Breathing delivers legit benefits! This video will teach you how even if you are not a yogi!
Breath in yoga is purposeful. This morning in our class we talked about how the inhale is the preparation and the gathering of strength to go into the pose and the exhalation is the release of the pose.
It’s this way in life too. A deep breath in can help us as we prepare to go into tough situations; presenting something to a crowd, a conversation with a loved one, a big day on little sleep. All sorts of things that are just a part of life.
It makes me think of my friend Megan and a time she had to deal with something really hard, like really hard. She had prayed mightily about the situation and felt inspired to have a tough conversation with someone in her life. She pulled up to the house and before she got out of the car she took a deep breath in and said, “Ok Heavenly Father; 1,2,3, here we go.” Her approach to going into a tough situation has stayed with me for a long time.
Life is tough. I love the reminder to breathe as I go into it and to call upon God, power that is bigger than myself to get through it.
This week in yoga I got in trouble. When I say trouble, I mean, more so, being called out. And it wasn't just me, yoga teachers wouldn't do that, it was our whole class. Our yoga teacher had been paying attention to our breath and we were not breathing. So she called us out!
Breath in yoga is deep. It is audible. It is a form of release, releasing what is going on in the body. It is also an emotional release.
When we hold onto breath it is a representation of what we do with stress. Like in real life do webreath through the stress or do we hold it all in?
In class when I began to breathe, audibly, I felt a release. I was grateful for the reminder to let go of holding onto unnecessary things in yoga and in life.
It reminded me of the quote by Mark Twain, "I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened."
Here is to letting go of unnecessary things!
"Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees." -John Muir
I love John's work and contribution to our national parks. Through his writing he bids us to venture in to the outdoors and talks of the way our cares fall away as we do. I love his perspective and how it reminds me to connect with the raw me, the one I find when I spend time in nature.