Growing up, my mother gave me advice that literally saved my life. She told me and my sister, Janna, that if we EVER were attacked by a man, then do everything in our power to survive. She told us to kick, scream, run fast as we could…do whatever it took to get away.
Growing up in the 70s, the stereotypical mom was June Cleaver. Donned in dress heels, pearls and apron, this suburban mom’s domestic quest was the kitchen! My being reared in the quiet and small town of Statesboro, Georgia, the Cleaver persona was paramount.
I remember as if it were yesterday standing by her side as she was sworn in by Georgia’s Governor Busbee. My fearless mom, a Superior Court Judge in Georgia! This image — this portrait of a strong, independent, go-getter, smart woman – set and sustained the illustration for Janna and me as to how to conduct ourselves in future personal and professional roles.
Enter Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO, who wants to challenge these female stereotypes with LeanIn.org. (Applause, applause). She has partnered with Getty Images to try to change the way women are portrayed by creating a 3,000 plus collection of images of women and girls who are the real deal– self-assured, confident and empowered.
I choose to follow in my Mama’s footsteps and promote the image of “real women.” How about you?
- A boost in immunity! I have not gotten sick in a long time because as I have breathed better and circulated better, all of my organs have functioned at an optimum level.
- Better sleep! My brain was constantly racing before, but now I use deep breathing to allow my brain to slow down. I am less exhausted and have much more energy.
- A Happier State! Studies show that yoga can help with depression and it has definitely helped with mine. I have a sunnier disposition.
- Better toned from head to toe! Yoga is strength training and you use your body weight to go from pose to pose.