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I am finally starting to lose my baby weight! (Thank-You Universe!). I discovered during my pregnancy, a long dormant and great love of bread! As well as a previously unrealized pride and acceptance for my strong healthy body. I made and gave birth to a person! I know I can do anything! INCLUDING loving my new body NOW, while simultaneously creating a LEANER, STRONGER future BODY and MIND. So please join me in practicing a Kundalini Yoga breath technique for (among other things) increasing the metabolism!

Close your eyes (if possible, I meditate with baby, so do the best you can) focus on the point between the eyebrows or 3rd eye.

Find a comfortable sitting position with a straight spine:

1. Use your right thumb to plug the right nostril, place your left hand in gyan mudra (thumb and pointer finger together) and rest hand on left knee. Continue by breathing deeply and slowly through the left nostril for 3 minutes.

2. Use your left thumb to plug the left nostril, place your right hand in gyan mudra (thumb and pointer finger together) and rest hand on right knee. Continue by breathing deeply and slowly through the right nostril for 3 minutes.

3. Now begin alternate nostril breathing: Use your right thumb to plug the right nostril, inhaling through the left and exhaling through the right nostril. Left Hand in gyan mudra (thumb and pointer finger together) and resting on left knee. Continue by breathing deeply and slowly through the left nostril for 3 minutes.

4. Switch sides and continue alternate nostril breathing: Use your left thumb to plug the left nostril, inhaling through the right and exhaling through the left nostril. Right Hand in gyan mudra (thumb and pointer finger together), and resting onRight knee. Continue by breathing deeply and slowly through the left nostril for 3 minutes.

5. Breathe of Fire (This is the Most Detoxifying breathe there is!). Great for you, but now meant for children. Place both of your hands in Gyan Mudra, and begin deeply inhaling through the nose inflating the belly like a balloon and then exhaling through the nose pulling the belly in. If your keiki wants in on the action they may like to sit on your lap and get a bumpy ride and you pump your belly in and out. In this exercise it is recommended to do this breathe for 7 minutes.

Listen to your body; try each exercise for 1 minute to start and see how it feels to consciously change your breathe. My teacher Yogi Bhajan used to say, “If you change your breath, you change your life”. This job as Mama requires constant perseverance and self-mastery. Lets all breathe together!

Aloha.

Image Credit: Gaia Photography

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Ardas Wright is a certified kundalini yoga teacher(IKYTA), Khalsa Way Prenatal and Parent and Me Certified Yoga Teacher, and Certified Yoga, Booty, Ballet instructor. Ardas trained under Gurmukh Khalsa of Golden Bridge Yoga in Los Angeles. She also has a BS in Movement Theatre from Towson University. She is Mama to a blissful (and very active!) baby boy and loves to connect with her body, baby and other mamas!