Find a comfortable seat andlet’s begin. Place your attention on your breathing and notice your exhale. Let your mind ride out on the breath and mix with space. Rest in the gap. Trust that the inhale will come in naturally. Repeat without reproducing. This is how it all begins; with an exhale. Every life and every death begins with an exhale. We come into the world with a cry and go out with a sigh, each of these expressions floating on the out-breath. Then, comes the inhale. Our natural urge to nourish, to draw in prana, is how we feed ourselves through inspiration, activity, contemplation and community. This is thearisingaspect ofvinyasa. And in between there is a tiny suspension with tremendous potential and that is where we abide. It’s not so easy because it requires open attention that is relaxed. It’s not the same as waiting and not the same as doing nothing. There is richness here in staying steady without holding on. And then we let go again. Dissolvingis an essential part of our practice. It seems like the exhale might be an ending but it’s always a beginning. It is the only way the gate opens for the arising to happen. Thispractice is the ground. After doing this formal practice, you can begin to integrate it into asana and every single other thing. Your practice and your life will become indistinguishable.