Birthlight yoga breathing practices, combined with postnatal micro-movements, respects the time needed to re-stabilise the pelvis, realign the spine, and re-tone the deepest abdominal muscles, the transverse abdominis and the rectus abdominus.
It is no good papering over the crack. If we ‘fill’ the hole first (the yoga breathing is like using polyfilla to get the fascia together again) then we do the proper lasting work of closing the body. It is well worth putting the time and effort in to recover on the deeper level for your long term heath and function before rushing into certain types of exercise.
Diastasis Recti most commonly occur in the third trimester of first pregnancies. The linea alba, the line of connective tissue between the left and right packs of the rectus abdominis, does a great job of stretching to accommodate the growing baby.
This tissue can thin and lose its springiness laterally often around the umbilicus, and above and below.
Common forms of Diastasis Recti can be successfully repaired with gentle therapeutic yoga using the breath together with relaxed stretches and gentle twists. This improves lower back strength, pelvic floor tone and organ function.
Focus on what you CAN do, rather than what you CANNOT do!