One Breath at a Time

Have you felt that your days are overloaded, and that everything looks like it’s impossible to be done? As crazy as it sounds, we mostly live unaware of each breathe. We’re living in times when we rush into everything, and sadly we forget to connect with our breath and enjoy the present moment. However, there are many positive ways to stop the feeling that everything is too much. When we take a minute to be aware of our breath, we can find big possibilities to accomplish the necessary and even be able to do more. One simple inhale and exhale can shift our attention from the mind to the heart and the whole body. When we take a moment to appreciate that the oxygen that comes in through our nose, traveling all the way through the throat and going directly into our chest and lungs, we can rebalance our entire universe that resides within us.

Air is everywhere around us; surrounding our body. As air, love is everywhere. In yoga, love and air are represented in our chest, heart, and lungs as the fourth chakra called Anahata. This chakra is responsible to expand the lungs and the heart energy and transform the oxygen into carbon dioxide. It expresses and expands the love that we experience within us. It teaches us compassion and self love. It’s in close relationship between the lungs and the breath to let it be expensive, flowy, and able to let go; finding compassion of our beautiful light and others. This chakra teaches us that love is the center of our universe. It’s the balance beam and bridge between the outside world and the inside world.

We can bring love and compassion with each breath and stop being worried to give love or receive love thinking that others can fulfill us. I invite you to be humble knowing that the only true, big, and enough love that we need is from ourselves. Every day we can keep learning to trust our hearts, because this love it’s enough, huge, and plenty. Just like air, love is everywhere and in everything. Love can be in every breath that we take; bringing a soft and subtle energy to our body (especially to our hearts). Every day is a new day to remind ourselves that love is pure and can be as extensive as we decided it to be.

I wouldn’t like to remind you that chakras are the maps of our bodies. Chakras can tell us what needs to be open, healed, and be expansive. In this case if you have chest or breathing problems or bad posture, the body is telling us to be perceptive and maybe open up, released, relax. Live plentiful in this energy of love that can heal completely everything and can open up a new way to see life full and with purpose. The heart and the breath are like a beautiful volcano ready to explode with love, compassion, trust, and self-confidence. We are responsible if it shuts down or is shaky until an earthquake or an explosion happens. We can let it be open and free. They are able to balance all that we have learned from the outside world to open up to an inner world full of energy to be healed.

This is an invitation from your heart to notice your posture, the feelings in your heart, and your breath. Close your eyes and notice the breath expanding your rib cage and see how your lungs can expand this beautiful space that holds everything together. Or maybe, go for a run and make your heart pump very hard, then stop, put your hands on your heart, close your eyes and let that rhythm hypnotize you. Flow with it to whatever it might take you. Embrace your present moment with a beautiful attitude, openmind, shiny heart, a bright soul with each breath.

The light in me, recognizes the light in you,

Namaste - Cecilia de la Rocha

Cecilia de la Rocha is founder of Yoga By Cecilia de la Rocha, a creative and enthusiastic yoga instructor with professional training in Hatha & Anusara yoga. Always willing to share more with people in a different, loving & fun ways. Her teaching is an innovative fusion of yoga, metaphysics, mindfulness and shadow work that has taught many families, from moms to be, to kids, to adults of all ages and limitations, and to celebrities who want to incorporate yoga as part of their lifestyle. She loves to facilitate privates and group workshops. For more information about her work, please visit:

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