Growing up, many of us were taught to stand up straight and told to pull your shoulders back. Somewhere along the way to adulthood, we learned to hold in our bellies. If we learned anything at all about the pelvic floor, it’s most likely that Kegels can solve any problem we might have. As adults, many of us spend our days hunched over computers and stressed out about our work, relationships, and life in general. All of this translates to suboptimal posture and breathing. It also shows up in unhelpful (though well-intentioned) yoga cues that don’t support the way the body actually works.
Over time, we tend to develop breathing patterns that don’t serve us well, but imagine how freeing it would feel to breathe with ease. To feel your neck and upper chest relax and your lower ribs expand. To experience a calming sensation that you can bring about anywhere, anytime.
We don’t realize the power our breath has until we understand how to optimize it from the inside out — everything begins with and connects to the breath.
Breathing is a dynamic process closely linked with posture. In this course, you’ll learn the structure and function of the breath cycle, assess your own postural alignment, and experience the effects of position changes on your breathing pattern. You’ll optimize your breathing and learn how to use the breath to affect your body's systems - to filter the noise, to decrease stress, to shift from fight or flight to rest and digest.
Optimize Your Breathing includes a course workbook, videos, and PDFs.
- The anatomical structures of breathing
- The muscles of breathing
- How to use breath as a gateway to affect your mood, pain, heart rate, gastrointestinal function, and more
- Why traditional yoga cues can be unhelpful — and how you can create your own cues
- How to assess and align your own body to find your breath
- The movement of your pelvic floor in relation to your breath
- Integrating yoga postures and transitions with the breath
This course opens for enrollment in December.
Breathing Structure & Function
- Elements of an optimal breath
- Common suboptimal patterns
- How you breathe matters
Optimizing Alignment & Coordination
- Position the rib cage & pelvis
- Myths, unhelpful messages, and compensations
- Assess & align your posture
Finding Your Breath
- Experimenting with cues
- Exploring imagery
- The pelvic floor elevator
- Integrating with yoga postures & transitions