How to practice yoga for pelvic floor health and urinary incontinence in Chair Pose (Utkatasana)

Urinary incontinence (UI) is a loss of bladder control and is most commonly seen in aged people. While it is a problem in both genders, women experience urinary incontinence twice as often as men. Leakages happen when women exercise, laugh hard, cough, sneeze, or when they are pregnant. 

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Shore Up the Floor: 9 Ways to Help Your Yoga Students Engage Their Pelvic Floors

In my Pelvic Floor Yoga and Yoga Therapy courses, I emphasize the importance of adequate training and education of pelvic floor muscle (PFM) engagement with proper synergistic timing with other muscle groups... Read more

Your Body's True Foundation: The Role of the Pelvic Floor in Structural Balance - An Interview with Yoga Therapist Leslie Howard

How can yoga help us retain pelvic floor health and avoid some of the common pelvic floor issues that many people struggle with? In this interview, yoga therapist Leslie Howard shares insights from her work... Read more
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Practicing Yoga Safely: How to Protect Yourself from Hip Injuries

Are people with certain variations in hip structure at higher risk for yoga injuries to the hip? In this interview with YogaUOnline, Dr. Ginger Garner, P.T. and author of Medical Yoga Therapy, talks about why yoga asanas, the way they are commonly practiced, might not be suitable for some people, particularly women who have different pelvic structures. Ginger further discusses how we can spot people at risk for injuries, and what we can learn from science about developing yoga teaching methodology that honors the variations in people’s bodies. Read more
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The Sacroiliac Joint: Anatomy and Function

The sacroiliac joint (SI joint) is involved in literally every yoga pose we practice. It is the hub for the transference of force between the legs and torso. Although it is designed to be a stable joint with... Read more

Head, Shoulders, Knees - and the Pelvic Floor: How Everything’s Connected

I spent my first few years of my practice as a Physical Therapist going deep into the pelvis, and my most recent few years, desperately trying to get out. That may seem like a strange statement, but the more I... Read more

Yes Men Can Have Pelvic Pain Too

Confession : I treat men for pelvic floor propblems. Lots of them. Seriously, I think my schedule is often about 30% men. This shouldn’t have to be a confession. You shouldn’t be surprised by this, but you... Read more

The Fit Floor Part 3: Alignment - Position Your Pelvic Floor For Fitness

The relationship between your diaphragm and pelvic floor is synergistic. In the ideal situation, the pelvic floor mirrors the movement of your diaphragm, giving the pelvic floor uniform tone from front to back... Read more

The Fit Floor Part 2: Teach Your Pelvic Floor a New Trick

The pelvic floor muscles share connections with our diaphragm, organ systems and our musculo-skeletal structure. The pelvic floor has two parts—front and back. Most popular pelvic floor toning exercises... Read more
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The Fit Floor Part 1: Training the Pelvic Floor for Fitness

When you think about pelvic floor health, the first thing that often comes to mind are kegels , the contracting and releasing of pelvic floor muscles. While kegels can be helpful in maintaining tone in the... Read more

How to Prepare for a Healthy Perimenopause with Yoga

Most women think that the changes of menopause begin in the late 40s or early 50s. But in fact, the early changes preceding menopause start as early as 10-15 years before the onset of menopause. This period of... Read more