One of the breath's great secrets is that for every feeling or emotion there is a corresponding rhythm in the breath. Sudarshan Kriya (the masterpiece of the Art of Living Course) incorporates specific natural rhythms of breath to release stress and bring the mind to the present moment. The practice is instrumental in creating a sense of harmony in the body, mind and spirit. After the practice, participants, commonly report feeling of calmness and centeredness, with a clearer vision of the world and themselves.
“Though my yoga practice has long been essential to my well-being, since I began practicing Sudarshan Kriya, I feel lighter, as though I'm carrying less emotional baggage, while I feel a growing solidity at my core.” ”- Amy Weintraub, Author of Yoga for Depression
Something to keep in mind - it is not uncommon to experience emotions that you may have buried in your muscle memory when working with breath. Be sure to take breathing instruction from a teacher you trust, in case you hit an unexpected emotional outpouring. I know, it sounds strange but it's true.
I love having yoga breath to fall back on when I need to calm myself. I'm an anxious person, so having that extra something to help me through tough moments has been heavenly. Who knew that learning to breathe could have such positive affects on my life? I really have eased some of my anxiety through yoga practice.