The Long Exhale

Happy Winter Solstice!  

I like to think of this day as the end of Earth's very long (6 months!) exhale. You know that point where there's a brief pause before the inhale begins?  That's what today is.  The longest night of the year.  The least amount of sun, or the least amount of breath in the lungs.  

It's a beautiful time to get quiet and be present with what is.  It's a beautiful time to experience rest and get in the groove of what Mother Nature is doing in winter. 

 

Try this pranayama involving khumbaka, or breath retention:

  • Take a slow, deep inhale.
  • Let it slowly dissolve into an exhale. 
  • Follow your breath with your mind.
  • At the end of the exhale, pause.
  • Rest in the empty stillness.
  • After a few beats let the inhale return. 
  • Repeat several times and notice how you feel.

 

Here's the thing: the inhale will always return.  So does the sun. So will the light. This too shall pass.  

 

Apply this wisdom wherever you need it today.

 

And bring whatever needs to pass to my upcoming workshop, New Year Reboot: Chakra Yoga for Letting Go and Moving Forward, January 8, 10, and 12.  Same workshop, various times.  Registration coming so stay tuned! 

 

May you and yours have a blessed and restful week, and a very Merry Christmas! I will see you next time when the sun is gaining on the darkness! 

 

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