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AYA Continuing Education July 2022: Bundle (Sustainer)

All 3 of the following Accessible Yoga Association Continuing Education events for July are included in this bundle.

Captioned replays available for registrants, with access for 30 days after the live events.



Foundations of Pelvic & Core Health for Yoga Teachers with Swaati Mehra-Ramcharan

Friday July 15th, 2022

9am-10:30am PDT | 12pm-1:30pm EDT

98% of people with lower back pain have pelvic floor issues.

Learn the foundations of pelvic health and what you can explore, teach and look out for as yoga teachers and fellow humans through this Workshop with Swaati Mehra-Ramcharan. We will explore pelvic health, the pelvic floor and 'core' health by learning anatomy, self exploration and unlearning common myths and stories we have been told.

Swaati will also discuss the functions and importance of our pelvic health and common pelvic health issues to be aware of for yourself and your students.

If you are aware of breathwork, you are already on the way to enhancing your pelvic health! Together we’ll dig into the importance of breathwork to your pelvic health, and also try a few breathing exercises.

By learning about and exploring pelvic health, we can serve our communities better by empowering them with information, and inspiring them to find their voices in their health journey without carrying the stigma and shame of pelvic health issues.

Anyone practicing yoga with a pelvis can benefit from this workshop.

Recommended props:

  • blocks, bolster (or a few pillows) and blanket



Yoga for Your Pelvic Floor - Embodied Integration through a Nonbinary Framework with Avery Janeczek Kalapa

Thursday July 21st, 2022

11am-12pm PDT | 2pm-3pm EDT

This is a warm invitation to explore some courageous, empowering sensing, feeling, breathing and healing focused on the special world of your inner pelvis.

Learn an innovative framework, some cool anatomy, and release, strengthen and bring somatic awareness to your pelvic floor. Explore the pelvis in a non-binary, gender affirming way.

Part anatomy lesson, part experiential asana class, nonbinary trans Iyengar Yoga teacher and Certified Pelvic Floor specialist Avery Kalapa will help you be in a healthier relationship with of your pelvic floor.

Through exploring specific actions and structural alignment through Iyengar yoga, you’ll learn some simple practices to support pelvic health, including good circulation, movement, relaxation, and stability.

Embodied integration though yogasana affects every layer, or kosha, of our being: These care centering practices can nurture healing on mental, psychic, emotional and energetic levels, too. The inner pelvis is powerhouse of vitality!

This class is all levels, and will include a brief Q&A at the end.

We will use props, if you have them: if possible have a chair, belt (or scarf), blocks (or books) and some blankets and/or throw pillows / towels handy.

This class might be for you if:

  • It's hard to feel what's going on down there. Your pelvis has been through a lot. but you know that connection and healing in this area could be so powerful.

  • You're dealing with pelvic pain, incontinence, prolapse, SI joint issues, sciatica, or other issues related to the pelvic floor.

  • You're curious, what the heck is mula bandha all about, anyways?

  • You've been told you should be doing kegels, but question (or maybe should be questioning) if that's actually helpful for your body.

  • You've wanted to take a pelvic floor class for a while, but cringe at the thought of someone saying "female/ male pelvis" and having to deal with binary gender, dysphoria, and cis norms in a supposedly healing space.
  • You want to learn about your body and energy in a way that affirms and uplifts.

Recommended for parents, yoga lovers, yoga teachers, teacher trainees, health care providers, and anyone with a pelvic floor!



Monday July 25th, 2022

3pm-5pm PDT | 6pm-8pm EDT | 6am-8am MYT (Malaysia)

This month, join experienced accessible yoga teachers Larissa Parson, Khim Ong, and Megan Peterson, along with host Tristan Katz, for a Community Forum discussing yoga and pelvic health. Presenters will share their experience and expertise on the topic, discussing whole-body approaches to pelvic health, the importance of shame-free spaces to explore pelvic wellness, how yoga teachers can effectively cue pelvic floor activation in classes, pre- and post-natal considerations, how we can support queer and trans communities in the realm of pelvic health, and more.

The panel discussion will last 90 minutes, including some time for audience questions. Participants are invited to stick around after the panel concludes for a 30-minute social mixer and networking session, with the option to share their own experiences and meet other community members whose work centers pelvic health & yoga.

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