The echo breath in yoga, a technique of finding more breath to release after the initial exhale, is a concept to bring forward in life. When I think I have exhausted all possibilities, I find I have a bit left to push out. It signifies that I'm not done. There is more to let go of if I dig deep. A final cleansing can be found if a slight amount of effort is practiced. Thinking of my life and the need for the echo breath, in possessions, partnerships, and parenting, I reflect on what is left to exhale.
Organizing is therapeutic for me. I continuously review what items are in my home. Often, I rearrange them or set them aside for a season. Finding the ”echo breath” in my material goods, I rethink what I really need. Does it serve a purpose? What is its importance? Echoing the desire for minimalism I bring the breath into my buying. Considering an item, I breathe in. On the exhale I release the impetuous desire. Furthering exhaling, I determine whether the need is real or imagined. The breath gives pause to the moment, allowing for space and reason to override impulse. The right decision settles in.
A partnership is with a spouse, friends, or business associates. Limiting relationships, so the focus can be on the quality of it versus the quantity is what matters most to me. We have unlimited opportunities to partner with various people and groups. Time constraints only allow for a certain amount of choices. Choose wisely. Perhaps the echo breath is needed to really determine who and what you want to partner with? Breathing deeply and think about each significant partnership in your life. Does it line up with your current value system? Over the years my priorities have changed drastically. I am very conscious of how I spend my time. Who I am with and what I am doing matters. Make sure your partners align with your wants and needs. Boundaries or total release may be needed if they do not. Use your extra out breath to determine who’s right for you.
Using the echo breath while parenting can be the most difficult. You cannot donate or disregard your children. Boundaries can be set to a point, but if they are in your care, then total release is not possible. Finding the breath situationally could be the answer. Parenting gives us chances to practice breathing in response to escalating encounters. Learning to breathe through the chaos and discomfort provides the needed hesitation before conflict heightens. Adding an expiration at the end brings clarity and calm.
The practice of the echo breath in yoga class and beyond could supply the clearing of toxins that are housed in the physical, mental and spiritual realms. Finding a bit more breath to release can give you much needed space opening your world to new possibilities.
Susan J. McFarland
March 7, 2019