Breath for Yogis

Yoga is essentially all about the breath. This workshop is for anyone interested in deepening their yoga practice and wanting to learn more about how traditional yogic techniques and the latest discoveries in science can optimise vitality on and off the mat.

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. Find out more in this review by one of our recent workshop attendees. 

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...  

  • Teacher Ben Wolff

    Ben is a tutor for Uma Dinsmore-Tuli's Yoga Nidra Teacher Trainings.and a lecturer on "Yoga and Clinical Psychology in Society" to PHD level psychologists at Salomans, Canterbury Christchurch University. See more.


Upcoming Schedule


These workshops are open and accessible to all ages and abilities.

The medical information in this workshops is just that - information not advice. If in any doubt whatsoever please consult a doctor or other appropriate medical professional to check that these practices are suitable for you and your condition. No diagnosis is being offered at these workshops. 

We advise booking at least a week in advance as these workshops are regularly fully-booked. 

Students on our monthly membership receive a 20% discount on this workshop.

We are situated on the third floor and do not have a lift. If access could be an issue for you, please contact us to discuss.

If you are suffering/have suffered from a serious medical condition, please first consult your doctor before joining this workshop. 

  • Purchases for workshops are non-refundable 
  • Cancellations may be made online up to 24-hours before the start of the workshop in which case your Shala account will be credited and you will be able to rebook for a workshop of a similar price
  • Late cancellations and no shows will be charged as if you had attended
  • In the event that a workshop is cancelled by the Shala you will be offered a refund or the option to be transferred to an alternative event