It’s wonderful to go to a yoga class and have a teacher tell you to relax and exhale deeply. I love that flash of stillness, the moment of clarity when you’re given permission to exhale. In a fast-paced society not many people exhale fully and reap the benefits of the full inhalation that follows.
The breath is the most vital process of the body. It influences the activities of each and every cell and most importantly, is intimately linked with the performance of the brain and to all aspects of the human experience. Rhythmic, deep and slow respiration stimulates a calm and content state of mind. Irregular breathing disrupts the rhythms of the brain and leads to physical, emotional and mental blocks. These in turn can lead to inner conflict.
The body is intelligent, the body is part of nature and we are part of the body. We are of course more than the mind and the body, we are pure consciousness, but the body is the gateway. Humans are not machines we are an organic unity. When we get sick it is a sign that they body is going through some difficulties and the symptom is the weakest part. We often treat the symptom but not the cause. The body and mind support each other and the more we respect our bodies the longer it will serve us.
The body gives us a way to communicate with the rest of existence. When we are in harmony with our body we are in harmony with nature. To be yourself and to listen to your own body allows us to listen to our own heart and then we can listen to what we want out of life and what we want right NOW.
With the autumn upon us it is time to go internal by slowing down, sleeping more and perhaps reflecting on the past year. By doing so we are exhaling fully, enabling stress levels to reduce and being grateful for our families, friends and who we are. So during this time of year don’t forget to take a moment to give yourself permission to exhale!