Each week the Flying Fish Blog will focus on a particular theme that will be introduced on Monday, and every Monday, the post will provide a mindfulness practice for you to use for a moment, the day, or perhaps the whole week. Think of it as a way to ground your self and set your own intention, too.
This morning when I went to yoga class, my teacher, Marsha, instructed the class to focus on our breathing. She explained that in yoga, it is important to breathe before making any movement. So throughout the hour long class, we focused on our breathing, either inhaling or exhaling (ahhh) before each movement. For me, it was well timed synchronisity, as I had intended to come straight home and write about breathing for this morning’s blog post.
The fall is a time of year that we are frequently reminded to breathe. What a joy it is to step outside this time of year, the sound of the trees swaying, the wind swirling fresh air around freely. When we take the time to breathe the air in before moving forward, we find ourselves moving a little more fluidly than before. Breathe before reacting to the next irritation that comes your way, breathe before getting back up after a fall, breath before movement.
So the mindfulness practice today: the next time the wind whispers in your ear, or you notice it brush against your face, take it as reminder to breathe. Breath before movement: Each conscious breathe, a practice in mindfulness.