Monday, January 28, 2008

the breath

This past Friday, Anita Courtney joined us for part of yoga teacher training. For an hour and a half she spoke and taught about pranayama (breathing techniques) with such enthusiasm, such passion. The breath is clearly "her thing". It was really quite refreshing. She presented the group with a bold statement, telling them that if there should be a tool for transformation, it would be the breath.
The breath. Such a simple yet profound and complex thing. Luckily for all of us, it occurs naturally, without putting any thought in it. We enter this world taking that lovely inhale and when it's our time to depart we finish with that one last exhale. In between are moments that take our breath away, moments of sheer joy, suspense, excitement and fear. All of those can be directly related to our breath and how it's affected. For those of us lucky enough to know the power of our breath we can tap into this. Tap into the breath and use it as a tool for transformation.
Take a deep inhale and fill your body with all things wonderful....exhale and let go of stress, tensions and worries. Inhale. Exhale. Repeat.

1 comment:

bella said...

In my yoga classes, breath has been a big part of them.
I am falling in love with it. Both that we breathe without thinking, and also that we can bring intention to breath, so many different kinds of breathing, a full spectrum of color.