The Key to a Centered, Compassionate Life

The most important thing, in yoga and life, is breath.

Breathing is a basic function of existence on this planet. Breath awareness is the foundation of all meditation and mindfulness practices.

Conscious breathing is both powerful and subtle–at once a personal, sacred, secret, silent practice that can be performed anywhere, anytime and a shared experience of all sentient beings.

As you breathe in this moment, recall that this life-giving flow of air has been with you since the moment of your birth and will remain your loyal companion for every minute until your final exhale and release of this one wild and precious life. Best of all, this breath helps us connect with our calm, compassionate, kind, centered selves anytime we tune in and breathe mindfully.

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Published by yogafreedom

Michelle Margaret Fajkus is a yoga teacher and freelance writer, editor and translator, as well as the creator of Yoga Freedom. She is a 30-something gringa Gemini in Guatemala where she lives with her family. Michelle learned yoga from a book at age 12 and found zen in California at 23. A native of Austin, Texas, she enjoys reading, writing, hiking, swimming and lounging in hammocks.

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