Anytime you pull in your stomach, tuck your tail bone, take a conscious deep breath or bring any awareness to your alignment or well being, you are doing yoga. Standing in line at the bank, stand in tadasana. Sitting in your car you can engage your bondas. Keep the thread of yoga woven through each day.
Pranayama breath is not only and integral part of your yoga practice, it is the most important part. Long, steady inhales and exhales for a half hour, hour or two hours have long term positive effects on the body. Deep breathing gives the mind something to listen to, helping to clear cluttering thoughts and create a meditative peacefulness. Deep breaths fill the body with oxygen which cleanses the organs and rids the body of harmful toxins. Deep breaths energize, renew, invigorate. Deep breaths on combined with endorphins released from stretching the muscles and breaking up lactic acid crystals…..There is no greater high.
Breathe and enjoy!