And remember, Breathe!

Doing the asanas without the breath is like doing wind surfing without wind: you go nowhere.
— Dona Holleman

Breath is life. I have experienced this is a very real way this year. The first breath our daughter took as she was born and the last breath my mother took as she died. 

Both happened within a few weeks of each other, the beginning and end of a circle. The ultimate inhale and exhale. Breath is unquestionably inextricably the fabric of life. How intimate we become with the breath along the journey of life profoundly effects our lives. The thread of breath in and out is the weft and wharf that weaves the fabric of our lives. The consciousness with which we infuse our breath has a bearing on the quality of the fabric of our lives.

Breathe well to live well from birth until death. 

Breath effects our physiology, with slow steady breath the heart rate is lowered in turn lowering metabolic rate and relaxing the nervous system. Slow steady breath and a relaxed and well nourished nervous system promotes balance for the mind and emotions.

A huge part of the journey on the yoga mat is being in a receptive space to allow the body to ‘breath a pose’. Being connected and conscious of the breath leads us into a state of being and feeling; being and feeling invites us into the present moment. 

Intimately married with each inhalation and exhalation we get closer to truly standing in the centre, the ‘ presence ‘ of each moment. The presence is the state of Yoga.

First of all the twinkling stars vibrated, but remained motionless is space, then all the celestial globes were united into one series of movements... Firmament and planets both disappeared, but the mighty BREATH which gives life to all things and in which all is bound up remained.
— Vincent Van Gough