Power Up With Self-Care

Sometimes, the going feels hard, and it takes everything you have to muster up the energy to keep moving forward. And when that happens, self care is a resource that we can tap into to fuel our lives — or “up-regulate” our bodies, in addition to familiar down-regulating techniques. Here are two energizing release techniques using therapy balls, and one self-care technique that you can do daily to feel more energy for life, from Jill Miller, self-care expert and the creator of Treat While You Train.

To get started, you’ll need:

Three-Part Breath


No equipment

Perform this technique seated on the floor. Imagine your lungs are filling up like a balloon, as you inhale in three distinct stages before exhaling. When the duration of inhalation is longer than the exhalation phase, it up-regulates and stimulates the nervous system.

1. Inhale and pause for 2 seconds, then (without exhaling),

2. Inhale more and pause for another 2 seconds, then,

3. Inhale once more without strain and hold your breath for 2 seconds.

Leg 3 Mile Ball Move


Equipment: YTU Ball Pair or Plus Ball Pair on yoga block

This technique is performed while kneeling on the floor. According to Chinese medicine, the acupuncture point called Stomach 36 or “Leg 3 Mile” provides you with a reservoir of stored energy. This technique activates that point, just below your knee at the outside of your shin, and it’s especially effective for those who suffer from shin splints or who often wear high heels.

Standing Breath-based Backbend


No equipment

This backbend is done standing, and the bending is done within your rib cage. Backbends are an energizing whole-body move. They promote better posture and literally take us out of the depression slump. Combining this movement with strategic breathing gives you a double shot at a power surge. Harvard professor Amy Cuddy has done interesting research on the physiological dampening of slumped vs. upright posture.