Core Activation Part I: The Pelvic Floor

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Instructor David Procyshyn
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How do we ensure that we don't get injured when we do yoga? This Core Activation Series guides you through the step by step process of how to become aware of your core muscles, how to strengthen them and how to use them to protect your body from injury.


Lifting Pelvic Floor without Tightening Glutes
[email protected] 2 years ago

Hi David! I was wondering if you could give some advice on how to lift the pelvic floor without tightening the glutes? I can barely separate the two and I believe I'm supposed to be keeping my glutes relaxed...

Relaxing the glutes while engaging the pelvic floor
David Procyshyn 2 years ago

Hi there! Yes, you want to learn to engage the pelvic floor without tensing the glutes. All I can say is it to keep practicing! This video series shows you what to focus on, so if you keep doing it, it will come with time.

Silly Question???
Sprucie 3 years ago

Is this the same muscle as in Kegel exercises? I never quite understood those, but it sounds similar.

Kegel Exercises
David Procyshyn 3 years ago

Yes, it's the same muscle as in Kegel exercises. Do you understand how to activate it now?

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Pelvic Floor Activation
Sprucie 3 years ago

Yes, I believe I do. Thank you.

Should the pelvic floor be activated at all times during yoga practice? I've been conscious of my engagement since watching this video, and quite frankly, I can't imagine! I find it hard to keep up with. It seems to get lost among the position changes, the breath, etc. Is this activation awareness something that comes with time?

Pelvic Floor Engagement
David Procyshyn 2 years ago

Sorry for the late reply. Yes, particularly if you are doing something strenuous, keeping the pelvic floor engaged keeps your core strong and your spine stable. It's difficult at first, but once you make it a routine it starts to feel less so.

I discovered a new muscle
Christopher.Smith 3 years ago

My employer offers an onsite gym and I (infrequently) attend yoga classes. As a true novice many are difficult for me, but I am getting better at following along. Sometimes the instructor mentions activating the pelvic floor. I didn't know what it was but never asked; now I know and wow what a weak muscle I have!

Thank you for answering a question I was too embarassed to ask.

Thank you
mpangan 4 years ago

David, thank you for creating this awesome resource. I'm healing from a herniated disc and because of the high cost of yoga here in Yorba linda, I've been so reluctant to do yoga. Now, I hope I can heal completely with the help of this fantastic resource.