i bought this simple necklace from lisa crowder at the austin art fest a few months ago. i was looking through the collection when i saw a series of simple necklaces with words engraved on them and asked her the meaning behind these words. she told me that some provoked inspiration and positive thinking, some represented the simple things in life that you sometimes forget to think about consciously, like breathe.
breathing is essential to life, but it’s something you don’t even have to think about. however, i’ve found that when you focus on the simple act of breathing, it can really change the way you feel on a grand scale. it’s the difference between losing your cool and handling a situation well; between physically giving up and pushing forward. deep breathing helps to avoid headaches, stress, and tension in your mind and body. when faced with these issues, we first think of exercise, eating, freaking out. really, all you have to do is breathe.
yoga has changed my body, my outlook, my approach to life. it has also taught me how to breathe. we specifically practice ujjayi breathing which is a calming breath in and out of the nose that starts from the lower belly and rises to your head. it helps to circulate oxygen through your body, allowing you to feel more balanced and grounded. when i practice, i feel my mind clear and my worries slip away so all that is left is just an internal focus on my breath.
i’ve been studying vinyasa yoga for a few months and have already begun to feel a deep progression in my practice. i’m excited for the opportunity to study yoga at an ashram in India when i visit this december, and i have high hopes of taking my practice to a new level. for austinites that are interested in practicing yoga, you can find me practicing at empower yoga downtown.
open your heart, salute the sun, and remember – no matter what the situation, breathe.