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The Yoga Pro Podcast

Jul 20, 2022

Have you ever been told to “hold your belly in” or “tighten your core muscles”?

Over recruiting in the pelvic floor can cause trouble throughout the body, and can be caused by so many different physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual factors. 


In this episode, Cheri Dostal Ryba unpacks shame, money, sexual desire and more as it relates to the pelvis; and she busts some myths around kegels and core strength that are still being passed around as truth today.


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Cheri serves as co-director and lead faculty of the accredited program AlcheMe Yoga Therapy Training and helps people globally online who want  to improve their pelvic health, back care, and develop self-awareness and resilience. She wrote the book Pelvic Yoga Therapy for the Whole Woman: A Professional Guide and is a songwriter who recently released Matrescence: Mothering Wholeness through Song.



-Cheri’s introduction to yoga

-The surprising way she made her way into teaching yoga

-The svadhyaya that led her to specialize in pelvic health

-Overworking in our lifestyle and the relationship to overworking in our pelvic floor

-How you can tell if you have an overworking pelvic floor and what to do (and NOT do!) about it

-The difference between over-recruiting and strength

-Why you shouldn’t hold your belly in

-How rest and relaxation are crucial in cultivating a supple pelvic floor

-Pamela and Cheri share some favorite practices to release pelvic tension

-The correlation between jaw tension, TMJ, and teeth grinding and tightness in the pelvic floor

-The power of awareness

-Why we feel shame around the pelvis and how we can change that

-How to self identify that you need specialized treatment; and how to get the right referral to a qualified practitioner you feel comfortable with

-The ins and outs of vulva mapping for getting to know your body

-Menstrual cups 101

-Cheri talks about unpacking unknown traumas that might be affecting her root chakra

-The unconscious script that rules our patterns around money

-Noticing our default patterns and finding change in the areas that aren’t serving us

-Why you probably don’t need to be doing kegels

-Misconceptions around sexual arousal and women’s desire

-The difference between spontaneous desire and responsive desire

-Embracing being at the center of our lived experience



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SAVE THE DATE! August 16 6-8 central time for a Masterclass with Cheri, “Bladder Love”

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Music:  The State of Things (The Bouncy Song) by Rena Wren is used with permission.