“Yoga is about changing our habits”. ~Rodney Yee
One of the habits that shows up for everyone as they begin their yoga practice, is how we shorten and even hold the breath when sensation increases.
Holding our breath is a defense mechanism of the human body. It prepares us to react to a threat. However, it increases the tension and stress in the body, rather than bringing it to a state of balance.
In yoga we learn to deepen the breath when sensation increases. We breathe through tension and discomfort and allow the energy to keep flowing, rather than getting stuck.
What a great lesson to bring to our lives!
Yoga increases sensitivity and awareness. It will reveal where the body is tight, where mobility is limited and where energy is blocked.
In yoga we learn to breathe, feel, and where possible let go. Ultimately this helps us make more skillful, conscious choices and allows us to create greater fulfillment in life.
And it all starts with the breath.
Inhalations bring in new energy and help us feel. Exhalations release negative energy and help us relax.
Breath deeply as you move through the highs and lows of life, and make the ride easier.