Breath For Yogis
in South London
Yoga is, and always has been, all about the breath. Yet most people who do yoga know little about it. The very things that we are looking for from our yoga practice and for our minds and bodies are also available from the breath. Balance, flexibility and strength that is both physical and spiritual. Calm, soothing, contentment. Being 'in-sync', coherent; in the flow and in the moment. As much as there are breaths that make these things harder there are breaths that make them easier, and it doesn't have to be hard work for it to work.
For those even in the rudest of health and in peak condition there are breaths to learn that can make everything more effortless. Yoga and Science inform us of these things, be it from 3000 years ago or in discoveries made in the last 3 months, there are more healthful ways to practice, to breathe and to be. Whether it be The Breath of Love, The Breath of Delight or The Breath of The Gods, to learn these breaths is a way of taking your yoga with you wherever you are. It's like being back on the mat in a moment, even if you're miles away. All done by the power of the breath.
The Breath for Life Series
An astonishing 95% of our energy comes in from the breath; 70% of what the body eliminates goes out through the breath. The breath, then, is the first place we should look to affect change. If a car isn't running properly, we check the engine. Science shows nearly everyone in our society is currently over-breathing, making this a number one culprit behind stress, insomnia and disturbed sleep, anxiety, depression and negative thinking, chronic pain, asthma, migraine headaches, panic attacks and even back problems and weight gain.
The optimal rate for adults to breathe is between 3 & 6 breaths a minute. We typically are taking between 12 and 20. The result is, we are clinically 80 per cent stressed before we have even got out of our chairs. By balancing the breath we can bring back balance to our systems and bring a balanced breath back to balance our lives. Researchers have found that most people use less than 20% of the surface area of their lungs. Simple practices can increase this three or four fold over a year. Its like having five gears to your car and never getting out of first. Learn how to effortlessly switch on your own personal cruise control, bringing with it a greater control over everything that life presents. After all shallow breathing leads to shallow thinking and panic breathing leads to panic. As the buddha said "the path to enlightenment begins and ends at the breath". This is Breath For Life.
In the Breath for Life series of workshops we share the most important discoveries in breath research. Neuroscience shows that there is a breath rate for you that is your own personal sweet spot where head, heart, lungs and the major organs of the body all resonate and a coherent, syncronised rhythm waves and pulses throughout all your systems. This brings with it a harmony, wellness and great feelings of relaxation, zest, energy and control quite unlike anything you are currently experiencing. It's simple. It's effective. It's life changing.
Whatever it is you'd like to improve in life, there's a breath for that. Be it general health improvements, better sleep, reducing stress, pain management, increasing strength, optimising performance, stopping intrusive thoughts, bringing a greater depth to meditation or simply upping the quality of life and its longevity, there are easy ways of achieving what you'd like by working with the breath.
Brought on by his recovery from serious illness and three years of continuous research and investigation, Ben Wolff shares his findings from both ancient wisdom traditions and modern science in ways that are open and accessible to everyone. In each workshop you can expect to hear what's most useful, rapidly effective and easy to learn and participate in simple and safe breath practices that have worked in over 150 countries around the world. Find out how to do what you'd like to in sessions that have literally changed countless lives. After all, you are how you breathe...