Introducing “Breathe with Me”

It’s an interesting thing, breath

Voluntary or involuntary? In through the nose and out through the mouth?  Soft belly breaths or deep breaths? “Just breath”?

There are so many ways to look at breath. Though I have been practicing and studying breath since my first trials on my yoga mat, through my graduate work and always with clients, lately I am teaching and experiencing it with greater intrigue.  Much of this is due to recently reading Breath. The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor.  Have you read it? If not, let me summarize. Our breath is important and HOW we breathe can provide benefits for our immediate and future health.  “Healthies”, young, old, those with respiratory conditions such as asthma and sleep apnea, autoimmune issues and folks with scoliosis can all benefit from incorporating a few minutes of breathing practice each day.  Will it cure whatever ails you? Mmm, I can’t guarantee that.  Will it contribute to your overall health and wellness? Most definitely.

I have long been interested in whole body wellness.  In fact, the very reason I switched from biochemistry to biopsychology in my undergraduate work at UCSB was because “biopsych” had so much more real life application.  For example, how the brain influenced our behavior and vice versa.  What I didn’t realize at the time, but have come to after years of teaching movement, is that we have a tremendous amount of opportunity in the “proper care and feeding” of our bodies to contribute to our whole body heath.  Elements such as food, exercise, sleep, relationships, self care, job satisfaction, laughter, touch, etc, etc. are all contributing factors. Breath seems to be another area (right at the tip of our nose!) that we can hone as a tool for wellness.

Since reading Breath I have been practicing many of the breathing techniques, some of which are familiar to me from my yoga practice, and others, like box breathing used by Navy Seals, which are new to me.  Not only do I feel the benefits of taking time to exercise my breath, but I am also inspired to share the techniques.  It is clear to me that mindful breathing is something that ANYONE can do to add quality to daily life by stress reduction, increased respiratory strength and support to the immune system.

All that to say…

I would like to invite you to a new class I am rolling out called Breathe with Me Mondays at 11:00am for the month of June (starting June 6th).  In this class I will introduce different breathing exercises followed by a practice of restorative yoga postures.  The breath work takes focus and attention, and I have found that a few restorative poses to follow is a lovely compliment for rest and to assist in the down-regulation of our nervous system. I will share more details on what you need (or don’t need) for our practice in the week prior to June 6th.  Until then, think about it, breathe about it 🙂 and look out for a Zoom link to register.  If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to ask.  Also, if you think someone you know might be interested in this work, please share this blog post with them.