Aisha de Armas
- Yoga teacher
Breathing practice, also known as “diaphragmatic breathing” or “deep breathing,” is defined as an efficient integrative body–mind training for dealing with stress and psychosomatic conditions. Diaphragmatic breathing involves contraction of the diaphragm, expansion of the belly, and deepening of inhalation and exhalation, which consequently decreases the respiration frequency and maximizes the amount of blood gases. Benefits of diaphragmatic breathing have been investigated in association with meditation and ancient eastern religions (such as Buddhism) and martial arts. It is considered to be a core component of yoga and Tai Chi Chuan (TCC) and contributes to emotional balance and social adaptation (Sargunaraj et al., 1996; Beauchaine, 2001; Porges, 2001), as well as special rhythmic movements and positions.
With a history in theatre, yoga and expressive arts, alongside my studies in physical education, it’s my belief that by exploring a combination of these different techniques we can begin to expand our awareness, dissolve limitations and find emotion liberation.
From theatre where it demanded total presence whether in stillness or in movement I began to notice the benefits of developing our awareness in body, mind and emotions. As these are not easily separated we must begin to notice our breath which is the first source of life.
As you are the way you breath and your breathing is intimately related to your state of being we have to see it as a complete whole, for that I would love to accompany you in a deep exploration of your breathing and its mechanics.
- Sargunaraj, Deepa, et al. “Cardiac rhythm effects of. 125-Hz paced breathing through a resistive load: implications for paced breathing therapy and the polyvagal theory.” Biofeedback and self-regulation 21.2 (1996): 131-147.
- Beauchaine, Theodore. “Vagal tone, development, and Gray’s motivational theory: Toward an integrated model of autonomic nervous system functioning in psychopathology.” Development and psychopathology 13.2 (2001): 183-214.
Foundations of the Breathing course
We will begin by checking your own natural breathing and find a kind and progressive way to develop our diaphragmatic breath (which is the most important step towards discovering proper breathing)
Each day will be build your understanding of breath work, pranayama, meditation. We will learn their practical application and how to use your breath like a powerful tool to start controlling all systems in your body.
We can also deepen our understanding of breathing and meditation with a program I call ‘Find Your Flow’.
In this eight day course we will work on reuniting motion and breath. The flow is a state where we find ourselves balancing between challenge and ease and begin to feel this feeling of ‘nailing’ it 🙂
We will explore how to rediscover our innate deep breath in a practical way, so that we can apply it during our daily activities.
We will personalise the courses depending on your needs and existing knowledge and we’ll be covering many aspects and applications.