Breathing, Mudra and Yoga

Have you ever thought of your body as an orchestra and your breath as a conductor? Each body part plays a role and no body part is detached from another. Each body part also contributes to cement the group/orchestra. Similarly each body part taken separately only has one function i.e. lungs/breath but has not proper life on its own. For an orchestra,the creation of a musical piece depends on
coordination and commitment from each musician. The coordinator, aka as the conductor plays this role. In your body breath plays this role. It flows from , towards and through each part and allows each part of the body to come to life. Just like a conductor sets the tone of the music, the breath sets the tone of the body. Shallow breath equals to lack of oxygen into each part of the body which results in i.e. accumulation of fats, veins constrictions, lack of energy, poor digestion. Rapid breath, on the other side can also pump too much blood in your heart and make you feel dizzy or even bring your pulse to a maximum tolerance. So ideally: the breath should always be smooth, steady, and free of strain. Again, similarly to an orchestra, where an individual player can excel and bring his or her own feelings into a particularly piece of music and play it with passion and commitment, individual expression in the breath will create your own personal 'chi' your own way of moving and walking and talking.

I love to apply these principles and analogies to a Yoga Practice simply because this week end we had a powerful reminder with a Mini workshop conducted by Yoga Daniel. The breath is what will make your practice refined.See yoga practice as a mudra, a healing pose where your breath holds it together and where each breath allows for that "little space in between" to stretch and get loosen to you can reach a better balance. Each movement, each breath in and breath out is the life of the mudra and by letting it flow you give essence to the mudra. A mudra becomes yours and the Asana or the way into the Asana becomes your own movement.

Breathing in and breathing out can be either relaxing or powerful generation of "chi" energy. Breathing delicately will instead allow you to adjust the pose. These tips will give your ' chi' a mindful breath, your yoga practice a mindful life and your mudra a way to balance into stillness. Eventually your yoga pratice will gain in your own presence.