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THE BREATH OF LIFE
Breathwork & Pranayama
Liberate your Life Force, Awaken to your Full Potential
with Vicki Shields
Breathwork 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 turning that inner dial from negative to positive.
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.
When you focus on your breath and self regulate the nervous system you move from over thinking to being more embodied.
In other words, you get out of your own way!
This is an amazing practice for minds that are prone to discontent, constantly fluctuating from the stories of the past and anxious about the future.
When we untie the breath, we:
• let go of stress and tension
• expand the capacity for more life-force energy
• let go of destructive thought patterns
• begin to let go of the things that no longer serve us
When we are stuck in states of fear, the nervous system signals back to us that adrenals are on overdrive, our body is on alert and we need to slow down. When we learn how to manage the breath we are able to bring back the body’s innate power to switch from any anxious state to a more relaxed one. We begin to enjoy a slower pace, we feel like there is more time. The breath becomes our most valuable meditational technique and tool, the more we still the mind, the more we can feel more heart centred emotions.
How does the management of your breath help you?
How we breathe helps to develop emotional strength and balance in our very stressful world.
It 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.
The path of Yoga usually begins with the practice of the physical postures, and then someone introduces the power of the breath and explains the wisdom around the channels (nadis) that the prana moves through. There are many nadis but the ones we directly access through the breath are the sun and moon (the Ha + Tha). These channels can be open or blocked, the ancient Yogis discovered the flow of energy through these nadis affect our moods and behaviours. This is where we move into the understanding of Pranayama.
What is the difference between breathwork + pranayama?
Pranayama, is more than deep breathing it is about managing the internal pressure of the body, to understand more about these differences, please read this article.
Pranayama literally means liberating our life-force energy.
Prana = Life force energy
Ayama = To untie, to liberate and to pause.
The benefits of a regular Pranayama practice
for physical wellbeing:
cardiovascular risk factors
reduction in common inflammatory conditions
stress related dis-ease
overall physical health
The benefits of a regular Pranayama practice
for mental and emotional wellbeing:
production of stress hormones
destructive thought patterns
habitual or addictive behaviours
calmness and clarity
decision making and focus
creativity (right brain function)
memory and individual effectiveness
emotional strength and balance in our very stressful world
sense of peacefulness and compassion toward oneself & others
awareness of self
The practice of Pranayama 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.
Yoga Asana alone is rarely enough to achieve the state of “Yoga”.
As we understand more about how to liberate the breath we can begin to explore how the different Pranayamas work on the body’s energies, gradually improving one’s health and transforming CITTA (the mind), our "filter" to the outside world.
With this devotional practice we cultivate a deeper awareness of the relationship with ourselves, understanding the behaviour of our mind (chitta ) more fully. As we observe the negative patterns of the mind and the compulsive patterns of the ego, we become aware that Yoga can be seen as a practice of what we undo, rather than what we 'do'.
DEEPEN PRACTICE • ENRICH TEACHING
Join our Breathwork Community
monday & saturdays via zoom see link below
Pranayama & Breathwork
WORKSHOP OR 40/60/100 HOURS TRAININGS
These Breath of Life weekend workshops discover practice and teaching techniques from one of the uk's leading experts.
Combine 3 weekends to gain 40 hrs CPD Yoga Alliance Training.
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.
Guided by Experts
A living tradition from India
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.
Our courses are grounded in the classical teaching of Sri O.P. Tiwari (Kaivalyadhama, India), one of the few authorities on Pranayama.
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