Personally, I think we need to be reminded to just breathe, on a daily basis. We're working against evolution here - our flight or fight response triggers a shortening of breath. So anytime we're feeling challenged or stressed, we're not breathing deeply. Sometimes we're not breathing at all. I think that justifies the ongoing reminder. And truly, my yoga practice is responsible for helping me appreciate the power of my breath, so that I won't take it for granted. It may be a natural thing to breathe, but it's definitely a practice to cultivate strong, powerful breath. Like asana, we have to work at it. With intention. With reminders.
Sometimes it's the simple things that we lose touch with - in this case, our most basic life force. So if you're in my yoga class and I tell you to breathe, sorry for the cliché.