The Relationship between Patience and Pranayama

Prana is the energy that runs our life with such a force that can maintain alive an entire universe within us. It moves into our body, acts out inside and leaves taking away what needs to go. It’s not a static energy; it’s always alive. In yoga we practice patience in our body and in our mind with the help of the breath. Pranayama is the life force or breath extension that starts with acceptance of our body just the way it is today.

“Breathe in deeply to bring your mind home to your body” - Thich Hanh

“Patience is a form of wisdom. It demonstrates that we understand and accept the fact that sometimes things must unfold in their own time.” -Jon Kabat-Zinn

In the practice of yoga and meditation we always start taking conciseness of our breath. We notice how the air comes into our nostrils and how it comes out. We look to be aware in where that breath is moving or going inside our body; maybe on the belly, perhaps on the chest. Then we start finding deeper and longer inhales and exhales. We could pay attention where the inhales meet the exhales with a short pause that will follow with the next breath until both interact as a Prana (life force).

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” - John Quincy Adams

We know that the breath is already automatic in our lives. Unless there is a physical impediment, breath does it’s work by itself without being forced. However, the breath is more than that. It’s able to bring magic into our present moment and our lives if it’s done consciously. It releases toxins, can release tension, relieves emotional stress, can ease pain, improves blood circulation, and allows us to be grounded and creative.

“Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.” - Robert H. Schuller

“Follow your heart, but be quiet for a while first. Ask questions, then feel the answer. Learn to trust your heart.” - Unknown

Our breath done consciously can produce a vibration that can make a shift in matters of seconds in our divine being. Therefore, if it’s practice constantly and with perseverance, we could be able to make huge changes in the way we feel, think, and interact in our everyday life.

I invite you to take time from your precious day to concentrate in your breath and see how is your relationship with your patience.

“Patience is the best remedy for every trouble.” - Plautus

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 private and group workshops. For more information about her work, please visit:

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