The Pelvis is Everything

The Hellenic Centre, London


Course Description

The pelvis is at the center of the body. It is also at the center of our movements, on and off the mat. Usually, however, asana is taught with more of a focus on the spinal column or peripheral joints and structures. Bu when we learn to move from the pelvis, everything changes. In this course we will focus on the pelvis, its anatomy, and on its energetic importance to our lives through lecture and practice. We will study the part the pelvis plays in creating yoga poses, including standing poses, backbends, forward bends, twists and inversions. We will question with an open mind and heart some of the assumptions we make about the pelvis, and how we as teachers can open to a new way of seeing the pelvis and its potential in asana. We will explore the dance called “walking”, and the understanding that Eastern and Western cultures teach people to walk differently. We will also explore what physical and emotional consequences are associated with the way we walk. Included will be a discussion of the pelvic floor as well.

Course Structure

The first session of each day will focus on active practice and the second session on quiet asana practice like Restorative poses and pranayama. These practices take on new depth when done with an awareness of the importance of the pelvis and its position.


Required reading:

  • Yoga Myths: What You Need to Learn and Unlearn for a Safe and Happy Yoga Practice by Judith Hanson Lasater

Recommended reading:

  • YogaBody: Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Asana by Judith Hanson Lasater

Who is the Course for?

Yoga practitioners and teachers who are interested in exploring asana and movement through a new lens.

An Important Note about Props

Props greatly enhance your practice! The venue does not itself provide props or yoga mats - we will provide you with 1 bolster and 1 blanket.

You are  required to bring with you:

  • a yoga mat
  • 2 more firm blankets
  • 2 blocks
  • 2 bricks
  • 1 D-ring belt/strap
  • personal eye cover – light eye bag, head wrap or soft cover.

* Props may be stored in the venue overnight.


Upon completion of this workshop, you will receive a Yogacampus Certificate of Attendance. The course is also eligible for Yoga Alliance CPD credits.


Meet the Teacher

Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.d, physical therapist, has taught yoga all around the world since 1971. The is the author of 11 books, the latest of which is Teaching Yoga with Intention: The Essential Guide to Skillful Hands-On Assists and Verbal Communication. She is one of the founders of Yoga Journal magazine, and frequently teaches courses with her daughter, Lizzie Lasater.

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