Pelvic Floor Yoga

Leslie Howard is an Oakland-based yoga teacher, specializing in all things pelvic. She leads workshops and trainings nationally and has written a book about caring for the female pelvis, Pelvic Liberation.

She is a regular presenter for the Yoga Journal conferences and a regular contributor to Yoga Journal magazine. Her own struggles with healing her hips and pelvis led her to intense study of the anatomy, physiology, cultural messaging, history and energetics of this rich place.

Her teaching is informed by over 3500 hours of yoga study with senior Iyengar yoga teachers. She considers Ramanand Patel her most important influence and mentor. She has designed two very successful studies for UCSF on how to use yoga to alleviate incontinence and pelvic pain.

Each year, Leslie gives presentations to hundreds of women on anatomy, physiology, posture, proper breathing techniques, and asanas (poses), a system she developed called Pelvic Floor YogaTM

As a result many women have reported significant alleviation of symptoms including a decrease in pelvic floor issues thus lessening or eliminating the need for surgery and/or medication.

Yoga and The Pelvic Floor: A workshop for EVERY BODY

with Leslie Howard

May 6
Saturday | 12-5:30pm with Break



Please note this is a one day workshop that is also the first day of the Teacher Training.

Proper strengthening and stabilizing of the pelvic floor helps to create the correct foundation of each movement in the body. This is the true meaning of “core work.” Whether you experience any of these conditions, or are just plain curious about this region of the body, this workshop is for you:

  • pelvic pain
  • lower back, hip or groin problems
  • discomfort during sex or while using tampons
  • skin irritation
  • leak when laughing or sneezing
  • have to go the bathroom too often
  • prolapsed organs
  • pre and post pregnancy

This workshop we will locate, assess, soften, stretch, strengthen and exercise the muscle groups of the pelvic floor, discuss mula bandha, abdominal health and how to utilize the pelvic floor in asana. Part one of the workshop will begin with anatomy, lecture and discussion, followed by subtle experiential movements to awaken your understanding of this often ignored area. Part two, will be yoga asana to address the two types of pelvic floors. A series of specific exercises and asanas for the pelvic floor will follow. Handouts will be provided. Bring your friends, sisters, mothers and daughters. Although helpful, no yoga experience is required. This workshop qualifies for continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance and IAYT.
* all female identified or female assigned at birth people welcome.

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20 Credit Hours


May 6-9
Saturday & Sunday | 12-5:30pm with Break
Monday & Tuesday | 11am-4:00pm
Join Leslie Howard, author of Pelvic Liberation and creator of Pelvic Floor YogaTM, in a special yoga teacher training focused on the proper strengthening and stabilizing of the pelvic floor to create the correct foundation of each movement in the body.

This twenty-hour training is designed to help yoga teachers deepen their understanding of how to teach students with pelvic floor issues and apply Pelvic Floor YogaTM. The course covers various topics, including the cultural, medical, and historical contexts of women and the pelvis, current understanding of the pelvis, in-depth anatomy of the pelvis, hip flexors and rotators, how posture affects the pelvic floor, identifying hypertonic vs. hypotonic muscles, and how emotions and breath impacts the pelvic floor.

Other topics covered include teaching breath and asana to women who need more tone and those who have to much tone in their pelvis, how to hold a safe environment for women, what to do with the pelvic floor during all stages of pre and post-natal, and restorative yoga for the pelvic floor.

If you’re a yoga teacher looking to deepen your understanding of the pelvic floor and teach students with pelvic floor issues, this training is perfect for you.

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