Sunday, June 03, 2007

Waiting to inhale

I am struggling with internet access, it is sooooo slow, so I will try to get up to date with reading all my fave blogs and comments, but right now, it ain't really happening.

When Husband and I were on holiday last week, we were in a place with clean air, quiet roads and calm surroundings: all the things Johannesburg lacks. As we drove back into the city, a stinky cloud of smog descended on us, and I started to feel like I couldn't breathe in. It got worse when I walked through my front door to be assaulted by a mountain of urgent Things to Do.

So I had a look at my actual breath: if I keep saying I feel like I can't breathe in, what is actually happening?

This, as it turns out:

Inhale, Exhale. Hold, hold, hold, hold, hold GASP for the next inhale.

What a good reminder that if you feel overwhelmed, go first to your breath, because breath and emotions are so closely linked. Since I have been deliberately inhaling, I feel, basically, like I can breathe in again!

Hope you all have a lovely week.
Breathe easy.


DAWN said...

It really is the best reminder and the quickest way to make a change within. Just take a moment to "check in" with your breathe. I remind my clients of that all them time and they are always amazed at how much more focus and calm they feel, instantly. Welcome home!

Linda (Sama) said...

hey, nadine....

I did a workshop with Max Strom yesterday and he is ALL ABOUT THE BREATH. After the workshop I thanked him profusely for emphasizing the BREATH over any asana in our practice.

He's a great storyteller and he said that that yogis in New York are the strongest he has ever seen, but they can't BREATH to save their lives. He also said that someone asked him once, after mastering an "advanced" pose, "how do I go deeper?" He said, "breath". Then the same person asked, a bit perturbed, "I AM breathing, how do I go deeper?" Max said, "imagine that you are doing yoga...."

Max is awesome! check him out at

Total Health Yoga - Kris said...

Dear Nadine, Thanks so much for the post! Interestingly, it was just a couple of weeks ago that I was reminded the joy of inhale. My whole Yoga experience has been focued on surrender, let go, exhale fully and longer, etc. Then Rod Stryker has talked about the importance of 1:1 breathing. I discovered that after all these years of working on exhaling, that my inhales had become weak! So, YES, let's all inhale and love every moment of it :-)
Love, Kris K

Cupcakes & Yoga said...

Thank you for the reminder. :)

Regina Clare Jane said...

I feel like I can finally breathe again- it's amazing how we hold our breath and not even know it! BTW- loved your little get-to-know-you post!
And- I am feeling better!

yogaglamgirl said...

ah's all about the breath, isn't it? :) I can completely empathize with the slow internet. We've been down all week and it has been driving me crazy. I'll remember to keep breathing. thank you!!!

ombites (mary) said...

What a great post! I used to suffer from anxiety quite bad but once I started yoga and "learned" how to breathe (sounds funny hey), I know how to calm myself down now. Thanks for the reminder and I hope you feel better too :-)

Nadine Fawell said...

Thank you all for your comments!
Dawn, thank you for visiting: I have been across to your cool knitting blog, and really enjoyed it! Knitting is so much like yoga in so many ways!