair – which can be useful even many years after giving birth.
  • The Birthlight practices will be complemented by the view of diastisis recti from an Ayurvedic perspective giving you many tools to help pre- and postnatal women.

Yoga Moves and Birthlight (UK) are happy to present these continuing professional development (CPD) days, they are open to both yoga teachers with experience in pregnancy yoga as well as women’s health professionals.

Date:   Sun 17 September | 09.15-17.00

Price  : One day: €85 | Birthlight member €75
(Both CPD days: €160 | Birthlight member €145)

Location:    St Janshovenstraat 1


There will be another CPD day on 14 September 2017.

See all other Birthlight trainings here.


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About the teachers

Kirsteen Ruffell

Kirsteen Ruffell began her own Yoga practice began by chance in 1990 and she’s been enjoying it ever since. Apart from Pre & Post Natal Yoga & Baby Yoga with Birthlight she also has a background of training in Hatha & Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and she has been teaching since 1998. She finds it a great joy that Yoga can bring such benefit during pregnancy, birth and beyond, not just to Mum and baby but to partners, siblings and all the family.

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Liese van Dam

Originally trained as a hatha yoga teacher, Liese has firm roots in asana, pranayama, philosophy and a yogic lifestyle. Over the years she continued her journey by deepening her knowledge about yoga for women with Françoise Freedman of Birthlight. At Yoga Moves she offers Birthlight yogaclasses for women during the pre- and postnatal period including partner workshops and baby yoga classes.

As well as teaching yoga, Liese teaches ayurveda and works as an ayurvedic practitioner. In her trainings for yoga teachers, she combines classic ayurvedic principles with knowledge from yoga and shows how to implement these in a modern lifestyle.

Liese’s motto is ‘Ancient wisdom made practical for you’. She has many tools to help you practically apply the ancient wisdom of yoga & ayurveda in everyday living. (for more info on Birthlight)

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