Workshops, registered classes and drop-in classes designed to promote pelvic floor health from a yoga perspective. These offerings can be taken in any order, however, see below for the recommended journey.
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that form the basis of our core stability and support for the pelvic organs. Like other muscles in the body, it is not uncommon to experience tightness or weakness in this area. Both hypertonicity and hypotonicity have been associated with a number of health conditions. The most significant issue for women is incontinence (stress and urge), which can greatly impact on the quality of life.
This 2 hour workshop is designed as an introduction to pelvic floor health from a yoga perspective. Students will have an opportunity to evaluate and discover imbalances within their pelvises. We will also explore the importance of posture and breathing in pelvic health and have an opportunity to practice specific yoga poses for common issues.
Interested students from this workshop will be able to continue to build on their pelvic floor health practice in a registered class. Students are encouraged to have a notebook/journal to record their observations and to keep a record of individualized practice. Yoga experience is an asset but not necessary. At this time the workshop is for women only. Should there be enough interest, a similar workshop for men could be offered.
This 8 week registered class is designed to help students evaluate, build awareness, soften, relax, stretch and strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor.
Each week will focus on a different aspect of pelvic floor health and will include pranayama (breathing exercises) and yoga poses. Continued practice at home is encouraged to get the most out of the class. At the end of 8 weeks students will have a better understanding of whether they are hypertonic (tight), hypotonic (lax) or a combination of both. Students will also know which yoga practices are best suited to their unique circumstance.
Yoga experience is not required, though the ability to comfortably move up/down from the floor is an asset.
Week 1 – The benefits of yoga for our pelvic floor. We will begin with a self-inquiry and yoga poses to familiarize you with basic practice.
Week 2 - A tour of the mysterious world of “Pelvlandia.” We will dive into the function of the pelvic floor and what can go wrong. We will also have an opportunity to move and groove our hips and pelvis.
Week 3 - What the heck is “down there”? We will explore and practice how to isolate the different muscles of the pelvic floor. Not your typical Kegels!
Week 4 - The importance of good breathing and posture for pelvic health. Both standing and seated poses as well as balancing work will be explored.
Week 5 - The Core Connection. What do we mean by strong core? We will assess the core and ways to build better stability in synergy with the pelvic floor.
Week 6 - The core connection continues. It is common for our buttocks to “forget” how to activate properly, this overworks the hip flexors and pelvic floor. We will evaluate the glute muscles and work on some exercises to provide balance.
Week 7 - Hypertonic (tight) pelvic floor and the yoga path. We will explore yoga practices to stretch, relax and release pelvic floor muscles.
Week 8 - Hypotonic (weak) pelvic floor and the yoga path. We will explore yoga practices to build strength and balance stability in muscles of the pelvic floor.
Students will be able to continue to build on their pelvic floor health practice and connect with community in a drop-in class. Yoga experience is an asset but not necessary. Each class will include pranayama (breathing exercises) and yoga poses.
Sherry will work with you to tailor your time together to support you in reaching your personal pelvic floor goals. You will find that Sherry has a wealth of knowledge and powerful tools to share with you that you would normally not receive in a group setting.
Meet The Instructor
"Every time I come to my mat, I am reminded of the life I want off my mat - lived in the moment with plenty of room for growth and learning, from myself and others! I am passionate about helping poeple transform their lives and create more freedom of body and breath. Being in nature is an impotant resource to help me find my balance. Being a mother is a big part of who I am, my little Buddhas continually challenging me to be ever present in order to discover all the little treasures along the way."
- Sherry Norman
This class was fantastic! I was encouraged by a friend to take it and Sherry really delivered. I was very impressed by the way Sherry adapted all the poses to be inclusive of others who were unable to go down to the floor. Her tone and statements were encouraging and supportive. The educational aspect of the class was very helpful (wish I had had this years ago)and made the intention of the yoga practice that much more meaningful. I appreciated the weekly video so I could practice in between classes. It was great.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
— Jeannie E.