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What Else about the Breath?

Welcome again to our guest blogger, Sue Everton. This week Sue provides useful tidbits that are good reminders for us all as we engage in our yoga practices.

Well, we could take this to another dimension.  In yoga, breath is the basis of healing and  Viniyoga is a healing methodology; a sort of energy medicine.  Remember how Joanne blogs about adjusting the breath ratio to energize or relax? 

 Always work in a “pain free” zone.  Think about what pain does to the breath.  It will shorten and become shallow. 

  • Be methodical and focused in your practice.  Remember that the slower you go through breath regulation, the easier it will be to move into more depth in your posture.  It gives a whole new meaning to “stay.” 
  • Practice Satya (truthfulness).  If you need an extra breath during movement into your posture, pause and take one!  Avoid struggling.
  • Expect the unexpected.  Your practice will never be the same from one day to the next.  Find santosa (contentment) with each practice and, over time, watch for healing in your body and spirit. 

 From a health standpoint, breath promotes so many things.  Among them are awareness (mental acuity), circulation, and structural health.  Strive to make your practice one of voluntary simplicity; practice moderation. Be smart about your practice and remain within the envelope of breath.

 I would love to hear how the breath has meaning to you.  Please send your thoughts and ideas.


Joanne Thompson

Joanne Thompson

Founder/Owner at Yoga for Self

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