Breathe, I thought. I mean, isn't it obvious that we all have to breathe, it's something that comes naturally and that we do without even realizing it. But in moments of distress and chaos, it is so easy to forget the importance of slowing down and breathing. After a few deep breaths, the tears and panic subsided and I was okay.
Yoga has taught me a lot about breathing. I've learned to use my breathe as an escape in times of discomfort or stress. Life is never going to happen the way you want it to, and people are going to piss you off, however by taking a step back and simply taking a few deep breaths it can completely change a situation. How often do you stop and acknowledge your breathe? In a yoga class this is done all the time, to pull you back from whatever your mind has wandered to, and bring you back to your breathe. My goal has been to take this lesson out of the studio, and when you need stability in your hectic life to just draw yourself back to your breathe. You can take as many as you want, for however long you want. Breathing is something no one can take away from you and that is unlimited, so why not use it more often. In the midst of a stressful day, an argument, a test, or an emotional breakdown, finding your breath can make you feel better.
I encourage everyone to be more present and really acknowledge their breath. When was the last time you took a few, good, deep breaths? I don't do well with change, but I find comfort in the fact that no matter where I go, and no matter what life throws at me, I will always be able to come back to my breath. You can't control much in this life, bad things happen to good people and sometimes everything becomes too much to handle, but the one thing you can control is your breath. When going about your daily life, I urge you to remember to breathe, after all, it's free.