Yoga For Women’s Health

Yoga for Women’s Health
Friday-Sunday, September 20-22
Next Offering TBD
18-Hours offered for Yoga Alliance Certification and a Elective Module in the Vista Yoga 300-Hour Teacher Training. 
For yourself, for your students: a weekend immersion on yoga for women’s health!

Vista Yoga is pleased to offer a concentrated weekend of yoga with Patty Schmidt (RYT 500hr), dedicated to women’s health and wellness. In service to your YTT300 hr, or as a stand-alone immersion, please join us! We’ll ask: how can yoga serve a woman at each lifestage? And across a range of embodied practices, through asana and pranayama, with study and dedication, we answer: Yoga cultivates discernment and wisdom. It helps us to inhabit our whole self, and so guides us toward health and wellness–in our daily practice, for our immediate needs, and our long-term lives.

Yoga is a powerful force for maintaining health and wellness across the systems of the body. We’ll consider the female pelvic floor and pelvic health, as well as the endocrine system, including yogic considerations of women’s reproductive health and menopause/post-cycling life. Through sequencing and cueing practices, we’ll examine yoga tools to support women’s everyday health, as well as what to do in daily practice when health concerns arise (your own and others’)– whether pelvic floor dysfunction, breast and other cancers, osteoporosis, or eating disorders, stress and anxiety, or trauma. The weekend kicks off with a spacious, donation-based class to support women’s health in our community. Come join us!

Weekend Schedule:

6:00pm-7:30pm kick off donation class (open to all)
& 7:30-8:30 (Weekend Attendees Only)

Saturday 9:30am-1:00pm
Yoga for Earlier Lifestages: The Younger Woman, and Prenatal/Postpartum Considerations

The morning begins with open discussion around active yoga practice for the younger woman, followed by an active practice; topics considered will include cueing for the younger woman, best practice considerations for mixed-level public classes, as well as prenatal and postpartum cueing for both open and dedicated classes. Subjects considered include the role of social media and the public body in mainstream yoga classes, stress and trauma (“what brings you to yoga?”), and the challenge of dynamism in modern, Western yoga.

Saturday 2:30pm-6:00pm
Yoga for Change: (Peri-)Menopause, Post-Cycling, and Aging
The afternoon includes practices to support a balanced endocrine system, a well-functioning core and pelvic floor, and a rested nervous system. Small group work enables participants to tailor the afternoon’s contents to their own needs (and those of their students, where relevant).

Sunday 9:30am-1:00pm
Yoga in the Service of Women’s Public Health 1: Osteoporosis; Cancers; Mental Health
Our Sunday morning session includes short sessions addressing yoga movement and breath practices to support major public health challenges facing women today: bone health, heart health, breast and other cancers, and mental wellbeing. Participants will get a chance to practice, but also to design and practice-teach targeted sequences.

Sunday 2:30pm-6:00pm
Yoga in the Service of Women’s Public Health 2: Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Sunday afternoon continues the morning’s concern with major public health considerations, here taking a dedicated look at yoga to support pelvic floor dysfunction. We’ll consider practices to support urinary stress incontinence, urge incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse.


Patricia Schmidt

Patty is both 200 and 500hr YA-Certified, and is an IAYT Level 1 certified yoga therapist. She holds additional qualifications in Pre/Postnatal Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga for Cancer Survivors, and Yoga for Hypermobility. Those who know her recognize that all roads lead to the pelvis; she is committed to pelvic health and wellness for women and men, at all stages of their lives. She trains other yoga teachers, as well as health and fitness professionals, to orient themselves to the pelvis in space, and raises awareness of pelvic health and wellness in public speaking and educational events. A recent transplant to Atlanta, Patricia infuses each class with wisdom, strength, and surrender.