In yoga, there is a lot of focus on the breath.  In fact, the breath is the tool that bridges the physical body and our mind, emotions and energy. 

It is amazing the power a deep breath has to calm us, revitalize us and relax us.

I believe it is significant that Genesis tells the story of God breathing life into Man.

We tend to think of the process as a functional exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide, but what if it is more than that?

We cannot sustain life for more than a few moments without breath.  Food, water, and shelter can be absent for days, but without breath, we stop.

Maybe that is why awareness of our breath--of our complete and total dependence on it--becomes mystical. The giving and receiving of breath is intimate.

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