If you have ever taken a yoga class with me, you know we always start with some breathing exercises as we get grounded at the beginning of class.  First bringing attention to the inhales and the exhales, and then bringing more awareness to the breath by gently controlling it, keeping the breath even with nice, steady inhales and exhales.

The breath is always there for you. With practice, you will come to learn that the breath is still there during times of stress, tension, worries, fears, frustrations, anger, sadness, pain.. through all emotions and present experiences as you live your life.

When you get wrapped up into these emotions and experiences, pause. Politely ask for a moment; Maybe put the phone down, step away from a confrontation or disagreement, stand still or take a seat. Maybe just close your eyes. Find stillness and come back to the breath.


Take a few deep, slow inhales and exhales. Try simply inhaling to the count of 4 (Inhale 4 -3-2-1) and exhaling to the count of 4 (Exhale 4-3-2-1).

Inhale 4-3-2-1.

Exhale 4-3-2-1.

Do this a few times. Focus on the breath, be present with it, and then go back to what you were doing and try again.

– mandee m.


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