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.
  • 1 x 1 hr Online Sample Yoga Practice Video led by Lisa Fitzpatrick, designed to revitalise and relax the pelvic floor.
  • 7 x guided audio tracks of Breathing, Meditation and Visualisation exercises, designed to increase awareness, tone, and relaxation for the pelvic floor muscles, led by Lisa Fitzpatrick (95 minutes total).
  • 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).

Because we understand that you’re fitting this course around other commitments that may include yoga teaching, working, or being a mother, you have 12 months to complete this course, and the information and resources in this course downloadable (yours to keep forever). How you pace your study-load, that’s up to you, and what works best for your lifestyle.

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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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 Teacher
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

“Lisa was so engaging! I loved her content and great mix of science and spiritual touch. Science can be quite dry so Lisa did well presenting the topic in an engaging manner.” – Ching, Singapore

“Lisa comes across as such a warm person. Her instruction is so clear and concise.” – Sarah, UK

“I really found this training extremely beneficial and educational on a professional level, and as a woman – highly empowering.”

— Fiona, QLD, Australia

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What past course participants say
'Thank you for your well researched and informative presentations as well as practicum. The course has been incredibly useful and beneficial for me as a yoga teacher, mother of a 5 year old, and being pregnant in my second trimester. It was very practical with information presented in a clear, concise and easy to understand manner. The practical component of the class allowed me to put theory to practice in my own personal yoga sessions as well as ideas for integrating pelvic floor strengthening into my classes. Lisa was very well-spoken and knows her stuff! She was able to present the more complex concepts in a familiar way. She was professional while also being warm and welcoming. Many thanks, Lisa, for a great course!'- Karyn, Maryland, USA
'This course gave me a much deeper understanding of the pelvic floor. Lisa is fantastic – very informative, with excellent additional information supplied during the lecture rather than just reading the powerpoint slides out loud. She is clearly knowledgable and passionate. The powerpoints and the accompanying resources were excellent. I found I was able to take additional notes during the lectures and then look over the supplied notes and feel like I really gained knowledge. I also appreciated being able to do everything in my own time. I feel like everything was covered in lots of detail and I was given language to help students understand how to use pelvic floor not just in yoga but in life.'- Anonymous (Online Pelvic Floor A&P for Women’s Health graduate, 2019)
'Thank you Lisa. I love your down to earth way of presenting your vast knowledge. A lot of love and peace is transmitted by you in your voice and work. Thanks for helping me connect to me. I will be using the techniques for own practice and in the future with others. I learnt a lot about the subject and also about myself.'- Jane, UK
'This program went above and beyond my expectations. Every woman, whether they are a student or teacher of yoga could benefit from this deeper understanding of their pelvic floor. Lisa’s tone and overall pace were absolutely wonderful. I have easily applied this teaching to my practice and relayed the information to students.'- Jeana, USA
'I loved this module! I searched high and low for a course with as much depth and comprehensive education surrounding pelvic health and asana connection – Bliss Baby Yoga never disappoints! The course was highly engaging and accessible. I have no doubt that I will be able to share this new knowledge with my students and make it easily digestible to them during practice. Lisa was simply amazing and concise. Very valuable and informative teaching!'- Quintella, USA
'I am so happy that this module came my way! I have been looking for something like this for ages, so thank you! It was very informative and I was able to expand my knowledge and had a few ‘aha’ moments. This is giving me some backing for how important relaxation is for the pelvic floor, it is so underestimated.'- Fee, Victoria, Australia
'I enjoyed this Pelvic Floor Anatomy & Physiology for Women's Health module. Just right amount of content - I enjoyed the fusion of evidence-based mainstream medical advice with yoga, and then layer that with a lovely attitude of the gentle feminine but powerful woman that is in each of us. The information felt reassuring, empowering and positive. I like how the practice starts with the very gentle movement and visualisation of the perineum - really helpful before starting the actual lift and hold, particularly in the early postnatal period when so many women feel numb.'- Isabelle, Northern Territory, Australia
'I definitely learnt a lot more in depth information about the pelvic floor and will feel much more confident and comfortable in my teaching. I look forward to incorporating the knowledge and techniques into my classes. It's great to find a teacher who is knowledgeable in western teachings as well as the yogic / spiritual side of pelvic health / women's health.'- Tiffany, NSW, Australia
'I found this course hugely valuable both personally and professionally. It was great to go so in-depth to the pelvic floor anatomy and physiology. The course was very easy to navigate and easily accessible. I loved the prac session as you could feel and sense into your body and pelvic floor and apply the theory in a practical way that brought all the learnings together. I found Lisa extremely knowledgeable in the subject and someone who genuinely has great interest and care towards women's health. She presented the information in an easy to follow format without over-complicating the delivery of the information.'- Kimberly, Sydney, NSW, Australia
'Lisa is a delightful person and easy to understand and listen to. So warm and friendly. Very thorough and professional. I was so so delighted with this course. The generosity of the offerings of knowledge far exceeded my expectations. Deeply grateful to Lisa and Bliss Baby for this course.'- Machel, New Zealand

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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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