'Exhale and flow' is a phrase Catherine uses in her practice for the life’s highs, lows, and the transitions in between. These three little words were initially a go-to instructional cue for a physical asana practice, and these words kept showing up as guidance to practice yoga beyond high to low plank.

The exhalation is a valuable tool to let go of resistance, release tension, and discharge stagnant energies. Our breath is our life force; it holds the transformative rhythms of the ocean and the vastness of the universe. It is an infinite source of connection. Breath connects us to billions of humans. It connects us to previous and future existence of animal and plant species. This flow is the foundation of our life experience, an involuntary miracle that so often takes the backseat to modern life, conditioning, and illusions.

Expectations, assumptions, and attachment often get in the way of ease in the flow of life. Emotional, physical, and spiritual states are in constant motion of responding, reacting, retreating. The ego wants to race with an uncontrollable flow, and the true self observes resistance without need to control. This human existence - life - is beautifully and intensely unpredictable. We have the power to navigate the unknown through our unchanging awarenesses. In connection with breath and its sea of truth, there is clarity. Much like the ocean, our breath is a far stronger force than the anxieties, ego tricks, and fears we face. 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.