Time has gotten away from me with the busyness of the Holidays. I apologize for having been away for so long! My progress is continuing and I am beginning to work again. I have been coaching clients for the past few months and have co-led two leadership workshops this past month. I am planning on beginning to teach again at the studio this month.
I recently led a Community of Practice Series for our coaching clients on Essential Breath and have decided to offer it to all of you. It is FREE and will be a 75 minute conference call. I am limiting the number of participants to six- first come, first serve- on Monday December 21 beginning at 7pm. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to participate. Below is some pre-reading to give you some idea about our Essential Breath. During the call you will have the opportunity to build awareness of your own breathing practices and I will leave you with inquiries and practices that you can do on your own. Logistics of the call will be emailed to you after you sign-up. Remember that one of the principles of Pilates is BREATH...hope you step into this inquiry with me!
The Essential Breath
The Essential Breath is the breath you breathed as a young child. Many of us have lost connection with this breath and so have lost connection with a natural way of being and our own natural energy resource.
Given the simplicity of breathing one would think it was the easiest thing to do in the world. However, if it were that easy there would be few unhappy or unhealthy people in the world. To become a welcome vessel for the breath is to live life without trying to control, grasp or push away. The process of breathing is one of the most accurate metaphors we have for the way that we personally approach life, how we live our lives, and how we react to the inevitable changes that life brings.
Throughout time the process of breathing was always considered inseparable from our health, consciousness and spirit. Only recently have we reduced breathing to a mere respiratory exchange of carbon dioxide and oxygen.
In Greek: psyche pneuma=breath/soul/air/spirit
In Japanese: ki=air/spirit
In Sanskrit: prana=a resonate life force
- In Latin: amina spiritus=breath/soul
Most people are not aware that they breathe poorly. Few still are aware of the consequences of restricting this central life force. From headaches to heart disease breathing badly takes its’ secret toll. Few people understand the ways in which they restrict or distort their breathing. Habitually breathing high into the chest, breathing too fast, and breathing shallowly are epidemic today.
Countless studies link effortless breathing with the mitigation of some of our most insidious modern health problems. Breath therapy, sometimes combined with other healing practices such as biofeedback or yoga, has been found to alleviate (and sometimes cure) migraine headaches, chronic pain, hypertension, epilepsy, asthma, and panic attacks.
When we breathe in a relaxed fashion we move from a destructive metabolic state to a constructive one. This shift from operating in a chronic stress mode to a mode of relaxed alertness can affect the synthesis of protein, fat, and carbohydrates, increase the production of cells for immune system activation, promote bone repair and growth, as well as enhance the cellular, hormonal, and psychological processes.
The Essential Breath is found between two extremes: the unconscious, involuntary breath and the breathing that is controlled and regulated by will (such as classic breathing exercises done by yogis).
Essential Breath is a conscious flow that arises out of the depth of our being and dissolves effortlessly back into our core. It arises from a background that is still and silent and dissolves back into this same stillness.
~Excerpts from The Breathing Book by Donna Farhi~