"Breathe in deeply to bring your mind home to your body." Thich Nhat Hanh
BREATHWORK, A PRACTICE THAT FOSTERS PHYSICAL WELL-BEING, LIGHTNESS OF HEART, CLARITY OF MIND, AND INNER AND OUTER HEALTH, IS INSTRUMENTAL IN ACHIEVING FULFILLMENT WITH PURPOSE, INTENTION, AND DIRECTION.
It is no exaggeration to say that breathing is among the most crucial and intricate activities we undertake. In numerous ways, our conscious existence commences with our inaugural breath and concludes with our final one. Cellular respiration, the wellspring of our physical energy and expression in the world, hinges on the constant delivery of oxygen to each cell and the removal of carbon dioxide. Each emotional state we encounter is intricately linked to a specific breathing pattern, and even the elemental rhythm of our heartbeat is intimately connected with the actions of our lungs.
THE BREATH SERVES AS ONE OF THE EASIEST GATEWAYS INTO THE CAPABILITIES OF THE HUMAN NERVOUS SYSTEM, AFFECTING EVERY ASPECT OF OUR BEING: PHYSICAL, PHYSIOLOGICAL, PSYCHOEMOTIONAL, AND SPIRITUAL.
Many are familiar with the "fight or flight" response, an automatic reaction in challenging or threatening situations. This response emanates from our unconscious nervous system, comprising the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems. While the sympathetic system energizes us to confront external demands, the parasympathetic system de-energizes the body, promoting relaxation. In a healthy system, these two halves should regularly toggle in response to life events.
Regrettably, our nervous systems don't always function optimally. In our modern world, we tend to overstimulate the sympathetic system and understimulate the parasympathetic system, leading to detrimental health effects. Consciously activating the parasympathetic nervous system through breathwork can reprogram our bodies' habitual stress response, mitigating associated health risks.
Conscious regulation of breath disrupts unconscious breathing patterns and the emotional patterns underlying them—a crucial phenomenon. Flexibility, agility, and the ability to adapt to life's changes are paramount for optimal functioning, and breathwork counteracts the tendency to become rigid and habitual in our thinking and feeling.
One of the significant psycho-emotional benefits of breathwork is the confidence it instills in practitioners to self-regulate in various aspects of their lives. As focus increases through this practice, overall concentration improves. By stimulating the relaxation response, individuals can attain a calmer state of being, boost cellular respiration efficiency, and elevate energy levels. Breathwork becomes the catalyst for a virtuous cycle of feeling good about oneself.
Gentle Earth offers private instruction in Yogic Pranayama (Breathwork), addressing a spectrum of issues such as anger, stress, chronic pain, depression, emotional effects of illness, grief, trauma, PTSD, release of negative thoughts, shallow breathing, and weak pelvic floor. Embark on a journey of self-discovery and well-being through the transformative power of the breath.
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Gentle Earth also offers group Breathwork instruction (variable costs) for corporate events, private family gatherings, wellness studios, and retreats. For more information on these services, or to book, please contact Betty directly. Namasté.