Pelvic floor yoga therapy sessions for both women and men are available with Kristen by appointment. These private sessions are for anyone experiencing pelvic pain, discomfort, or dysfunction including: incontinence, postpartum healing, prolapse, surgical recovery, pain or bleeding during intercourse, low back or hip pain, birth trauma, sexual trauma, and more. Email: email@example.com to schedule an appointment.
What is pelvic floor yoga? How is that different from kegels?
Pelvic Floor Yoga is a comprehensive approach to pelvic health. We use posture, breathing, and pelvic stability in yoga poses for optimal function, mobility and stability. The goal is to empower the student by teaching them the anatomy and sensations required to understand and improve their own body function in relation to the pelvic floor and its role in overall wellness. All things are taken into consideration: a person’s pelvic history, day to day activity, posture, and any dysfunction they have experienced. Kegels are an often misunderstood and misguided attempt to strengthen the pelvic floor. They can be performed and/or taught inaccurately; definitions and instruction vary widely. Also, a misconception is that practicing kegels (to tighten the pelvic floor) is a quick fix for incontinence, when sometimes that problem is due to a hypertonicity (tightness), in which case kegels would worsen the problem.
About Kristen Mercado:
Kristen's teaching approach is one of empowerment and mind-body well being. She believes in giving students tools they need to help them feel and live well in their bodies. With over twelve years of yoga practice and six years of teaching experience, she is seasoned and versed in assessing students' different needs in both anatomy and emotional health. Kristen has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Kansas. She earned her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification, Prenatal and Postpartum Level 1 & 2, and Restorative Yoga Certifications through Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts, and Pelvic Floor Yoga Therapy Certification with Leslie Howard.