If you don’t already know my good friend Diana Zotos I am so excited for you to meet her! Diana is a physical therapist and yoga teacher. In 2006 Diana began her 7 year career at Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC, spending those years treating anyone from inpatient joint replacement patients to professional marathon runners. She completed her yoga teacher training at OM Yoga in 2010.
Diana is also co-founder and co-director of Threes Physiyoga Method™ (TPM). TPM is dedicated to teaching yoga teachers applied anatomy and kinesiology, and bridging the gap through advanced teacher training between yoga teachers and the healthcare industry. TPM also educates physical therapists and other medical professionals on the benefits and integration of yoga practices into traditional western medicine.
In today’s episode we decided to focus on the basics of women’s pelvic floor health and how that relates to yoga practice and yoga teaching. You’ll hear:
- How the alignment of the feet and legs affect the pelvic floor.
- What teachers and students can do if they think they might have issues with their pelvic floor musculature.
- When, how and why hip pain or lower back pain originate with issues in the pelvic floor.
- Some things pregnant women and postpartum mamas can do to keep their pelvic floor healthy.
- And so much more!
Learn more about Diana and Threes Physiyoga at their website, check out all their upcoming workshops, events, and advanced teacher training on their events page and follow them on social media on facebook and instagram.
Can you explain the blueberry exercise again in a different way please.
The blueberry imagery exercise is one of my favorite ways of explaining a full release and full contraction of the 3 sphincters of the pelvic floor diaphragm. You can begin by imagining your pelvic floor muscles surrounding each sphincter completely relaxing, releasing and widening, opening each hole wider. Then imagine gently using those muscles to draw a blueberry up into them. Start at the bottom and try to control the lift upwards (maybe like an elevator, stopping at 3 floors on the way up), then gently release with control (again like an elevator stopping at 3 floors on the way down). Do this for each of the sphincters. Stop when you lose control, that means your muscles or brain is fatigued and you should take a break and try more later. Hope that helps! Diana
What is Ginger’a last name and website?
I could not get her last name on the podcast.
Her name is Ginger Garner and here is her website: https://gingergarner.com/