Better Breathing: INTRODUCTORY

“A brand new idea that’s 2500 years old.” This experience is a great choice if you want to better understand what is going on when you breathe (useful to know, seeing as you do it thousands of times a day!) and ways you can modify breathing to affect how you feel as well as overall well-being. Topics covered:

  • basic anatomy & physiology of the breathing process
  • importance of exhalation, and role of the diaphragm
  • functioning of the autonomic nervous system
  • attributes of better breathing, and why it is helpful

In addition to the knowledge, this is a practical skill-development experience. You will try different breathing variations and, in particular, learn the resonant breathing technique which has been found to have physiological effects similar to meditation.

DETAILS

Duration (approx): 1½ hours Participants: 1 – 4

Availability: as part of a Day Retreat (not available as standalone experience)

Further infoabout this service and the instructor

Preparation

What to wear. Lose or elastic clothing that permits free movement. It is helpful to have a warmer layer (e.g., sweater, hoodie, etc.) you can remove or put back on to adjust to any changes in temperature from breathing exercises.

What to bring. A blanket that can be folded to provide a cushioned floor mat and (if you have one) a meditation cushion or anything else that helps you sit in an upright position.

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