008: Core Breath and Pelvic Health with Kim Vopni


This week Shannon is pleased to share insight from another enthusiastic expert on the subject of pelvic health. Kim Vopni, also known as The Fitness Doula, is the mother of two children. Her pregnancy and birthing experiences, along with her educational background led her to focus on women’s pelvic health. Kim holds a BA in Psychology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Health and Fitness.


Kim’s impressive education includes her certification as a personal trainer and pre/postnatal fitness consultant. She has completed training in The Hypropressive Method and Pfilates (Pelvic Floor Pilates) along with the Pregnancy Exercise and Birth Programming certificate with Burrell Education.  


Kim is passionate about normalizing the conversation around pelvic health and is an active voice for women of all ages. She is the author of “Prepare to Push- What your Pelvic Floor and Abdomen Want You to Know About Pregnancy and Birth”, offers courses through Bellies Inc., and is a distributer of the EPI-NO, a pre-pregnancy tool that helped Kim through her own pregnancies. She is also the owner of Pelvienne Wellness Inc. and co-founder of Bellies Inc.



Kim’s story [4:35]


Bellies Inc. Courses (online and in person) [6:30]


What is Core Breath? [10:50]


What is the Core? (core 4) [11:45]


How to do Core Breath [12:20]


How to find your Natural Pelvis from a Seated Position [16:25]


How your Sitting Posture affects the Pelvic Floor [17:25]


Kim’s Cues for Pelvic Health Awareness [18:55]


Kim’s take on Mulha Bundas and Kegals [24:50]


Is the Core Breath Safe for Everyone? [27:20]


Benefits of Core Breath [29:40]


Piston Image- Helping Bodily Systems Work Efficiently [31:55]


Feeling that you are Breathing “backwards” [33:15]


Bellies Inc. Courses [35:55]




Kim’s Email: kim@belliesinc.com


Kim’s Book: Prepare to Push




Bellies Inc.


Julie Wiebe


Katy Bowman


Article: Core Breathing- Core 4 by Shannon Crow


Article: What is Diastasis Recti? By Shannon Crow and Kim MacDonald-Heilandt


Video: Core Breath Video by Kim Vopni


Video: Core Breath on Bellies Inc. Site by Kim Vopni


Today’s Episode is Sponsored by:


Shannon Crow’s Yoga for Pelvic Health: Online Training for Yoga Teachers


Special Thanks to:

Laura Cameron for writing such great show notes (even when I send an episode at the last minute) and to

Rob Muir for editing the episodes (between moose sightings and cat snuggles)