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THE BREATH OF LIFE
Breathwork & Pranayama
Change your Breath, Change your Mind.
& turn that inner dial from negative to positive
Awaken to your Full Potential
with Vicki Shields
Breath work is the simplest way of reducing anxiety, to balance hormones, boost your immunity and maximise energy levels. it's also the simplest way to connect with the inner space of our body and begin to cultivate meditative awareness.
Modern science today supports what the ancient Yogis knew thousands of years ago. They pondered many questions and found solutions, to being more centred, focused and happy:
How can we change a mind that is prone to discontent, constantly fluctuating from the stories of the past and anxious about the future? The solution lies in the management of your breath, because mind and breath are interconnected.
The effective management of your breath helps develop emotional strength and balance in our very stressful world. How we breathe also impacts on the function of every cell in our body and so our health and wellbeing.
Our workshops & community will help you connect with your breath and your true authentic self. Techniques that can progress onto the deeply therapeutic and awakening practice of Pranayama, simply called the ‘Breath of Life’ because it animates the life force flowing through the energetic pathways of your body.
Techniques an benefits of regular breathwork + pranayama
We begin with opening up the breath by releasing the tension in the body and sectional breathing techniques to allow the breath to flow into the space of the body.
Using a quad-ratio technique we cultivate a pause in the exhale and the inhale, this is a method of natural retention without forcing. From this relaxed state we can move onto the practice of Pranayama, with specific techniques such as focused breathing through the spine to activate the energetic points that affect the endocrine system • Ujjayi • Surya Bhedana• Shitali • Kapalabahti • Bhramari these have all been proven to have enormous therapeutic benefits. These breathing techniques are powerful practices that modern scientific research has shown to produce impressive psychological and health benefits. Some of these are:
· Decreased cardiovascular risk factors
· Improved immune function and reduction in common inflammatory conditions
· Reduced anxiety, depression, insomnia, and menopausal symptoms
· Improved mental function
· Reduced production of stress hormones
· Improved memory, creativity, and individual effectiveness
· Reduction in habitual or addictive behaviours
· Increased sense of peacefulness and compassion toward oneself and others
Lets meet each moment with openness, curiosity and kindness. Lets evolve from an overstimulated, reactive & disconnected state, unable to know which way to turn. To a more conscious, centred, focused state of mind. 💫Come and join us to transform the habits and unconscious patterns of your breath, come and celebrate the ‘breath of life’ 💫the key to healthy body and mind.
In the practice of simple breath work techniques the abdominal wall is allowed to come out freely and there is no connection to the pelvic floor ( root lock ) and in the practice of pranayama there is an engagement of pelvic floor muscles. Please see our article on this:
Pranayama is the extension, suspension & untying of the life-force. When it is liberated it can awaken deep states of consciousness which we experience as stillness and an alert presence. The awakening of this subtle force when directed inwards can lead us towards the potential and true greatness of our being, beyond the limited conditioned self. This is the state of 'Yoga' described in Patanjali's sutras. A deep meditative state of 'being' not doing.
The practice of Pranayama; the ability to prolong and control the physical act of breathing, it is deeply therapeutic, and can be considered a tool to help you bring about physical health, increased awareness, calmness and clarity over one’s mind. It is the 4th limb of Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga and therefore stands at the very heart of Yoga, and yet it is little understood and rarely taught in any depth in regular weekly classes. Asana alone is rarely enough to achieve the state of “Yoga”.
Should you wish to learn more about the way in which we can move past the physical restrictions and open the breath through various techniques such as Kriyas, please click the link to the Breath of Life workshops
Change your breath, change your mind.
DEEPEN PRACTICE • ENRICH TEACHING
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Pranayama & Breathwork
WORKSHOP OR 40/60/100 HOURS TRAININGS
These weekend workshops deepen & develop your yoga practice by utilising simple but powerful techniques to manage & expand the breath. Combine 3 weekends to gain 40 hrs CPD Yoga Alliance Training. Discover how to easily shift the body from a stressed to a more relaxed mode by one of the uk's leading experts.
Develop the tools to self regulate stress and build emotional strength and balance. How we breathe impacts on the function of every cell in our body resulting in better immune function.
Pranayama & The Subtle Body
60 + 100 HOURS
Begin with a 5 day retreat to discover & experience the mysterious energy we call Prana. Yoga is an invitation to channel the immeasurable source of life itself. This powerful yet subtle energy that, when directed inwards can lead us towards the potential and true greatness of our being , beyond the limited conditioned self.
Combine the wisdom from a living Tradition taught directly to Vicki Shields by Yogic Master Sri OP Tiwariji as well as the most up to date scientific research.
Guided by Experts
Pranayama is the fourth limb of Patanjali’s eight-limb system (Ashtanga). Its importance is acknowledged in many classical texts, but rarely is it taught correctly. It is a subtle practice that has tremendous effects on the nervous system and the mind. Our courses are grounded in the classical teaching of Sri O.P. Tiwari (Kaivalyadhama, India), one of the few authorities on Pranayama.
You will learn how working with the breath is an important foundation of any practice. Pranayama can be a both a tool for health and also in mastering the mind.
It is correct and effective breathing that aids yoga asana, reduces stress and much more. With step by step instruction you will develop a self practice and will therefore be encouraged to teach Pranayama from your own experience. You will learn the importance of preparatory exercises together with six of the classic techniques.
Upon completion, you will understand:
Inhale, Exhale, and Retention
Correct performance of each Pranayama
How to guide someone in basic breathing
Science of the breath and its affect on the nervous system.
Vicki's passion for teaching Pranayama is very inspiring, her knowledge & understanding is staggering & her ability to show you what she feels, so you can in turn feel what she feels is empowering."
– Jamie Davies
Studying managing the breath & Pranayama has not only changed my approach to yoga asana, but also become a
valuable tool for stress management in my everyday life.
Vicki’s wealth of knowledge and nurturing approach to teaching, creates a safe and encouraging environment in which to explore the subtleties of our body. I would recommend this course to anyone interested in anxiety/stress management and also yoga practitioners interested in moving their practice to a deeper level.
– Kerri McKenna 2019