Yoga and the Power of Breathing

May 09, 2010 By: Michael E. Crowley Category: Mind Body Spirit, Yoga

During spring housecleaning this week, I came across notes I had taken during an acting workshop several years ago with a teacher named Carol Fox Prescott. Her approach to acting technique is very much in line with one of the key elements of yoga practice: the practice of breathing. In her work, the connection of one’s actions to the natural rhythms of their breathing is the true fuel for the individual actor’s creativity.

The notes my younger self had made that captured my attention were these: “Breath is power with this work. Using breath to inspire you will create freedom. You can take inspiration from anything, in any position or circumstance. Breath can give you inspiration by allowing you to listen. Take a breath to listen, to regroup.”

Precisely how my younger self knew that I would need to remember that now, I don’t know. The fact that I still have those notes at all is a clear indication of how good a teacher Ms. Prescott really is. I remember my decision to keep those notes at the time as being fueled by the notion that “this is really important and I’ve got to remember it.”

I’m glad I kept them all this time because I rediscovered them in the middle of a week filled with the hectic scramble of a continuing job search, among other things. Recruiters called me to discuss positions, and I went on interviews for contract positions that turned out to have been filled already. I followed up diligently with people regarding positions that I was a strong candidate for, and all to no end, seemingly. On top of that, I’ve had a roaring headache all day as a result of headbanging blithely away to the Ramones’ Blitzkrieg Bop a bit too close to a particularly tall piece of furniture. (Yes, it is possible to headbang blithely, by the way.)

What yoga offers to me, right now, is a chance to replace the stresses of a mad week with stillness, an opportunity to set my internal metronome to a slower tempo and discover what opportunities exist in this present moment. The practice of yoga is a chance, as Carol Fox Prescott said to my younger self so long ago, to “Take a breath to listen, to regroup” and to find the power to go on to the next day.

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2 Comments to “Yoga and the Power of Breathing”

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