Yoga Shorts for Busy Parents

When I tell people that I teach yoga, their reply is most often a variation on the following: “Oh. I really NEED to do yoga, but…,” followed by some explanation about a lack of time, childcare, flexibility, or money.

In a perfect world, people of all colors, shapes, sizes and abilities would have access to a yoga class that suits their needs This concept of a therapeutic, accessible style or yoga is a new one, but it is slowly replacing the more familiar image of super-bendy, spandex-wearing women.

So, you may be asking if yoga is right for you?


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  • Do you have a body? Then yes!
  • Do you breathe? Yes again!
  • Do you like the feeling of being more relaxed? Fantastic!

Welcome to yoga. If this is your first class, put on your stretchy pants (pajamas are completely acceptable yoga-attire) and roll out your mat.

In the coming weeks, I will present five asanas (the sanskrit word for “poses”). These should be safe and accessible for most bodies. However, if anything feels uncomfortable or panic-inducing, then by all means, stop. Yoga is a personal practice – not a competition – and physical/emotional pain is the opposite of what we’re trying to achieve here.

Apana’sana – This pose works with the energy around the belly, or apana. It is also called the wind-relieving pose. Don’t say I didn’t warn you! (wink, wink.)


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Contraindications (or, reasons you should NOT try this):

    • If you are in the 2nd or 3rd trimester of pregnancy, you could try a variation of this pose in a chair, but not on your back, please.
    • It should go without saying that if you experience sharp pain in any area of your back or knees, then this may not be the best pose for you. Don’ worry – we’ll find another.

Let’s get started!

      • Begin on your back, with your knees bent. You may wish to lay a folded blanket on top of your mat, for extra cushy-comfort.

Yoga Shorts Wind 1


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      • Lift your feet off the mat, bringing your knees towards your chest, with your feet relaxed.
      • Place your hands on your knees, with your fingertips pointing towards your feet.

Yoga Shorts Wind 2

      • Now, as you inhale, straighten your arms, moving your knees away from you.
      • As you exhale, draw your knees closer toward your chest.

Yoga Shorts Wind 3

      • Repeat as few or as many times as you like. Play with how this feels on your low back and hips, maybe close your eyes and notice how your energy-level changes.

Benefits of This Pose

    • This pose is often excellent for those of us suffering with low back pain. It can help the muscles surrounding the low-back to relax.
    • The gentle rock across the tailbone can also bring relief to folks with SI joint pain.
    • And finally, this is an excellent pose for relieving belly-aches of all sorts. If you’re a mom or dad, you have likely used a similar technique on your baby.
Katie Burrus thumbABOUT THE AUTHOR: Katie Burrus is an in-home personal trainer and yoga teacher. In order to promote self-awareness and acceptance, she approaches yoga as a marriage between breath and movement. Her therapeutic style of teaching is intended for all bodies, regardless of experience or bendiness. You can find her class schedules at katiebhealth.com.