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Safety and security are two different things

Photo by Monica Felix @

Photo by Monica Felix @

My yoga teacher constantly reminds us:

If you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace.

This isn’t yoga advice, this is life advice. Because no matter how unsafe the surrounding world is, when you thread your breath through every move you make, nobody can shatter the rock that is your foundation.

Prana, as it were, finds the form to impose on the chaos of the world. And those are the moments that equip you.

Your breath becomes your security. Even when the world around you feels unsafe.

When you get stuck waiting for permission to do what you really want to do, your lungs are your lifelines.

I urge you to take a breath, even if you don’t think you need one.

How’s your breathing?

Scott Ginsberg is a writer, daily practitioner and work study volunteer at Bikram Yoga Park Slope.