Practice smiling breath

Orange Chrysanthemum (ckg photo)
Orange Chysanthemum (ckg photo)

I am so grateful that yoga is in my life, teaching me to appreciate each moment fully so that when life jigs its inevitable  cruel dance tugging at me to partner-up, I can connect with my breath and remember that there is a beautiful, calm, loving place within me. Through continual practice I have found it is possible to live more deeply—beyond the “rat race of survival.”

One way is to awaken each morning with awareness centered on the first inhalation.  Then, exhaling, invite a smile to fill your face.  Even on the mornings when you don’t feel like it, SMILE and BREATHE.  You embody the essence of happiness. Let that be your first prayer and intention.

As you move through your day observing the gardens and lawns that may be shriveling, remember that the sky has blessed us nearly every evening with glorious sunsets whose pinks, purples, and apricot splash in gay abandon overhead.

Spending an evening enjoying a sunset is yoga in action!  With every inhalation try to radiate some of the colors of the sun.  Open your heart to the people around you, whether at work, at home, or on the beach.  Be aware of how your color enriches every one of those lives –and many more that you are unaware of.  You are a child of the universe; every sun salutation celebrates that.

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