What is Yoga Really All About? The Essence of Yoga is Breathing
What does “yoga” mean to you? Does it mean a certain type of commitment? Does it mean exercising in a class with other people? Does it mean doing impossible things with your body? Well, these are all part of the truth of what yoga is. Yoga does involve commitment and discipline, and it involves people learning together through movement of the body. But it is the relaxation within the discipline, the space between each personal connection and the rest between each movement that makes it all meaningful. This is the natural rhythm of breathing. The Earth breathes, our bodies breathe and we all breathe together. Breathing is the cornerstone of yoga practice and it is the element that has the greatest power to change your life.
Over the decades that Dahn Yoga has been in existence, many people have been healed just from breathing. Some people could barely move their bodies when they started, but regained strength and vitality through breathing exercises. Others with relatively healthy bodies gained emotional breakthroughs by breathing. That’s why breathing is a part of everything we do. Whether you are taking our basic yoga classes, trying out our tai chi or joining in advanced meditation, you will experience the benefits of our breathing practice.
Our Jung Choong Breathing series of exercises takes you through different positions to deepen relaxation and expand breathing capacity. The final position #5 is similar to Savasana in Hatha Yoga, but differs in the placement of hands and legs and maintaining focus on the lower abdomen. Try this breathing exercise as a powerful end of a sequence or on its own. See for yourself the difference a breath can make.
What does your brain have to do with yoga? Everything. Whatever you think, say or do involves your brain. That’s why Dahn Yoga emphasizes the importance of brain health and conscious use of the brain. This is another way you can make positive changes in your life. When you know how to use your brain optimally, you can choose and create the life you want.
This is the essence of the principles of the Brain Operating System (“BOS”), developed by Dahn Yoga founder, Ilchi Lee. BOS has three empowering principles that can help you bring what you desire into reality.
1: “If you choose it, you can create it.” So, choose what you desire with 100% determination.
2: “Good news makes a good brain.” Your brain works best with positive information.
3: “Pay attention!” Wake up and pay attention to the gifts of each and every moment.
At first glance, BOS seems like a recipe for extreme positivity. Maybe it is, but it’s more than wishful thinking. The principles are about how to take real life through actions differently. How you think about your life has a strong effect on your actions. Your actions lead to the results that you see. So, the best way to change results, is to change your thinking. BOS is an excellent way to make this change. For some people, yoga and meditation initiate a natural progression toward positive thinking and calmer reactions as the body holds less tension. The BOS principles can help you become more proactive in that process.
So, come to yoga class and start thinking like a winner with BOS!