Laughing Buddha opened in August of 2012 and I was one of the lucky few present to see the beginning of this amazing community. At the time, some of the familiar faces were different and, as everyone who has been at LB for more than 3 months at a time knows, the layout and furniture have changed, but LB consistently embodies warmth, support, and comfort. And while the positive impression that LB makes continues, one of the early students at the studio, way back in the day, made a comment that sticks with me even now. While he may not have intended his comment as a critique, his assertion that the way we, as teachers, talk about breath, could be off-putting always sat strangely with me. As a teacher that may cringe slightly at the more “whoo whoo” side of yoga spirituality (if the words blessed or goddess ever come out of mouth in your presence, you should probably take my temperature and get me to a hospital) the implication that talking about breath is somehow too intangible and metaphysical, continues to make me wonder: when I talk about the breath in a classroom setting, am I adequately conveying my understanding of yoga’s reliance on breath as a practical tool? While yoga may be a spiritual practice, for its less “whoo whoo” practitioners, it is scientific. It teaches us how to use the very real, very solid instruments we carry with us to cope with the difficulties life brings.