The breath is used in an asana as the medium of a yogi’s spirit and Attitude. It serves as the bridge between Attitude and the dynamic symmetry of Alignment. The breath interweaves the threads of one’s intention into the fibers of the outer body. It is the uniting force between mind and body-heart essence and outer vessel.
Using the breath to initiate the creation of the final stage of a pose is a basic element of Action. From the core of one’s being, Attitude wells up through the breath. The breath, as the agent of Attitude, consciously initiates the movement of the inner body. From the Action of the inner body, the outer form of the body moves into the final stage of the pose. The breath is the power that enlivens the pulsation and flow of both Muscular Energy and Organic Energy. Breath is the energetic essence of Action.