A Day in the Life of Your Breath

In yoga asana practice, we bring awareness to the breath. In everyday life, many of us lose the awareness. What might we learn from observing our breath over the course of a day? You might be surprised how often we hold our breath and perhaps even more interesting, when we hold our breath.

Pick a few activities from the list below and observe your breathing pattern during the activity over the course of a few days. If you notice yourself holding the breath, bring the breath back and take note of any changes you feel in doing so.

  • Eating breakfast, lunch, or dinner
  • Talking on the phone
  • Preparing a meal
  • Talking to someone in person
  • Writing an email
  • Dealing with a stressful situation

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