Do you often have to excuse yourself and run to the bathroom embarrassingly quickly? Perhaps you've even leaked a little? Maybe the joke was that funny, or maybe it was your pelvic floor.
Whether you’ve had a kid or two or not, our modern lifestyles require a lot of sitting, so most of us lose pelvic floor stability over time. Not to mention, these muscles can easily become dehydrated because of the lack of blood flow to the area, causing tension to build up. Unfortunately, a weak pelvic floor can lead to serious health problems and discomfort later in life, including leaking and urinary incontinence, constipation, leg, hip, and knee pain, and more. Yikes!
Even if you're not suffering from pelvic floor issues, it’s never a bad idea to keep things strong and sturdy in an area that tends to wear as the years go by. Pelvic floor exercises can also help to significantly improve existing issues, too. Luckily for us, yoga is the perfect exercise for the job because it's low impact and can be done or free right from your own home — no fancy equipment or membership required!
Trying to figure out how exactly to do your kegels correctly can be a little tricky, so we’ve rounded up some yoga poses with full instructions that will help you engage and tighten your pelvic floor while also helping you stretch those key muscles. Our first couple of postures emphasize strengthening the pelvic floor, while the rest focus on relaxation and flexibility. Together, these postures will keep everything down there strong and healthy and help fight pain and prevent future problems from arising. Check them out below!