Yoga and Pelvic Pain 1

In this module you’ll learn about the pelvic floor anatomy, understand the role of the pelvic floor and how yoga practices can improve function.

The anatomy and yoga therapy component is delivered by Shelly Prosko, Canadian physiotherapist, yoga therapist and pelvic health expert.

You’ll then use principles of yogic education to apply the material to your own work, hear stories from people with a history of pelvic pain, and understand the support that is presently available to them in the community.

This module is delivered via online delivery to ensure practitioners in all locations can participate. You will receive notes ahead of time and followup summaries and links to support your learning.

Open to all Yoga for Pain Practitioners who have completed Yoga for Pain Foundations Level Training.

Outcomes for health professionals

Learn about yogic models for understanding health and how you can use these to consider your pelvic pain patients’ physical and psychosocial wellbeing. You also hear from world expert yoga therapist Shelly Prosko who has been integrating physiotherapy, yoga therapy and yoga for nearly 20 years.

Threaded throughout is the Yogic Education framework that helps bridge yoga and health care, while helping you to better understand the depth and breadth of your clients’ needs, and how you can help.

Outcomes for yoga teachers

You will have a greater understanding of the pelvic floor anatomy, what pelvic floor health can be, and what dysfunction can mean, physiologically and emotionally. We also cover yoga techniques and methods for improving pelvic floor health, and further refine your skill at using Yogic Education frameworks to work with specific groups.

Course content

  • Brief overview of pelvic floor anatomy
  • Roles of the pelvic floor
  • 4 main categories of pelvic floor dysfunction, with a focus on pelvic pain
  • Overview of factors that may influence pelvic pain and pelvic floor function, and how pelvic floor health translates to overall health (from a biopsychosocial perspective)
  • How yoga methods may help optimize pelvic floor function and pelvic pain reduction/management (parallels between biopsychosocial and panch maya kosha frameworks)
  • Practical/experiential component:  focus on pain reduction/management yoga methods for pelvic pain dysfunction, including awareness practices and positionsor movements to help enhance natural excursion of the pelvic floor and reduce the over active, non-relaxing pelvic floor
  • Basic foundational information and practical tools for yoga teachers, therapists and health care practitioners to understand how yoga can effectively and safely be used for people suffering from pelvic floor dysfunctions, with a particular focus on pain
  • Interview with Vanessa Watson, a former nurse who has experienced pudendal neuralgia for more than 10 years
  • Overview of the main support services available to women with pelvic pain


Course facilitators

Shelly Prosko

about-shelly-1Shelly is a physical therapist, yoga therapist and pilates instructor. She is a highly respected pioneer in the area of Physio Yoga Therapy, a combination of physical therapy and medical therapeutic yoga. She received her physical therapy degree at the University of Saskatchewan in 1998, medical therapeutic yoga training through Professional Yoga Therapy Institute in North Carolina, and pilates certification through Professional Health & Fitness Institute in Maryland.

Since 1998, Shelly has been integrating yoga principles and methods into her physical therapy treatments. She has worked with people who have suffered from a wide variety of musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiorespiratory, pelvic health, and persistent pain conditions while working in physical therapy clinics and long term care facilities across Canada and the United States.

Shelly’s mission is to educate, inspire and empower people to create health by authentically sharing her knowledge, expertise and experience. She has presented at international yoga therapy conferences, lectured at medical college programs and instructed at numerous yoga therapy schools (including teaching medical therapeutic yoga to health care professionals at the Professional Yoga Therapy Institute). Shelly also collaborates with Neil Pearson on Life is Now Pain Care Yoga projects.

Rachael West

Rachael profile green dressRachael is the founder of Yoga for Pain Care Australia. She has a degree in Yogic Education from the University of Lille, France and,  since 2011, has taught specialist yoga programs to people with pain and fibromyalgia. Rachael has also provided education to more than 300 health practitioners, including training more than 50 through the 2.5-day Yoga for Pain Foundations Training.

Rachael’s enthusiasm for helping yoga teachers expand their knowledge and practical application of their skill base has helped her to grow Yoga for Pain Care Australia into an organisation with national presence.

In 2016 Rachael was invited to speak at the 36th Annual Pain Scientific Meeting about the role of yoga in pain management. She has lectured at hospitals, universities and community groups about yoga in health education. Rachael is a skilled facilitator with particular skill in challenging participants to think broadly about the impact of their work and how to get the best results.

Time investment

Yoga and Pelvic Pain 1

Pre-reading (1 hour)
Online delivery (4 hours)
Optional homework (1-2 hours)

8:30am-10.30am Perth time (Anatomy and yoga therapy)
11am-1pm (Yogic education, stories and application)

$225 or
Advance payment discount of $155 (payments before December 31)

Booking policy and conditions

Note that this training is not an accreditation and does not authorise you to teach Yoga for Pelvic Pain.

We don’t generally offer refunds if you cancel less than 28 days beforehand. Cancellations earlier than this are refunded at 50%.

Attendees must have fully completed Yoga for Pain Foundations Level Training, including implementing feedback from assignments.

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