Early bird $397 by Feb 21 | $497 USD after

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Pelvic Floor & 5 Diaphragms with Sam Akers

Welcome to Training the Pelvic Floor & 5 Diaphragms! 

25 hours Yoga Alliance CE credits and/or 23 Hours APD with the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

In this 25 hour training, we will explore the health of the pelvic floor and the anatomy and function of the 5 diaphragms of the body.  Trainees will learn how to teach students with common pelvic floor issues, such as pain, pelvic organ prolapse, and incontinence. The course is intended for experienced yoga teachers, health care professionals, midwives, doulas, fitness trainers, massage therapists, and just plain curious practitioners of yoga who want to deepen their practice.   

The course includes:

15 hours of videos plus and addition time on reading and short homework.  (Reading to be assigned closer to start time)

4 Live Zoom calls for questions and reflections. 

Course Learning Objectives 

Upon completion of training, you will be able to:

  1. Describe basic pelvic floor anatomy to students and clients. 
  2. Develop an awareness of the three muscular layers of your pelvic floor and explain techniques to students for developing awareness of their own pelvic floors.
  3. Practice a variety of breath techniques for pelvic floor health and guide students in exercises that incorporate these practices.
  4. Analyze pelvic floor complaints and symptoms and determine how they relate to common pelvic floor conditions.
  5. Design asana sequences that address pelvic floor muscles that have too little tone (hypotonic) and too much tone (hypertonic).
  6. Instruct students using appropriate language, easy to understand cues, and adjustments using verbal techniques and props.
  7. Describe basic anatomy of the 5 diaphragms, beginning with the feet, to students. 
  8. Understand the connection and alignment of all the diaphragms of the body and why this is of value to students and clients for their feelings of health and wellness. 

Topics include:

  • In-depth anatomy of the diaphragms, pelvis, hip flexors, rotators, and connective musculature and how they translate into pelvic health.
  • How posture affects the pelvic floor.
  • Identifying hypertonic vs. hypotonic muscles and the difference between a strong muscle, a tense muscle, and a loose muscle
  • The role of the breath and how this impacts the pelvic floor.
  • How to teach breath and asana to people with both too much and too little tone in their pelvic floors.
  • Guidance on gender-neutral language and working with transgender students.
  • Working with pregnant people and people with prostates.
  • Restorative yoga for the pelvic floor.

All videos and assignments will be self-paced. Please keep in mind that the recommended time to be 60-70% complete will be one month, so that you will be prepared with questions and reflections, for the live calls. 

DATES: March 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2025. 1st week of videos are released on 2/28.

Live Zoom Meetings: Thursdays 5:00-6:30pm (LONDON) | 6:00-7:30pm (BERLIN) | 9:00-10:30am (LOS ANGELES, CA) OR  12:00-1:30pm (NEW YORK) Recordings available if you can not make the time.

Cost: Early bird $397 by Feb 21, 2025 | $497 USD regular