"When you experience pain, or hardship in life, or in these asanas (poses), you notice that you stop breathing, and you hold it. That's dangerous, you could have a seizure and you could kill yourself," my teacher said. "Open your heart and breathe," was what she reiterated that night. She came up to me, listened to how I breathed and said, "You are not breathing. You're snorting. Breathe from the belly and up and back. Like Darth Vader." She said it with such gentleness and warmth that I obeyed and at that very moment I understood what it meant to breathe from the belly.
As I continued to
And I thought it was just about the flexibility.
"You look happier than I have ever seen you," a visiting friend exclaimed as we gulped down fruit smoothies and peppermint coffees. We caught up over a series of healthy, non-alcoholic drinks, a signal of
I couldn't really say how and why --- and I know that I have my entire lifetime to truly coast this life breathing like how it's supposed to be. All I know is that I have been reaping incredible benefits from this practice and I'd like to do this for a long, long time. As my teacher said, "Open your heart and let it take you where you're supposed to be," again applicable on poses and in life.
That being said, I can't wait to become what yoga and my heart would make me.
*To those who have been asking, I practice at Echo Yoga on Perea St.