The breath is the link between the mind and the heart. The inhale is from above; the exhale is from below. Did you know if you slow down your breath you will slow down your mind. Deep slow breathing and being mindful of your breath and thoughts will be your best friend during challenging phases in your life, the best thing of all is you have it always with you 24/7 . The main focus in Yoga is to develop a relationship to the breath. The mind, consisting of thoughts and emotions is closely related to your breathing. If the mind is disturbed the breath is disturbed.When the mind is calm and relaxed, the breathing is smooth and slow. If you are stressed breathing is fast & shallow and mostly from the chest. When we are getting angry, the breathing becomes fast and forceful; in depressed states sighing, when in pain gasping, in anxiety shallow and rapid. In this way, the mental and emotional state is affecting our breathing. In Yoga the breath is the primary focus, postures are secondary. Only the mastery of the breath is the most important part of Yoga, everything else will follow.
Question: How is your breathing today in this moment and what are you thinking when you inhale and when you exhale?