Jessica Wolf, a leading Alexander Technique teacher from the US, writes, “…breathing is indispensable, and it works best when it is effortless. Most of us do not think about the way we breathe. We usually take breathing for granted; we do not realise the harmful effects that faulty breathing can have nor the freedom we can gain by improving how we breathe.”
Many people are unaware that the breath is a powerful tool which can give us a sense of presence and a deeper awareness of how we feel. It helps us to gain a feeling of ease and makes us more acutely attuned to our bodies. Regulating the breath rate can be used for balancing, calming, or lifting your energy and soothing your mind. Correct breathing can help improve cardiac health by improving lung capacity, heart coherence, and can help normalize blood pressure.
A gentle but powerful class to reconnect with your body, your breath, and your energy. We will start with some warming up exercises targeting the muscles involved in breathing (especially the upper body and the core area), and follow with practices connecting the mind, the breath, and the body. We will finish with a short meditation practice. Suitable for adults of all ages/genders/abilities/fitness levels (let Irene know of any injuries, physical/mental health conditions, and/or pregnancy so that Irene can guide you appropriately. If you are currently suffering from severe acid reflux, this class may not be suitable).
Class will be given in English.
Benefits from regular practice can include improved lung function, less stress, more energy, improved focus.
Extra information: It is recommended that you do not eat 1-2 hours before the practice.