It’s a BEautiful New Year—and this year has already brought intentional gifts of gratitude to me with the relief to putting 2013 behind me.

Whatever your intentions are this year, I want to send you the warmest most fulfilled year ever, where movement, expansion, love, and living all happen.

As we embrace 2014 and all it offers, I invite you to explore the deep essence of YOUR breath because it’s time to reveal what is keeping your core numb and unmoved.

What matters most is what lives inside YOU ~

And in order to live, you need AWARENESS. For some women, the pelvis is a place where they hold tension, hold deep emotions, hold fears, and hold their vulnerability. Stretching and releasing, and strengthening and stabilizing are the keys to keeping the pelvic core vital and always responsive.

Many women disconnect themselves from their pelvis, but that only leads to problems. So, for the New Year, unveil your core and become aware of movement, expansion, love, and living and you breathe in each new day!

How the BREATH works

The key muscle in all of this is the diaphragm, not to mention, it’s the most important muscle and the muscle you could not live without. While the diaphragm is a muscle, it does not have nerve endings, so it cannot be sensed like a superficial muscle. Like most everything in life, the diaphragm thrives from attention, especially the attention it receives on the conscious exhale as it greets the pelvic floor and assists it to float up—playing a direct role in pelvic core health. Brilliant!

Sensing your Diaphragm

To do this, place your hands on the lower sides of your ribs. The diaphragm is attached to the ribs and the ribs are lower in the back than in the front. The diaphragm attaches farther down the back of the spine, but not in the front because of your organs—the heart and lungs are connected to the top portion, while food related organs are connected to the bottom the food. So, it makes sense when I say, “Connect the heart, the breath, and the belly, right?”

Breathe in and out and feel the sensation of your ribs expanding. What else can you feel? Can you sense movement as you breathe? Can you feel the diaphragm move down and your belly bloom as you inhale? Now on the exhale, can you sense the abdominals float back up with the diaphragm as the rib cage narrows?

Do you sense any tension? Are your shoulders relaxed and your neck soft? Take a few steps and walk around. Do you feel lighter? Does your breath seem full and easy? Does this make you feel more energy and expansion in YOUR pelvis?

When the function of the diaphragm improves, you are improving your whole body and can expect better relaxation, more energy, and a healthy pelvic core.