The breath is such a powerful tool for us to be able to support ourselves - physically, emotionally and energetically - and yet as a society, we have largely forgotten how to breathe.
As individuals, we need to return to breath to reconnect with our bodies, to bring us back to the present moment.
The breath is one of the most fundamental things our bodies do to keep us alive - and by bringing awareness to how we breathe, feeling the inhale and the exhale moving through us, we leave the thinking mind behind, anchor ourselves in our bodies and are more present to all that is real in the present moment.
What is breathwork?
Breathwork is the term used for breathing techniques or exercises that intentionally change your breathing pattern in order to achieve physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing.
It can be as simple as adding a breath hold after every inhale and exhale, and many people who have attended yoga classes may have done alternate nostril breathing, or full yogic breath.
There are ancient practices - including pranayama within the yogic tradition - as well as modern practices, such as holotropic breathwork, rebirthing breathwork and Wim Hof method.
What ever type of breathwork it is, there is much research already pointing to the breath as a powerful tool for calming the nervous system, improving sleep, reducing inflammation, and improving the balanced functioning of the body.
Breathwork can also be used to achieve a greater sense of wellbeing and connection to yourself - through guiding you deeper into your inner world, allowing you to process stuck emotions - like grief or anger, release tension and heal past trauma.
What type of breathwork do I teach?
I am a accredited Pranayama teacher.
Pranayama is all about breath regulation - altering your breathing pattern with a variety of techniques to bring about a deeper fuller breath, exercising the different parts of your bodies breathing mechanism to increase energy flow and calm the nervous system.
Conscious Connected Breathing
I am also a certified Rebirthing Breathwork practitioner.
This form of breathwork uses the consciously connected breath technique over a longer period of time (from 20 minutes up to 1 hour) to reach a deep state of relaxation, and to release deeply stored tension and stuck emotions, and to reach a heightened state of inner calm.