This week during my classes I have been focusing on the breath.
Using the breath to calm the state of mind, to extend further in yoga poses and stretches.
Using the breath to bring a peaceful happiness into the body.
Don’t mock it till you try it people – it’s a beautiful and simple thing!
I see it every time I teach a class, I stand on the stage and as the challenges become harder the faces grow tighter, more tense, and the breath just vanishes. In turn the challenges are now almost impossible.
I watch the necks straining, the jaws clenching and I say breathe and the jaws release the necks soften and I can almost see the breath fill the room.
Next time you are exercising indulge me and try it; take a deep full breath in, and as you exhale slowly and powerfully, see how much further you can get into a pose, a stretch, or even hold weights for.
Next time you are stressed and anxious, why not try the same technique; close your eyes, breathe deeply and release anything negative that does not serve you.
Now if I was reading this I would probably be thinking ‘ok crazy lady, stop with the rambling’. I see it on the faces of my class members when I ask them to try it.
Then they try it, I can see the look of amazement on their faces as they think wow this really works, and I a little smugly think well yes of course it does that’s what I have been saying 🙂
Your breath can be your greatest asset or your worst enemy.
I won’t lie it took me ages to grasp this concept, to understand how to breathe deeply and use the breathe now effectively.
I started this post earlier this morning, and have spent the rest of the day practicing what I preach; I would be a hypocrite to do anything less.
I sat in the sun for a few minutes breathing deeply.
I challenged by body further than ever before by seeing just how far my breath would take me into new poses.
My mind is clear, my body is energized and alive, my thoughts are calm and peaceful and I owe it all to my breath!