You may have heard about the pelvic floor. Like JD Salinger, it gets a lot of accolades but is generally reclusive. One of the classic "body locks" of Hatha yoga, the pelvic floor is a network of muscles that has the power to inform every yoga pose, promote continence, aid childbirth, improve sex, and help any body age gracefully -- a pretty spectacular list.
-But which muscles do make up the pelvic floor? -How do I know if they're working? -What is a "body lock" and what does that have to do with it? -Can I really work on my pelvic floor in public?
The answer to the last question is: yes! This is a muscle group like any other, just one surrounded by a lot of hype and mystery. So let's answer those other questions -- and demystify -- together.
Suitable for yogis and non-yogis, men and women, this two-hour workshop will use anatomical information to shine a light (figuratively) on the muscles of the pelvic floor. We'll talk about the role they play in yoga poses and everyday movement. We'll try some some visualization exercises and classic Kegels to tune into our own beautiful pelvic floor muscle group, and then we'll put them to use in a variety of yoga poses, learning to strengthen and stretch the muscles for optimum efficiency. Finally, we'll see if we can discover for ourselves why the ancient yogis thought this "root lock" was so very special.