“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”
Thich Nhat Hanh
If your goal is to be more focussed and calmer, learning breathing techniques are a medically proven way to relax the body and mind. Even breathing practices done over a short period of time can have a positive impact on our stress levels. (Pal, Velkumary and Madanmohan, 2004).
Breathing sessions can be done 1:1 to integrate into a daily practice perhaps alongside some mindfulness and yoga.
Learning to use heart rate variability monitors as a breath training method is a particularly good way to relax. The time commitment each day (5-10 minutes in the morning and at night) is relatively short given how effective this can be. This form of biofeedback is a proven medically researched method for training the breath and reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression (Goessl, Curtiss & Hofmann, 2017).
3 stage breathing space
In 3 steps you can check in with how you are feeling, how your body is doing and calm your mind with soothing breathing.
BREATH WORK, MINDFULNESS AND YOGA COURSES
I teach 1:1 and group courses in a specially adapted space at my practice in Hampstead, London.
I teach Mindfulness courses incorporating breathwork and yoga to professionals at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust.
I also teach one-day mindfulness, breath work and yoga ‘taster’ courses and workshops to other professionals and organisations.