Breathe and be happy!
Updated: Mar 5
I am following Adriene Mischler 30-days of Yoga Breathe series of 2021, and I am focusing on my breath in times of contentment and times of stress. I have followed Adriene for several years. Yes, I admit it that even as a yoga participant of 20 years that I still experience stress in my life, and with COVID, I started and established solid home practice in four months. But the Breathe series of 2021 of Ms. Mischler's is so vital to us all. Breath is the prime tool to stop the monkey-mind chatter, sit still, and breathe slowly in and out. We can do this simple but replenishing task anywhere--at home, at our work desk, while walking our dogs and enjoying nature, while standing in line at the grocery store, in the doctor's office, in the dentist's office, even at night when having trouble falling asleep. Breathe in slowly and breathe out slowly. Relax.
Yes, again, as a long-time yoga practitioner and yoga teacher, I still study with another instructor. I am always learning more about yoga asanas, yoga philosophy, yoga healthcare, and self-care. In 2020, the most globally stressful year, I completed Adriene's 30-day Home series, 30-day Dedicate series, 30-day True series, and 30-day Revolution series. Yoga is my lifelong tool to form and maintain a healthy lifestyle in body, mind, and spirit.
Have you tried yoga? I tell my students, "If you can breathe, you can do yoga!" Simple. Why? Because the essence of yoga is the breath, and then movement with the breath. You can sit in a chair and breathe in for the count of four--1, 2, 3, 4-- and breathe out for the count of four--4, 3, 2, 1. Simple. You are doing yoga! You are doing the four-count box breath. Congratulation yourself!!
Then you can do simple movements sitting in a chair--seated mountain (back touching the chair), forward fold (touch your toes), halfway lift--lift hands to knee, forward fold to touch toes, sit up to seated mountain. You can do simple movements standing--mountain (shoulders back and down), forward fold (fold at the waist), halfway life/monkey (hands on shins or thighs), forward fold , and reverse mountain. Simple. Easy. You did an asana series. Wonderful!
Start where you are at this moment. Breathe. Begin in seated or standing mountain. Get comfortable with this simple series. Do it for three days a week. Do it for five days. Observe your breath as you move. Observe how you feel at the end of your breathing and movement. Good. Observe how you feel at the end of the week. Better.
Move at your own pace. No competition. No judgment. Just bring the goodness of the breath and gentle movement to this moment of yoga. You can do this. Your breath will support you. Your body will support you.
All life begins with the breath. All creation begins with the breath. Life is breath, and breath brings life. It is a simple equation that babies know from conception to birth and onward. We all need to remind ourselves of this simple truth. I breathe, I am alive, and I am here to learn and grow.
So, you have a stressful day? Breathe the four-count breathe.
I thank Adriene for her wonderful sessions. I will post some simple asanas of my own to help begin your yoga journey.
Remember, if you can breathe, you can do yoga.
Nameste “I bow to you” (namah or namas, meaning bow, te meaning you). Nameste--My soul recognizes your soul.
Shanti-peace, rest, tranquility.
Amen--it is true.
I wish you peace, joy, and a steady breath. Breathe and be happy.