body

All Things Pelvic with Leslie Howard & Dr. Jennifer Jurewicz

A Missing Piece of the Puzzle

Do you know what and where your pelvic floor is? Every pelvis has a story and after listening to this dynamic two-part discussion with pelvic floor specialists Leslie Howard (yoga teacher) and Dr. Jenn Jurewicz (physical therapist) you will come away knowing where your pelvic floor is and what part it plays in the overall health and stability of your body. Leslie says to think of the torso as a “tote bag” for your organs. The pelvic floor is the bottom of the bag. Jenn tells us to imagine its three layers of muscles like stacking bowls. It is integral for sexual health, bowel and bladder health, and supporting two thirds of our body weight. Pelvic floor health can be affected by childbirth, sexual trauma, menopause, everyday stress and yes men can have it too. It can be the cause of incontinence, painful intercourse, digestive problems, and lower back pain. It can also be the missing piece of the puzzle in a diagnosis because it is a part of our bodies still fraught with cultural taboos/conditioning - so take note. Educate yourself. Be an advocate for your body. Get to know your pelvic floor.


Meet This Episode's Guests

 
Leslie Howard 1.jpg

Leslie Howard

As a yoga practitioner and teacher, I specialize in the use of yoga for many issues but specifically for pelvic floor problems. After suffering from hypertonic pelvic syndrome, I found relief from my symptoms by a careful application of Iyengar-style/influenced yoga and breath work and since then I have continued to refine and develop the application of yoga for the pelvic floor for myself and others. To this end, for the past twelve years, I have taught women of all ages to practice yoga to alleviate pelvic floor conditions, including urinary incontinence and pelvic pain, through a combination of small group teaching, public workshops, and national conferences.  I call my approach Pelvic Floor YogaTM

A few times a year I teach a twenty hour teacher training for therapeutic application of yoga and pranayama to help alleviate symptoms for pelvic floor issues. There is an optional certification process available after the training.  I am currently the director of the Piedmont Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training program.  My courses are approved as  continuing education with Yoga Alliance and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork.  I am a certified Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

For about Lesile and her schedule or classes and workshops,

visit her website


Dr. Jennifer Jurewicz

Dr. Jennifer Jurewicz is a New York City based physical therapist specializing in pelvic floor rehabilitation. She began her career working in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine, treating athletes and weekend warriors with low back, neck and shoulder pain. Some of her patients, specifically with low back and hip pain, were difficult to treat. Jennifer started exploring the role of the pelvic floor as a missing piece of the puzzle.

Women's health physical therapy is relatively new, still being discovered as a referral source for gastroenterologists, urologists, gynecologists and other medical providers. Evelyn Hecht, the president of EMH Physical Therapy, was one of the first pelvic floor practitioners in the New York City area. Dr. Jurewicz studied under this well known practitioner and began to explore the role of stress, anxiety and the brain's role as the interpreter of pain. She combines pain education, breathing and relaxation techniques and pelvic floor and core training to rehabilitate her patients back to the activities they love.

For more information about Dr. Jurewicz and her practice, visit her website!

 
IMG_2664.jpeg

Consider Yourself Beloved with Carrie Owerko

Holding Space for Whatever is Happening

Carrie Owerko talks about Iyengar Yoga ~ as a Senior teacher and as a practitioner. For her, Iyengar Yoga is a joyful yoga, an awareness practice which takes us through the body door, giving us a framework to let go and experience deeper connections, encouraging us to be curious! “Give your body affectionate attention,” she says. “Imagine your body as someone you’re walking through life with, holding hands.” Carrie comes to Iyengar yoga from a background in improvisational theatre where she learned that Play. Is. Key. Making practice into play helps us surrender to ‘not knowing,’ explore ways to relax with uncertainty, discover what we can learn when things go wrong. Hers is a practice of loving kindness, helping us hold space for whatever is happening, while continuing to stay engaged. The very definition of ‘being present.’ Her teaching is built on the blocks of Friendliness ~ Compassion ~ Joy ~ and the ability to not look away.


Meet This Episode's Guest

Carrie Owerko

"In the course of our brief life most of us will experience the mystery of love, the pain of loss, and myriads of other things, both beautiful and terrible. We will experience these things as individuals and as a collective. Knowing that we have each other in which to share these experiences—and that we are all in a somewhat similar predicament—is more than comforting. It is an amazing opportunity not only for connection, but also for communion." ~ Carrie Owerko, September 2016

Carrie Owerko has been teaching yoga and exploring the relationship between body, breath and mind for several years. She holds a Senior Intermediate Iyengar teaching credential and continues her studies with the Iyengar family by traveling to India on a regular basis, as well as by continuous and in-depth studies with her yoga teacher, Patricia Walden. Over the years she has performed in and co-choreographed many yoga demonstrations, including Live: Light on Life, presented at City Center in NYC during BKS Iyengar's Light on Life US National Book Tour in 2005.

Before studying yoga, Carrie earned a BFA in Dance and Theater, and graduated from the renowned Neighborhood Playhouse Theater School in NYC. Carrie then spent several years working for a Movement/Educational/Experimental Theater Company called The Irondale Ensemble Project. In addition to performing with Irondale she taught in the Alternative High Schools in NYC and at Rikers Island Correctional Facility. After Irondale, Carrie continued her inquiry and became a Movement Analyst (CMA) having completed her studies at The Laban Institute in NYC. She has spent years enthusiastically exploring human movement with the intention of helping people develop clearer, more fully embodied communication and expression.

Visit Carrie's website: http://www.carrieowerko.com/