Yoga for Pelvic Health - Finding Balance with Strength and Flexibility

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Yoga for Pelvic Health

Finding Balance with Strength and Flexibility

In the realm of holistic health practices, yoga stands out as a powerful tool for enhancing pelvic health. The intricate balance between muscle lengthening and strengthening that yoga offers is especially beneficial for achieving optimal function in the pelvic region - i.e. proper bladder habits, bowel function, sexual health, posture, pelvic/spinal stabilization.

Understanding the Importance of Mobility

Mobility plays a crucial role in pelvic health, as it enables the pelvic floor to have the necessary range of motion for various bodily functions. From supporting bowel and bladder function to promoting sexual health and aiding in shock absorption, mobility is the foundation of pelvic wellness. Yoga, with its focus on breathing mechanics and stretching, helps maintain and improve this essential aspect of pelvic health.

Promoting Pelvic Floor Lengthening

Certain yoga postures specifically target pelvic floor lengthening, promoting extensibility in this vital area. Postures like the reclined butterfly, where the knees are bent and the soles of the feet together, gently stretch the inner thighs, encouraging relaxation and lengthening. Similarly, the supine figure four pose, which involves crossing one ankle over the opposite knee and drawing the legs toward the chest, provides a deep stretch for the hips, and indirectly, the pelvic floor.

Cultivating Pelvic Stability 

While lengthening is crucial, pelvic stability is equally important for overall function and support. Standing yoga postures offer an excellent opportunity to work on gross pelvic stability. Poses such as warrior variations and standing balance poses engage the deep core, the pelvic floor and hip stabilizers. These postures not only build physical strength but also enhance pelvic and spinal alignment/stabilization.

Conclusion: Embracing Holistic Pelvic Wellness with Yoga

​Yoga offers a holistic approach to pelvic health, combining the benefits of mobility, pelvic floor lengthening, stability, and proximal strength. By practicing yoga regularly and incorporating specific postures that target pelvic wellness, individuals can experience improved function, reduced discomfort, and enhanced overall well-being. Embrace the balance and stability that yoga provides for optimal pelvic health and wellness!

Post written by:
Taylor Thompson, PT, DPT
Founder of EmpowerHER Pelvic PT

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