Yoga for Postnatal Recovery and Peri-Menopause CPD | STROUD
2 September 2017 | Saturday 10:00 – 17:00
with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
at Sitaram Studio, Tanglewood, Gunhouse Lane, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 2DB
Postnatal recovery and the peri-menopausal years are both often characterised by experiences of profound instability and physical and emotional vulnerability (including pelvic organ prolapse). There are links between these two life cycles.
This experiential day long workshop explores how yoga can support us during these special and challenging times. It is open to all women and to yoga teachers/ yoga therapists/ health care practitioners/ midwives / doulas who are seeking to support positive postnatal recovery and peri-menopausal experiences, either for themselves personally, or for their students and clients.
The day counts as continuing professional development (CPD) for teachers who have completed prior trainings with Uma, and can also count towards CPD points for general yoga teachers and teachers/therapists who have prior trainings in postnatal yoga, or yoga therapy for women’s health. Health care practitioners, midwives and/or doulas with an interest in yoga and postnatal recovery and peri-menopause are also welcome to attend, provided they have a living interest in and practice of yoga.
The intention of this day is to provide practical experience of breath (pranayama), rhythmic and restorative yoga postures (asana), energy locks and seals including pelvic locks (mulabandha, ashwini mudra and sahajoli mudra), gestures (mudra), and heart-based meditations (yoga nidra) that promote healthy postnatal recovery and optimal peri-menopausal energies. Supportive sequences of integrated yoga postures that are helpful during postnatal recovery and peri-menopause will be taught, and relevant case studies discussed. An overview of common postnatal and peri-menopausal challenges and opportunities will be discussed in relation to appropriate yogic responses. By the end of the day, participants will have a thorough understanding of the key practical and theoretical yoga therapeutic range of responses that are helpful to support vitality and well-being during postnatal recovery and peri-menopause.
There will be plenty of opportunities for questions and discussions of specific issues relating to postnatal and peri-menopausal periods. This means that if you have specific personal or professional interests relating to these vulnerable and powerful times in women’s lives that you are invited to bring your questions and experiences to share with the group. The programme is open to responsive, intuitive attunements and adjustments to meet the specific needs of those attending.
10.00 Welcome, meditation, introductions and motivations (reasons for attending the day).
10.30 Yoga nidra to support positive experiences of postnatal recovery and peri-menopause.
11.00 Overview of postnatal and peri-menopausal experiences, including relevant anatomy and subtle anatomy (energy pathways), and yoga therapeutic range of response, including to pelvic organ prolapse.
11.40 Short break
11.50 Practical yoga to support postnatal recovery and peri-menopause, including pranayama (breath), nada yoga (sound), rhythmic asanas to unblock energy (shakti bandhas), pointers for self-study (swadhyaya) – supportive inversions and restorative yoga, and fluid nourishing sequences of movement and breath to optimise prana for postnatal recovery and support during the peri-menopause.
14.00 Questions and offerings – issues arising from the morning practice and talks.
14.30 Exploring postnatal recovery and peri-menopause from a yogic perspective: considering the links between these two important times, and the significance of breath, relaxation and relevant appropriate use of supportive bandhas (pelvic locks and seals).
15.00 The energetic dimension of yoga for postnatal recovery: acceptance of change, clearing energy blocks, surrender, support, sangha and promoting a connection with the inner teacher.
15.30 More on practical support through yoga practice: including pelvic and emotional support.
16.00 Mantra and yoga nidra to optimise prana flow in the heart/womb meridian
16.30 Further questions and evaluations **16.40* Closing meditation and shakti circle for support of postnatal recovery and peri-menopause.
Total yoga nidra tracks for postnatal recovery and peri-menopause freely downloadable from www.yonishakti.co and www.yoganidranetwork.org
A free CD of relevant pranayama and yoga nidra practices will be provided for all participants on the course (Yogababies).
Pre-course reading / viewing
Please familiarise yourselves with the Healing Breath pranayama before the workshop:
Extracts from Mother’s Breath available to read here:
Optional suggested course reading (during and after the day workshop)
Yoni Shakti by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
Cost and Booking
The cost of this day workshop is £83
To book go contact email@example.com
STATEMENT of INCLUSION
A genuine welcome and appropriate support for women considering attending any of our courses from Uma:
“Please know that I warmly welcome all women of all stages of life to my courses. My assistants and I and make every effort to ensure that everyone is genuinely supported and honoured by providing appropriate practices during courses, retreats and workshops.
There is no exclusion from practice or teaching space on account of womanly needs. For example, menstruating women are offered suitable practices to support their bleed time, menopausal woman are given opportunities to rest and/or adjust room temperature as necessary, and pregnant women are provided with the props and time and space they need to be at ease in the learning/retreat environment.
Lactating women are welcome to express milk, and/or to feed their children in comfort in the main class space if they chose, or to be provided with an alternative comfortable and appropriate space to do so. Lactating women will never be asked by myself or any of my assistants to go into the toilets to express milk or feed their babies on my courses, and menstruating, premenstrual or menopausal women will never be excluded from practice because of their current physical or emotional needs.
I walk my talk. I care very passionately indeed about the rights of women to celebrate the experiences of being a woman, including menstruating, navigating the premenstruum, ovulating, being pregnant, menopausal or breastfeeding and expressing milk. I spent three years of my life pregnant, eight years of my life breastfeeding, and seven years as a breastfeeding counsellor, where I saw that disrespectful attitudes towards breastfeeding adversely impacted on women’s confidence and capacity to breastfeed feed their children. As an advocate of conscious menstruality, I also observe that the cyclical fluxes of menstrual and menopausal experiences are neither recognised nor honoured by many yoga teaching approaches ,and this disempowers women by encouraging a disconnection from their naturally arising flow and change at emotional and physical levels.
I observe that in many yoga teaching environments there is an implicit disrespect or exclusion of menstruating, menopausal, premenstrual, pregnant or lactating women simply because their physical and emotional needs are disregarded, or seen to be inconvenient and disruptive to the general flow of teaching. As an antidote to this, I actively welcome the opportunity to met these needs in my courses and workshops as a chance to encounter a deeper and broader range of yoga practice appropriate to all stages of life.
I seek to ensure that on my courses nobody is disrespected or excluded because of their experiences or women’s life stages. Everyone is invited to be comfortable and at ease, knowing that their particular life stage experiences are honoured and welcome.”