4/16-5/21 - Only the first class will appear on the schedule.
Are you interested in learning more about the anatomy of your pelvis, your pelvic floor muscles, and how to properly practice pelvic floor contractions (aka Kegels)? Have you ever wondered why a menstrual cycle is typically the same length as the moon cycle? Whether you menstruate or not, you may notice that your energy changes during the course of this cycle, just like the visible moon. This series will explore your connection to your body and the moon cycle, led by Mandi Jo Murtaugh, a physical therapist and Board Certified Women's Health Specialist.
Discuss the anatomy of the pelvic floor, how it relates to your core and your breathing, and how to bring balance to this integral, yet often ignored, part of your body.
Honor the moon cycle with postures (asana) and practices (pranayama, meditation) that honor both the waxing and waning energy in our cycles.
Education about the anatomy of the female pelvic floor musculature, relationship of the pelvic floor to abdominal core/musculature and breathing, and how to incorporate all of that into your yoga practice.
Focus on pelvic floor strengthening and relaxation
Gentle postures and flow around the new moon, as well as a faster pace and intensity around the full moon.
Discussions will cover changing energy throughout the moon cycle, creativity, and various issues particular to women re: childbearing, menopause, pelvic pain, etc.
This series is for any self-identifying woman age 16+.
What to Bring
Any props from home (not required) like block, bolster, blanket, pillow, etc
Mandi was first introduced to yoga in high school, through a VHS tape in her friend’s living room. She found the physical practice vital to countering stress through college and graduate school. She was so fascinated by the human body during her freshman Anatomy & Physiology class, that she decided she wanted to work in a field where she got to talk about the human body every day. That led her to a career in Physical Therapy, where she gets to teach patients about their bodies every day. When she learned there was a Women’s Health specialty within the PT field, she blazed down that trail. Teaching women about their bodies, in all shapes and sizes, and all the parts and functions people don’t openly talk about has been such a rewarding vocation. She always dreamed of teaching yoga on the side, but “career” always seemed to win out—until recently when she made a change, moved to Tacoma, and finally took her first 200-hour yoga teacher training with Synergy Yoga School in Seattle. Through her training she discovered the depth of yoga, beyond the physical postures. She has taught various workshops in yoga studios around Portland and Seattle combining Pelvic Floor and yoga over the years, and is thrilled to bring her passion about both topics to Tacoma. She is a Montana native who spent time in Portland and Seattle before falling in love with the City of Destiny. When she’s not with patients or on her mat, she can be found quilting, wandering the woods at Point Defiance, or playing with her new rescue pup Reba.