Handstands and Yoni Eggs

Handstands and Yoni Eggs

One: Motherhood is a full time job.

Two: Being a self employed yoga entrepreneur, too. In this perspective,

I’m working two full time jobs, one of them being a 24/7 shift without designated breaks.

Mmh…

Everything is a matter of perspective and there is a very fruitful perspective available that goes like this: One is an honorary appointment into accompanying the new generation into adulthood without forgetting about their magical powers and unlimited opportunity - which is a much bigger endeavour for me than for my two daughters. And Two is a calling. Yoga has found me, we got engaged, I can’t leave, like my dear friend Lorenzo said: I swallowed the pill, there is no return.

Yoga has taught me many things that are much greater than wrapping my ankles behind my neck. One of them is self care. A lifestyle of honest, sustainable practices that nourish me from the inside and allow me to do those crazy things I do love occasionally, too.

It’s now 5 months that my second daughter is born and I have come to cherish my yoni egg for its service restoring my pelvic floor and still helping me to know when it’s enough. Here’s how:

Just like in my first postpartum time I hung out with my AcroYoga peers very soon after delivery, watching them play got me ignited with the desire to train, I did a couple of training sessions and was horrified by the feeling in my pelvic floor, feeling the weight of the organs pushing down when pressing into inversions jumping into or out of a pose (of course… but tell that to me when being in the “I want, I like state”)… when writing this I have to laugh about myself how OBVIOUSLY this wasn’t an appropriate way getting back into practice… However, this horrifying feeling got me back on track:

  • restore pelvic floor
  • restore core
  • slowly ease yourself back into training

These steps were so hard for me to follow because inversions felt so damn good to me prenatally as well as postpartum. They take the weight of the organs off the pelvic floor and give a great sense of relief. And since my arms weren’t pregnant and therefor remained in the same integrity, handstands felt a great practice. Yet, handstand practice doesn’t restore the pelvic floor.



So there I was. A very content Baby with long sleep cycles, a big sister with a regular Kindergarden schedule and a ready made 4 weeks handstand plan from my husband. A great set up, but I had to postpone it.

Instead of using the pelvic floor trainers made out of plastic I used my yoni egg to get instant feedback of how my pelvic floor is doing. Here’s how:

  • I started with a smaller egg of about 35 - 40gr about 9 weeks postpartum. After a couple of frustrating tries in the first 3 days my pelvic floor was able to hold the weight in for longer than a couple of breaths.
  • I made it a regular practice in the morning doing simple pelvic floor exercises. And I consciously use the word “exercises” because it’s a word that doesn’t necessarily refer to “tightening”. A healthy balance between contracting and releasing is crucial for sustainable pelvic health.
  • after about two weeks there was a great increase of time subconscious holding pattern of the pelvic floor was turned on to easily hold in the egg. And I went up to 55gr and then to 70gr.
  • I started to do a full yoga practice once the pelvis floor muscles were able to hold the weight in for a good 90 minutes after I was finished with the isolated pelvic floor exercises.
  • after doing this for about a week it felt like an organic step to start my 4 week handstand training plan which does include still up to this date vaginal farts. Even though they decreased tremendously.

The yoni egg continues to not only be my pelvic floor trainer, yet it has become my “core whisperer” telling me straight forward what’s going on at the bottom of myself. Feelings of tiredness, weakness, strength…, now I act according to these feelings. When tired, I rest, when weak, I recharge through practices of self care, when strong I celebrate the energy… profound healing can occur from the enhanced awareness and sense of connectedness that develops through this sacred practice with the crystals.