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Understanding the Core and the Pelvic Floor

A talk by Lisa Fitzpatrick

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A sound physiological understanding of the pelvic floor, transversus abdominus and the relevance to mulabanda is a foundation for safe yoga practice. Yet many yoga teachers are not aware of the potential for damage to the pelvic floor that some asana and pranayama practices can cause. Did you know that 65% of women and 30% of men sitting in a GP waiting room report some type of urinary incontinence, yet only 31% of these people report having sought help from a health professional (Byles & Chiarelli, 2003: Help seeking for urinary incontinence: a survey of those attending GP waiting rooms, Australian and New Zealand Continence Journal). These statistics increase for women involved in manual work including mothers and yoga teachers. Continence is closely related to core and pelvic floor muscle function.

Learning outcomes
● the reasons why care of the core and the pelvic floor is so fundamental and what cues to use to keep our body and our students' bodies safe. ● We'll learn 5 keys for prevention and management of injury and dysfunction. ● Most importantly, we'll have an opportunity to experience some simple practices to enhance our awareness and embody the concepts we cover together.

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