Auto Body Shop

By Guest Blogger: Sandi Merrill

Would you put low grade gasoline in your prized Ferrari? When was the last time you changed your oil? Like cars, our bodies need regular maintenance for peak performance. We tend to our appearance, sometimes excessively – washing, waxing, and polishing the chrome. We give attention to the foods we eat – seeking high octane fuel. But, taking full deep breaths and maintaining a peaceful mind are just as important.

These days, constant stress and the focused, visual demand of our tech. devices robs us of our breath. Our breath becomes shallow when we’re anxious, angry, or fearful. Our breath sometimes stops completely when we squint our eyes to read the text on our ever shrinking displays.

Without adequate oxygen, our bodies are unable to efficiently convert the fuel we consume into energy. When fuel is not fully metabolized, it leaves behind residue that eventually “gunks up the works.” In the science of Ayurveda, this toxic residue is called “ama.” In Sanskrit it literally means undigested. We combat the accumulation of ama by maintaining a strong digestive fire, “agni.” Full, deep inhales fan the digestive flame with more oxygen. Full, complete exhales eliminate more of the residue resulting from that combustion. The more efficient our engine is, the cleaner we burn fuel. Less dirt accumulates in our engine oil. So, while our Ferraris may show a few more dings over the years, a well-maintained engine will carry us far.  Happy trails.

Sandi Merrill is an everywoman who stumbled upon yoga 20+ years ago. After some “taste-testing,” she found joy in the Integral Yoga tradition. She is honored and blessed to be able to share the teachings of Sri Swami Satchidananda. Yoga teacher training uplifted her life. Today, she is one of the lead trainers for the Integral Yoga 200-hour Teacher Training when she isn’t globetrotting with her newly retired hubby. 

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