The pelvic floor muscles are the foundation for the core of the body. They are your BASE. They both help stabilize the pelvis, and support the organs of the lower abdominal cavity, such as the bladder and uterus. The muscles of the pelvic floor are big, strong, muscles that act in our elimination and our sexual function. They also play a key role in our sitting, standing, even breathing. How we sit, stand, walk, and breathe influences the health of the pelvic floor.
You might not pay any attention to your pelvic floor until something goes awry. Childbirth, chronic coughing, aging, and inactivity are among the common causes of weakened or damaged pelvic floor muscles. Once weakened, the pelvic floor can lead to problems like incontinence and diminished sexual enjoyment. Some less dramatic effects of an impaired pelvic floor are the structural imbalances that lead to abdominal and back pain.
For both men and women, maintaining and strengthening the pelvic floor is vital. We invite you to ask your yoga instructor about the pelvic floor and to incorporate some pelvic floor strengthening exercises into your yoga class. It’s never too late to start building a new muscle!
Do you have any experience healing or strengthening your pelvic floor? Let us know in the comments below!