Breathe and Let Go

Photo by Shelby H.

Of all the challenges I face every day, this has got to be the toughest. For example, a not-so-polite email from someone at work could trigger unpleasant feelings in me that could stay for hours or even the whole day! I now realize the importance of just breathing it out and letting it go. I inhale deeply and exhale the way we do in yoga class – with a slightly constricted throat that produces that oceanic sound that soothes the senses while we’re doing difficult asanas. This is called ujjayi breathing and it serves me well on the mat, in the workplace and everywhere else. People with Type A personalities like myself can benefit from this simple act of coming back to the breath, the life force. It returns us to that serene place and reminds us that our well-being is more important than our interpretation of someone else’s actions.

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