Bubbling Over

Confession: It wasn’t yoga that taught me how to harness my breath.  

Before I had ever heard of pranayama or mindfulness, my adventurous young adult self took up scuba diving lessons. I became hyperaware of the oxygen-rich atmosphere we oh so casually access as land dwellers as we forged a boot camp approach to prana (breath) yama(control).

Early in the classroom scuba training, my typical what-if anxiety scenarios kicked in. We sketched out calculations in which time, depth and air pressure directed an output of “safe” or “drowned.” Simple math under pressure was not my forte. Thankfully, I learned, this would serve as back-up to a dive computer, but a keen awareness of air supply remained.

At my final check-out dive, I suited up, eyeing my tank, hoses and regulator more as life support than gear. I tasted the last gulp of air before inserting my mouthpiece and embarking on a truly sink-or-swim lesson in breath work with four key teachings.

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On Quill Pose

The physical act of etching feelings in black, audible swoops across stark white pulp brings a level of self awareness that rivals the toughest balancing asana. As a writer and yoga teacher, I see the complementary nature of these tangential creative forces.

In the rhythm of free-form handwriting, as in the fluid transition from inhale to exhale, bubbles the wellspring of human creativity. At the intersection of journal page and yoga mat, I offer you Spirit Spur. Here yoga and free writing present an open plane to explore. To create. To delve. I hope that Spirit Spur helps you unearth your natural flow.

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