YOGA with Special guest: Diana Perez


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Yoga and the Pelvic Floor

(course in English)

 Pre-requisite: (entry level) course in uro-gynecology,  The Physical Therapy Approach to Female Urinary Incontinence (or equivalent)


Diana Perez

Diana Perez 

Physiotherapist / Sports Physiotherapist / Certified Yoga Therapist 

 Diana is a sports and rehabilitation physiotherapist (McGill University 1985) who has worked in the medical field and fitness industry for over 30 years. She has advanced specializations in Sports Physiotherapy, Manual Therapy, Back & Neck Rehabilitation, Muscle Energy and Myofascial Release. She has completed a Masters Thesis Degree in Rehabilitation Science (McGill University 1993) with a specialty in Therapeutic Exercise Prescription and Program Design. She also has formal training in the areas of wellness, naturopathy, ayurvedic medicine, nutrition and acupuncture.

Diana has presented at various national and international congresses and conferences in the areas of physiotherapy, sports medicine and yoga therapy. She taught for 20 years at the School of Physical & Occupational Therapy (Faculty of Medicine) of McGill University. She is the founder and previous owner (1997-2009) of the Medi-Club Physiotherapy and Medical Wellness Centre (Beaconsfield, Quebec), where she continues to practice as a clinical physiotherapist.

 She is nationally certified as a Sports Physiotherapist and has provided medical services to all levels of athletes – provincial, national and professional – since 1985. 

Diana  has been practicing yoga since 2000, has two teacher training certifications (Yoga Alliance Registered- Hatha & Ashtanga) and is also a Certified Yoga Therapist through the Professional Yoga Therapy Institute. Her yoga influences have been mainly from  the schools of Hatha, Ashtanga, Moksha and Anusara. Her training includes numerous immersions, workshops and courses leading to specialties in Yoga Therapy, Yin Yoga, Yoga Alignment and Sequencing, and Pranayama. 

She is the founder and director of the Canadian Yoga Therapy Institute, a faculty member of the Integrated Health Yoga Therapy Program and Sun and Moon Yoga Teacher Training Programs, and teaches Yoga and Yoga Therapy Related Workshops throughout North America. She also teaches yoga classes and provides various yoga therapy services at several locations in the West Island of Montreal.

About the Course

While the benefits of yoga have been known for years, only recently has the scientific and medical community begun to recognize its value.  This course will provide the pelvic floor therapist with rationale for incorporating elements of yoga within the evaluation and treatment approach, to include awareness and mindfulness practices, breathing techniques and postures and positions that can be used in daily practise. How yoga therapy provides a framework for biophyschosocial and spiritual health care will also be discussed.


Course Objectives

  • To understand the basis and philosophy of the yoga practise
  • To understand how yoga can be incorporated into current scope of practice of pelvic floor physiotherapy
  • To become aware of the current level of evidence for the use of yoga approach to treat different types of pathologies
  • To learn basic breathing techniques that can be taught to the pelvic floor patient
  • To learn positions and postures for the patient with an overactive pelvic floor
  • To learn positions and postures for the patient with a weak or hypotonic pelvic floor
  • To understand the value of yoga in the biopsychosocial approach to the pelvic floor patient


Course schedule

The course will be held from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm with a lunch break around 2:00pm.

It will begin with a lecture session and continue with yoga practise and discussion.

A case history will be discussed to illustrate concepts of yoga in evaluation and treatment in pelvic floor physiotherapy.



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