Yoga: Inhale, Exhale Life

National Yoga Month is about to end. I have enjoyed writing about yoga all month. This yoga blog is dedicated to a famous quote we often read on the Internet:

Inhale, exhale life. -Author Unknown.

This is a simple truth that draws us inward and away from the world. Each of us needs a break from routine and busy schedules. Let’s examine the meaning of this quote and how we can apply it to our lives.

Quotes that imbue the essence of Inhale, exhale life:

Thomas Moore, shared inside his fabulous book THE CARE OF THE SOUL:

“Soul’ is not a thing, but a quality or a dimension of experiencing life and ourselves.”

”Know thyself.” Socrates

“Thus spirit = breath = life, the aliveness and power of your life, and to speak of your spirit (or soul) is to speak of the power of life that is in you.”

Frederick Buechner

“Study thy self, discover the divine” Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra 11.44

“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”Rumi

“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” — Buddha

Now see yourself on a yoga mat. Imagine moving your body with grace and ease. Imagine building more reverence for moments to cherish that belong just to you. Yoga practice helps us create a quiet space in mind and in body to explore the essence of exhaling life. The Greeks referred to our breath as Pneuma, which means spirit or soul. As we inhale our breath, breathing links our body, mind and spirit.

The Pranayama is the fourth limb in the Eight Limbs of Yoga, which means “extension of life force.” 

Breathing also enables us to tap into the fast richness of our imagination. When we practice yoga, we strengthen our ability to breathe better as we move through our yoga postures. Breathing deeper naturally takes us inward, allowing us to exhale life. Let me leave you with the words of wisdom from Thich Nhat Hang:

“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”  

I love teaching yoga. Most of all, I love helping others connect deeper to their soul.

Namaste,
Machel (Ma-shel) Shull

Thank you for stopping by! I wish you well.

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