As you simply bring attention to your breath, how does it respond?
Make note of its movements, patterns, rhythms, any other qualities you might notice. How do these qualities shift during moments of stress, of calm, of joy?
What we learn from observing our habits serves us in undoing them, allows us to breathe (and live) in a way that amplifies those moments and sensations we want to hold, and soothes those we want to heal and release.
Becoming aware of the breath offers us the space and the means to recognize and respond to whatever we might need in any given moment -- to strengthen and energize, soften and calm, release and regenerate.
Soon enough, though it takes dedicated practice, we grow to maintain focus on the breath often, out of sheer pleasure, even when we aren't trying.
Within the process, we come to inhabit a deeper, more powerful place of inner feeling and knowledge that extends from breath into the wholeness of life.
When we trust the synchronicity of our very being, we release the need to control.
Over time, we find ourselves exercising responsive strength akin to what others might perceive as control yet is merely close collaboration between awareness and intuition, along with a greater capacity to recognize what we are meant to accomplish, and how to make it happen.
Stay tuned for new explorations of traditional breath-centered yoga practices, and how the principles of these practices ripple into daily life as we make them our own.