Pelvic Floor Anatomy & Physiology for Women’s Health

Bliss Baby Yoga Pelvic Floor Anatomy Physiology Module Womens Health
About this course

So many women suffer from poor pelvic floor function that can be the cause of a number of conditions including pelvic pain, incontinence, back pain, organ prolapse, and even infertility.  A hypertonic (tight and weak) pelvic floor may even impact on how a woman gives birth, and, of course it’s well known that good pelvic floor strength and tone is so important for postnatal recovery and into menopause.

That’s why it’s so important that every woman gains a deeper understanding of the anatomy and correct function of her pelvic floor muscles and how they relate to the the integrity of her whole core (‘cylinder of control’).

This Online Extension Module taught by experienced physiotherapist and yoga teacher Lisa Fitzpatrick provides the important know-how to work safely and with integrity with your pelvic floor for maximum health and vitality as a woman—no matter your age or stage.

Lisa has a gift for overlaying the subtle yogic anatomy and a wholistic, yogic understanding of the body with the traditional scientific model of understanding.

Lisa offers a variety of supportive tools for working with the pelvic floor including the breath, visualisation, yoga postures, the yogic bandhas, postural awareness, as well as pelvic mapping and self massage (and palpation). This is a rich and juicy course!

  • 1 x 1.25 hr Online Video Lecture with Physiotherapist and Yoga Teacher, Lisa Fitzpatrick: “Pelvic Floor Anatomy 101” with accompanying powerpoint handout.
  • 1 x 1 hr Online Video Lecture with Physiotherapist and Yoga Teacher, Lisa Fitzpatrick: “Pelvic Floor Physiology 101” with accompanying powerpoint handout.
  • 40 minute Pelvic Floor Practicum— guided audio practice
  • Accompanying E-book “Awakening Shakti – The Pelvic Floor Playbook – For Vibrant Wise Women” by Lisa Fitzpatrick
  • Quizzes to test your knowledge of the content included in the course

Course comprises 5 non-contact hours in total, which can count towards required CPD (Continuing Professional Development) hours for Yoga Alliance and Yoga Australia members (certificate of completion issued upon completion of the course content and quizzes).

This special professional development module provides an important therapeutic foundation for the anatomy and physiology (function) of the female pelvic floor for yoga teachers and health professionals who work with women in their practice. It provides beneficial theoretical and practical knowledge that will benefit all women. It covers the following content:

  • Anatomy and physiology of the female pelvis—bones and joints of the pelvis, the key pelvic floor muscles, and the internal and external reproductive system.
  • Benefits of working with the pelvic floor and who is at risk of pelvic floor dysfunction conditions
  • Understanding proper function of the pelvic floor muscles— hypertonia vs hypotonia; and correct engagement— eg: differentiating between engaging of the pubococcygeus (Levator Ani) and improperly engaging obturator internus & piriformis muscles
  • The esoteric physiology of the pelvic and abdominal areas—bandhas and chakras and mind-body connection
  • Pelvic Floor conditions
  • Understanding the pelvic floor in relation to the stress response
  • Associated abdominal and core muscles—“the cylinder of control”; and how to work safely with the key abdominal muscles so as not compromise the health and integrity of your pelvic floor muscles
  • The pelvic floor and the breath (understanding how the pelvic diaphragm tethers to the respiratory diaphragm)
  • Postural alignment in relation to the healthy balance of the pelvic floor
  • Incontinence and Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) – prevention and management, including contraindicated yoga postures for prolapse
  • Healthy pelvic floor movement (relax and release)
  • Principles of integrity of the pelvic floor and tests
  • How various yoga postures (asana) can support pelvic floor tone
  • Gadgets, guidelines and myths relating to pelvic floor health
  • Pelvic mapping and Self-Release Technique
  • Instruction guidelines for working with the pelvic floor, including a beautiful sample practice (practicum) that incorporates subtle breath-work and visualisation techniques.

Once you’ve enrolled and your payment is confirmed, you’ll be sent an email with your log-in details to log into our special student section of the website where you can get started with your course. 

Our Pelvic Floor Anatomy & Physiology Extension Module is easy to navigate—it’s all clearly laid out and you don’t have to be a ‘techy’ person to figure it out!

This extension module consists of 3 modules, with a short quiz included at the end of the first 2 modules.  The quizzes are designed to help you consolidate the knowledge we share with you. An 80% pass mark is required, but don’t worry, the quizzes are multiple choice/ true-false and you can re-do them as many times as you need to.

Once you’ve reviewed all the content and passed the quizzes, you just need to give us your feedback (your feedback is sooo important to us!) and then you’ll receive your Completion Certificate that you can either print out or keep digitally to send to registration bodies (eg: Yoga Alliance / Yoga Australia) to gain all-important CPD (Continuing Professional Development Points).  The hours on your Completion Certificate for which you’ll be able claim CPDs are 5 hours.

A Completion Certificate (PDF electronic file) is provided once you’ve completed the course. The total course hours on this completion certificate is 5 non-contact hours.

Members of both Yoga Alliance and Yoga Australia are required to complete ongoing professional development to keep their membership current. By completing our Bliss Baby Yoga Online Extension Modules, teachers are able to accrue some of these necessary professional development hours as well as enhance their knowledge and skills in this specialised area of women’s health.

For Yoga Australia members, 12 CPD points (Continuing Professional Development) must be accrued each year to keep your membership active. These can be accrued through contact or non-contact hours of study. Our Online Pelvic Floor Anatomy & Physiology for Women’s Health Module is non-contact study, however as our course includes an assessment component (online quizzes), for Yoga Australia members (as per their Continuing Education Policy) the hours spent completing our course are counted as contact hours, core to yoga teaching (1 point per hour). This Online Extension Module is 5 hours, so Yoga Australia members will accrue 5 CPD points.

For Yoga Alliance members, according to their Continuing Education Requirements, every 3 years starting from your initial date of registration, each RYT and E-RYT must complete and log a minimum of:

  1. 45 hours teaching yoga, and
  2. 30 hours of yoga related training that is directly related to one of the Educational Categories, of which:

Our Online Pelvic Floor Anatomy & Physiology for Women’s Health Module (5 non-contact hours) can therefore cover 5 of the 20 non-contact hours of study and contribute to these CPD requirements.

PLEASE NOTE that our Bliss Baby Yoga training courses are designed as post-graduate study for qualified yoga teachers, and are not alone designed to qualify graduates to teach prenatal / postnatal yoga classes to the public if they are not yet a qualified yoga teacher (having completed a minimum Level 1 / 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training).

The pre-requisite to enrol in our courses is at least 6-12 months consistent prior yoga practice experience – so that you are familiar with the basic postures / practices / terminology and can therefore gain the most from this training. We strongly recommend undertaking a 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training in addition to our specialised teaching before teaching any public classes, so that you can be insured as a qualified yoga teacher. This Extension Module is recommended to be taken in conjunction with or following completion of our Bliss Baby Yoga Online Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training course or equivalent study.

FAQ: Can I get RPYT (Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher) registration with Yoga Alliance by completing the Online Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training course / Extension Modules?

Unfortunately Yoga Alliance RPYT (Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher) certification cannot be achieved through distance or online education, such as our Online Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training course, as there is a requirement of at least 75 contact hours of study (face-to-face training with a certified teacher). Any hours of study completed via distance / online are considered ‘non-contact’ hours.

Upon completion of our online training, graduates are issued with a Completion Certificate- noting the hours and content completed, and bearing our Yoga Alliance RPYS (Registered Prenatal Yoga School) stamp. This certificate can be submitted for CPD (Continuing Professional Development) points for your Yoga Alliance / Yoga Australia membership.

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Read more about accreditation here.

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What past participants say about our course presenter, Lisa Fitzpatrick:

“I could feel Lisa’s warmth and authenticity through the computer! The Online Lectures are very convenient and effective – and allow me to learn from home while my husband looks after our 10 month old! Thank you for giving me this time to learn more and nourish my yoga practice and teaching.” — Alison, Melbourne, AUS

“Lisa was able to deliver a traditionally dry subject of the science of anatomy with such life and in such an engaging way – I truly enjoyed her content and delivery.” — Zolia, NSW, AUS

“Lisa always brings such clarity and depth of knowledge to her teaching sessions. Her notes provided are thorough and detailed. The lessons are fun-filled and heart warming. Lisa’s classes are great way to learn. I only hope I can emulate her in some small way with my teaching.”— Rosalind, Victoria, AUS

“Lisa is so inspiring! She is so knowledgeable, an excellent presenter, and a beautiful person inside and out. I would love to spend more time learning from Lisa.” — Prue, NSW, AUS

“Lisa is AMAZING! Insightful, sweet and inspiring.” — Anonymous

“Great, informative lectures offered with such a generous spirit.” —Annie, Melbourne, AUS

“I could listen to Lisa all day.” — Anonymous

“Lisa is awesome! Amazing delivery – both anatomical and spiritual.” — Amy, Sydney, AUS

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Who is this course for

This module offers valuable professional development for yoga teachers and associated health professionals who would like to deepen their knowledge around working with yoga for their female students/ clients to support them in working to create optimal health and tone for their pelvic floor and pelvic area.

The information offered in this course can also be helpful for yoga practitioners to enhance their own awareness and safe, appropriate practice of working with the pelvic floor.

This module complements and extends on the information on the pelvic floor covered in the Bliss Baby Yoga Prenatal & Postnatal Anatomy & Physiology Extension Module.

This module is an ideal Extension Module to study in conjunction with (or after) any of our specialised online courses:- the Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training course, the Yoga for Fertility Course, or the Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Course.

Course Teachers
Lisa Fitzpatrick

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Lisa Fitzpatrick is a physiotherapist, best selling author, mother of two, yoga teacher, yoga teacher trainer (specialising in Anatomy & Physiology), and business coach who revels in supporting women to find their soul purpose. Lisa is a sought-after Anatomy & Physiology teacher, featuring as a specialty presenter on yoga teacher training courses throughout Australia.

Lisa has over 20 years experience working with people to improve health by promoting Mind-Body awareness. She has a specialised interest in women’s health, well-being and spiritual consciousness, and has a talent for making complex anatomical concepts simple and fun. As the founder of Sacred Women’s Business, a coaching and training business, Lisa provides coaching for intelligent and conscious entrepreneurs with a legacy.

Lisa is a co-facilitator of our Online Prenatal and Postnatal Anatomy & Physiology Extension Module, and contributes a guest lecture to our Online L1 Restorative Yoga Teacher Training course.

Kind words about Lisa from our graduates:

“Lisa is so inspiring! She is so knowledgeable, an excellent presenter, and a beautiful person inside and out. I would love to spend more time learning from Lisa.” Prue Stone

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Pelvic Foor Anatomy & Physiology Extension Module for Women’s Health
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1: Register

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2: Access

Once your payment has been confirmed, you’ll receive an email with your log-in details and a direct link to go ahead and log-in. (You can also always log in directly on our website using the “Log In” link in the top right hand corner.)

If this is not your first purchase on our site, you’ll receive a reminder email with your log in details for the account you already have with us. Once you log in to the site, you’ll be directed to your member page where you can access your course and get started!

(Note: if you have previously purchased other courses or classes with us, you’ll be able to conveniently see and access all of your courses here in the member section of the website)

3: Learn

Enjoy the learning!

Navigating your way through the course is simple and easy, but if you have any questions or issues at any time, we are only an email away!

4: Certificate

After completing the final quiz you’ll be prompted to complete a Feedback Form on the website and then, congratulations! You’re done! You will receive your course Completion Certificate that you can either print out or keep digitally to send to registration bodies (eg: Yoga Alliance / Yoga Australia) to gain all-important CPD (Continuing Professional Development Points).

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“This course was packed full of valuable information to help support a pregnant mom through her entire pregnancy and into the first several months of motherhood. It gave me an abundance of tangible material that is available to refer back to. I am completely satisfied with the contents of this course, which is accessible to anyone, anywhere, interested in developing their skills for prenatal and postnatal yoga. I have already recommended it to other teachers at our studio.” Mary (USA), Online Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training graduate
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"Thank you so much for an amazing online course. I was so blown away by all the beautiful content and felt like I received such a deep level of learning from it. I have been craving more knowledge and depth into Yoga for Fertility and you well and truly delivered. I ran a small workshop from my home on Sunday to put what i had learnt to practice. It was an intimate group of 3 women and it was just so beautiful! Thank you again. I'm so so grateful!" Jenny (NSW, AUS), Online L1 Yoga for Fertility TT graduate, 2017