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.
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.