In this course, you will deepen your understanding of the power of the core with both a lecture and lab component. As therapists, we are experts on the importance of the transverse abdominals, but this course will also bring you into the bowl of the pelvis. You will leave confident in your skills to assist patients in engaging their pelvic floor and how to address dysfunction at the sacrum and sacroiliac joints perpetuated by some yoga poses with possible pose alterations to fit clients with SI dysfunction or to prevent SI irritation. This course will take you through assessment via observation and manual skills and provide ideas for teaching our patients to link breath and movement to enhance the support of the core and pelvic floor—versus utilizing unhealthy breath patterns and bearing down to "feel" strong.
Stephanie Powell, PT, RYT, earned her MSPT from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2006. She has practiced yoga since 2001 and completed her 230-hour yoga training through the Yoga Center of Minneapolis. Stephanie has advanced training in Medical Therapeutic Yoga, visceral mobilization, Michigan State manual therapy/OMT, aquatic therapy, Graston, and myofascial release. She specializes in treating pelvic floor dysfunction and chronic pain/spine rehabilitation.
Sandi Richey, PT, DPT, RYT, earned her degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013. She has practiced yoga since 2004 and completed her 230-hour yoga training through the Yoga Center of Minneapolis. Sandi has advanced training in Medical Therapeutic Yoga, Reiki, Barral neural and visceral mobilization, Michigan State manual therapy/OMT, dry needling, aquatic therapy, Graston, Kinesiotaping, myofascial release and vestibular rehabilitation. She specializes in treating general orthopedic, chronic pain and spine patients as well as providing rehabilitation in acute care.
Location: Mayo Clinic Health-System Luther Campus
Time: 8 AM to 3 PM with 1 hour for lunch (not provided). Approved for 6 contact hours by the WPTA.
- Introduce therapists to yoga background, philosophy, principles and types.
- Explore the natural overlap between the principles of yoga and the foundational knowledge therapists have of the core.
- Provide safe yoga recommendations for both home and class practice.
- Introduce potential injuries with yoga:
- Evaluate key yoga poses in regards to common malalignment and injuries.
- Develop methods to focus on truly incorporating the core and pelvic floor for stability of the sacrum and lumbar spine.
- Learn how to teach yoga techniques for enhancing postures already highly utilized in therapy practice such as isometric activations in static postures as well as breath, core and scapular control.
- Explore modifications for yoga positioning allowing therapists to better guide the patient to safely and effectively engage core and pelvic floor.
In Preparation Please:
- Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely.
- Bring your own yoga mat if you have one. If you do not have one, please bring a towel or blanket.
- Yoga is generally practiced in bare feet but socks are appropriate. If wearing socks, make sure you are able to maintain your balance.
Mayo Clinic Health System, Luther Campus
1221 Whipple Street
Eau Claire, WI 54703
- Park in Employee Parking Lots circled in yellow below
- Enter the main doors of the Luther Building circled in yellow below
- Take elevators to the Lower Level
- Follow signs to the Gold Conference Room