Kegel Alternatives for a Tight Pelvic Floor

Just like any muscle in your body, your pelvic floor can be too loose OR too tight. While many women worry about being too lose (hypotonic) and kegel like crazy, as much as 40% of postpartum women are actually too tight (hypertonic). These pelvic floor stretches are great for when you are hypertonic and need […]

Postpartum Workouts: Can You Start Before 6 Weeks?

Postpartum workouts can be good for you and your whole family

Traditionally in the United States, women have been cleared for exercise at their 6-week postpartum visit with the doctor. In fact, there is no particular reason why 6 weeks is the benchmark, and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) actually recommends postpartum workouts as soon as a few days after giving birth for […]

How to Lose Baby Weight

There is a lot of cultural pressure to get back to your “pre-baby body” 3 seconds after blissfully pushing out a baby in a candlelit water birth. Let me be clear: I am not here to further that pressure.  However, a few months after having a kid, you might start feeling like, “I thought this […]

What the Heck Is a Kegel and Should You Do Them?

female pelvic muscles

What is a kegel? Simply put, a kegel is an engagement of the pelvic floor muscles. It has been found through substantial research to be effective at curing or improving urinary incontinence. There is also ongoing research into kegeling as a treatment for pelvic organ prolapse.  Kegel 2.0 vs. “Kegeling” Before we go further, I […]

The Fascinating History of the Kegel

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Ah, the kegel. Easily, the most widely known women’s health exercise in the world. (Not a bad reputation, considering that they’re entirely invisible to the casual observer.) Maybe I’m the only uber-nerd who deeply needed to know where the kegel came from. Or, maybe you’re oddly interested, too? I dove into the depths of the […]

How to organize your life to get $*!# done

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I want you to banish the word busy. Seriously, it doesn’t serve any of us to run around feeling like we have too. much. to. do. Instead, I’d love to help you feel productive. When you’re busy, you’re panicked. When you’re productive, you accomplish more because you’ve raised your expectations for yourself. As a result, […]

Finally! Everything you ever needed to know about yoga for pain relief

Low-back pain in yoga

I’m going to tell you something you don’t want to hear: I do not have a magic wand, and I cannot magically heal your pain with yoga. In fact, yoga for pain relief isn’t always the right answer. However, what I can tell you is this: Whether you have low-back pain, bone spurs, joint pain […]

Everything You Need to Know to Set (and Achieve!) Life-Changing Goals

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‘Tis the season for resolutions. And rather than indulge my inner curmudgeon and tell you about the horrible retention rates of New Year’s resolutions, or suggest that once-a-year goal-setting is meaningless for creating permanent change, I want to encourage you to just GO FOR IT and give yourself some crazy-ambitious goals for this year. And, […]

Food, Dieting, and Your Pelvic Floor

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Let’s just say it: This is not the season to be on a “diet.” Whether you’ve decided that you’re just going to cheat for the next two days (or two weeks) before you restart your diet, or if you’re trying to white knuckle your way through eating healthy all holiday season, you might need to […]

Your body needs you to REST!

elevating legs for restorative yoga

Can we all just chill out for a sec? Today’s topic is one that is super-important to me, and in my opinion way under-valued in the fitness and wellness world. Sure, we’ve all heard about “self care” but usually that image of self-care looks like drinking a glass of wine in the tub – not […]