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How can Yoga help the Pelvic Floor?

A growing body of research has proven that yoga and breath practices can improve symptoms of pelvic floor issues including leaking when you jump, cough or sneeze, diastasis recti, pelvic organ prolapse, low back pain and other issues.

The pelvic floor is the body of muscles that support (in the female pelvis) the abdominal organs. The pelvic floor is also what we release to pee, poop and orgasm (yes THOSE muscles) so they are pretty functional and important! And when they are not able to work together properly, we can see issues like peeing unintentionally under stress, diastasis recti, low back pain, hip pain, pelvic girdle pain, even tailbone pain, as well as constipation and a core that is not working as a unit, or able to strengthen effectively.

Because the pelvic floor muscles are inside our bony pelvis, it can be tricky to connect to them in order to strengthen or release, and to check if they are working ok (a physio does this!) Yoga and breathwork can be very effective for finding that connection to the pelvic floor, and beginning the work that is needed - which could be strengthening (Kegels) or softening (reverse Kegels) or often a mix of both of these things.

Yoga for the Pelvic Floor is usually a mindful and gentle yoga sequence, through which we learn to pay attention to our bodies and work within our own range of motion - which is different for everyone.

Pelvic floor symptoms are common but they are not 'normal'.
Pelvic floor symptoms are common but they are not 'normal'.

We no longer need to just learn to live with these issues, although our Mothers and Grandmothers often did.

Leaking urine (urinary incontinence) is estimated to be a problem for more than 50% of women over the age of 65 in the US, and it is the leading cause of admission to nursing homes.

These are not the 'natural consequences' of childbirth or ageing in a female body.

We can help to repair them. WE SHOULD be helping our pelvic floor to function as muscle (tension and release) rather than just hoping it will recover on its own

It is most common for pelvic floor symptoms to present in the postpartum period.

But this isn't the only time they happen, and if they are not addressed they can linger for years and years.

Pelvic floor problems are not limited to the female body.

In men, a pelvic floor issue can present as erectile dysfunction, inability to reach orgasm and continence problems.

Many people deal with peeing their pants when they laugh, sneeze or cough (or step on a trampoline) not realizing that it can be improved and in most cases, completely disappear with the right support.

If you have any symptoms of a pelvic floor issue or if you are postpartum (at any stage, even years after pregnancy), a pelvic health PT should always be your starting point for an assessment and care plan.

Yoga for the Pelvic Floor compliments the work you are doing with your PT, and in many instances, I can work with the care plan the PT has outlined to ensure you are following their diagnosis and guidance. Working with me one-on-one or in group classes enables awareness, connection and a supportive environment.

In my registered Yoga for the Pelvic Floor sessions, I work with a small group of clients or one-on-one to guide through movement and breath practices with information and empowerment.

In one-on-one sessions for clients, we can focus on specific issues and how yoga can help.

Yoga for the Pelvic floor is a gentle practice in which we use props, body awareness and meditation to connect the mind and body together. There are no hands-on assists or physical assessments and you do not have to share any information that you would prefer to keep private.

Ready to learn more? Sign up for my next Core + Pelvic Floor Series or book a consultation session with me.