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Yoga for Pelvic Pain - Phoenix, AZ - December 5-6, 2020

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Price: $495 (Early Registrant Price $475)
Experience Level: Beginner
Contact Hours: 14.5

This two-day experiential continuing education course, developed by Dustienne Miller CYT, PT, MS, WCS offers participants an evidence-based perspective on the value of yoga for patients with chronic pelvic pain. This course will focus on two of the eight limbs of Patanjali’s eight-fold path: pranayama (breathing) and asana (postures) and how they can be applied for patients who have hip, back and pelvic pain. A brief history of yoga and yoga principles will be introduced, and research relating to the neuroscience of yoga and mindfulness will be presented.

A variety of pelvic conditions will be discussed including interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome, vulvar pain, coccydynia, hip pain, and pudendal neuralgia. The course will describe the role of yoga within the medical model, discuss contraindicated postures, and in how to incorporate yoga home programs as therapeutic exercise and neuromuscular re-education both between visits and after discharge. Learning will be gained through lecture, demonstration, and in small group practice. Participants will be able to demonstrate newly acquired knowledge on the second day of the course by creating home programs, allowing the clinician to integrate yoga home programs immediately upon returning to work. In addition to learning how to create yoga interventions for patients who have pelvic pain, the therapist will learn how to evaluate community resources for yoga and make appropriate referrals for ongoing yoga classes.

While no prior experience with teaching yoga is required, all participants must possess a working knowledge of pelvic pain conditions and foundational rehabilitation principles. Current evidence from fields of pain research, neurophysiology, and complementary and alternative medicine will be applied throughout this course. Patient education and home program handouts are supplied within the course manual and these documents will prepare the participant to incorporate specific yoga techniques into current pelvic rehabilitation practice.

While we will supply the essentials, participants are encouraged to bring a yoga mat, strap and yoga blocks if they are able to.



This course is intended for the pelvic rehab practitioner who wants to learn yoga techniques and tools to integrate into their practice, and is best suited to the practitioner who is currently evaluating and treating pelvic health. Foundational knowledge of the pelvic floor and pelvic girdle is recommended prior to attending this course. If you think this course would be a good fit for you and would like to inquire further, please Contact Us.

Day One:
7:30 Registration
8:00 Introductions, goals, objectivest
8:30 Lab: Home program example for coccydynia
9:00 Yoga as an ancient rehab tool
9:30 Anatomy of Yoga
10:30 Break
10:45 Role of pranayama in pelvic floor dysfunction
11:15 Lab: Pranayama
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Lab: Home program example for PBS/IC
1:30 Neuroscience of yoga and mindfulness
2:30 Break
2:00 Asana for pelvic pain (part 1)
2:30 Break
2:45 Asana for pelvic pain (part 2)
4:45 Break
5:00 Case Study
5:30 Questions
6:00 Adjourn

Day Two:
8:00 Questions
8:30 Lab: Home program example for vulvar pain/hip pain
9:00 Applying the evidence
10:00 Break
10:15 Yoga within the medical model
10:45: Creating your home yoga program
11:30 Lab: Home program example for pudendal neuralgia
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Yoga teaching experience
2:30 Questions
3:00 Adjourn

Upon completion of this continuing education seminar, participants will be able to:

1. Describe the evidence supporting the use of yoga for rehabilitation of hip, back, and pelvic pain conditions.
2. Teach 8 types of pranayama, which can be used as an adjunct tool in the treatment of pelvic pain.
3. Teach 8 warm ups to increase pelvic girdle awareness and decrease lumbopelvic and thoracic stiffness.
4. Teach 8 yoga postures with appropriate modifications for pelvic pain and associated movement dysfunctions.
5. List contraindications to specific postures as they relate to pelvic pain diagnoses.
6. Create a therapeutic yoga home program for clients with pelvic pain.
7. Describe the neuroscience of yoga and mindfulness as they apply to patient education and therapeutic programs.
8. Evaluate community resources and be able to refer patients to appropriate yoga instructors who can meet the needs of your client who has pelvic pain.

 NameStreet Address (Links to Map)
Course Location

St. Joseph's Hospital - Phoenix

124 W Thomas Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85013
Recommended Lodging

Hampton Inn Phoenix-Midtown-Downtown Area
(602) 200-0999

160 W Catalina Dr
Phoenix, AZ 85013
Nearest Airport

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Airport Code: PHX

3400 E Sky Harbor Blvd
Phoenix, AZ 85034


Directions from Recommended Lodging to Course Location: (click here if no map appears below)

Dustienne Miller, MSPT, WCS, CYT


Trading the skyscrapers of NYC for the hills of Sonoma County, Dustienne set up her clinical practice in Santa Rosa in 2012. After a wonderful year filled with sunshine and amazing food she moved to Bean Town to be closer to her family. Her clinical practice, Flourish Physical Therapy, is located in lively Copley Square, Downtown Boston. She is a board certified women's health clinical specialist recognized by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Dustienne weaves yoga postures and breathing into her clinical practice, having received her yoga teacher certification through the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.

Dustienne had the honor of speaking at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association in 2013. Her lecture, titled "Yoga for Pelvic Pain", was met with such enthusiasm that another session was added to accommodate her interested colleagues.

Her love of movement is apparent not only in her physical therapy and yoga practice, but also in her career as a professional dancer. Dustienne danced professionally in New York City for several years, most notably with the national tour of Fosse. She bridged her dance background and physical therapy working for Physioarts, who contracted her to work backstage at several Broadway shows and for Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

Dustienne passionately believes in the integration of physical therapy and yoga in a holistic model of care, helping individuals navigate through pelvic pain and incontinence to live a healthy and pain-free life. She is the creator of the yoga video series Your Pace Yoga. Check out her website, www.yourpaceyoga.com, where you will find her blog, guided meditation, and resources.)

Attention: We are unable to offer "retro-active" discounts (i.e. applying a discount to a transaction after the transaction takes place), so if you are interested in exploring discount options and you are unsure if your transactions is eligible for a discount, please contact us to inquire.

Multi-Course Discount

This 10% discount is available for a single registrant who wishes to enroll in 3 or more courses, and pay in one transaction. Registrants wishing to enroll in 5 or more courses should contact us for a customized quote. We can also apply this discount if 2 therapists from a single clinic/hospital enroll in 3 or more courses (ie Registrant A enrolls in Course X and Course Y, Registrant B enrolls in Course X, and Registrants A and B both work at Clinic Z). This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts. Registration and payment must be received at the same time in one credit card payment, one check or one envelop with multiple checks. This type of registration cannot be completed online, if you are wishing to receive the Multi-Course discount please call or email us directly for assistance.

Group Discount

This discount is available for a group of three or more registrants, who all work at the same clinic/hospital, enroll in a single course, and pay in a single transaction or mail in multiple checks in a single envelope. This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts.

Groups of 3-5 receive a 10% discount off the combined price of their group's registrations.
Groups of 6 or more should call or Contact Us so that we can properly create an invoice for your registration.

Student Discount

This 10% discount is available to current students who have yet to earn a license to practice at the time of course registration. This discount is not available to those therapists who have previously held a license, and are currently enrolled in a doctoral, or other post-graduate, program. This discount cannot be used in combination with any other discounts.


To get this discount when checking out online, use the code Student2021. (Note, this code is only valid for non-licensed students. The H&W admin team will verify that registrants signed up with this code are, indeed, current students prior to their attendance of the course).

First-Time Registrant Discount

This $50.00 discount is available to any therapist who has never before taken a Herman & Wallace course (no previous registrations) and can be used towards the registrant's first Herman & Wallace course (not applicable to Pelvic Floor Level 1/2A/2B or Capstone).

To apply this discount, please use the code FirstTimer2020 during check out. (H&W will check records to verify past attendance.)

Referral Credit/Discount

Any therapist who has already taken a Herman & Wallace course will earn a $50.00 "referral credit" if:

1. A therapist who has never taken a Herman & Wallace course successfully registers for his or her first course(s); AND
2. In the registration process, the first-time registrant gives the name and clinic/hospital of the therapist who referred them to Herman & Wallace.

A therapist who has earned a $50.00 "referral credit" may use this credit toward any course that is eligible for a "referral discount".

Guest Blogger Credit/Discount

Any therapist who completes a qualifying guest blog post on the Herman & Wallace blog will earn a $50.00 "guest blogger credit". This credit may be applied toward any course eligible for a "guest blogger discount".