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In a world that often pulls us in countless directions, finding ways to achieve harmony within ourselves is more crucial than ever.  There are paths that offer a way toward achieving this holistic well-being.  One way to do this is by recognizing the inseparable connection between the body, breath, and mind.  Many of these paths are rooted in centuries of tradition.  They provide not only physical benefits but also a profound sense of relaxation and peace.


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We’re often led to believe the body is a brick-like machine of interchangeable parts.  In reality, the body is a unified entity, a complex ecosystem of interconnected parts, each influencing the others.  In many practices, Tai Chi is one example, practitioners focus on moving with intention and grace, allowing their movements to originate from the center point of awareness inside the body.  This concentrated core generates power that ripples outward through the limbs, creating a seamless flow of energy.  Through these controlled movements, practitioners learn to engage muscles, joints, and bones in harmony, promoting flexibility, strength, and improved circulation.  In order for practices like these to be “correct,” the thoughts and movements have to be harmonized with the breath, which serves as the bridge between the physical and mental.  Doing this will automatically train not only the physical body to be used more efficiently and in ways that will reduce injury but also train correct mindfulness and meditative practices as well as the energy work that is inherent in many systems.

The Breath

The breath has a vital role in the body’s harmony, making it possible for true unity.  Consciously cultivating the use of steady and mindful breath, syncing inhalations and exhalations with movements oxygenates the body, improves lung capacity, and enhances the body’s ability to rid itself of toxins.  Moreover, by focusing on the breath, practitioners create a direct connection between the body and the mind, giving the part of the mind that needs to be busy a focus that can calm the chatter and promote mental clarity.

The Importance of Breath

As these practices advance, the integration of body and breath extends to encompass the mind.  By concentrating on the breath and directing the awareness inside the body in certain important points, the mind can focus with greater efficacy than if it’s allowed to follow the errant thoughts that naturally arise as part of being human.  This increased internal awareness also allows for a clearer feeling in the body when things are tense, or there’s a feeling of pressure, if we’re holding on to something that doesn’t serve us, or if something is “off.”  This clues us in to being able to then use our tools to manage ourselves and keep us from being pulled into harmful patterns.

Everything is Connected

Physical and mental health are intrinsically linked.  Emotional and psychological well-being are intricately woven into the fabric of overall health.  Controlled, rhythmic movements and conscious breathwork offer a form of moving meditation, and even with stillness work, encourages practitioners to be present in the moment and cultivate true mindfulness.  Over time, this can lead to reduced stress, improved concentration, and enhanced emotional resilience.

In Conclusion

The significance to the individual of integrating the body, breath, and mind cannot be overstated.  By embracing these practices, we embark on a journey to achieve harmony within ourselves, ultimately leading to improved health, vitality, and a profound sense of inner peace.


The author of this blog is offering two workshops in September that will directly address this topic and offer guidance in the use of tools that each person can integrate into their pre-existing practice, or use as something new to them.  The workshops are about Integration and Cleansing/Grounding. Please use these links to learn more about the workshops. You can also contact us with any questions you have on our many counseling and therapeutic services and events. We look forward to hearing from you!