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Leslie Howard

Listen to Your Pelvic Floor

11/1 3HR Workshop

11/2-3 Weekend Intensive

  • 3HR Workshop
  • Weekend Intensive
  • About Leslie Howard
  • Tuition

Introductory Pelvic Floor Workshop

Yoga and the Pelvic Floor, for everyone

Proper strengthening and stabilizing of the pelvic floor helps to create the correct foundation of each movement in the body. This is the true meaning of "core work."

In this workshop we will locate, assess, soften, stretch, strengthen and exercise the muscle groups of the pelvic floor, discuss mula bandha, abdominal health and how to utilize the pelvic floor in asana. The workshop will begin with anatomy, lecture and discussion, followed by subtle experiential movements to awaken your understanding of this often ignored area. A series of specific exercises and asanas for the pelvic floor will follow. We will look at therapeutic application of postures and breathing for different conditions.

Suitable for

Whether you experience any of the conditions below, or are just plain curious about this region of the body, this workshop is for you: pelvic pain, lower back, hip or groin problems, discomfort during sex or while using tampons, skin irritation, leak when laughing or sneezing, have to go the bathroom too often, prolapsed organs, pregnancy and birth.

This workshop is open to women and men. Although helpful, no yoga experience is required.

Daily Schedule

11/1 (Fri)
18:30 – 21:30

CE Credit

3 hours of CEU credits for Yoga Alliance.

Navigating the Female Journey with Strength and Ease: for women only

This weekend workshop will address the many phases of a woman's life and how certain yoga practices can help.

Yoga practice can address all the life cycles of the female body. There is good evidence that practices like yoga help the body to release chemicals into the bloodstream that bring you a sense of well-being and contentment.

Day One – Opening to Grace – will focus on practices to offer relief from menstrual difficulties, infertility issues, painful sex, general pain in the pelvic region, and much more.

Conventional wisdom in the yoga community is there should be a conservative approach toward asana practice during menstruation. We will look at menstrual sequences consisting of prop-supported poses—mostly forward bends. This approach has been found to be helpful for infertility and pelvic pain. Many women can feel tired and introspective during their cycle, others don't feel the need to change anything about their practice during menstruation. We will discuss menstruation, the energy body and an informed approach to asana and breath practice.

Day Two – Aging Gracefully with Yoga – will address how to continue to cultivate steadiness and ease throughout the transitional time of menopause, including peri-menopause, menopause, and the years that follow.

The largest scientific study to date found that the symptoms associated with menopause can last up to fourteen years after a woman's last period. Menopause means fluctuating hormones, which can make sleep more difficult, belly fat harder to combat, feelings of irritability can increase, and desire for sex sometimes diminishes. But yoga and pranayama can help. In one study, yoga practice cut hot flashes by 31%, and other research has found that regularly doing yoga improved libido, mood, insomnia and craving control. This workshop builds on Leslie's experience with the pelvic floor, having her own menopausal symptoms, and years of working one-on-one with women going through the "change".

Suitable for

This class is appropriate for all women in all stages of their life; whether you are in or post menopause, teaching to or in the company of women in menopause, or anticipating aging yourself.

*The class is for women only

Daily Schedule

09:00-14:00 (including 1 hour break)

CE Credit

8 hours of CEU credits for Yoga Alliance.

As a yoga practitioner and teacher, I specialize in the use of yoga for many issues but specifically for pelvic floor problems. After suffering from hypertonic pelvic syndrome, I found relief from my symptoms by a careful application of Iyengar-style/influenced yoga and breath work and since then I have continued to refine and develop the application of yoga for the pelvic floor for myself and others. To this end, for the past twelve years, I have taught women of all ages to practice yoga to alleviate pelvic floor conditions, including urinary incontinence and pelvic pain, through a combination of small group teaching, public workshops, and national conferences.

A few times a year I teach a twenty hour teacher training for therapeutic application of yoga and pranayama to help alleviate symptoms for pelvic floor issues. There is an optional certification process available after the training. I am currently the director of the Piedmont Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training program and part of the core faculty for their 300 Hour program.

Experience and Certifications

I have over 3500 hours of yoga study and 20 years of yoga teaching. Unlike the western medical academy, there does not exist an analogous institution of higher learning in yoga. Instead there exist various schools of yoga and students who learn through close apprenticeship with a teacher. The school that I am most closely affiliated with, Iyengar, is known for its focus on anatomy including proper alignment of the body, precision of asanas, sensitivity to injury, and keen attention to asana sequencing. I have studied intensively with top-tier teachers in the Iyengar school: Ramanand Patel, Tony Briggs, Patricia Walden, and others. I hold a 320-hour Advanced Studies Certificate from Piedmont Yoga Studio, a 300-hour Tony Briggs teacher training certificate, and a 500 hour Yoga Alliance certification.

  • Designed yoga study for pelvic pain at University of California, San Francisco (42% success rate)
  • Designed yoga study for incontinence at University of California, San Francisco (70% success rate)
  • Yoga Alliance Certified 500 hour E-RYT
  • Member of the International Pelvic Pain Society
  • Ramanand Patel, San Francisco, CA Iyengar studies from 1998 to present (1000+ hours)


In my workshop I’m really truly introducing a lot of women to their pelvises whether they have a problem, don’t have a problem, whether they think they’re too loose in their pelvic floor or too tight in their pelvic floor. You need to know what’s there, you know, you need to know how to move it. You need to know how to stretch it and strengthen it.

Positive Benefits

Each year I give presentations to hundreds of women on anatomy, physiology, posture, proper breathing techniques, and asanas (poses). As a result many women have reported significant alleviation of symptoms including a decrease in pelvic floor issues thus lessening or eliminating the need for surgery and/or medication.

3HR Workshop

Early Bird Price Register till 2019/9/16 Pre-training Price Register between 2019/9/17-10/11 Regular Price
SPACE Member NT$2,600 NT$2,950 NT$3,250
NON-SPACE Member NT$2,760 NT$3,100
SPACE Member with workshop discount voucher NT$2,275 From 2019/9/17, Member or non-members rates apply to all
SPACE 200/500 TT Graduates NT$2,450
  • The actual class capacity and discount will refer to the actual payment date.

Weekend Intensive

Early Bird Price Register till 2019/9/16 Pre-training Price Register between 2019/9/17-10/11 Regular Price
SPACE Member NT$6,900 NT$7,800 NT$8,650
NON-SPACE Member NT$7,350 NT$8,200
SPACE Member with workshop discount voucher NT$6,050 From 2019/9/17, Member or non-members rates apply to all
SPACE 200/500 TT Graduates NT$6,500
  • The actual class capacity and discount will refer to the actual payment date.


  • Event Location: SPACE YOGA Anho studio
  • Minimum number of registration to hold the course: 25 students
  • No photographing and scene recording in the teacher training.
  • To register and reserve your space for the course, please first fill out the online application form then complete the payment process.
  • If you have any questions regarding the course, please email

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