The 52: For Breath is Life!


butterflyblueskyFor breath is life, so if you breathe well, you live long on earth.

This quote is said to be a Sanskrit proverb.  I would add to it, not only might you live long on earth, the quality of that time will be greatly enhanced.  You can do this  by learning from your breath and by being a student of breathing.

I remember, in my yoga teacher training with some of the most prominent thinkers on breathing as my teachers,  I was quite taken by this expression:

If you can control your breath, you can control your life. 

Ponder the meaning of these words.  It is a life changing statement.  I was both in wonder of it, the first time I heard it, and skeptical as to the enormity of the claim.  By controlling my breath, I could control my life?  How was that possible?  Now I know it be true. This is what I have learned:

  • When I am conscious of my breathing  — using proper diaphragmatic inhalation and exhalation in a steady, smooth stream — both my body and my mind grow calm.
  • Focusing on breathing, rather than outside influences, draws me inward and into the core of my own place of Divine Light and Love.
  • Visualizing the inhalation and exhalation as healing and spreading healing and calm within me and all around me causes a shift in my perceptions of the world.
  • Being aware that I am subject to the events around me, which may evoke stress or fear, I can remember to go straight to the breath to shut down the sight/slight mode.

I don’t say that I am perfect at this.  Of course, I sometimes forget and falter.  But, when I do, I don’t waste time berating myself or feeling guilty that I “dropped my guard.”  I just go on…

The poet, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, wrote this:

He lives most life whoever breathes most air.

Simple and to the point.

Now how are YOU breathing?

With love and namaste, Deanne

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About deannemincer

Deanne Mincer has been a long time student of religious and spiritual studies. For many years, she was a practitioner of yoga and in the late 1980's she was drawn to share her enthusiasm by becoming a yoga teacher. Her certification, from the Himalayan Institute, was a comprehensive two year program including the study of anatomy, diet, nutrition, Ayurvedic medical practices, the methods of teaching hatha yoga, the science of breath and the study of raja (the royal path of yoga) philosophy. She has taught yoga, meditation, and spiritual classes for more than twenty years. In the mid 1990's she became a follower of Siddha Yoga where she experienced a spiritual awakening called shaktipat and her teachings took on a new and freshly informed understanding. As Deanne continued her studies, she learned level one in Reiki and also sutdied with Henry Grayson, Ph.D. where she refined her work with muscle testing and the complex of energy healing methods Dr. Grayson has developed for use with his patients. Dr. Grayson's work is illuminated in his books, Mindful Loving and Use Your Body to Heal Your Mind. Deanne teaches group and private classes in yoga as well as stress reduction programs and meditation in many forms (sitting, walking, whirling, meditation in action, and "sleeping" meditation called yoga nidra). She has developed methods of using yoga in treating those with life threatening diseases as in the programs she designed for Gilda's Club and Friends in Deed in New York City. She was a consulting producer on an alternative health program for CNBC's Alive and Wellness, and she has demonstrated yoga on network television. Deanne created the audio DC, Inner Light Yoga with Deanne Mincer and she has spoken widely and demonstrated meditation in many venues. Deanne is an enthusiastic and joyful teacher. She is known for the keen interest she takes in her students' physical and spiritual development. She stresses that each student should work at their own pace in a non-competitive and caring environment. You can read some of the comments her students have shared in the Tesimonials Section of this site. Her teaching is grounded in her own steadfast spiritual awareness - that each of us is a being of eternal light and love and that we can all come to knowing this truth for ourselves. She is eager to help guide you on this joyful path of body, mind, breath and spirit.

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