What we call ’I’ is just a swinging door, which moves when we inhale and when we exhale. ~ Shunryu Suzuki
I have mentioned that I am reviewing the book “breathwork”, by Valerie Moselle. I am just starting to get into it, as I finish reading an English tranlation of a Japanese locked room style mystery. (Which, by the way, is an excellent read!) This book combines breathwork with yoga, with each day building on the previous work that has been done. (This is a three week program.)
I have just finished the Introduction and Part One. Here Moselle is explaining the physical mechanics of breath, and how breath awareness helps us to bring a better quality to our overall life. Not just being able to do more things, but having better clarity, better focus, sleeping better, and being better able to control any pain that we might have. (From personal experience, I can also say that conscious breathing helped me to lower my blood pressure.)
Moselle also has a chapter that she calls “foundation”, where she discusses setting a time for breathing practice (morning and evening), and keeping a journal covering how your body feels, and what emotions come up during the practice of breathing.
In another week I will be ready to start the daily breathing practice. I will be doing it seated in a chair, rather than seated on a folded towel (as the book suggests) because of a bad hip. I will do what I can do, and am certainly looking forward to it!