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Well Woman yoga diploma

Well Woman yoga complements Perinatal yoga for the benefit of women with special requirements that cannot be met fully in general classes. The benefits of Well Woman yoga are inseparably physiological and psychological.

Discomforts that are not serious enough to warrant medical treatment may compromise women’s quality of life. These can be effectively addressed with yoga therapy, optimising pelvic tone and wellbeing. Yoga also helps women access a space of deep relaxation in which the psychological or mental roots of current conditions may be identified and addressed.

Yoga therapy is compatible with both mainstream care and complementary therapies. Well Woman Yoga empowers women to actively take charge of their wellbeing with body-based therapeutic tools that are simple and effective.

Who is this course for?

The course is open to:

  • Yoga therapists
  • Yoga teachers who hold a prenatal/ postnatal teaching qualification
  • Other therapists working in the areas of women’s health but who do not hold a yoga qualification can apply individually

Course outline

The course includes the teaching of specific restorative poses and flow practices, together with specially designed therapeutic micro-movements to benefit the neuro-endocrine and reproductive systems. Asana and movements, pranayama, relaxation, mudras and mantras are combined to promote pelvic tone and wellbeing and to optimise individual hormonal balance before conception, after childbirth and around menopause.

Course contents draw on a long experience of teaching and therapeutic applications of yoga to women’s reproductive health. Practices taught on the course carefully integrate the work of Eastern and Western healers and teachers, with references to classic yoga texts. Recent developments in somatic healing movement and yoga therapy are included. Some of the practices taught on this course are part of the Amazonian shamanic tradition.

The course offers practical resources for providing and sustaining Well Woman yoga classes for women with a variety of conditions, ages and life-situations. The yoga therapy taught on the course is directly related to anatomical knowledge, using visual materials and practical demonstration. Course participants are equipped with a variety of tested skills to address the needs of women individually in small groups within a welcoming and caring environment. This diploma course is taught in 2 parts. Part 1 is the Foundation Course and Part 2 completes the Diploma.

Well Woman yoga part 1 (4 days)

  • Day one sets the foundation of Well Woman Yoga. Relevant knowledge of anatomy and physiology is imparted using accessible visual presentations coupled with practical exercises for gaining specific awareness of the female pelvis and muscle chains that link it to the body as a whole. Selected relaxation techniques, restorative poses, adjustments and use of the breath in poses are imparted
  • Day two introduces applications of yoga for promoting hormonal balance, generally and in particular conditions associated with the menstrual cycle. Neuro-endocrine pathways and the effects of “yoga nidra” and deep relaxation are presented
  • Day three addresses common physical ailments linked with childbirth: weak pelvic floor and stress incontinence, scar issues, prolapses, fatigue. Emotional aspects related to these ailments are also considered. A pain-free pelvis and optimal pelvic floor tone contribute greatly to women’s wellbeing and positive energy
  • Day four provides yoga resources for the pre and peri-menopause period in a holistic perspective.Practices accessible to women who have no experience of yoga are offered as well as therapeutic adaptations for experienced yoga practitioners. The focus of the day is on the use of yoga for enhancing transformation and creativity in women’s lives at this special time of transformation.

Well Woman yoga part 2 (2 days)

Practices taught in Part 1 are reviewed and further resources are added. The focus on this course is on offering practical yoga-based resources for addressing
the effects of chronic stress and of trauma in women’s lives. The pathways of stress in women’s physiology are explored as the source of many reproductive health issues. Additional practices are offered to help women release past traumatic experiences. Case studies are used to illustrate how yoga can help women gain or develop awareness of past trauma and resolve past experiences in inner quietness, without being a substitute for psychotherapy or counseling. In Part 2, course participants are also able to discuss their different experiences according to their choice of fertility, hormone balance, post-birth repair or menopause as a focus for coursework. This makes the Part 2 course an enriching experience for all present.

How is this course assessed?

This course is assessed by means of a practical on the course followed by coursework consisting of two case studies (group OR one to one), a worksheet, a DVD/Book review and a home-study report. Participants are invited to select a focus on Day 2 (hormonal balance and menstrual disorders), Day 3 (post-birth repairs) or Day 4 (menopause) with an additional option on Fertility Yoga for their coursework.

What qualification is gained on this course?

On successful completion of the Part 1 and Part 2 courses, students gain the Birthlight Diploma in Well Woman Yoga that entitles them to offer Well Woman
Yoga classes or one-to-one sessions. The Diploma in Well Woman Yoga is awarded on the basis of both the student’s portfolio of coursework and a final practical on the Part 2 course.

The Diploma is the full qualification recognised for professional purposes.

Well Woman Yoga Diploma holders gain the status of Birthlight Practitioner in Well Woman Yoga after completing the Fertility Yoga short course.

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