Stabilize the Sacrum

To help identify if you are having SI (sacroiliac) joint pain, you can palpate your lower back and identify the sacrum- the flat part of the lower back above your tailbone. To the left and right of the sacrum is a small dimple, this dimple indicates the top of the SI joint. It is most common for there to be a dull or sometimes sharp pain around or on one of the SI joints. SI pain is often confused with sciatica. If you are feeling pain deep in the buttock region, it is probably sciatica or piriformis syndrome.

SI joint pain generally comes from one half of the pelvis tilting forward (anterior) or back (posterior). This aymmetry can be caused by extreme laxity in sacroiliac joint, extreme tension in the buttocks and hips (esp. piriformis) exerting force on joint, sitting with bad posture, impact to one half of the pelvis, and position of baby in pelvis.

In class we work to stabilize the SI to bring equanimity to the pelvis. This video demonstrates 3 poses that you can enjoy at home to help stabilize the SI joint and alleviate the discomfort associated with SI pain.

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About Deb

Debra is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music with a degree in Musical Theater. She has spent most of her life performing and was introduced to yoga through a choreographer in 1997. After several years as a yoga student, she decided to continue her education and became certified as a Bikram Yoga instructor. In 2001 Debra headed out to Seattle to study with renowned prenatal yoga teacher Colette Crawford, R.N., at the Seattle Holistic Center. Debra has received a certificate for Vinyasa Yoga from Shiva Rea, with whom she continues to study. Debra has also been certified in the Maternal Fitness Method with Julie Tupler. In 2004, Debra completed the OM Yoga advanced teacher training with Cyndi Lee. Debra currently studies with Cyndi Lee, Genevieve Kapular, and Susan "Lip" Orem. After being witness to several "typical" hospital births, Debra felt it was important to move beyond the yoga room and be present in the birthing room. In 2003, Debra attended her first birth as a DONA certified labor support doula. In that short period of time, Debra has attended about 40 births. She is continuously in awe of the beauty and brilliance of birth. Most recently, Debra received her certification as a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator. Drawing on her experience as a prenatal yoga teacher, labor support doula and childbirth educator, Debra looks to establish a safe and effective class for pregnancy and beyond.

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