On today’s podcast, I am welcoming my good friend Ashley Long. Ashley is a yoga instructor and physical therapist as well, and today we are talking all about pelvic health. Since doing her yoga teacher training with me seven years ago, Ashley has moved to Philadelphia where she practices as a pelvic health specialist. We are both hoping that this is one of many conversations to start a movement around pelvic health awareness for all!
Why did you decide to do yoga teacher training?
After spending time with you, and my interest in yoga, I knew I wanted to learn from you and expand my knowledge of both yoga and physical therapy.
What people don’t often know is that there is a thoracic diaphragm and a pelvic diaphragm; within the pelvic diaphragm there are three layers of muscles. If the muscles are too tight, they can’t provide the necessary support.
What are the biggest misconceptions about the pelvic anatomy and floor?
A lot of people don’t realize that the pelvic floor does move, it’s not static. Kegels are also a misconception in their own right, as doing them isn’t always appropriate for what your body needs. Starting with your breath, and working on the coordination of your two diaphragm is what I recommend.
If you are leaking fluids during exercise, or experiencing pain during sex, this is something you should absolutely speak to your doctor about.
What are your thoughts on products / items used to strengthen the muscles in your vagina?
I like people to tap into what it is they feel their body needs, with the help of their healthcare practitioner, because it is going to be different for each person. With anything, I recommend a mindful meditation, as there is normally a lot of fear surrounding this area of our body.