In the beginning, the middle and the end, there is always the breath, our inner life force and our connection with the universal energy flow.
Like a finely tuned woodwind instrument, our bodies need oxygen in order to sing and play. The sweeter the quality of the breath, the sweeter the quality of the harmony in our lives.
Whether you practice yoga as a physical exercise or embrace it as an all-encompassing life philosophy, the breath is at the heart of everything. The beginning. The middle. The end. And whatever comes after that.
Many spiritualists believe that the breath is what connects us to the energy of the universe.
It’s not hard to follow their logic: In nature, the trees so deeply rooted in the earth absorb carbon dioxide and convert it into the oxygen that we inhale with every breath. We, in turn, exhale carbon dioxide which the trees need to keep them – and ultimately, us – alive.
It is one long, continuous, connected cycle between humans, nature, the earth and everything else in the universe.
Is that a little bit ‘far out for you? How about looking at it on a more personal level.
Most of us breathe shallowly… aimlessly… without conscious thought. When we are stressed or angry or frightened, we breathe faster. When we are calm and relaxed and at peace, we breathe more slowly.
Through conscious breathing, we can easily turn this equation around: By controlling the pace of our breath, we can control our mind and emotions.
If your desire is to live your life in a state of peace and serenity, take control of your breath and inhale slowly… deeply… with deliberate, conscious thought.
Still a little to esoteric, you say? Well let’s bring it back to pure biology: the human body can survive up to four weeks without food and somewhere between eight and fourteen days without water. Without oxygen, death comes within a matter of minutes.
Whichever way you want to look at it, the breath is our most precious commodity. Through the practice of complete yogic breathing, we can prolong our life, improve the quality of our life and forge a connection with the eternal life force of the universe.
Slow it down
In India, they say we only have a certain number of breaths in our lives. The faster we breathe, the faster we will use up the breaths we have been given.
The average respiratory rate for an adult is around twelve breaths per minute.
Imagine if we could reduce that down to six slow, deep conscious breaths.
According to those Indian sages, we could be adding years to our life… and life to our years.
We only have to look at the animal kingdom for proof: Rodents are among the fastest-breathing creatures on earth and have the shortest lifespan. A tortoise takes around four to five breaths per minute and will generally live up to 200 years or more.
Notice, too, all the negative emotions associated with faster breathing: stress, anger, fear, uncertainty, panic. Surely our ultimate goal must be to live our lives in peace, harmony, serenity, confidence and all the other positive emotions associated with slow, deep, relaxed breathing.
Easy Air – Breathing easy
A blend of essential oils specially formulated to support you in breathing easy. This amazing blend maintains feelings of clear airways and easy breathing using a mix of oils:
- Laurel Leaf
- Eucalyptus Leaf
- Peppermint Plant
- Melaleuca Leaf
- Lemon Peel
- Cardamom Seed
- Ravintsara Leaf
- Ravensara Leaf
This blend is known as Breathe in the US and was the first doTERRA essential oil I fell in love with when I was given it as a gift. It’s still one of my absolute favourites and I use it almost daily! I believe that there isn’t anything more important than the quality of your breath and this oil truly supports that.
If you’re looking for more on breath, join me for two hours of yin yoga and aromatherapy! We will be working with the Easy Air essential oil blend and going within to explore how truly powerful and transformative the breath really is.
Friday 6-8pm, 24th November 2017
Class is only $20 for everyone!
To reserve your spot, pop into the studio, call 07 5526 6600 or click here
This first part of this post was an excerpt from my book Breathe Bend Blossom. You can buy a copy here or in store at Essence of Living in Mermaid Beach, Australia.