Why Retrain Your Breathing?
Breathing is the latest craze thanks to James Nestor's book Breath. It's a good book, very readable, but it doesn't help you figure out what you need to change in your own breathing. That's because it's a book, and not a person watching and listening to you and your breathing.
Hi! I'm Jennifer, and I teach breathing. I can assess you, look at symptoms you are having, listen to your story, help you figure out what's going on, and how you can optimise your breathing. I've learned a lot of things from different places, and I bring all of those tools together in my Breath Retraining Course. I'm a yoga teacher, and I've learned a lot about movement and biomechanics. I'm also a Buteyko Educator, a HeartMath Certified Practitioner, and an Integrative Breathing Therapist. And I've spent a lot of time reading about and learning about the nervous system and trauma, and how that intersects with the breath. Your breathing is influenced by many things in your body — movement, chemistry, nervous system states, your thoughts — and it should be responsive to all of that.
There are two different ways to breathe — normal breathing, and breathing exercises. We talk a lot about breathing exercises, but not always about what the point of an exercise is. Normal breathing is something else entirely, and because it's so variable, it can be difficult to describe. This can have people doing a breathing exercise, and then going out into their day repeating that exercise, integrating it into their "normal" breathing time, which can be disruptive to the oscillating patterns in the body.
I hope you're intrigued, and you'd like to learn more. If you have breathing pattern disorders or symptoms stemming from your breathing, maybe it's time to address them. Join me Thursdays at 12pm ET, starting May 12 for the next Breath Retraining Course. For more information click here, or email me with your questions.
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