“AND NOW TAKE A DEEP BREATH…”
How often do we hear this in a yoga class? But what does this really mean? Is it at all effective? Why and for what? And is it actually good for you, you as an individual and your own wellbeing? What is the relationship between breath and stress? What is the relationship between breath and wellness?
This workshop explores some of these questions as we look at the breath and practices of pranayama (breath awareness and expansion) and look how these can serve us in our modern lives in the 21st Century.
The primary role of pranayama is physical and mental wellbeing through understanding and noticing dysfunctional breathing patterns and bringing these into balance. The first step in this process is noticing your own breath and learning about it.
And so I often get asked, whether we really need to be taught about our breath and do we really need to learn how to breathe? I say, yes and no.
No because it is an automatic system.
Yes because our breath can get thrown off track and stuck in unhealthy, dysfunctional patters which effect our body and mind wellbeing.
Our modern, often hectic lifestyles, with high stress levels, overstimulated bodies and minds, desk jobs, food on the go, etc. effects our breath and this has great implication for our whole wellbeing.
The truth is this: research now shows that up to 90% of us are a generation of hidden chronic “over-breathers” (or hyperventilators) which has been referred to as a “21 Century epidemic”. This can have a very serious impact on our physical and mental wellbeing.
The good news is: there are plenty of simple things we can do to inform and support ourselves with nourishing breathing practices, noticing and breaking out of dysfunctional breathing habits, as part of our daily routines on and off the yoga mat which will really help, often offering us immediate benefits.
Why is this important? Because overbreathing has a serious effect on our body and mind including links to anxiety and panic disorders, back pain, sleep disturbance, inflammation, allergies, eczema, asthma, fatigue, among others. Likewise, when we shallow breathe it not only affects our physical health but also our mind and mood.
Why is it “hidden”? Mainly because most of us don’t realise our breathing patterns. It’s not our fault as we’re just not taught about our breath and we so we don’t notice. And our health professionals may not always notice either or link it to more serious health conditions or explain how our often dysfunctional breathing patterns can impact our physical and mental wellbeing.
So what can we do? Breath is very accessible when we know how. We can tune into our breath anytime, anywhere. Just being more aware of our breath, having the right tools to understand and access its benefits, means we can have better knowledge and ownership of our own body and mind.
How can yoga help? Yoga offers students the practice of breath awareness and balancing of the breath through pranayama, as a way to get to understand our patterns and work with the breath in a gentle and nourishing manner to support a greater state of wellbeing.
This workshop seeks to demystify breathing practices: We will look at anatomy, physiology, theory and supporting yoga practices to explore our breath, making the practices simple, accessible and relevant on and off the mat.
So join us on 20th July at 1.30pm at the beautiful Light Space Private Studio, HA5 for this 3 hour workshop exploring the beauty and power of our breath to bring us wellness and enable us to step into our full selves.
No previous yoga experience necessary. This workshop is open to all adults and abilities.
Location: Light Space Private Studio is located in HA5 near Harlyn Primary School. As this is a private studio, the address is not published online. Once you have booked your place please get in touch for full address details and directions.
Space is limited: 6 max to ensure a safe and nourishing practice so please book asap