Your pelvic floor is a “hammock” of several muscles, connected down the midline, extending from the base of your spine to the base of your pubic bone. These muscles help stop the flow of urine, suppress gas, and permit women to tighten the vagina. These interconnected muscles work together as a unit, with some muscles working strongly over long periods and other muscles only capable of working for short bursts.
Strain and weight – for instance, during pregnancy, after weight gain, or due to repetitive, heavy lifting – can all strain and weaken the pelvic floor. That can lead to problems such as urinary and bowel incontinence. However, fortunately, the muscles of the pelvic floor are part of the voluntary nervous system, which means you have control over them. In most cases, you have the ability to strengthen and build them. You can strengthen your pelvic floor through regular, consistent pelvic floor exercise. Pelvic Yoga™ is one approach to pelvic floor exercise which integrates pelvic floor exercises into a yoga practice. It is important to talk with your doctor prior to beginning any exercise program, including pelvic floor exercise and Pelvic Yoga™.