Bringing a little awareness back...

25 May 2014

I very much believe that everything happens at exactly the time that it is supposed to. So yesterday, when I opened up the May issue of OM Yoga Magazine on my phone and landed on the article "Breathe better and expand your life" I decided to pay close attention. 

The last few weeks I've been taking my breath for granted. Things have been pretty hectic around these parts and the first things that goes when I feel overwhelmed is my breath. It becomes shallow and as the article so perfectly says "lack of breathe takes us further away from the magic of the present moment"...hell yeah it does. 

The key to bringing my breath back to long, easy and flowing is awareness. The article talks about ways to bring that awareness back by stepping on your mat and exploring it there. 

And that's exactly what I did. I took myself off to yoga and connected back with my breath. It was sticky, it was human and it was challenging...but the thing is, the breath is the most important part of a yoga practise and without it it's just not yoga. Switching between panting and catching yourself not breathing at all is probably the best way to create more stress and unease in your body and something that I wanted to cut out of my practice. 

One of the tips in the article is that "The breathe will tell us when we need to step back from a posture, when our ego is pushing us too far. We can use the breath to hold a position but when our breathing is struggling then we know it's time to let go."

Throughout the 90 minute class I let my breath lead the way. My practice followed the depth of my breath...not the other way round. I chose awareness and kindness when I realised I had let go of my Ujjayi breath and I simply modified and rested till I had it back. 

Awareness is the the key. How deep are you breathing right now? Bring a little attention to it and see if you can lengthen the inhales and exhales. Be mindful of it. See if you can find the magic that the present moment and the breath gives. 

Namaste xxx

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Disclaimer: The awesome people at Om Yoga Magazine have given me a free online subscription in return for me occasionally sharing articles in the magazine here on Our Little Balham Life. This article was inspired by an article I read in the magazine.


  1. wow, i feel like it's pointed out to me too. it's been an extremely busy time for me, and you're right. i need to catch my breath.

  2. I've never thought about breath as linked to emotion which is silly really - it's inextricably linked.


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