I find myself focussing on the breath more and more in my classes, my own yoga practice, and off the mat.  This is my ‘quote of the week’ by Thich Nhat Hanh which explains so simply and clearly the benefits of breathing consciously:

“..while we practise conscious breathing, our thinking will slow down and we can give ourselves a real rest.  Most of the time we think too much and mindful breathing helps us to be calm, relaxed and peaceful.  It helps us stop thinking so much and stop being possessed by sorrows of the past and worries about the future.  It enables us to be in touch with life which is wonderful in the present moment.”