“Our breath is our most accurate metaphor for how we live our lives and how we react to the inevitable changes that life brings us”
Breathing is not an intellectual activity. It’s experiential. When you were born your whole body quivered with breath. Every bone, muscles and organ moved with breath. Every nerve was energised by it, every blood cell carried it, and every moment took its meter from the phasing of the breath.
Breathing is primarily managed by involuntary controls through our central nervous system and so our bodies are ‘breathing us’ automatically day and night. Rarely do we think about breathing, for most of us breathing ‘just happens’ … or does it? For many of us dysregulation in our breathing patterns goes unnoticed. Patterns such as habitually holding one’s breath, or restricting breathing through particular strategies such as constantly tightening your belly, throat or poor posture. For some breathing is experienced as a great effort. Some people don’t notice their breathing at all but feel chronically tired, irritated, hurried or anxious. When breathing becomes unconsciously altered the autonomic part of the nervous system can resets itself to encourage a dysfunctional breathing pattern which which is not supportive of our physical health or psychology.
Today most of us have forgotten what it feels like to breathe fully and wholly with true vitality.
In this workshop we will explore
- Identifying dysfunctional breathing patterns
- The qualities of free breathing
- Exercises to develop greater sensitivity and proprioception of your own breath
- Strategies to encourage a functional natural breath
- The relationship between the mind, body and breath
Sunday 4th October, 2020
12:00PM to 4:00PM
With Sarcha Thurston
75 Coogee Street, Mount Hawthorn