|Taken during a breathing exercise, kaki mudra,|
at one of the Professional Yoga Therapy
training intensives I instructed in 2008.
Since WWII, when women left the home for the workforce, we have had to shoulder more than 2 full time jobs. And if you are a mother, then add a third full time job.
Gender equality is still a far off notion, although the pay gap is decreasing (only if you are childless) and men are increasingly taking on roles as involved fathers and partners who share in household management, chores, and childrearing. The portrait of a father differs largely from the snapshot of one from the 1960's, for example. Today's father is more hands-on than ever, many opting to be stay-at-home dads while moms go to work - and with the advent of telecommuting, more men and women are finding new (and long overdue) flexibility in the workplace.
Today's post can help you maintain sanity in your busy life and come closer to attaining that enigma of work/life balance - through learning to breathe better. A complete breathing practice - beneficial for men and women alike - is available for free. For your education and information, you can download these free excerpts from my texts on medical therapeutic yoga, previously available only to health care professionals who studied with me at Professional Yoga Therapy.
Guidelines for Practice
Each of these breath practices serve a specific purpose. For that reason, they cannot be practiced all at the same time. Instead, choose which ones best suit you and follow these 3 guidelines:
- Always begin with the abdominal breath. When in doubt, return to the abdominal breath for calm relaxation.
- Always use the TATD breath for performing active tasks, such as yoga postures, exercise, lifting, or playing sports. The TATD creates a powerhouse of trunk/ab strength and spine control - whether you are a runner, golfer, kayaker, or a mom who lifts and chases toddlers all day long.
- Always finish with at least 5 minutes of relaxation pose. This can be done lying down or reclining - generally relaxing - anywhere. (except while driving in your car). Take the 5 minutes to decompress and clear you mind.
Download Abdominal Breath
Download the Three (or Four) Part Breath
Download Sandbag Breath
Download TATD Breath
Download Sun Breath
Download Moon Breath
Happy breathing in this life!
- Crittenden, Ann. The Price of Motherhood. 2002.
- Garner, Ginger. Professional Yoga Therapy, Volume I, II, III, and IV. 2008-2011.