Sutra 1.34

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प्रच्छर्दनविधारणाभ्यां वा प्राणस्य॥३४॥
(prach-chardana-vidhaaranaabhyaam vaa praanasyuh॥34॥) 

The mind also becomes purified by the cultivation of the breath. According to Krishnamacharya, “Inhale, and God approaches you. Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you. Exhale and you approach God. Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God.” Breath literally connects our body, mind, and spirit. Inspiration or inhalation is linking to the "Self" within, which is equated with the Universal Spirit (from the Latin, 'inspirare', to breathe into from a divine source): always present, always here, always there, always everywhere. Focus on your breath to control stress.

 

Chris Johnson