It works best to approach yoga enquiries with an attitude of curiosity and inquisitiveness, rather than a desire to 'get it right'
Last week we explored making a light check in with the breath - a quick glance at ourselves, asking three questions:
'Where do I feel my breath?'
'What is the quality of my breathing?
'What does the quality of my breath tell me about my state of mind?'
In this week's breathing enquiry, we'll take a little longer, with a view to gathering more specific information than we do with a momentary breath check-in.
It works best to approach yoga enquiries with an attitude of curiosity and inquisitiveness, rather than a desire to 'get it right'. There isn't a 'right' - it's not a pass or fail exercise. So drop any ideas about how you think you should breathe. See if you can observe without preconceptions.
As you observe your breath, watch out for...
• The judgmental mind that labels your perceptions as good or bad
• The dismissive mind that discounts small movements as insignificant or unimportant.
• The ambitious mind that jumps in to tell you to make your breath bigger or deeper.
There's no need to breathe in a certain way or make the breath deep and impressive. Simply notice your particular breathing style at this present moment. Acknowledge whatever you can feel and take special note of places where you can't sense any movement at all.
Enquiry - How do I breathe?