Breathing in, I calm body and mind.
Breathing out, I smile.
Dwelling in the present moment, I know this is the only moment.
– Thich Nhat Hanh
Did you know that you take approximately 21,000 breaths a day? The act of breathing reminds us that we are living beings, that we are alive. The breath is our life source as well as a conduit to our internal state of being. Through the breath we live, and through the breath we can also heal.
In our yoga practice there are two pieces to breath work. First there is what we might call breath training, or understanding breath. Secondly there is pranayama, or breathing exercises, we do to strengthen and practice the regulation of our breath. (more…)