Are you a yoga teacher who wants to learn how to teach students with unique therapeutic needs? Or a student who wants to learn more about his or her own practice?

If this sounds like you, you won’t want to miss the therapeutics bonanza coming to the Bay area in February 2012!

This weekend includes workshops from Cora Wen, Leslie Howard and Sterling Painton–all experts in the body, yoga and their unique areas of specialization.

Saturday, Feb. 4 (Women only) | Palo Alto California Yoga Center
2:00-5:00pm: The Female Pelvis with Leslie Howard
5:30-7:30pm: Crossing the Bridge (yoga for women’s lifespan) with Cora Wen

Sunday, Feb. 5 (Men and women welcome) | Mountain View California Yoga Center
2:00-4:30pm: Yoga for Parkinson’s Disease with Sterling Painton
5:00-7:30pm: Rotator Cuff Relief with Cora Wen

Workshop Descriptions

The Female Pelvis | Leslie Howard | Sat, Feb. 4 | 2:00-5:00pm

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.” Whether you experience any of these conditions (or are just plain curious about this region of the body) this workshop is for you:

*pelvic pain                           *leak when laughing or sneezing

*skin irritation                     * have to go the bathroom too often

*prolapsed organs               *discomfort during sex or while using tampons

* pregnancy and birth        *lower back, hip or groin problems

Before change is possible, you must be able to visualize, find and access the muscles of the pelvic floor. In this workshop we will locate, assess, soften, stretch, strengthen and exercise the various muscle groups of the pelvic floor, discuss what mula bandha is (and is not), 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. Then we will begin with a series of specific exercises and asanas for the pelvic floor.  We conclude with some asana that spotlights the pelvis and hip joints. Handouts are provided to help you retain what you have learned. Bring your friends, sisters, mothers and daughters. Although helpful, no previous yoga experience is required. This workshop qualifies for continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance.

Crossing the Bridge | Cora Wen | Feb. 4 | 5:30-7:30pm

As yoga teachers, students and women, there is a growing need and desire for knowledge about aging naturally, gracefully and with ease–regardless of our current age. In this multi-generational workshop, we will explore the female body as a vessel for learning.

We will learn how to set up and practice specific yoga poses that are beneficial for women throughout their lifespan–including fertility, pregnancy, perimenopause and menopause. In addition, we will introduce basic pranayama, or breathing exercises, to support the body through these various stages of life.  This workshop qualifies for continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance.

Parkinson’s causes brain cells in the substantia nigra (Latin for “black stuff”) to die off. This area is where the neurotransmitter dopamine gets manufactured, and without dopamine, the brain’s circuits start misbehaving. When the substantia nigra is 50 to 80 percent gone, one begins to experience Parkinson’s symptoms, and slowly lose smooth motion of all kinds.

Hand Therapy Yoga (Parkinson’s Disease) | Sterling Painton | Feb. 5 | 2:00-4:30pm

In today’s world of computers, cell phones, texting and iPad-ding, our hands, forearms, shoulders and necks suffer through repetitive movements of our wrist and forearm. As we age, these joints become less mobile and the stresses of our cyber life can create physical restriction or pain. All of us will experience loss of motor functions as we age, and this is particularly true of the hands.

Sterling will share sequences to help keep your upper extremities open and free, while improving mobility in hands and fingers. Freedom in your hands translates to the neck, back and shoulders. Open the wings of your arms and experience increased  lift and length in your spine!

Sterling Painton has worked with people living with Parkinson’s Disease for over 8 years, and has developed a programme to keep hands and arms mobile and supple. For people living with Parkinson’s, hand tremors, contracture and muscle weakness are affected early in the illness, and coordination of the fine motor control of fingers is often one of the first signs of Parkinson’s. These sequences can be of benefit to anyone living in our modern cyber lifestyle. This workshop qualifies for continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance.

Rotator Relief | Cora Wen | Feb. 5 | 5:00-7:30pm

The Shoulder is the most complex joint in the body. It has the most mobility, and the least stability of any other joint. We see many injuries in this area from overuse, lack of strength and the general wear and tear of aging.  When life incidents happen like an unexpected fall, a sudden stress stretch or an accident, most of the time, rotator cuff tear symptoms develop. Providing treatment when signs of injury occur is crucial in the overall healing of a shoulder.

Join us for a few hours to learn about the mysterious and magical shoulder joint and how to keep the rotator cuff attachments safe and supple. This workshop qualifies for continuing education credits with Yoga Alliance.

Saturday only
: $150
Sunday only: $150
Saturday & Sunday: $250

To purchase, please contact Cora’s assistant, Anna at for payment details.

*Workshops can only be purchased by the day, not by the session.


Leslie Howard is a San Francisco-based yoga teacher, specializing in all things pelvic.  Her own struggles with healing her pelvis led her to intense study of the anatomy, physiology, cultural messaging, history and energetics of this rich place. Her teaching is informed by over 3000 hours of yoga study with senior Iyengar teachers, notably Manouso Manos.  She considers Ramanand Patel as her most important influence and mentor.  She leads workshops and trainings nationally and is co-writing a book about awakening the female pelvis. More information about Leslie here

Sterling Painton has worked intensively with Senior Iyengar teacher Manouso Manos, and is a Certified Relax & Renew and Experiential Anatomy Teacher with Judith Hanson Lasater. Initially trained with Himalayan Institute, Sterling has continued an extensive and intensive path of study in traditional Yoga and healing arts. Learning how to heal her own body, Sterling continues to learn and share information to help others, and in the last 8 years, has become an advocate of Older Adult Fitness teaching  Senior Chair Yoga and Group Exercise for People living with Parkinson Disease. Sterling lives and teaches in Pittsburgh PA at Sterling Yoga, studio host for YogaBloom Advanced Yoga Traning 300-hour program.

Cora Wen is a yoga therapist and founder of the Yoga Bloom Advanced Yoga Training 300-hour program. As a yoga teacher’s teacher, her lineage spans two decades and she is a virtual who’s who among American yoga “pioneers.” Her funky style fuses her playfulness, anatomical precision, and Chinese Meridian magic. Cora sheds a refreshingly unique light on asana, while imparting ancient wisdom of the ages. Open to beauty in the imperfect and the acceptance of change in body, mind, and spirit.