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The 3 Diaphragms of the Body: Core Foundations for Health & Wellbeing Part I

November 13, 2018 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm


Join doctor of physical therapy and yoga therapist, Dr. Ginger Garner for a journey into the deepest core structures of the body. Learn about their important functions not just for stability and strength, but also for our extended emotional and mental wellbeing and resilience.

The 3 diaphragms include our respiratory, pelvic, and laryngeal diaphragms, which have intimate connections to systemic functioning which affects our overall health, as well as how successfully we are to interact with the world around us. Some anatomists count 2 additional diaphragms, i.e. the thoracic outlet and the cranial diaphragm, which will be addressed in this course via application of the scientific support and evidence-base for functionally affecting the primary 3 diaphragms.

The human body is composed of 70% water. The diaphragms are in constant movement, pulsing with the breath of the body. According to osteopathic theory, the diaphragms are involved in controlling the fluid pressure and movement of the entire body, while biomechanical theory, neuroscience, and neuroendocrinology supports the three diaphragms’ multi-system influence on human response to communication and basic life functions, including stress response, pain perception, sexual function, and sound production.

The Cervical-Thoracic Diaphragm (laryngeal and oral diaphragms) is responsible for neurological optimization of stress response, swallowing, and communication, which controls vagal tone for cardiorespiratory functioning and the respiratory and pelvic diaphragm functioning.

The Respiratory Diaphragm is a connecting point between cephalad and caudad diaphragms, and is the main muscle influencing pulmonary function. None of the diaphragms work in isolation, therefore, each exacts an influence on vagal tone and function.

The Pelvic Diaphragm is the terminal end of the tri-diaphragmatic (3D) system, and can bear the brunt of trauma and impairment with dysfunction in the superiorly-located diaphragms. The pelvic diaphragm contains the muscles of the pelvic floor, which in turn impacts pressurization of the entire 3D system.

The diaphragms are in constant movement, and form an important systems-based mechanism through which pressure is regulated in the mind-body complex, providing us with the key to both internal and external biopsychosocial stability and structure of the mind-body.

When in balance, the movement of the diaphragms exerts a tremendous effect on human health and movement. If out of balance or not functioning, the body’s self-regulatory powers are disturbed and our health and wellbeing suffer.

What You Will Learn

How the 3D system functions together and how that impacts our health

How our understanding of the function of the diaphragms impacts our approach to and understanding of ‘core’ work

The importance of systemic physiological changes in the 3D approach

Key breathwork and self-assessment and treatment techniques that support psychobiological health

Specific yoga techniques that intersect to address the following: improved sound production, vocal impact and preservation, respiration, pelvic and sexual functioning, and pain management.

How to create awareness for restoration of vocal, respiratory, and/or pelvic strength and tone

How the 3D model is linked to polyvagal theory and our understanding of sympathetic and parasymphatetic balance.

This Premium Course Also Includes These Bonuses!

Yoga Practice Video: Enjoy a yoga practice video that Ginger will create for this course.

Recordings of All Webinar Sessions: It’s generally acknowledged that many people only retain 10-20 percent of what they learn in a workshop. You will get access to the recordings of all webinar sessions (both MP3 and MP4), enabling you to go back and listen to the workshop as many times as you like.

Transcripts of All Sessions: Ever wanted to refer to a certain part of a course? Even the best note takers miss a point every so often. With the transcripts of the webinar sessions, you can go back and refer to particularly important passages or clarify sections you were in doubt about.

Join us live or listen to the recordings!

Tuesday, November 13 & Thursday, November 15, 2018
​8:30 pm Eastern / 5:30 pm Pacific

Each session is approximately one hour long and will be recorded. No matter where you are in the world — and even if you cannot tune in at the time of the actual broadcast — you can still benefit from taking the webinar at a time that works best to you. Listen to it as many times as you like.

Dr. Ginger Garner is an orthopaedic physical therapist, author, and educator whose clinical focus is yoga in healthcare and self-care. She is founder of the Professional Yoga Therapy Institute (PYTI), an international, interdisciplinary medical yoga therapy certification for healthcare professionals, established in 2000. She serves at multiple universities to integrate yoga into the medical classroom. She is also a faculty member at Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute where she teaches specialty coursework on yoga for hip, prenatal, labor, and postpartum populations. A perpetual student and music lover, Dr. Garner enjoys applying instructional design in yoga education, exploring safe yoga application in hip and pelvic dysfunction, and studying the effects of sound production on vagal function and diaphragmatic tone. Dr. Garner is an advocate for egalitarian access to yoga in healthcare, with particular interest in fostering gender equity in healthcare, improving health literacy, and social justice for mothers. Her clinical specialties include hip and pelvic health, pain management, and injury prevention in yoga, with an emphasis on women’s health. Her current projects include pursuing research at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on yoga and trauma. She is the author of the forthcoming book, Medical Therapeutic Yoga. Ginger lives with her husband and three sons in the United States.


November 13, 2018
8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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