Pelvic Balance Part One: Balance


Online Course: Two Part Pelvic Balance Course

Part 1 – Saturday 20th April | 9-11am UK time

Structure, function & connections

Join Catherine Annis for part one of 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?

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.

Sign up for part 2 here – on Saturday 6th July

What’s included:

  • An overview of the structure and function of the pelvis
  • A look at the links between the pelvis and spine
  • Practical work to explore how relaxation of the pelvis can relieve lower back issues
  • Discussion of “hip openers”. Are they really beneficial?
  • The relationship between pelvic balance and the sacro-iliac joints
  • Why tucking your tailbone may be helpful – or not!
  • Understanding that pelvic balance goes far beyond pelvic floor exercises

This workshop 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 offer individual, personalised suggestions, to help our students and ourselves access healthy, beneficial movement
  • 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 our pelvis

Learning Outcomes:

Together, we’ll learn:

  • how yoga can help us find balance and stability through our pelvis
  • how fixations in the pelvis can affect our entire body
  • why not all hips need opening (and why stability is helpful)
  • the effect of pelvic balance on your sacro-iliac joints
  • why tucking your tailbone may be helpful – or not!
  • that pelvic balance goes far beyond pelvic floor exercises
  • how relaxing your pelvis can help relieve lower back issues
  • the delicate link between our pelvis and our psyche

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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