Inhale. Retain. Exhale.

 

Breath is what sustains us, it’s what moves us, it’s a core pillar to life and yoga, but what happens in between the breath? What is left at the end of the exhale? Often it’s there we find space, and in that space truth.

 

As we enter into a new year we yearn to create change, we want to let go and move on, but in order for something new to be created we must first create and hold space. In the same way darkness needs light creativity needs space. We’re so eager for something new we forget the importance of space. When we don’t honor the space between there’s no room to create newness and we quickly find ourselves falling back into old patterns. Dumfounded as to how we got here ­­—again— we look around to see the same fears, the same worries, the same pain.

 

Often we become stuck do to a fear of claiming space. A deep seeded voice tells us we’re not worthy to step into space. We choose smallness over greatness because we buy into the lie that it’s safer. We believe our worthiness comes from results, achieving goals, hitting milestones and forget about the bravery it took those before us to move into their own greatness. If we want to address our shadows we must first sit with them and hear what they have to say.

 

Instead of rushing into a new year, our new goals, the next yoga pose we need to slow down and honor what we find at the end of the exhale. Sit in the stillness, in the shadows, and respect what they have to say. Breath into the truth we find there so it can begin to create space. The truth must first be heard and held only then can we release it in honor of what’s to come.

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