Yoga for Pelvic Floor Health: Research-Based Practices for Incontinence & Pelvic Pain

Healthy Aging

Do You Struggle with These Common Pelvic Floor Problems?

Feeling a constant need to go to the bathroom, even though you’ve just been there – and don’t really need to go? 

You may be dealing with an overactive bladder – a form of incontinence that is surprisingly common.

Pelvic floor problems like incontinence and pelvic pain affect a surprising number of people, and it’s not just an issue linked to getting older. It can also be triggered by pregnancy and (in men) prostate problems. 

About one in four men and women in the US struggle with urinary incontinence. It is not just a medical problem; it can affect us emotionally and socially, as it often makes us afraid to engage in activities that would make us veer too far away from a bathroom. 

Like incontinence, pelvic pain is surprisingly common – affecting one in seven women. Moreover, it can be a disabling, persistent pain condition, which is as common as migraine headaches, asthma, and chronic back pain.

The pelvic floor muscles play an important role as part of the body’s core system, contributing to core stabilization during movement.

Yoga for Pelvic Floor Health: A Wide Range of Benefits

Yoga offers numerous techniques to strengthen and balance the pelvic floor. Proper strengthening and stabilizing of the pelvic floor help to create the correct foundation for each movement in the body. This is the true meaning of “core work.”

In this online course, study online with yoga therapist and pelvic floor expert Leslie Howard as she shares the evidence-based yoga practices for pelvic floor health used in studies on the benefits of yoga for pelvic floor health with a specific focus on incontinence and pelvic pain.

The women who participated in the yoga program in the study experienced an overall 70 percent improvement – or reduction – in the frequency of their urine leakage compared to the baseline!

Whether you experience any of these conditions or are just plain curious about how to create greater tone and balance of the pelvic floor, this course contains a wealth of helpful and practical information. 

Yoga-based practices for the pelvic floor can help with various health issues, including pelvic pain; lower back, hip, or groin problems; discomfort during sex or while using tampons; leakage when laughing or sneezing; having to go the bathroom too often, or prolapsed pelvic organs.

In this course, you will learn how to locate, assess, soften, stretch, strengthen, and exercise the muscle groups of the pelvic floor and their crucial role in abdominal health. 

What You Will Learn:

  • The anatomy lecture and physiology of the pelvic floor and the factors that predispose you to incontinence.
  • Practices to help awaken your awareness of the pelvic floor and how to engage the pfloor in asanas.
  • How to determine whether your pelvic floor issues are linked to a pelvic floor that is too loose or too tight.
  • The keys to proper pelvic floor engagement and how to use specific asanas and breathwork to address the two types of pelvic floor imbalances. 
  • How to release and stretch overactive muscles that may lead to pelvic pain issues. 
  • Two yoga practices geared toward relieving pelvic pain and minor adjustments that can be made when working on releasing tight muscles will follow the lecture.

This Course Also Includes:

  • Yoga Practice Videos: Enjoy two yoga practice videos that accompany this course.
  • Recordings of All Webinar Sessions: It’s generally acknowledged that many people only retain 10-20 percent of what they learn in a workshop. You will get access to the recordings of all webinar sessions – both MP3 (downloadable) and MP4 (streaming online), enabling you to go back and listen to the workshop as many times as you like.
  • Transcripts of All Sessions: Ever wanted to refer to a certain part of a course? Even the best note-takers miss a point every so often. With the transcripts of the webinar sessions, you can go back and refer to particularly important passages or clarify sections you were in doubt about.

This course includes two lectures and two yoga practice videos and qualifies for 3.5 CEs with Yoga Alliance.

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Leslie Howard, a San Francisco-based yoga teacher, specializing in all things pelvic. Her own struggles with healing her pelvis led her to intense study of its anatomy, physiology, cultural messaging, history and energetics.

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