I'm beyond thrilled to share this first piece in our Women's Health segment! Please write to me and share what you'd like to learn about surrounding yoga that supports women's health & women's bodies.
This may sound weird to you, but I love learning about the pelvis (did you know it's only three bones?!) and the pelvic floor. For the last two nights in a row - at our Prenatal Yoga and Foundations of Yoga series - I've referenced how to strengthen and maintain flexibility of the pelvic floor...sometimes there are giggles and sometimes there is just straight up confusion. And, that's okay!
You see, pregnancy is a perfect time to work on engaging the muscles of our pelvic floor, but it truly isn't the only time. As women age and/or give birth, our pelvic floor can begin to weaken. I can't tell you how many times I've heard about "never being the same post-baby," "needing to carry an extra set of underwear around if I sneeze," etc. There are several yoga poses and techniques that can help you maintain a strong, flexible pelvic floor to deter the onset of incontinence (aka not being able to control your pee) and to provide the best positioning of your baby during birth:
Deep, diaphragmatic breathing (belly breaths)
Supta Baddha Konasana (reclined butterfly)
Squeezing a block in between the inner thighs in Downward Facing Dog or Chair pose
Engaging our Mula Bandha (root lock) by lifting the muscles of the pelvic floor during yoga practice
Here are two articles to learn more. I believe all women should have access to this valuable knowledge and have the tools to support their pelvic floor, which in turn supports vital organs within the body. As always, I love your questions and am delighted to hear from you!
P.S. If you are currently an expectant mama, you are welcome to join the June Prenatal Yoga Series on Monday evenings. It starts so soon! This series will also include a special aromatherapy session for you in July where we'll discuss essential oils for pregnancy, labor and birth, and for your new baby. I hope you'll join - I cannot wait to support your body and mind through this time. Please do share with friends or loved ones. I hope we can grow the prenatal + postnatal community, one step at time.