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Squatting and the Pelvic Floor

19th October 2019
at Holy Cross

Squatting and the Pelvic Floor

Tutor: Judy Cameron

Date: 19th October 2019

Time: 10:00 - 16:00

Location: Holy Cross

Type of Event: CPD Days

Places Available: 1


Aims of the Morning

-to review current perspectives on squatting

-exploration in movement of the relevant anatomy and physiology in relation to squatting


Teachers will be able to:

- describe the possible restrictions to squatting

- practise a variety of preparatory moves to prepare for the squatting position

- suggest alternatives to squatting including props where appropriate

- list the occasions when deep squatting might be contraindicated

Aims of the Afternoon

-to relate the squatting position to everyday movement; the activities of daily living; general health; yoga; childbirth

-to understand the relationship between squatting and the action of the pelvic floor


Teachers will be able to:

- revisit the relevant anatomy both with reference to the skeleton (foot, pelvis, and spine) and the myofascia (in the legs, pelvic floor and buttocks)

- explore a variety of ways in which to reconnect with the process of squatting.

- explore a range of squats safely to develop an understanding of how different bodies might move in different ways.

-relate how squatting might be helpful in evacuation (toileting); resting; pregnancy and/or childbirth

-discuss the differing views surrounding pelvic floor exercises

- - teach pelvic floor awareness, and pelvic floor exercises safely and appropriately - relating any of these practices to yoga where appropriate.

Teaching Material Used On The Day

projector; speaker; flipchart; model pelvis

Methods of presenting the subject

Discussion; Asana class; pair work; powerpoint; handouts;

About the Tutor

Judy has practised Yoga for many years and has been teaching Pre and Postnatal Yoga since 1996. It was while working as a nurse in Bhutan that she first became drawn to Yoga, when expecting her first child.

She trained initially at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashram in South India. She subsequently went on to train for a further 2 years at the Active Birth Centre in London where she met Lolly and John Stirk. It was at this time that she came to understand how a more intuitive approach to Yoga, based on the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli, could transform her practice.

She gained her Diploma in Teaching Yoga with the British Wheel of Yoga in 1999 and has also completed a Diploma in Baby Yoga with Birthlight, and Yoga for the Special Child at The Special Yoga Centre in London.

Judy is Lead Tutor for the Yoga Scotland 500 hour Teacher Training course in Edinburgh and a BWY Module Provider for the Pregnancy and Postnatal Modules. Although she has spent many years working as a nurse and, since 2001 as a midwife, she has always had a deep interest in movement and is constantly searching for the ease with which movement can be facilitated for everyone.

Judy teaches General Yoga, Chair Yoga, Yoga for Pregnancy, Birth Preparation, Postnatal and Yoga for the Special Child in Scotland. Her current teachers and sources of inspiration are Diane Long, Christine Borg, Sandra Sabatini, and Gary Carter.

Judy lives in Highland Perthshire in an old farmhouse at the foot of a mountain overlooking a loch. The beautiful landscape reminds her of the many years she spent living in the Himalayas.

Outline plan for the day

10.00am Welcome

Introduction and outline for the day

10.05am Free thinking session listing what people particularly want from the day- FLIPCHART

10.15am Revision of anatomy and physiology MODEL PELVIS, FOOT

10.30am Foot and ankle exploration in movement

Introduction to the 3 "lost poses”

The art of untucking and freeing the tail

Explore the above in all fours, dog pose and lunges

11.15am How standing can inform our squat: Preparatory practices using

a rolled up mat; a chair etc.

Moving into asana: Tadasana; Virabhadrasana I; Trikonasana etc.

12.00 Transitioning to the Floor

12.20pm Modified squats and playful squats - including perspectives on


12.45pm Summary and Questions


2pm Powerpoint on Squatting - Cultural and Historical viewpoints

2.45pm Floor based practice and Somatics.

3.45pm Questions and Summary

4pm Close

Other Information

Aimed primarily at yoga teachers. Please bring a mat, belt, and 2 blocks. A cushion might be useful also.


Holy Cross
97 Park Road
WA15 6QG


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