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Yoga off the Mat – Breathe Deeper

Enjoy this re-post and reminder to breathe more deeply to stay balanced and reduce stress in life


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“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.


About Val Boyko

Val Boyko is originally from Scotland and came to the United States over 25 years ago. At "Find Your Middle Ground" Val brings together her experience as a life coach, yoga teacher and mentor, to inspire awakening to the light and inspiration within us all. This blog is a place of exploration and discovery as we all explore finding harmony and peace, in the highs and lows of life 💛

17 comments on “Yoga off the Mat – Breathe Deeper

  1. Thank you for this re-post, Val. While I’m not able to do much yoga at the moment, I’m still able to do the mindful breathing. Take care ❤

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  2. True every word you say …and I love getting this message repeatedly.

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  3. And how delightful it is when going through any pain ❤️

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  4. I don’t do yoga these days, Val, but I DO deep breathing exercises a lot throughout the day and when I first go to bed. It’s a great way to relieve tight muscles (from constant pain) and perhaps the only way, I get to sleep at night.

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  5. I am trying yoga again. It hasn’t stuck yet but I always learn something new about myself. Thanks for the encouragement.

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  6. Beautiful Val 🙂

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  7. Thank you so much, Val. I’m finally utilizing the WordPress app to read posts today and loving how these posts from folks I follow have eased my oft stressed heart as my day unfolds. Have a wonderful day!


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