In touch with the source of your power

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In touch with the source of your power

There’s a saying we see around the yoga community quite a bit. Usually embroidered on shirts, canteens, towels, hats, mats and the like:

Breath is power.

It’s a bit of a no brainer to the untrained eye. Of course breath is power. Duh. We’re a bunch of oxygen junkies.

But for anyone who’s spend more than a few dozen hours on the mat, that statement has significant meaning. Because if there’s one thing yoga teaches us, it’s that there is always a way to maintain our power in a situation. All we have to do is breathe.

I remember the first time I underwent a cavity filling as a yoga student. Thanks to my new training in diaphragmatic breathing, the procedure wasn’t nearly as painful or anxiety inducing than years past.

Because now, I had a healthy relationship with my breath. I knew how to maintain my power in the situation.

Novocaine didn’t stand a chance against me. Hell, my dentist even complimented me on my relaxed, steady and meditative breathing during the process and asked if I could teach her other patients.

Free toothpaste for life!

What practice keeps you touch with the source of your power? 

Scott Ginsberg is a writer, regular practitioner and community leader at Bikram Yoga Park Slope. He is also the author of the forthcoming book, A Year in Hot Yoga: 365 Daily Meditations for On and Off the Mat

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