'Exhale and flow' is a phrase for life’s highs, lows, and transitions in between it all. I heard myself say these three simple words as instructions in the flow of vinyasa yoga classes, and these words kept showing up as guidance for the practice of yoga beyond chaturanga.

The exhalation is a valuable tool to let go of resistance, release tension, and discharge stagnant energies. Breath is the source of infinite connection that we all share. It connects us to universal existence; the beings that came before us and the beings that come after us. Our breath is the transformative rhythms of the ocean and the vastness of the sky.

This flow is the foundation of our life experience, an involuntary miracle that so often takes the backseat to modern life and mind chatter. The ego wants to race with an uncontrollable flow, and the true self observes resistance without need to control it. Expectations, assumptions, and attachment often get in the way of ease in the flow of life. Through human tendencies to respond, react, and retreat during challenging times, our breath brings us back to the flow. The flow of life is happening, and it does not stop. It is up to me to decide whether I am going to fight the flow and remain stagnant, or be one with motion of the universe in all of the uncomfortable shifts on the divine ride.

Much like the ocean, our breath is a far stronger force than the anxieties, ego tricks, and fears we face. This human existence - life - is beautifully and intensely unpredictable. We have the power to navigate the unknown with gratitude through unchanging awareness of breath. Resistance is a natural part of life, but breath is life. Consciousness ebbs and flows; still and all, the power of breath is a resource to return to truth, vitality, and freedom.

EXHALE AND FLOW

I trust the universe, because I am breathing.