Monday Mantra: I Am the Breath of Life
 
Listen, are you breathing just a little and calling it a life? ~Mary Oliver
 
Pranayama, or the yogic practice of controlling the breath, energizes you, calms you down, and gets into deep places in your psyche to release and resolve what feels stuck. It clears your mind and taps into your essence. Pantanjali, the author of the Yoga Sutras, said, and I paraphrase, “When you control your breath, you control your mind. When you control your mind, you control your life.” There is nothing more basic or more profound in your self-care and development than the practice of conscious breathing.
 
Here is one method to try: Breathe in for four counts, hold for four, exhale for four, all through your nose. Do this with your eyes closed, in a comfortable seated position, or lying down if you prefer. Do this for 5 minutes, and report here what you experienced.
 
Mantra: I Am the Breath of Life