Breath Awareness

The breath is our link from the external to the internal, from the unconscious to the conscious. When we connect, control and regulate the breath we can consciously effect the body, mind and spirit. Our goal in this yoga lesson is to cultivate greater awareness of breath in the yoga poses, as well as in our daily life.

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May my slow deep breath calm my body and mind and bring greater awareness, sensitivity and focus. May the awareness and control of my breath lead me to the mastery of my body, mind and spirit.

Quotes
Practicing yoga postures with deep sensitivity to the breath is ten times more beneficial than postures done without breath awareness.  – Swami Kripalu

Without full awareness of breathing, there can be no development of meditative stability and understanding.  – Thich Nhat Hanh

Practices
Dirga and Ujjayi Pranayamas. Chest opening poses such as Camel, Bridge, Bow, Warrior I, Pigeon, Fish, Cobra & Snake.

Home Work
Notice the quality of the breath during periods of stress throughout the week, and whenever possible return to a slow deep breath. [/am4show]

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