Michelle wrote an excellent piece about breathing called Epidemic Inhale. Please go read it.
Ok, while you were there did you follow her directions for a long, slow, steady exhale?
Feels good, doesn’t it?
This is what yoga is for me now: one giant exhale.
A time and a place to just LET.IT.BE.
Reminders to pause, yawn, and be conscious of my breathing and how my body feels.
It hasn’t always been this way.
I’m pretty sure most people are thinking I’m making funny shapes with my body when I’m “at yoga” and for a long time that is exactly what I did. The more difficult the class, the better.
I was ‘doing’ yoga, damnit.
But now, I’m focusing on the not doing. Letting things go. Asking myself what my body really needs in this moment.
More often than not, my body is craving rest.
As a culture we spend so much going, going, going. Always pushing forward and racing from one project, meeting, soccer game to the next. I am totally do this too. Even as I sit here with seven open tabs on my computer – including three email accounts, Twitter and Facebook.
So I rest.
You can too.
All together now:
A long, steady exhale.