Updated: Jun 2
Inhale, Exhale, Cough…. So you take a big fat hit of your favorite strain of cannabis and here it comes…the anticipated cough. Some of us cringe, cross our legs and feel disappointed when we feel our pelvic floor fails us. It happens. The older we get, the more babies we have, the more weight we gain, the more sedentary the lifestyle, the weaker our pelvic floor may become. Fortunately, we can do something about this if we are aware of our machine and how it works.
This may be a familiar subject for women yet it’s just as important for men to practice their Kegel exercises. The pelvic floor supports the uterus, bladder, small intestine and rectum bladder. The health of your pelvic floor can affect sexual function. Ah ha, that part. Historically speaking, Dr. Arnold H. Kegel, an American gynecologist, introduced Kegel exercises as a nonsurgical way to prevent women from leaking urine. He also noticed it helped men prevent incontinence.
You can strengthen the pelvic floor by practicing squeezing those muscles. First, bring awareness to this part of you. You may find yourself deeply concentrating here if you have neglected this part of you for a while.
You can do your kegel exercises laying, sitting, standing, jumping and even urinating.
When laying down you can try using the yoga asana, bridge pose. As you lift your hips from the mat into the full pose you will want to flex your pelvic floor then release to the floor. Try this in sets. Tapping the sacral area lightly on your mat can also be very calming. I use this in my Yogajuana classes as a somatics based movement to reduce anxiety. An easy way to fit in your Kegels, is when you are on the toilet. Give it a start, stop, start, stop etc. Its best to flex and hold the muscle for a few seconds and try to get in 10 reps a day. Whatever you do, you need to focus on your pelvic floor muscles. The Harvard Medical School explains that 1/3 of women doing Kegels are doing them wrong; actually, just working their abdominals, buttocks and inner thighs. This is why Yoga Mama finds it best to practice this physical movement standing. You are then less likely to screw this up and hopefully less likely to pee yourself when you hit the bong or jog across the playground.
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Namaste, Fam. Moi