Breathing is so important in our yoga practice. The breath is such a powerful tool, something we do each day without realising, and yet it can have a profound impact on our health. Begin to examine your breath, a few moments each day and you will begin to notice how it is connected to your state of mind, and how you are reacting in your body. It is so simple, and yet so often overlooked. Begin to notice how you breath and the impact it has on your emotions.
Where are you breathing? Through your nose, or through your mouth? Where are you breathing? Into your belly? Into your chest? Into your back? Into your whole body? How are you breathing? Short and Shallow? Long and Slow? Are your holding your breath? Are you sighing or yawning often?
Your breath can help you fight off viruses, tone your belly, and massage your spine. It can help with digestion and give you more energy. Notice your breath this week in different situations, in meetings, in bed, in the car. I would love to hear your observations.
I am still learning about my breath and trying to improve it, but I believe in the power of the breath because I used it myself during childbirth, to calm my mind and give birth without any pain relief. What can your breath help you overcome?