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. The key to supporting this synergistic relationship is posture. All too often, we tuck our tailbones, throwing the rib cage back and limiting the ability of the diaphragm to move evenly front to back. This causes the back of the pelvic floor to become hypertonic and the front to become hypotonic.

Correct Posture for Your Diaphragm

In this video, Julie Wiebe, PT, shows what both correct and incorrect posture looks like, and how to adjust your posture to optimize the relationship between your diaphragm and pelvic floor to create overall tone.

A great YogaUOnline article for maintaining a fit pelvic floor: A Simple Yoga Practice for Finding and Strengthening Your Pelvic Floor Muscles.

Study with Leslie Howard at YogaUOnline: Yoga for Pelvic Floor Balance-Strengthen the Female Pelvic Floor.

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Julie Wiebe PTJulie Wiebe is a physical therapist who specializes in returning women to fitness after injury and pregnancy. She advocates for the awareness of pelvic health issues in fitness and promotes innovative solutions for women through her blog, videos and social media (follow her @JulieWiebePT and/or . She shares her evidence-based, integrative approach internationally with both professionals and women through live, online, and DVD educational programs. Find out more and connect with Julie at

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