Breathe - A Beginners Course
Colin Dunsmuir & Fini Cooper | 10-5.30pm Sunday 30 April | Price: £125
Breath is the link between the mind and the body. It is the pathway to meditation and mindfulness. It has the power to unlock huge potential. It can shift patterns. It can transform mental states. The real beauty of working with the breath is that ANYONE can do it, ANYWHERE. You need nothing more than a few moments, some curiosity and some awareness. Whatever you would like to improve in life – be that general well-being, sleep, anxiety, low mood or myriad other issues – refining the way you breathe can get you there.
This beginners course to breathing forms part of the Breathing Project, set up in collaboration with the Life Centre. It’s aim is to shine a light on why we should all be paying attention to our breathing. Why we should look to it to make changes. How it will make those changes. And the mental, emotional and physical benefits that will come with it.
Join us for a full day in person course, held at The Shala in West Norwood, led by highly experienced teacher Colin Dunsmuir and breathwork therapist and coach Fini Cooper.
The course will explore how to:
- access inner calm
- regulate the nervous system
- use tools to reduce stress, fear and overwhelm
- improve sleep
- accelerate healing
- recognise and interpret feelings
- energise and revitalise yourself
- tackle and reframe anxiety
Following this 1-day course, we will be offering a 4-week livestream version of this course in May.
1. BREATHE to Access Calm
Colin is highly experienced in using Yoga as a Therapy and was certified in the Viniyoga lineage directly by T.K.V. Desikachar, one of the most influential yoga practitioners of the modern age. Colin specialises in leading seminars, training and workshops as well as teaching those wanting to learn yoga breathing and meditation in a traditional, one-to-one approach.
Over 25 years, Colin’s expertise has allowed him to teach in a diverse range of environments. These range from ongoing end of life care programs in a hospice to working with young people in a Pupil Referral Unit to teaching regularly in Downing Street, to being part of the set-up team for Unilever’s corporate wellness program. During COVID, Colin was invited by Puma to help innovate and lead global Instagram live yoga sessions.
Colin sits on the Professional Specific Board for Yoga Therapy with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), he directed the London Yoga Festival for many years and is a committee member of The British Council of Yoga Therapy. He is also the proud author of his recently released book “How To Find Stillness Within” published by Penguin.
Colin is passionate about motivating the world to use yoga to maintain mental health, reduce stress and cultivate inner stability.
Breathwork therapist and coach, Fini Cooper originally trained with Transformational Breath, furthering her knowledge with Alan Dolan, and Patrick McKeowen’s Oxygen Advantage. Prior to this, Fini gained a BSc in Psychology as well as an MSc in Organisational Psychology, which complements her understanding of the mind-body connection to the breath.
Fini spends her time working with clients in areas ranging from nervous system regulation to more immersive breath practices. She is also a speaker, and teaches at workshops, events and festivals across the country.
Fini’s passion is to help people transform their physical and mental health, enabling them to find more clarity, connection, peace and joy in their lives.