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Yoga for the Postnatal Woman Workshop with Sally Parkes, BSc, SYT, YET

This is a four hour workshop for any 200 hour or more certified yoga teacher wanting to expand their knowledge of how to safely incorporate a postnatal woman into their general yoga classes, and who want to learn yoga asana sequences which are specific to this particular demographic.


5 East Hill, Wandsworth, SW18 2HT, London GB SW18 2HT

Type of Event

  • Workshop

Yoga Styles



Jun 16
13:00 pmto17:00 pm

Saturday 16th June 2018 from 1 pm - 5 pm



Full Description

You will gain knowledge on what is safe and unsafe to teach your postnatal clients and how to integrate mothers into your general classes, as well as more specific techniques for postnatal mothers.

1-2.30pm How does being postnatal change the abdominal area, pelvic floor and pelvis?
There are many changes during pregnancy and for some time after the baby is born, and in order to teach mothers effectively we need to know the mechanics of the pelvic diaphragm and pelvic floor, the anatomy of the pelvis and sacroiliac joint, and how all of these can be affected. Hormonal and postural changes also massively affect the physical and emotional body and this also needs to be considered when teaching postnatal women. These aspects shall all be discussed with a practical session to follow to put this theory ‘in action’.

2.30-4pm: Yoga for the Postnatal Woman – Practical Session
This ninety session will give the teacher tools to deliver safe and effective techniques on rebuilding the core whilst stabilising the pelvis, and address postural changes typical of the postnatal mother, known as ‘Kyphosis’. The class will be flowing and subtly energising with postnatal appropriate Sun Salutations, all linked with the breath and bandhas. A short balancing and warrior sequence will follow, focusing on rebuilding and strengthening the body to assist with the physical strain that inevitably comes with mothering. We will then move in to small subtle movements of the lower back and pelvis that mobilises the sacroiliac area of the spine and the muscles that surround the pelvis before shifting our awareness to the pelvic floor and breath work. Deep relaxation in the form of supported Savasana will conclude the session.

4-5pm: How to incorporate a postnatal woman in to a general yoga class.
Now we will look more specifically at how to safely incorporate postnatal women in to a general yoga class. Also certain asana such as strong inversions are not recommended, and it will be explained why we do not do these and what alternatives we can offer which are appropriate and more effective for the mother. The workshop will conclude with a brief Q and A session.