Yoga for Women's Health

One in four women have moderate to severe pelvic floor dysfunction. Many doctors continue to dispel the myth that “nothing can be done, it’s just part of being a woman,” offering pharmaceutical or surgical options for severe cases. The reality is many women will benefit from movement, breath, and self-care that can complement or even prevent the need for medical treatment. Yoga can provide a platform to empower women with self-knowledge and practices that offer much-needed support.

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Women’s Health Physical Therapist and Yoga Therapist, Catherine Lewan, presents workshops for yoga teachers, therapists, and women’s health specialists help them gain the unique ability to teach therapeutic yoga to individuals or groups who are interested in reducing their risk or bothersomeness of symptoms.

After taking these courses you will be able to:

  • Offer effective, therapeutic yoga practices and valuable women’s health education to your group classes or private clients.

  • Support optimal core and pelvic floor function for yourself and your clients.

  • Discuss the relevant research that might guide our use of therapeutic yoga in women's health

  • Understand the benefits of an interdisciplinary approach to women's health issues, and how yoga can be incorporated into a care plan.

Appropriate for those who have some experience and general understandings of yoga and women's health issues. Workshops will include didactic and practical components, fusing evidence-based medicine with modifications for yoga to support women’s health. Eligible for CEU’s through Yoga Alliance. All three workshops will be held at Ganesha Yoga at 2054 W. Irving Park Rd in Chicago.  


Individual Workshop - $75 Regular Price
All 3 Workshops - $200

15% discount to Amala students and graduates

We are offering one full and one partial scholarship to someone connected to an socioeconomically diverse audience who might not otherwise have access to this material. To apply email outlining why you are seeking this scholarship and how you will use it to serve your community.

Catherine Lewan, PT, DPT, C-IAYT, E-RYT200
Catherine earned a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2010.  She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Orthopedic and Women’s Health sections, and she is dedicated to lifelong learning in these specialties.   She is passionate about bringing awareness to women’s health so that women are empowered to honor themselves and their families by living as radiant examples of health and wellness.  Catherine believes that mindfulness, compassion, openness, and present moment awareness create an optimal environment for healing and wellness, and she aspires to bring these qualities to her work as a PT and as an instructor.

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Pelvic Organ Support: Everything in its Right Place
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Sat, June 16th, 2-5pm
at Ganesha Yoga, 2054 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60618

Currently in the US, 1 in 5 women will have surgery to repair a pelvic organ prolapse, and yet it isn’t standard practice to screen for, or educate, women about this condition. Studies show that POP can be prevented or even reversed with simple exercise, breath, and movement strategies, and woman deserve this information before their bladder, uterus, or rectum is falling out of their body. Women don’t need to spend their remaining days in a headstand to slow the effect of gravity on pelvic organs... join Catherine to explore options for postures, pranayama and pessaries to keep your parts in place!

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Core Support for New Moms: Pulling It All Back Together
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Sat, July 14th, 2-5pm
at Ganesha Yoga, 2054 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60618

Some studies have found that 100% of women in their third trimester will accommodate a growing baby by overstretching the tissue that connects the abdominal muscles. Moreover, many will continue to have a gap in between the rectus abdominis (6-pack) muscles for months or years after delivery (vaginal or C-section,) reducing lumbopelvic support at a time when they need it most-- when caring for small children! Yogic techniques can jump-start the healing process and help mom find her inner core strength, which may reduce low back and pelvic pain. In this workshop Catherine will highlight relevant research and how to apply scientific evidence to a yoga practice that encourages healing and integrity of the abdominal wall to support mom’s ability to care for herself and others.

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Addressing Incontinence: What You Need to Know to Gain Control
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Sat, Aug 25th, 2-5pm
at Ganesha Yoga, 2054 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60618

Incontinence will affect most women during their lifetime, but that doesn’t mean we need to accept this as the norm, or the decreased quality of life that accompanies it. Female anatomy, childbirth, and aging are not insurmountable risk factors, and studies show that a simple intervention of education and yoga can reduce the frequency of leaks by 70%! Catherine has found that an individualized approach yields even better success rates, and can be easily incorporated into a yogic lifestyle. Join her to learn about the most common types of leakage and the specific practices that improve bladder function and restore a sense of safety and support at the root.

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This workshop is an introduction to common Women's Health conditions and supporting practices.

Core and Pelvic Floor

Sat, March 24, 12-2pm

Held at: Sweet Pea's Studio, 3717 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

This workshop is designed for women interested in learning more about their pelvic floor and core, and how to support it with yoga practices. We'll discuss female pelvic anatomy and physiology and shine light on unique features that put women at risk for dysfunction. We'll modify yogic practices that were initially designed and practiced by men to better meet the needs of a woman's body, helping her find her "center," during any stage of her life. Join Catherine, a certified yoga therapist and pelvic physical therapist, in a discussion and practice to highlight pelvic awareness and support of the following:

  • core strength, diastasis recti healing and low back pain
  • prevention and reversal of pelvic organ prolapse
  • urinary health and continence
  • regular elimination of toxins
  • sexual/reproductive function

This workshop is appropriate for all levels, and for pre/postnatal participants. No previous yoga experience required, just bring an open mind, your core and your pelvic floor! CE available for yoga teachers registered with Yoga Alliance.

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