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The Importance of Breath in your Yoga Practice

In a life that is unpredictable, breathing is one of the few things that remains constant.

Stressing out about turbulence on your plane? Breathe in, breathe out.

Becoming overwhelmed during an argument? Breathe in, breathe out.

Practicing your sun salutations? Breathe in, breathe out.

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As a yoga teacher, one of the major foundations to practicing that I mention in all of my classes is the breath. In order to engage in a full moving meditation, one must focus on their breathing.

Often, I find that when my students are challenging themselves past their natural yogic ability, they’ll be holding their breath. I always encourage everyone to tune into their breath as much as possible, because when we are in alignment with it, we are attuned to our body and its limits.

In addition to reducing the risk of injury, focusing on our breath allows us to control our prana, the vital force energy that animates the lungs. In doing so, we promote healthy energy distribution throughout the body!

So remember this – no matter how well things are going, or what kind of external pressures are weighing on you, if you come back home to your breath, you can become grounded anytime, anywhere!

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