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The Role of the Pelvic Floor in Balance and Movement

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The Role of the Pelvic Floor in Balance and Movement

The Role of the Pelvic Floor in Balance and Movement

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This course was recorded in February 2024


Balance is a commonly overlooked component of health and wellness. Falls are the #1 cause of injuries in older adults in Canada and are considered a public health concern worldwide. There are many factors that contribute to our balance capacity, and we don’t have to wait until our elder years to address them!

We know the pelvic floor plays key roles in bowel, bladder, sexual and reproduction function. It also plays an important role in how we move, sustain our balance and perform core strategies. However, how the pelvic floor behaves for optimal balance and efficient movement is nuanced and deserves discussion.

Join Shelly Prosko, physiotherapist and yoga therapist, as she presents this informative on-demand online course highlighting the components of the intervention she co-developed for a recent research project surrounding the effects of various yoga principles, practices, specific cueing and instructions used on known fall risk factors such as incontinence, balance, balance confidence, strength and mobility. 

Learning Objectives

In this online course, Shelly Prosko will:

  1. Describe the qualities and characteristics of a healthy functioning pelvic floor.
  2. List the components of the Balance Flow Yoga intervention that was used in research demonstrating effects of yoga on fall risk factors such as incontinence, balance, mobility and strength.
  3. List the key concepts emphasized during cueing and instruction of the practices in Balance Flow Yoga, including the types of cues surrounding the pelvic floor.



This online course is for any healthcare professional who treats people who have a pelvis. 

The instructors
Shelly Prosko

Shelly is a physiotherapist, yoga therapist, educator, author and pioneer of PhysioYoga who has been integrating yoga into physiotherapy since 1998 with a focus on chronic pain, pelvic health, compassion in healthcare and professional burnout. She guest lectures at numerous yoga therapy and physiotherapy schools, presents at yoga and medical conferences globally, contributes to academic research and writing, provides mentorship to professionals, and offers courses and resources for yoga and healthcare practitioners and the general population. Shelly is a Pain Care Aware Lead Trainer.

She considers herself a lifelong student and emphasizes the immense value gained from clinical experience and learning from the patients she serves, the professionals she teaches, and the colleagues with which she collaborates.

Shelly has written several book chapters in yoga therapy and integrative rehabilitation textbooks and is co-editor/author of Yoga and Science in Pain Care: Treating the Person in Pain. She maintains a clinical practice in Sylvan Lake, Alberta, Canada and believes compassion is the foundation of healthcare and overall well-being.

Learn more about Shelly’s work at to learn more

Course Material included in this course
  • The Role of the Pelvic Floor in Balance and Movement
  • Welcome!
  • Introduction
  • Pelvic Floor Roles
  • Why Yoga?
  • Awareness
  • Breathing Practices
  • Mindful Movement
  • Conclusion
  • Feedback
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