Breathing Practices

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Yoga is so much more than asana (postures) and I am often heard saying, “my life will not change if I can get my leg behind my head, but my life will change if I can become the master of my mind!” So with that thought, I'd like to offer you a couple of tools to Quiet The Mind. (See Below)
 
Self enquiry underpins all of the Special Yoga training programmes. This enquiry creates, in us, the potential to be of a greater service to the children. We learn how to meet our emotions and our unmet needs with kindness and compassion. I believe that we all have the same fundamental needs in life: to feel safe, to feel loved, to feel held, to be heard and respected. The children are no different.

To be in yoga, for me, means to be comfortable in my own presence. Science tells us today that our presence matters. Our state matters. It matters because when we are calm and peaceful in our hearts, minds and bodies, the energy field that we offer to another means we are able to be fully with that person. The resonance of the heart is vastly greater than the resonance of the mind. When I can be fully present for another, I can hear them, feel them, see them, meet them, giving them the opportunity to feel safe, loved, held, heard and respected.

I'd like to share a couple of practices that help bring us into our own presence. These are part of the toolkit we share on Special Yoga training programmes. A toolkit designed to bring us, and the children, into a state of homeostasis and peace. 

Bhramari breathing - Buzzing bee breath
Sitting comfortably on the floor or on a chair with your back upright but holding the natural curve of the lumbar spine. Exhale make a buzzing noise. Keep your facial muscles loose, your lips lightly touching and the jaw relaxed with the upper and lower teeth slightly separated. Extend the buzzing sound with each exhalation for as long as possible without tension, and then take a slow breath in. Continue for several minutes.

Regular practice can relieve insomnia and stress because of its effect on the autonomic nervous system (ANS). Lengthening the exhalation relative to the inhalation activates the calming parasympathetic branch of the ANS. Within a few breaths the mind can become quiet.

Find the breath in the back of your body
When we are lost in thoughts our breath will unquestionably be restricted. Breathing into the back of our body helps us to re-connect with ourselves energetically. Extending and expanding the breath will always serve to support our nervous system and bring us into homeostasis.
To feel the breath in the back of our body, lie down on the floor and visualise the shape the body is making as you breathe in and out. If its not suitable in the moment to lie on the floor, - you can also put your back against a wall

If you are interested in our trainings please visit our website for details of our courses. Our next flagship Special Yoga for Special Children training courses are in: 
Glasgow - October 7th - 13th 2019
London - November 30th - December 6th 2019
Mexico - February 15th - 21st 2020
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We appreciate feedback so do let us know if you try either of these practices or would like to know more.

Jyoti 'Jo' Manuel
Special Yoga Summer Retreat - Book Here
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