Monday, December 14, 2009

monday moment of zen


"if you can control your breath, you can control your mind. if you can control your mind, you can control your life." ~yogi bhajan

i used this quote for a yoga class last week and it has really stuck with me. think about when you are anxious or upset, your chest gets tight and your breath becomes restricted. if you can bring your focus to your breath, even just for a moment, you will start to feel your anxiety slowly start to melt away. this will be very helpful during the stressful times around the holidays.

take a moment now to find your breath. don't try to force anything, just notice the flow. after a few minutes of observing your breath see if you can now started to deepen the inhales and extend the exhales. after a few minutes of deep, slow breathing see if you notice any difference in your mood.

happy breathing. namaste

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10 comments:

Yogadiva said...

So very true! It's amazing how deep, conscious breathing can make such a big difference!

Namaste'
Leslie

TheAnalyst said...

Great zen moment! We so often forget our breath.

Lavanya said...

Great quote! I really must resume yoga- it used to make me feel so refreshed.

Lisa said...

Profound and perfect! I really needed that quote right now. Thank you so much for these Monday moments...they seem to come along at just the right time. :)

Starting with a breath...

Serafina said...

So says my therapist! Great zen thought Melita!

Carolyn said...

This is exactly what I needed to hear today...Thank you!

Karen D said...

I really enjoy your moments of Zen..thanks!

Elizabeth said...

Perfect advice for me right now...sometimes I forget to breathe at all :)

Donica Christina said...

I like to image a woman diving off a gorgeous cliff down a waterfall, and then sprinting back up to do it again! My out-breath is a wonderful fall into the lake. Love this Zen!

Naturally Jules said...

So funny that you posted this, as I look back at what first taught me the breath control and believe it or not it was lamaz class with my firstborn! LOL!

I have notice that it helps me in a variety of situations whether I'm anxious, uptight, overwhelmed, ect.....Great reminder!