Part 2: 3-4 May 2018

Well Woman Yoga Diploma Course

With Françoise Freedman

Specialize in the health and wellbeing of women from conception through their unique life-cycles. Exploring psychological or mental roots of conditions and teaching deep relaxation.

Specialize in the health and wellbeing of women from conception through their unique life-cycles. Learn to teach using a set of classic and adapted yoga practices.

Many women need yoga that is specifically aimed for women during crisis or changes during certain life stages. (think: reproductive disorders, fertility issues, chronic conditions, post-surgery recovery, peri-menopause symptoms). Women often suffer with all sorts of ailments that are not addressed in normal health care in a holistic way, both before and after having children.

The Well Woman approach empowers women to actively take charge of their wellbeing with body-based therapeutic tools that are simple and very effective. Created by internationally recognized leader, author, anthropologist, yoga teacher and therapist founder of the Birthlight Institute: Françoise Freedman. The Well Woman set of classic and adapted yoga practices was developed with women for women.

This six day course focus is on therapeutic applications of yoga to women’s reproductive health. You will learn to work with women who are experiencing discomforts that are not so serious to warrant medical treatment, but may compromise a women’s quality of life. These issues can be effectively addressed with a yoga therapy approach, including often optimizing pelvic tone, exploring psychological or mental roots of conditions and teaching deep relaxation.

Well Woman yoga complements any pregnancy yoga program you already offer. These classes will address the needs of women that cannot be met fully in general classes.

Practices taught on the course carefully integrate the work of Eastern and Western healers and teachers, with references to classic yoga texts. Recent developments in somatic healing movement and yoga therapy are included. Some of the practices taught on this course are part of the Amazonian shamanic tradition.

This diploma course is taught in 2 parts: Part 1 is the Foundation Course and Part 2 completes the Diploma.

Part 2: 3-4 May 2018

New dates for 2019 will be published.

Prices: €1075 for the entire course (6 days)

Location:   Yoga Moves

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The details

Well Woman | part 1
Well Woman | part 2
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Learn a holistic approach of yoga for promoting hormonal balance, menstrual cycle issues, and for helping conception and general well being for women.

What you will be doing in part 1:

  • Explore the foundation of Well Woman Yoga. Relevant anatomy and physiology on course, additional resources on the Birthlight Training website.
  • Learn to teach therapeutic adaptations of asana together with selected micro-movements, pranayama, restorative practices, mudras and mantras promote women’s wellbeing
  • Applications of yoga for promoting hormonal balance, generally and in particular conditions associated with the menstrual cycle.
  • Explore common physical ailments linked with childbirth: weak pelvic floor and stress incontinence, scar issues, prolapses, fatigue.
  • Applications of yoga for the peri-menopause (pre, intra and post menopause years) including early menopause
  • Discover the original set of therapeutic micro-movements developed by Françoise Freedman for Well-Woman Yoga.
  • Learn how to work effectively with women who have no experience of yoga.
  • Learn to teach in therapeutic women’s circles in an informal, interactive and relaxed style (individual, pair, group and circle practices).
  • Receive and use tested sequences and learn to design simple yoga routines for specific conditions.

Dive deeper into how you can promote well being for women including issues related to past trauma, fertility, post-birth issues and menopause.


What you will be doing in part 2:

The focus on this part is on offering practical yoga-based resources for addressing
the effects of chronic stress and of trauma in women’s lives. The pathways of stress in women’s physiology are explored as the source of many reproductive health issues.

  • Gain an understanding of neuro-endocrine pathways and the effects of stress on women’s physiology.
  • Explore how to optimize hormonal balance through women’s reproductive years and beyond, using a selection of adapted Asana, flow practices, pranayama and micro-movements.
  • Learn to teach “instant relaxation” practices and modes of accessing deep rest besides classic yoga nidra practice.
  • Gain practical resources for providing Well Woman yoga classes for women of mixed ages and conditions.
  • Learn to address emotional aspects related to women’s ailments positively with yoga.
  • Deepen the use of the breath and micro-flow movement in restorative poses.
  • Learn how to support women through the safe release of past traumatic experiences in Well Woman Yoga classes.
  • Support women through diagnosis and treatment of pathologies including life-threatening illnesses.
  • Learn tested sequences that can be integrated in classes and in individualized therapeutic yoga programs.








Who is this training course for?

  • Yoga therapists
  • Yoga teachers who hold a prenatal/ postnatal teaching qualification
  • Other therapists working in the areas of women’s health but who do not hold a yoga qualification can apply individually

What qualification is gained on this course?

On successful completion of the Part 1 and Part 2 courses, students gain the Birthlight Diploma in Well Woman Yoga that entitles them to offer Well Woman Yoga classes or one-to-one sessions.
The Diploma is awarded on the basis of both the student’s portfolio of coursework and a final practical on the Part 2 course.
The Diploma is the full qualification (UK) recognized for professional purposes.
Well Woman Yoga Diploma holders gain the status of Birthlight Practitioner in Well Woman Yoga after completing the Fertility Yoga short course (see tab for more info).

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Well Woman Yoga Diploma Course with Francoise Freedman


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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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