Monday 7 May 2018

Birthlight | Pelvic tone for women’s well-being

With Françoise Freedman

Pelvic toning and pelvic awareness: contributing to heal past traumas and inherited weaknesses. Building health and well-being.

Pelvic tone is a cornerstone of women’s health and well-being. Explore the anatomy and physiology of the female pelvis combined with yoga-based approach to birth preparation, postnatal recovery and women’s reproductive health.

Learn the rationale and practices for teaching a holistic yoga-based pelvic floor exercises; these differ from conventional pelvic floor toning, depending on if you want to promote or to repair pelvic floor tone.

In contrast with ‘overtone’ that results from repeated mechanical actions, toning with yoga breathing involves muscle chains and produces elasticity as well as tone. This is important not just for giving birth but, more generally, for pelvic health.

Learn about energetic aspects associated with the lack or loss of pelvic tone or over tone and tension; discover yoga-based therapeutic resources to address the psycho-somatic dimensions of these conditions. We will integrate the connection to the first and second chakras and conditions associated with them.

Participants will:

  • Gain an anatomical understanding of muscles and ligaments integrating the pelvis and stabilizing its joints
  • Acquire practical knowledge of yoga-based practices including to promote women’s awareness of pelvic muscles and a more effective used of breathing and alternated release and contraction of muscles to promote elasticity
  • Review the characteristics of PGP (Pelvic Girdle Pain) in relation to both spinal muscles and pelvic floor tone
  • Receive an integrated range of yoga-based micro-movements to stabilize the pelvis and promote lasting alignment
  • Gain an understanding of various approaches to pelvic floor toning exercises (particularly Kegels) in relation to the Birthlight yoga-based pelvic floor practices
  • Become confident in the use of yoga-based resources to help women gain a more holistic view of their pelvic tone beyond mechanical toning exercises.

Visual aids, worksheets and role-play are used to facilitate learning. Students receive a detailed training manual and handouts.

  Monday 7 May 2018

Time:  9.00-17.00

Price: €120 | €95 (Birthlight members)

Location:  Yoga Moves (to be determined)

The details

Who is this short course for?

  • Birthlight trained Perinatal Yoga teachers
  • Birthlight Yoga for Maternity teachers
  • Well Woman Yoga teachers
  • Aqua-natal Yoga teachers
  • Yoga teachers who have trained in Yoga for Pregnancy and Birth with recognised training providers
  • Maternity  professionals, health professionals and therapists working in the area of women’s health including obstetric nurses and obstetric physiotherapists interested in using applications of yoga to expand their skills base and practical knowledge are also welcome on this short course.

How is this course assessed?

This course is tutor assessed by means of a simple practical in which students teach a specific subject or practice learnt during the course to the group.

What qualification is gained on this course?

Course participants receive a Certificate of Training in Yoga for Pelvic Health that qualifies them to integrate the practices taught on the day in their professional activities.

The course can count as Continued Professional Development

This short course contributes to CPD for all Birthlight trained teachers and may count as CPD for other professionals attending the course.

Those wishing to explore a holistic yoga-based approach to women’s reproductive health in greater depth are directed to the Well Woman Diploma course.


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About the teacher

Françoise Freedman

The Founder and Director of Birthlight, Françoise Barbira Freedman is a medical anthropologist at the University of Cambridge, where she does research and teaches as an affiliated lecturer in the Department of Social Anthropology.

After spending long periods of fieldwork in Peruvian Amazonia, including two pregnancies and stays with her young family, she was inspired to share the gentle approach to parenting of her Amazonian hosts among friends in the UK. As a trained yoga teacher and therapist, Françoise used the idiom of yoga to create an original programmer of movements and nurturing relaxation for mothers to be and new mothers with their babies. Having a background of competition swimming and swimming instructor, she also developed Infant Aquatics and Aqua Yoga original programmes.

An expert in her field, Françoise is a speaker at International Conferences. Françoise’s books have now been translated into 11 languages, she has also written articles for numerous yoga journals and pregnancy / baby magazines.



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