Leslie Howard Workshop Details & Registration

Leslie Howard is offering a total of four workshops from Oct. 27-29: a two-part, 6-hour workshop, and three 2-hour workshops.


Oct. 27 (Friday), 6-8pm: Mini-Workshop: “Intro to the Female Pelvic Floor”

This is a two-hour introductory workshop that introduces the basics of the female pelvic floor, kind of “taster” of what is offered in the full two-part “Yoga for the Female Pelvic Floor” workshop (see below for full details). If you don’t have the time, or are hesitant to commit to the full six-hour, two-part workshop, this is for you! Or, if you learn best through repetition, consider joining both this Intro and the full two-day workshop. This workshop is open to women only.


Oct. 28 & 29 (Sat. & Sun.), 9am-12pm: “Yoga for the Female Pelvic Floor”

We ignore this zone until it causes us trouble; too often, the information and treatment we receive is unhelpful, dismissive, or plain wrong.

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

(Conditions: pelvic pain, lower back, hip or groin problems, discomfort during sex or while using tampons, skin irritation, leakage when laughing or sneezing, have to go the bathroom too often, prolapsed organs, complications from pregnancy and birth.)

In this two-part workshop, we will locate, assess, soften, stretch, strengthen and exercise the muscle groups of the pelvic floor, discuss abdominal health and how to utilize the pelvic floor in both daily life and in asana, and discuss mula bandha (root lock).

The workshop begins with anatomy, creating an understanding of what’s “down there”, along with lecture and discussion of the components of the pelvic floor and issues associated with it. Practice includes guidance in subtle, experiential movements to awaken understanding of this often-ignored area, followed by a series of specific exercises and asana (postures) for the pelvic floor. Finally, we will look at therapeutic application of postures and breathing for different conditions. Handouts will be provided.

  • This is a two-part workshop: three hours per day on Saturday, 9am-12pm and Sunday, 9am-12pm.
  • Workshop is open to women only. Bring your friends, sisters, mothers and daughters. Recommended for experienced yoga teachers, health care professionals, midwives, doulas, fitness trainers, massage therapists, and bodyworkers.
  • Although helpful, no yoga experience is required.
  • (Workshop may qualify for continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance. Check back soon for confirmation.)

Oct. 28 (Sat.), 2-4pm “Smart Ass, Dumb Ass: Finding and Strengthening the Gluteus Muscles”

As you practice yoga, do you tightly grip your butt muscles with all of your might, or is there a “lazy ass” you may not be aware of? The group of muscles known as the “glutes” consists of 3 muscles: Gluteus Maximus, Gluteus Medius and Gluteus Minimus. “Gluteus” is Greek for rump. How the rump works in yoga poses can affect the hip socket, the placement of the sacrum, the work of the legs, and how you experience the pose. This workshop was so well received at the Yoga Journal conference that an article inspired by it appeared in the March, 2015, issue.  Leslie developed this workshop as an extension of her work with the pelvic floor, as she noticed many yogis/yoginis not using their buttocks muscles properly.  This workshop provides a deeper understanding of anatomy and muscle use in standing poses and hip opening poses. As a result, you will experience familiar poses in an unfamiliar way, and learn to use your booty better.


Oct. 29 (Sun.), 2-4 pm “The Bees Knees: Yoga for Cranky Knees”

Bees have no knees! They have a femur and a tibia, but no knee joint.  Perhaps that is one of the reasons the expression means “the height of excellence”.   Those of us who struggle with knee pain know that the knee joint can be less than excellent.  If you struggle with knee pain, statistics show that you are not alone: one in five men and one in four women experience knee pain daily, and women are up to eight times more likely to suffer knee injuries than men. The key to avoiding knee problems is keeping the whole body aligned. That’s where yoga comes in.  Come join Leslie in this alignment-based therapeutic approach to different types of knee pain.


Packages:

  • “The Whole Enchilada”: All 4 workshops=$240 ($35 discount)

  • “The Big Combo”: Yoga for the Female Pelvic Floor+Smart Ass, Dumb Ass+The Bee’s Knees=$200 ($30 discount)

  • “The Small Combo”: Intro to the Female Pelvic Floor+Smart Ass, Dumb Ass+The Bee’s Knees=$120 ($15 discount)

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