Not only as a yoga teacher but also as a yoga practitioner who has experienced it for herself first hand, I have always believed in the transformational and healing power of the breath. To me the breath is the key. It is the bridge that can lead us, as we journey towards wholeness, across the path of our past pain and trauma, and present day anxieties, challengers, stressors and daily concerns into the place of greater freedom, inner peace, insight, wisdom, clarity and connectivity. To enable us to not only connect to the source and ever eternal part of our being where our truth resides but also to the place where we can find inner peace and freedom from the tirades of our past.
Held in the arms of the breath, we can refuge amongst the day to day challengers which we face, we can find a quiet centre into which to surrender and rest enabling us to regain balance, focus and clarity. And we can find guidance and true answers to not only answer all the questions we ask in life but also to help us overcome the challenges that we face.
I have often said in my yoga classes over the years that if you only take one thing away from today’s lesson, learn how to breathe and use the breath to cultivate inner silence and connectivity to your inner resource and power.
The breath is the first thing that I turn to when I lose myself in my past memories to bring me back into the here and now. It is also the first thing that I turn to when I lose myself in my fears, anxieties and concerns about the future. It anchors me back into the present moment, back in the here and now.
The breath is the one constant we have from the moment we are born until the day we die and it is always there for us. If we can allow ourselves the time and opportunity to learn how to connect to this powerful resource within then we can not only learn to relax our over stressed bodies and calm our overly anxious minds but also we can allow ourselves the opportunity to begin to see through the maya of everyday life to find deeper meaning, purpose and sense of self.
I would like to share with you today a lovely breathing exercise by Kim Eng that guides us through a simple breathing practice. I hope that you find it useful.
Shared, as always with love