Inhale/Exhale Pose-Yogic tool box series
Last week we talked about default behavior. What do you do when life and events get a little heated. There are specific tools which yoga brings to the table to handle these default behaviors. When I feel myself getting stressed, or having a tight feeling in my belly which I have come to recognize as fear, I mindfully begin to breathe.
I learned from one of my yoga instructors, her method of staying calm and centered is to say to yourself as you are breathing, I am breathing in, I am breathing out as you inhale and exhale out of your nose. This self-talk brings mindfulness to the breath, which in turn calms the mind and the nervous system. I teach this to my own kids and when I teach yoga to children.
Having this simple, yet powerful tool, can turn a potentially crazy situation into a calm one by the use of the breath.