Breathe deeply & let go of anything that no longer serves you.

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.

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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.

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My mind is clear, my body is energized and alive, my thoughts are calm and peaceful and I owe it all to my breath!

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About Lou Schwarz

I am a traveller at heart.I dream about travel- of exploring the world and meeting new people. When I am not dreaming or travelling; I work in communications and media and I also teach body balance group fitness classes. I live my life trying to motivate and inspire people through fitness, doing one thing a week that scares me, and unleashing my creativity as frequently as I can. When I am not getting my zen on through teaching I am constantly attract ridiculous things and people into my life and I wouldn't have it any other way. I hope you enjoy my two blogs -or at least one of them :)
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