Though we usually inhale and exhale unconsciously, breathing is the only vital physiological process that can also be consciously controlled. How we breathe affects our bodies and our emotions, and vice versa. In yoga, we learn to watch, explore, and move with the breath, and through it we come to find we can connect our minds and bodies and heal our emotional patterns. 

 We subconsciously take a greater inhalation, or inspiration, when we are in love or filled with joy, peace, and wonder. When we're happy, we often open the front of our bodies, making it easier to inhale.

Expiration, on the other hand, a word also used to describe staleness and death, leaves an emptiness readying us for our next inspiration. When we're anxious, angry, or sad, we often breathe more shallowly, shorten our inhalation, or even hold our breath. We tend to slump or clench in a way that makes inspiring more difficult. 
As we become attentive to each breath, we find that the process of deep inspiration fills us with positivity and creative energy. Next time you're feeling down, try going for a natural high, standing tall and inhaling deeply and slowly for several minutes. 

1 comment:

  1. This post about breathing was right on time. I was definitely not breathing properly and feeling the negative effects.