Pelvic Balance: Online Course with Catherine Annis


Online Course: Two Part Pelvic Balance Course

Part 1 – Saturday 20th April & Part 2 – Saturday 6th July

9-11am UK time

Join Catherine Annis for this fascinating two part course on Pelvic Balance. Have you ever wondered why one side of your body is easier to access than the other in your yoga practice? Or why some “hip openers” are more challenging than others?

Find out what exactly is important about balancing the pelvis. Explore the connection of pelvic alignment to back or hip pain, and how to relax your pelvis to ease pain and discomfort.

It’s all related to the balance of your pelvis, and how the web of ligaments, tendons and muscle tissues in this key area work together to support and connect your hips, lower back and legs.

Register for the full course here or sign up for single sessions below. Note that whilst both parts of the course are designed to complement each other, the individual sections will stand alone too.

Part One: Balance – 20th April

Focus: Structure, function & connections

In part one of this course (20th April) the focus is on understanding the pelvis and how it functions, through the lens of our yoga practice and beyond.

Sign up ONLY for part one

Part Two: Emotional Centre – 6th July

Focus: Emotions, nervous system & common issues

In part two (6th July) there is a deep dive into the links between physical issues and our emotions and we’ll explore how our pelvis is affected by our nervous system.

Catherine will also touch on common issues that you, or people you work with, might be experiencing in yoga and look at practical ways to help.

Sign up ONLY for part two

Join this course to learn:

  • How yoga can help us find balance and stability through our pelvis
  • How relaxing your pelvis can help relieve lower back issues
  • Why tucking your tailbone may be helpful – or not!
  • Why not all hips need opening (and why stability is helpful)
  • More about common sacro-iliac joint issues and see how we can work with them in yoga
  • Build strength and stability to support pelvic and joint health
  • Look at ways we can work intelligently to avoid developing overuse injuries
  • How fixations in the pelvis can affect our entire body
  • The effect of pelvic balance on your sacro-iliac joints
  • That pelvic balance goes far beyond pelvic floor exercises
  • Look at common issues eg labral tears, sciatica, hip replacements, pelvic imbalance
  • The effect of changing hormones during menopause
  • The delicate relationship between our pelvis and our emotional selves

This course is for you if:

  • You’d like to understand more about the anatomy and function of your pelvis
  • You’re a teacher and would like to find some new more functional ways of working with the pelvis during class
  • You’ve realised that too much hip opening has stopped being helpful and you have a sneaky suspicion that maybe there’s another, more healthy way of working with the pelvis
  • You’re on the hypermobile spectrum or working with peri-menopause or menopause and would like to explore a more intelligent approach to your joints, especially the hips
  • To discuss how we can adapt and personalise our practice to create healthy, beneficial movement patterns that will support us for life
  • You’re working with common hip issues or would like to build more strength and sensitivity around your pelvis
  • You’d like to understand how fixations in the pelvis can affect our entire body
  • You’d like to explore how yoga can help us find balance and stability through

Join Catherine for this practical course to explore how we can adapt our yoga practice to support pelvic balance.

Catherine Annis is well known for her imaginative and practical approach to yoga. In 2017 she created the Intelligent Yoga Teacher Training Course (iytt), a 12 month, anatomically focused teacher training course with world-leading teacher Gary Carter.

Originally a professional dancer, she discovered yoga as a teenager, and has been  practicing since the mid 1970s.  Having studied various styles of yoga including Sivananda, Iyengar, Astanga and various forms of Hatha yoga, she eventually gravitated to the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli.

Catherine’s yoga practice and  teaching focuses on strategies for downregulating the nervous system, working with breath and subtle somatic work to soothe the mind and create more physical ease for those working with persistent pain, stress and anxiety.  She holds a Masters degree in ballet studies, and is a qualified Thai massage  practitioner, and it is this interest in the body which informs and inspires her teaching.

The course will take place on Zoom and you will receive the link the day before the workshop. If you haven’t received the link please get in touch at least 2 hours before the start of the class.

Can’t make it live?

We will be offering a on-demand playback of the workshop for 30 days afterwards, so you don’t have to miss out!


We know that some of you are facing some real cost-dilemmas and we know that sometimes our wellbeing practices are the first to suffer when life gets hard.

We want you to know that we are there for you.

Therefore, our workshops and live events are offered on a ‘Pay As You Can’ basis.

There is a suggested price, which we ask you to pay, if you have the means. The suggested price is the ‘true cost’ of running the course, and this is £65 for the whole course or £35 for a single part.

If finances might get in the way of you joining, you can pay what you can afford, and therefore you are still able to join. This is the Buddhist system of Dana. The minimum that we can accept is £20 for the whole course, or £10 for a single part, because like you, we are also struggling at these times. 

Those of you do have the means, please do feel free to pay more than the suggested price. We want so much to continue to support you for years to come with online workshops and community gatherings. However, we can only do that if we continue to have your support through tougher times.

Please do get in touch if you have any queries whatsoever about the workshop, about payment, or any concerns at all. We really love to hear from you.


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Terms & Conditions

Practising safely

The live online workshops are for your education and your enjoyment only. You are participating in the live classes at your own risk. You are encouraged to to take breaks when needed and/or when in doubt, don’t do sequences that you are even a little concerned about. If you have any health condition, please seek medical advice before taking any form of exercise. If you have any concerns, please let us know before the workshop starts.

If you feel unwell in any way or if you experience any discomfort during class, please stop the class and consult your health practitioner immediately. Remember that yoga is mostly a journey off the mat and into life, and it is a journey about taking responsibility for our own actions and cultivating self-knowledge. Only choose exercises which will nurture and support you, and please take responsibility for yourself and your current abilities during your practice. Remember that each day is different, and even if yesterday you were able to perform a movement, that is no indicator that the same exercise is possible today. Please move within your comfortable limits and if you’re in any doubt whatsoever, please seek medical advice.

We are not medical practitioners and we do not seek to offer medical advice. Please consult your healthcare practitioner before starting any new exercise. This is particularly important if you have any limiting condition or are, pregnant, nursing, regularly taking medications, or have any existing medical conditions. We do not accept any liability whatsoever for any injury or damage, either during or after this retreat. Your participation in this retreat is entirely voluntary and at your own risk, and you agree to abide by the T&Cs of Movement for Modern Life.


Your secure payment will reserve your place on this workshop. No refunds will be made.

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