Breath is to your body
what words are to your thoughts;
words express what you think,
the breath expresses how you feel.
Listening to your breath brings awareness to the present, strengthening the ability to focus and concentrate. It also brings about a sense of ease and comfort. After learning about the importance of Foundation and Alignment, the power of Intention, and the freedom to Adjust and Modify a Yoga practice according to your needs and preferences, how about today you take a breather? Literally. When the first 5 stages of any asana line up and create balance, your breath will naturally flow more deeply and evenly without effort.
Right now, I invite you to place your attention on the amazing energy of your breath. Place your intention on your breath throughout your formal Yoga practice, and maintain your attention to the breath throughout your day. Watch the changes and responses that occur, both consciously and unconsciously. Note how the quality of your breath can affect the feelings in your body as well as your energy level and attitude.
Your Respiratory System
Get to know the anatomy of your respiratory system as a way to more fully engage this most available source of energy, and maintain a state of relaxation in body and mind.The role of the respiratory system is to bring oxygen into the lungs, where it can then be distributed via the blood stream to every part of the body. The respiratory system also removes carbon dioxide and other waste products from the body.The elements of the respiratory system are:
Take a Breather… If there is any one thing you can gain from the practice of Yoga, it is the relationship with your breath. With our first breath, we come into this world. And with the last, we leave. The quality of our life in between those two points is directly related to the quality of our breath. The Yogis say that we are born with a particular number of breaths, which means that breathing slower, deeper and more evenly will lead to a longer life. I can agree with that. And at the very least, I do know for certain that it will lead to a happier, healthier life. Breathe deeply, slowly and evenly. It’s good medicine for body, mind, soul, and spirit.
You are invited to join me for a 15-minute breathing practice by listening to my voice recording of the RELAXATION BREATH. Simply click here and choose the video “YogaMotion’s Relaxation Breath.”