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When I teach yoga my favorite thing to share with students is breath.

The beauty and power in the life force of what you are. It is calming, guiding, soothing and always brings you back to where you are. To the now. To what is.

Breath is who you are. It can be weak and it can be strong. It’s important to watch how and when your breath changes and learn to control those changes.

Start by closing your eyes. And focusing on making your breath smooth. Inhale, even exhale the same amount of air you took in.

At the end of my classes or my individual practice I always choose to honor two types of breath. Grounding and sharing.

I believe in order to share strength you have to be comfortable with the strength you already have. These exercises help me distinguish between having strength and sharing strength through breath.

Sit in a comfortable position with your tailbone rooted to the earth, an engaged core, straight spine, relaxed shoulders and closed eyes.

Place your hands palms face down on top of your thighs or knees. This is grounding your strength. Circulating what is in you. Take a deep breath in through your nose and open mouth exhale sending your breath out. Feel your body create a flow, this is all that you have.

Next, flip your hands palms face up in the same position. This is to share that energy you have just built up inside yourself. Repeat the deep breath, inhale through your nose and exhale out your mouth. Send this love to all that is around. Feel empowered that you can do such a thing and know someone will catch some of that strength in the next breath they take.

During this process think beautiful, positive thoughts, thanking the universe and yourself for all that you have and all that you can do. Repeat as needed. Always do it with full force and love.

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