The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast 279: Bowel Health and Yoga with Shannon Crow Description: Bowel health and function is an essential part of our lives, yet something we don’t discuss often. We all (hopefully) have bowel movements regularly and if we are not, it can impact our pelvic organs, pelvic floor and overall health. Yet, conversations about pooping are not normalized and we avoid talking about this topic! Why? In this episode, Shannon Crow, host of The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast and founder of Pelvic Health Professionals explores the topic of bowel health. She explains how yoga and bowel health are connected and some of the common things that can go wrong with our bowel health and function. Shannon also shares snippets of a live call from the Pelvic Health Professionals membership with Michelle Lyons, a physiotherapist, yoga, pilates and mindfulness teacher, and nutrition and health coach specializing in pelvic health with a whole-person approach. This episode is a must-listen for everyone - because bowel health and function affects us all! Key Takeaways: [4:38] Shannon's getting personal on this episode to talk about a topic not many people are comfortable with - poop! [5:52] How are yoga and bowel health connected? Shannon shares a clip from an interview with Michelle Lyons who spoke about bowel health in Pelvic Health Professionals. [11:01] Shannon invites you to bring your awareness to your bowel health in your next yoga session. She walks us through a couple of yoga poses to help with that. [13:32] The kind of toilet you use may impact your bowel health. Shannon shares some tips on how to bring ease to pooping. [15:13] Shannon pops in with a conversation with a fellow connected yoga teacher about OfferingTree. [17:56] The breath can have a huge impact on bowel health! [19:00] Hormonal changes can impact bowel health and bowel function as well. [22:59] Yoga helps with stress management and brings people into a state of rest and digest. This can impact bowel health positively. [23:54] Michelle covered a lot of different aspects of bowel health and function inside Pelvic Health Professionals! [26:34] Shannon highlights some of the upcoming topics for calls in Pelvic Health Professionals. [28:52] We need to normalize talking about bowel health! Links: Pelvic Health Professionals (Coupon Code: listenersgift279) The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 276: Caring for Yoga’s South Asian Roots with Susanna Barkataki The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 277: Yoga and Land Acknowledgement with Jessica Barudin & Emmy Chahal The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 278: Religion & Cultural Respect in Yoga with Emmy Chahal Sara Villamil Native Land Digital Shannon Crow on Instagram The Connected Yoga Teacher Facebook Group Gratitude to our Sponsor, OfferingTree and Pelvic Health Professionals. Quotes from this episode: "One of the ways that yoga can really help is by bringing attention to the breath. And we know that breathing is absolutely essential for good pelvic floor muscle function." - Michelle "Yoga and breathing and mindfulness and gentle movement in general, all of these have the ability to tone the vagus nerve." - Michelle "Good bowel health is really when you don't have to think about it." - Michelle "Generally bowel dysfunction, we can break down into three categories: either you can't keep stuff in, you can't get stuff out, or it hurts." - Michelle
275: Kicked Out of a Yoga Class!? with Shannon Crow
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The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast 275: Kicked Out of a Yoga Class!? with Shannon Crow Description: Have you ever been kicked out of a yoga class, or made to feel unwelcome, excluded, or shamed? It may feel shocking to hear if you have never had this experience, but sadly this is something many people in The Connected Yoga Teacher community have experienced. In this episode, Shannon shares comments from members of The Connected Yoga Teacher Facebook community describing their experiences when they were kicked out of a yoga class, or felt uncomfortable, ashamed, and rejected from the class, both because of yoga teachers and other students. This episode invites us to consider how we are showing up in our yoga classes and in the world with empathy, compassion, and understanding – and encourages us to think about how we can disrupt harm when we encounter it to create safer and more welcoming yoga spaces for everyone. Key Takeaways: [2:55] Shannon explains the topic for this episode - how we don't want our yoga classes to go and how we don't want yoga students to feel. [4:25] Shannon shares the inspiration for this episode - the experience of Shannon's friends who were kicked out of a yoga class based on their gender. [7:50] One of the things that people shared was not being allowed to leave or drink water or modify something in a yoga class. [14:05] Shannon shares an audio message from Aarti about not feeling welcome or feeling excluded from yoga. [19:19] Shannon invites us to think about Aarti's experience and to reflect on our own actions in yoga spaces. [20:42] Shannon shares experiences from yoga teachers who have been turned away from yoga or discouraged from practicing it because of their size or age. [22:35] Shannon shares a comment from community members who felt unwelcome for needing visual cues or modifications in a yoga class. [25:23] Shannon shares an article Sinead wrote for OfferingTree. [28:02] A community member shares two stories of not feeling welcome in a yoga class. [33:17] Shannon reads a comment from a community member about their experience with non-attachment. [35:35] Clique behaviors is another common theme that has made people feel unwelcome at yoga classes or studios. [38:16] Trigger Warning: The next section of this podcast deals with sensitive topics like intimate partner violence and sexual assault. [38:45] We may also make people feel unwelcome based on things we cannot see or know about them or their experiences. Shannon shares a comment and an audio clip from a community member talking about survivors of intimate partner violence. [44:39] Shannon shares a comment and a clip from a male community member who felt unwelcome in his class of all women. [50:10] We have no idea what people are dealing with as they walk into a yoga class with us, which is why it is important to have empathy, understanding, and compassion for others. [50:42] Shannon shares a few more comments from people who have felt excluded in yoga classes. [56:21] Shannon invites us to call out harmful practices we may encounter and reflect on our own practices as well. Links: Original Facebook Thread The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 265: Teach LGBTQIA+ Inclusive Yoga with Gabi Parkham The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 181: Grow an Online Yoga Business with Nikki Naab-Levy Rebecca C Jennifer Downing: Instagram and Website Anti-Oppression, Inclusion and Accessibility in Yoga Resources This Woman Shared Her Awful Experience Getting Body Shamed And Judged At A Yoga Studio And Thousands Of People Are Sharing Similar Experiences, Buzzfeed Article Yves Cedano: Website and Instagram Tiffany on Instagram 6 Easy-to-Implement Tips for Fantastic Client Retention, By Sinead O’Connor for OfferingTree Cindy Beers Yoga for Mental Health Program, Omega Institute Eleonora Cordovani Nikki Desalvo, Survivor-Led Movement The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 268: Yoga for Survivors of Sexual Assault with Nikki Adams Michael Symon Elaine: Facebook and Website Native Land Digital Shannon Crow on Instagram The Connected Yoga Teacher Facebook Group Gratitude to our Sponsor, OfferingTree. Quotes from this episode: "How often do people not feel safe or included in a yoga class due to gender?” - Shannon "Why are we not allowing students or yoga teachers, yoga practitioners to modify?" - Shannon "Why do we feel the need to control other bodies instead of letting them choose what they want to be doing, and not only choose what they want to be doing, choosing what they need to be doing?" - Shannon "When we just pull out a tiny piece [of a culture] and place it on merchandise for sale or change the meaning, that's cultural appropriation. That's harmful." - Aarti "We can learn from this, we can definitely take a look at how we are showing up to teach yoga to share yoga and look with a bit of self compassion and reflection as well." - Shannon "We have no idea what people are dealing with as they walk into a yoga class with us." - Shannon
267: Thoughts on Belly Breathing with Shannon Crow
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The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast 267: Thoughts on Belly Breathing with Shannon Crow Description: As human beings, we are always learning new information. Sometimes, this new information conflicts with our current beliefs or knowledge, so we need to be willing to dig in and explore this - and if we are wrong, to admit it and change our beliefs. This happened to Shannon Crow (she/her) with belly breathing. You may have learned about the benefits of belly breathing in yoga class or yoga teacher training or even taught it to your students. However, it may not be the best practice for everyone. In this episode, Shannon reflects on how she came to change her views on belly breathing and how she now teaches breath to her students instead. She shares her own experiences as a yoga teacher and a yoga practitioner from what she has learned and then unlearned. If you have ever taught breathing in a yoga class, this episode is for you. Key Takeaways: [3:14] Shannon introduces her topic for this episode and why she was inspired to share about it. [4:58] Shannon shares a little about an upcoming online workshop she is hosting with OfferingTree. [6:39] Shannon learned about belly breathing in yoga classes and in yoga teacher training. Eventually, she realized that what she knew or believed about belly breathing may not be correct. [8:54] The more research Shannon did into belly breathing, the worse she felt for teaching it the way she was. She reflects on how she felt at that time. [10:04] What happens when we take a breath? Where does the breath begin? [13:24] What do we really mean when we say belly breathing? [15:38] Some things associated with belly breathing can put additional pressure on the pelvic floor, and this may not be desirable for some people. [20:46] We are always going to be learning new information, and as yoga teachers, we need to explore how we can move with grace to explain to our students why we have shifted certain things we teach. [23:28] What are your thoughts on belly breathing? Share them with Shannon! Chart that shows what happens when we breathe: Links: The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 247: Being Wrong is Part of Learning with Shannon Crow New Thoughts on Belly Breathing, by Shannon Crow (Article) OfferingTree Webinar: Clarify Your Offering with Shannon Crow What’s Up ‘Down There’? by Shannon Crow for Health Journal Trista Zinn The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 069: Yoga with Pelvic Organ Prolapse with Dr. Sarah Duvall Yoga Teacher Conf Yoga Teacher Conf Live Stream (Code: SHANNONCROW) Scattered to Clarity Workshop Native Land Digital Shannon Crow on Instagram The Connected Yoga Teacher Facebook Group Gratitude to our Sponsor, OfferingTree and Pelvic Health Professionals. Quotes from this episode: "The more research I did into this, the worst I felt for teaching the way I was teaching belly breathing." "Something that we all need to embrace as yoga teachers is that we are responsible for how we're guiding our students." "As long as I continue to listen and learn and grow as a human, I'm on the right track."
260: I Feel so Alone as a Yoga Teacher with Shannon Crow
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The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast 260: I Feel so Alone as a Yoga Teacher with Shannon Crow Description: As a yoga teacher, do you feel alone or isolated? If you do, remember that you are not alone in this experience – and that there are ways to counter this loneliness and isolation. In this episode, Shannon Crow (she/her) shares more about her own experience feeling alone as a yoga teacher, as well as how she managed to overcome these feelings. Shannon Crow is the Founder of Pelvic Health Professionals, as well as the host of The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast and community, which is celebrating its fifth year of podcasting this episode. Shannon became a yoga teacher in 2006, and she shared what it was like for her as a new yoga teacher losing that sense of community she had experienced during her Yoga Teacher Training. Shannon shares some of the common reasons why yoga teachers may feel isolated in their career, as well as helpful tips to deal with these causes of isolation. As someone who has built and nurtured a supportive community of over 11,000 yoga teachers, Shannon also shares her tips on how to find or create such a community for yourself. This episode is perfect for anyone who has struggled with feeling alone as a yoga teacher, and will surely help you find and build a supportive community for yourself. Key Takeaways: [2:51] The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast is celebrating 5 years of podcasting with this episode! [4:48] Being a yoga teacher can feel very isolating, and it's normal to feel alone! [8:36] Shannon reflects on her experience when she became a yoga teacher in 2006. [11:23] Shannon gives a shout out to Offering Tree, sponsor of The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast. [13:35] Why does it feel so isolating to be a yoga teacher? [15:51] The key to dealing with "competition" from other yoga teachers is to find your niche and specialize to serve a select group of people. [16:36] Another reason why yoga teachers can feel isolated is imposter syndrome. [18:59] Being a yoga teacher can be isolating because it is mostly solitary work, especially since the pandemic began. That's why finding or creating a community is so important. [23:53] Having a supportive community around you can also help promote each other in the work you do and lift each other up. [28:16] How can we form connections with others and grow our network? [31:41] What happens when yoga teachers don't have a supportive community around them? [33:09] Where can we find these communities? [35:44] Shannon shares some of her tips for creating a community and strengthening a community you are a part of. [41:49] What are your thoughts around building community? Links: Specializing & Niching Down Resources The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 250: Reflect & Plan [Part 1] with Shannon Crow The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 247: Being Wrong is Part of Learning with Shannon Crow The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 177: How to Connect (aka Network) with Natalie Eckdahl Anti-Oppression, Inclusion and Accessibility in Yoga Resources OfferingTree User Group on Facebook Native Land Digital Pelvic Health Professionals Shannon Crow on Instagram The Connected Yoga Teacher Facebook Group Gratitude to our Sponsors, OfferingTree and Yoga Teacher Conf. Quotes from this episode: "The next time that you go to sign up for a yoga teacher training, [ask yourself]: Are you doing it because you need the knowledge and the skills and the information or are you doing it because you want to be back in with community?" "All of us at some point experienced imposter syndrome, even if it's just for a short moment when we go to put a workshop or a course together and we think, ‘oh my gosh, who am I to teach this?’." Alone a youth runs fast, with an elder slow, but together they go far. - Luo Proverb "Don't reinvent the wheel. Look at other communities for inspiration." "What's the big ‘why’ for your group that makes it unique?"
The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast 253: Reflect & Plan [Part 4] with Shannon Crow Description: At the end of every year, Shannon has a personal practice of reflection and planning. In this episode, Shannon shares her process of goal setting. She explains the SMART goals framework she uses, and why she only chooses 1-3 goals to focus on for a 90-day stretch. Shannon also reveals her tips and tricks to help her stay motivated in accomplishing her goals, and how she actually reaches her goals. This episode is part of a series, and an excellent guide to return to every time you need to take stock and review how things are going in your yoga business. Key Takeaways: [4:53] Shannon recaps the first three parts of the reflect and plan framework she has been sharing. [6:00] Don't be afraid to take this framework and adapt it to what fits you! [8:28] Choose 1-3 goals to focus on for the next 90 days. [10:44] Shannon uses the SMART goals framework to set her goals. She explains what this means. [15:08] Define if your goals are habit goals or achievement goals, and which area of importance it fits into. Also outline the benefits of this goal, and the small steps you will take to complete the goal. [18:50] The magic step to reaching your goals is to get it on your calendar! [22:31] Something that helps Shannon in reaching goals is trying not to break a streak, and having accountability. Links: PDF The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 250: Reflect & Plan with Shannon Crow The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 251: Reflect & Plan [Part 2] with Shannon Crow & Jivana Heyman The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 252: Reflect & Plan [Part 3] with Shannon Crow Year on the Wall Calendar by Steph Crowder The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 183: How to Plan a productive week with Shawn Radcliffe The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 122: Productivity for Yoga Teachers with Amber De La Garza The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 065: Create Your Ideal Yoga Schedule with Shannon Crow Shannon Crow on Instagram The Connected Yoga Teacher Facebook Group Gratitude to our Sponsors, Pelvic Health Professionals and Offering Tree. Quotes from this episode: "Make this fit your life and your beliefs and whatever suits you." "A habit goal is something that you do daily or on a regular basis, whereas an achievement goal is something that you finish." "The magic step is getting it on your calendar."
The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast 240: Pelvic Health for Everyone with Shannon Crow Description: What is pelvic health and who is it for? Many people think of pelvic health as being related to childbirth, or people assigned female at birth, or getting older in a female body - but this is not true! Everyone has a pelvis, and a pelvic floor, and it is important for all of us to understand it better. In this episode, Shannon Crow explains more about what pelvic health is and who it is for. She explains the basics around the form and anatomy of the pelvic floor, as well as its key functions in the body. She also highlights some of the common pelvic health issues people face, as well as shares some statistics on why pelvic health is something we should all know about. If you are a yoga teacher who is teaching people who have a pelvis, this episode is for you. Key Takeaways: [4:02] In this episode, Shannon is talking about pelvic health - what it is, and who it's for. [6:28] Shannon gives a shout out to Schedulicity. [7:53] Everyone should know more about pelvic health. [8:18] Many people think of pelvic health as being related to childbirth, people assigned female at birth, or getting older in a female body but this is not true! [9:20] There tends to be shame and embarrassment around talking about pelvic health issues. [10:45] Pelvic health issues are extremely common! [12:33] The first step towards improving pelvic floor starts with understanding how the pelvic floor works. [13:42] What is the pelvic floor, and where is it? [15:34] The pelvic floor has three layers. [17:16] What does the pelvic floor do? Two of its key functions are support and sphincteric. [18:59] The pelvic floor also contributes to sexual function and stability [20:23] The pelvic floor acts as a sump pump as well. [21:14] One of the pelvic floor’s roles is to guard and protect. [23:13] Shannon shares some statistics around pelvic health. [24:37] If you would like to learn more about pelvic health, Pelvic Health Professionals is a great place to learn from experts and other professionals. [28:15] Shannon gives a shout out to the Accessible Yoga Conference - she will be leading a panel on building community! [29:59] Shannon summarizes her answers to the questions "What is pelvic health?" and "Who is pelvic health for?" Links: Pelvic Health is for Everyone Schedulicity (Coupon Code: CYT2MONTHS) The Connected Yoga Teacher Facebook Group Pelvic Health Resources - Podcasts, Videos & Articles The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 225: Yoga for Hip Pain with Shannon Crow Yoga for Pain Resources - Podcasts & Articles The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 129: Pelvic Floor 101 with Marie-Josée Forget Gratitude to our Sponsors Schedulicity, Pelvic Health Professionals and the Accessible Yoga Conference. Quotes from this episode: "Whether we're assigned male or female at birth, whether we're non-binary or non-gender conforming, that really has nothing to do with pelvic health because everyone on the planet has a pelvis and a pelvic floor." "One of the first steps towards improving our pelvic health is just understanding how the pelvic floor works." "Once you start to understand how the pelvis works, you can be a real benefit to your yoga student."
Have you ever asked yourself what’s the difference between hip pain & pelvic girdle pain? How do we as yoga-asana teachers help the students work through this? Shannon Crow is on the show today answering these questions & a whole lot more. Shannon is a yoga teacher, trainer, host of the connected yoga teacher podcast & the founder of pelvic health professionals.Episode highlights...How Shannon got her interest in pelvic healthWhat is good pelvic health?The types of pain that we should be aware ofHow to recognize pelvic pain, especially as yoga teachersThe questions to ask if a student complains of a hip painHow to differentiate acute pain from persistent painSome Asana practices that are not good for the pelvic painThe problem lies if you do the same pose over and over againThings to try when you’re experiencing pelvic girdle painWorking with gravityBreathing out through the mouth or through the noseAre Kegel exercises part of pelvic girdle health?Advice for people suffering from incontinenceYou can find all the resources mentioned in this episode in the show notes at https://letstalk.yoga/Connect with us on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/arundhati_baitmangalkar/Join our exclusive Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/letstalkyogaJoin our mailing list: https://www.aham.yoga/instagram-2021 for all episodes.
The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast 225: Yoga for Hip Pain with Shannon Crow Description: Do you have students who come to you complaining of “hip pain”? Or have you experienced pain in the hips, lower back, abdomen or pelvic area yourself? Many people experience acute or persistent pain in their hip and pelvic area, and in this episode, Shannon Crow does a mini-training to address these pains. Shannon has had personal experience with pelvic girdle pain, which she used to call “hip pain”, for over 20 years. In this time, she has worked in her own yoga practice, and with health care and medical professionals to address this pain, and has gained a wealth of information about the topic. She shares some questions that can be helpful to ask yoga students who are experiencing “hip pain” and talks about why the language we use is important in our experience of pain. Shannon also has some movements and exercises that can help alleviate and decrease pelvic girdle pain for you to try out in your own practice and with your students. If you have ever experienced any sort of pain in your hip or pelvic area, or have students who are, this mini-training will be very helpful. Key Takeaways: [6:09] This episode is a mini-training on hip pain. [6:45] Shannon starts with some questions and definitions. Have you experienced acute pain and persistent pain? [8:50] What are some messages we have heard about the hips? What are some messages we have said? [10:49] Where are your hips, and where are your hip joints? [14:19] Why doesn't Shannon say hip pain to her students anymore? "Hip pain" or pelvic pain usually occurs in the sacroiliac joint (S.I. joint), the coccyx (tailbone), the pubic symphysis (pubic bone), the hip joint, and the entire pelvic area including the lower abdomen, the pelvis and perineum. [16:07] Shannon clarifies that she doesn't go around correcting people on proper anatomical terms to use. [17:59] Shannon talks about some of the cues yoga teachers use in relation to the hips. [19:06] What are three important questions to ask your yoga students who come to you with hip or pelvic pain? [21:16] As yoga teachers, it is not in our scope of practice to diagnose pain. [22:52] It is important to understand that the pelvis is strong and stable. [24:57] The language we use can make a huge difference in our experience with pain. [25:57] What are some things we can do when experiencing pelvic girdle pain, and the pelvis is sensitive and protective? [34:15] Shannon recommends trying out these movements in your own practice to see how it feels, and then you can incorporate it into your yoga classes. [35:20] For a deep dive to learn more about these movements and why they work to decrease pain, check out the full training. Things to Try for Pelvic Girdle Pain Exhale on effort / exertion Space for Sitz bones S Breath Question Kegels Rolling over Side-to-side standing Walking backwards Symmetrical Movements Links: Full Training: Yoga for Pelvic Girdle Pain Pain science episodes Cueing Hips in Yoga - Facebook Thread The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 073: 8 Limbs of Yoga [Part 1] with Shannon Crow The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 075: Yoga for Pelvic Girdle Pain with Dr. Sinead Dufour Reducing Pelvic Girdle Pain In Daily Life by Shannon Crow for Yoga Anytime The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 009: Kegels, Mula Bandha and Pelvic Health with Shelly Prosko Pelvic floor episodes The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast Episode 193: Pelvic Symmetry Sequence with Shannon Crow Gratitude to our Sponsors Schedulicity and Pelvic Health Professionals. Quotes from this episode: "The key to serving your yoga students is to ask more questions. You do not need to know all of the answers." “I feel it's very important as yoga teachers that we know our scope of practice, and that as we work alongside the health care team, we really know what our role is because we have an important role to play." "It is not in our scope of practice to diagnose pain. This isn't our role as yoga educators." “Understand that the pelvis is strong and stable."
EP36 - The Pelvic floor and so much more with Shannon Crow
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What do we all need to know as human beings walking around on this earth with a pelvis? What are some of the misconceptions around what the pelvic floor is, how it supports and impacts our experience of living and how to keep it (and us) healthy In this penultimate episode of Season 1 of the Live Like You Love Yourself podcast, Chara and Maria speak with , yoga teacher, podcaster and pelvic floor health specialist Shannon Crow about some of the confusion that we all experience around this vital aspect of our being and what we can do to own and nourish who we are by educating ourselves about the pelvic floor. Resources & Mentions:Pelvic Health Professionals - https://pelvichealthprofessionals.com/pelvic-health-resources/The Connected Yoga Teacher Podcast - https://www.theconnectedyogateacher.com/podcast/Tobias WigginsWhat is a pessary?Squatty Potty
Pelvic Health & Pelvic Girdle Pain with Shannon Crow
This week on the podcast I am joined by Shannon Crow. Shannon is a yoga teacher, the host of The Connected Yoga Teacher podcast, and the founder of Pelvic Health Professionals. Shannon is passionate about pelvic health and how important this is for any individual with a pelvis.In this episode, Shannon shares her own journey with pelvic health, and how her healing led to her specializing in helping other individuals with their pelvic health. We dive into why pelvic health is important, how to take care of your pelvis, as well as how to heal from pelvic girdle pain.Enjoy!