Breathwork & Pranayama
"Pranayama is a method for loosening and deleting negative conditions so we may experience life and the world as they truly are and not according to the painful imprints of our past"
Maehle, Cox & Watson
My personal experience
My exposure to Breathing methods & Pranayama started with my yoga practice where I experienced techniques such as Ujjayi breath, Nadi Shodhana or Kapalabhati. Although I could feel something positive happening in my body and left the class calmer, I did not know why I felt this way and most important if I was doing it right!
It was during my stay in Hong Kong that I discovered I was far away from breathing functionally, i.e the way "we should breathe", and was therefore missing out on most of the health benefits that this automatic process could bring us.
This is when I decided to dive deeper in the topic and started to gain knowledge via experts, such as Robin Rothenberg, and trained with my yoga teacher, Wendy Wyvill, whose approach to yoga is very focused on functional breath.
I started to learn how to breathe using the correct muscles & airways, how to practice breath retention in a healthy & safe approach and how to apply the concept "less is more", taking less air in for more health benefits.
The more I practiced this subtle breath the more I felt the shift in my body and mind.
It has changed me, not only when I practice yoga but as a whole.
With Breathwork I have improved the way I deal with stress, my digestive system is no longer an issue, my brain feels a lot clearer & communication is more fluid , and finally I sleep better !
Using my training, my knowledge and my practice I want to share these techniques with my students to help them to become functional breather and let them enjoy the benefits from this powerful tool, our Breath.
“yoga citta vritti nirodha”
Patanjali Yoga Sutra 1.2
The state of yoga reflects the cessation of movement within the mind
Nirodha - the still lake of the mind
What to expect in a Breathwork & Pranayama session
Shifting the way we breathe and having impactful changes on our body & mind do not happen overnight, it takes time.
My intention is to give my students a toolbox they can use on their own for a long term change, understand how our body work, how is meant to work, how we can make it work better and how we can fix health issues, on the physiological and mental level.
A session has 3 phases:
Arriving: Through breath observation and functional breathing exercises we learn about the biomechanics & biochemistry of our body. Adding simple postures will complete the experience of moving with the breath.
Anchoring: Slowly we anchor ourselves deeper and explore subtle breathing, using Pranayama. Light, Slow & Deep Breath.
Letting go: Once the breath has becoming quiet & subtle, we can finally let go of our turbulence and still the mind, through simple meditation techniques.
After a class we feel light, free and focus to move on in our day