“Breathing needs not to be taught but liberated” Liz Koch, author of The Psoas Book
Yoga and the Breath
Whilst our neuro-endocrine system has not changed much over thousands of years, the world we live in has. Skipping breakfast as we rush from place to place, trying to do too much in too little time, jarring our feet on concrete pavements, continually scanning our smart phones and finding relaxation by flopping on the couch in front of the telly with a glass of wine all put our nervous system into a permanent state of fight or flight as our ancient biology tries to cope with the stress of modern life.
One of the first functions to be affected is the way we breathe. Over time, these changes become permanent, and we forget how to breathe in a relaxed manner. Poor breathing patterns can lead not only to tension in the body and mind, but more serious health problems longer term.
In this workshop we will:
Inquire, feel and become aware of our current breathing patterns by building our awareness of how different parts of the body move (or not) when we breathe
Discover the importance of openness, patience and kindness (ahimsa) when exploring the “essential breath”
Begin to understand the importance of full, unrestricted breath in the development of our yoga practice
Observe the four expressions of the breath through a short yoga nidra practice to encourage mindfulness and complete relaxation
Discover the diaphragm and the psoas muscles and understand their role in our essential breath
Use restorative yoga poses to free up the pelvis, the muscles around the ribcage, the side waist and the chest and release tension from the base of the skull, jaw, face, eyes, tongue, shoulders, solar plexus and pelvic floor
We will close the workshop with delicious homemade raw chocolates to help us feel grounded, refreshed and feel ready to move back into the world around us with a renewed state of freedom and peace.
“Mel is an exceptional person, and people warm to her instantly. Humble, full of compassion and excellent teacher!” Linda, Jan 2017