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Pelvic Floor Anatomy and Function

Pelvic Floor Anatomy and Function

Understanding the pelvic floor and the essential role it plays in our day-to-day mobility, movement, form and function is one of the keys to better pelvic health. In this article, we explore the anatomy of the pelvic floor, and the variety of functions it performs, as well as some ways yoga can help improve pelvic health.

Pelvic Symmetry Sequence

Pelvic Symmetry Sequence

This pelvic symmetry sequence is adapted from Cecile Röst, PT and Dr. Sinead Dufour, PT, PhD. It is useful for pelvic girdle pain or to keep the pelvis in symmetrical alignment. The postures give a balance of strength and stability with mobility and flexibility.

How Yoga Can Help with Urinary Incontinence

If you’ve ever experienced urinary incontinence (leaking urine), you are not alone. The National Association for Continence reports that over 25 million American adults experience bladder leakage every day.

Pelvic Organ Prolapse: How Yoga Can Help

50% of women who have given birth have some degree of pelvic organ prolapse. It is more common than we know and it doesn’t just happen to childbearing women.

Reducing Pelvic Girdle Pain in Daily Life

The bony pelvis is very strong and sturdy, but to someone experiencing pelvic girdle pain, it may not feel that way. That’s because, for a variety of reasons, our pelvis can become protective and sensitive. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Get to Know Your Pelvic Floor

If you’ve always wanted to have super powers, you don’t have to look much further than your pelvic floor. This impressive collection of muscles and other tissues enables you to take on the world.

Pelvic Floor Galore

Shelly Prosko, PT and yoga teacher, has created a post that is a great compilation of all of the work that she has dedicated to pelvic floor health. Check it out here.

Podcasts

Being Wrong is Part of Learning with Shannon Crow

Being Wrong is Part of Learning with Shannon Crow

We all make mistakes. Being wrong is a part of learning and growing. In this episode, Shannon Crow (she/her) shares more from her experience about when she was wrong about some things and how she learned from these mistakes.

Pelvic Health for Everyone with Shannon Crow

Pelvic Health for Everyone with Shannon Crow

What is pelvic health? Who is it for? Shannon Crow (she/her) answers these common questions by sharing more about the form and function of the pelvic floor. If you are a yoga teacher who is teaching people who have a pelvis, this episode is for you.

Yoga for Hip Pain with Shannon Crow

Yoga for Hip Pain with Shannon Crow

Hip or pelvic pain is a common complaint among yoga students, and you may even have experienced it yourself. Shannon Crow (she/her) shares more about what exactly hip pain is and some yoga exercises and movements that can help alleviate it.

Let's Talk Yoga - Yoga for Pelvic Girdle Pain

Yoga for Pelvic Girdle Pain with Shannon Crow

One problem that may come your way as a yoga teacher is having students who experience pelvic girdle pain. More often than not, we tend to diagnose them. There’s so much that we as yoga teachers don’t know about pelvic girdle pain. That’s why I have Shannon Crow, to help shed light on this subject.
Bladder 101 for Yoga Teachers

Bladder 101 for Yoga Teachers

What do we as yoga teachers need to understand about the bladder? So many of our students are dealing with urinary incontinence. Studies have shown the benefits that yoga and education can have. Today Shannon outlines why yoga is good for your bladder.
Shannon Crow shares a pelvic symmetry sequence that she has used for years as a yoga teacher and practitioner. It is one that Dr. Sinead Dufour adapted from a sequence that Cecile Rost, PT created. This sequence is often helpful for pelvic girdle pain.

Pelvic Symmetry Sequence with Shannon Crow

Shannon Crow shares a pelvic symmetry sequence that she has used for years as a yoga teacher and practitioner. It is one that Dr. Sinead Dufour adapted from a sequence that Cecile Rost, PT created. This sequence is often helpful for pelvic girdle pain.

PPelvic Health & Pelvic Girdle Pain with Shannon Crowelvic Health & Pelvic Girdle Pain with Shannon Crow

Pelvic Health & Pelvic Girdle Pain with Shannon Crow

In this episode, Shannon shares her own journey with pelvic health, and how her healing led to her specializing in helping other individuals with their pelvic health. We dive into why pelvic health is important, how to take care of your pelvis, as well as how to heal from pelvic girdle pain.
Everyone Has a Pelvic Floor with Shannon Crow

Everyone Has a Pelvic Floor with Shannon Crow

All of your yoga students have a pelvic floor. Shannon Crow specializes in sharing Yoga for Pelvic Health. Today on the podcast she talks about the 5 functions of the pelvic floor and how yoga and physio can help those dealing with pelvic health issues.
Pelvic Health & Movement Goals with Antony Lo

Pelvic Health & Movement Goals with Antony Lo

Antony Lo is a physiotherapist who specializes in pelvic health and helping those who love to move and do CrossFit. Today’s podcast is a snippet of the talk that we had inside of our Pelvic Health Professionals membership.
Integrating Pelvic Health into Yoga with Shannon Crow & Mado Hesselink

Integrating Pelvic Health into Yoga with Shannon Crow & Mado Hesselink

Today Mado of the Yoga Teacher Resource podcast interviews me about how I integrate pelvic health and yoga. We talk kegels, mula bandha, how this is a great specialty for yoga teachers and how I built my 1:1 business cooperatively with pelvic health PTs.
Pelvic Health with Shannon Crow

Pelvic Health with Shannon Crow

Shannon Crow is a yoga teacher who specializes in yoga for pelvic health and trains other yoga teachers to do the same. In her conversation with Mado, she shares the basics of what every yoga teacher should know about pelvic health, information for yoga teachers interested in focusing on pelvic health, and also how she built her one to one pelvic health consultation business.

Pelvic Floor 101 with Marie-Josée Forget

Marie-Josée Forget talks to us about the anatomy, physiology, and function of the pelvic floor. She talks about a weak versus tense pelvic floor and gives her thoughts on Kegels. MJ covers so much information about pelvic health in this episode.
Male Pelvic Health & Yoga with Dr. Susie Gronski

Male Pelvic Health & Yoga with Dr. Susie Gronski

Dr. Susie Gronski is a doctor of physical therapy as well as a yoga teacher. In today’s podcast, she talks to us about the common pelvic health issues (incontinence, pelvic pain, and sexual function) that men face and how yoga can benefit them.
Stress Incontinence and Yoga with Melissa Dessaulles

Stress Incontinence and Yoga with Melissa Dessaulles

Melissa Dessaulles who specializes in pelvic health talks to us about stress incontinence. We discuss leaking during exercise, strengthening the core, pregnancy, kegels and more. Let’s learn how yoga teachers can be part of the solution for incontinence.
Core Strength Myths & Cues with Lauren Ohayon

Core Strength Myths & Cues with Lauren Ohayon

When we are told to engage or strengthen the core in a yoga class – what does that mean exactly? Lauren Ohayen covers core myths and cues.

Pelvic Health for Pregnancy & Beyond with Julie Wiebe

Julie Wiebe talks to us about pelvic health during pregnancy, birth and beyond. She talks about how yoga, breath and movement can help with postnatal recovery.

Yoga & Movement for Pelvic Health with Shannon Crow

Shannon talks with Kathryn Bruni-Young, of the Mindful Strength podcast about how her yoga practice changed when she started to learn about pelvic health.
They talk about intra-abdominal pressure, diastasis recti and pelvic organ prolapse.

It's time to break the taboo around pelvic floor health in Canada, say advocates

On White Coat, Black Art (a CBC Radio Podcast) they talk with new parents and how childbirth has affected their pelvic health. It is a great episode to get us thinking about how much of an impact this has on individuals as well as the healthcare system here in Canada.
Episode 36 -The Pelvic Floor and so much more with Shannon Crow

The Pelvic Floor with Shannon Crow

What do we all need to know as human beings walking around on this earth with a pelvis? What are some of the misconceptions around what the pelvic floor is, how it supports and impacts our experience of living and  how to keep it (and us) healthy. In Season 1 – Episode 36 of the Live Like You Love Yourself podcast, Chara and Maria speak with, yoga teacher, podcaster and pelvic floor health specialist Shannon Crow.

Yoga for Painful Sex with Casie Danenhauer

Casie Danenhauer is a physical therapist and yoga teacher. She talks about painful sex and how we can use yoga, breathing, and meditation. She also talks about how well all of this integrates with physical therapy.

Yoga for Pelvic Health with Shannon Crow

Shannon reveals her own personal experiences of going through three pregnancies and births with no idea about pelvic health, and how finding out more about the topic ignited her passion in the topic. She talks more about the four key elements of yoga for pelvic health – breath, alignment, movement and information – and why yoga makes such a difference.

Yoga & Endometriosis [Part 2] with Dustienne Miller

In part 2 of our 2-part series on endometriosis, Shannon asked yoga teacher and physical therapist Dustienne Miller to share her knowledge and experience working with clients with this chronic illness.

Yoga and Endometriosis [Part 1] with Kimberly Castello

In part 1 of a 2-part series on endometriosis, we welcome Kimberly Castello, a certified Yoga Therapist who completed her Clinical Internship with the Simms Mann Venice Family Clinic in Los Angeles, California. Kimberly specializes in developing chronic pain management programs for individuals, hospitals, and clinics.

Interstitial Cystitis (Painful Bladder Syndrome) with Helena Spears

Upon graduating from her 200-hour yoga teacher training, Helena turned her focus towards teaching chronic pain informed yoga as well as yoga for pelvic health. Helena was on as a guest to share her first-hand experience with interstitial cystitis and persistent pain and the many benefits of practicing yoga in regard to pain management.

Yoga for Pelvic Girdle Pain with Dr. Sinead Dufour

Shannon and Dr. Sinead Dufour discuss how our understanding of pelvic girdle pain has evolved, the misconceptions that make treating the pain difficult, and what yoga teachers can do to help their students experiencing pelvic pain.

Yoga with Pelvic Organ Prolapse with Dr. Sarah Duvall

In addition to her work as a physiotherapist who specializes in helping women recover from pelvic health issues, Sarah has experienced first-hand how emotionally and physically draining it can be to suffer from pelvic health issues

A New Perspective on Diastasis Recti with Dr. Sinead Dufour

What is diastasis recti? New research tells us that is is no longer a separation of the rectus abdominus muscles. Dr. Sinead Dufour shares her findings.

Kegels, Mula Bandha and Pelvic Health with Shelly Prosko

Shelly Prosko has an extensive fitness and physical therapy background which led her to combine physical therapy and yoga to become a Professional Yoga Therapist.  In Part III of Shannon’s Pelvic Health Mini Series, she welcomes Shelly Prosko, another passionate professional who works in the realm of pelvic health.

Core Breath and Pelvic Health with Kim Vopni

Kim Vopni, also known as The Fitness Doula, is the mother of two children. Her pregnancy and birthing experiences, along with her educational background led her to focus on women’s pelvic health.

Breath and Pelvic Health with Trista Zinn

In this episode Shannon and Trista discuss their mutual interest in pelvic health, in particular, how it relates to breathing. Are common breath practices helpful or perhaps harmful to our pelvic health?

Pelvic Models