Restorative Afternoon - Liberate the Breath
“Breathing needs not to be taught but liberated” - Liz Koch, author of The Psoas Book
Whilst our neuro-endocrine system has not changed much over thousands of years, the world we live in has. Skipping breakfast as we rush from place to place, trying to do too much in too little time, jarring our feet on concrete pavements, continually scanning our smart phones and finding relaxation by flopping on the couch in front of the telly with a glass of wine all put our nervous system into a permanent state of fight or flight as our ancient biology tries to cope with the stress of modern life.
One of the first functions to be affected is the way we breathe. Over time, these changes become permanent, and we forget how to breathe in a relaxed manner. Breath trapped in a chronically tense body encourages a perpetual sense of dis-ease regardless of our actual situation. Poor breathing patterns can lead not only to tension in the body and mind, but more serious health problems longer term.
In this workshop we will explore just how to rediscover our innate ability to breathe our way to a grounded, relaxed and centred state of being. Over the three hours we will:
Build our awareness of our current breathing patterns and habits
Reduce tension in the diaphragm muscle through a sequence of postures which gently stretch the hamstrings, release tension in the pelvis and lower back, opens the rib cage and shoulders, lengthen the side waist and relax the jaw and neck.
Observe the four expressions of the breath through yoga nidra
We will close the workshop with delicious homemade raw chocolates to help us feel grounded, refreshed and feel ready to move back into the world around us with a renewed state of freedom and peace.
Teacher: Mel Skinner
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