The breath initiates every movement. The breath leads me through the practice.
This morning I realized that I am still breathing, inhaling but I am already in upward dog. So the movement to go into upward dog should slow down in order to match with the breath.
Each time when I remembered the breath the asanas improved so far. Inhaling deeply when in urdhva dhanurasana helped me to arch more. Inhaling means lengthening the body, exhaling means dropping back, to let go, folding into a pose. The breath improves the asanas and not the other way round. An asana does not per se improve the breath, but the other way round it is true. Correct breathing helps performing the asanas.
This is the shift. The first question when analyzing the performance of an asana will be: How was the breath? Was it even, was it deep, was inhaling like exhaling, could I hear the sound.
When I breathe correctly I have the feeling as if I listen to the sea. I love this.
I did surya namaskaras this morning with focus on the breath.
I simply have to write my bills today, I am 3 weeks behind. This needs time. So I had to sacrifice the asanas today. And when I go on writing I won't accomplish anything.........
Exercise today: being conscious of the breath off the mat.
(I have problems to open ashtangi.net for some days now. Have others the same issue?)