Remember to Breathe

In class, I’m constantly exhorting my students to breathe. Sometimes I feel like it’s simply filler, something I say to fill the space as students linger in a pose. Sometimes it feels like a game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey, with my reminder to breathe hitting the mark about half the time. Still, it’s a worthwhile mantra for a teacher. The tricker a pose, especially in balance work, the more likely we are to hold our breath. Without breathing, we won’t be able to stay long in any pose!

The same thing goes for training and racing, and, as most principles do, it extends more broadly to life. Create your own “remember to breathe” mantra. At any given moment, are you taking the fullest, deepest breaths available? How about right now?