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Store   :   Herbal Healing   :   Wise Woman University   :  Health & Wellbeing

From Belly Distress to Belly Health


Open Enrollment - Join Anytime

Drawing on ancient wisdom and contemporary practice, we'll attend to our bellies' well-being. We'll engage in experiential learning, energizing the body-mind transformation that supports healing.

With creative and playful activities, and strengthened by our mutual support, we'll develop our relationship with the healing life force already dwelling within us.

Please note: The information and activities offered in this course are for educational purposes only and are not intended nor should be used as a substitute for proper health care. If you need health care, be sure to seek the appropriate diagnostic and treatment services.

Student Manual ~ WWU Social Network

Lesson 1: What is healing? What is dis-ease? We consider healing as a process of resolving internal conflict. Activities include learning the Centering Breath and honoring your belly's biography. In our teleseminar, we'll share our reasons for choosing this course and our intentions for ourselves and our learning community; we'll make agreements ensuring our privacy and confidentiality.

Lesson 2:
How does healing happen? We explore the act of centering and the quality of compassion in relation to the healing process. Activities include writing a letter to your belly and learning a body-centered approach to resolving internal conflict. In our teleseminar, we'll share our comments, reflections, and questions relating to the Lesson 1 activities.

Lesson 3: How do we embody the healing process? We consider our body's center as portal to our center of being, and our center of being as portal to our source of healing. We learn that worldwide traditions of healing revere the body's center, the belly, as a sacred container for healing energy. Activities include locating your body's center and dialoging with the inner wisdom your belly shelters. In our teleseminar, we'll share our comments, reflections, and questions relating to the Lesson 2 activities.

Lesson 4: What is the connection, if any, between our bellies' health and the health of our planet? We explore the resonance between the body's center and Earth's center. We engage in an imaginative journey — a pilgrimage to a sacred cave — to release an image of dis-ease that's ready to expire and replace it with a new image of wholeness. In our teleseminar, we'll share our comments, reflections, and questions relating to the Lesson 3 activities.

Lesson 5:
Concluding the course with no additional text, only a teleseminar, we'll share our comments, reflections, and questions relating to the Lesson 4 activity.

Course goals:
1.    First and foremost, my goal is to create a supportive community for you and for your learning.

I've designed the activities accompanying each lesson to support your experiential learning about a body-centered process of healing. I urge you to complete these activities and post your comments, reflections, and questions on the course's web page before the next scheduled teleseminar.

I heartily encourage you to make use of the forums, teleseminars, and other opportunities for interaction. Participating actively, we can support each other's healing process.

2.    Beyond creating a supportive learning community, my goal is to introduce you to information and skills you can use to support your well-being in concert with whatever health care services and treatments may be necessary and appropriate.

About the Mentor: Lisa Sarasohn

I've had a passion for sharing the good news about women's bellies — sacred, not shameful! — for nearly twenty-five years, and that passion is still going strong.

Drawing on my training as a yoga and bodywork therapist and holistic health educator, and my own experience moving beyond an eating disorder, I delight in assisting women discover the inner strength, beauty, and grace that is already theirs.

I know that you and each of us have access to splendid inner guidance, all the more available to us in a community of mutual support and caring. As a mentor, my job is to provide you with information and skill-building activities you can apply to actualize your own intentions for health and healing. Even more, my job is to create a safe, welcoming, playful environment in which you become all the more consciously aware of your own inner wisdom.

I've been a Kripalu Yoga instructor since 1979. From 1981 to 1988, I served on staff at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Lenox, MA. During this time, I led yoga classes for thousands of guests, conducted a practice in yoga therapy and bodywork therapy, designed workshops on many aspects of holistic health, and trained yoga teachers and bodyworkers.

The Woman's Belly Book: Finding Your True Center for More Energy, Confidence, and Pleasure (New World Library, 2006) presents what I've learned about the body's center through teaching and research over many years.

My articles on honoring the body's center have appeared in publications including Yoga Journal, SageWoman, Radiance, and Personal Transformation. My workshops have been sponsored by colleges and universities, health education agencies, and holistic learning centers.

My intention is to provide you an opportunity to delight in the vitality and pleasure, the creativity and confidence, the intuition and sense of purpose that already dwell within your body's center. My greatest joy is to offer you ways to discover the healing energy already abiding within you.


The Wise Woman University (WWU) is a sacred distance learning environment for the reweaving of the healing cloak of the Ancients. WWU offers women dozens of online classes for personal empowerment the Wise Woman Way.

At the Wise Woman University you will find mentors with women-centered skills pleased to offer their wisdom to you in a format that is lively, interesting, and easily available.

WWU is an online non-accredited distance learning environment, offering courses for personal empowerment and wellbeing.

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Women's Health, Women's Spirituality
P.O. Box 64, Woodstock, NY 12498 USA