Sola dosis facit venenum. Latin for the dose makes the poison. An old family friend has this tattooed on his arm. A basic principle of toxicology, it informs his work as a doctor.

The graduate candidates at Lewis & Clark College asked, "how soon do you share breath work with clients?" My answer, 'not until we have established trust.'

Diaphragmatic breathing is such an important skill. As part of the autonomic nervous system we automatically breathe, and is a function we can manipulate. It's yoga's strongest medicine.

The best way to start a breath practice is titration. A little exposure over time with a skilled guide can empower rather than overwhelm. Like any powerful medicine it's all about the right dose.

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Fawn Williams