Pranayama - the practice of being with the breath
When the Breath wanders, the mind is unsteady, but when the Breath is still, so is the mind still.” – Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Do you feel you’re often not fully conscious of your breathing? Are you interested in learning how breathwork can help address stress, anxiety, depression and more? Would you like to establish a deeper connection to your breath and your body’s energy and experience the benefits of this connection? If so, then breathwork sessions may be for you.
In the yoga tradition, the breath is said to carry a person's life force. However, without conscious focus on the breath it becomes simply an involuntary bodily function. (It’s a good thing we can breath involuntarily - it makes it easier to sleep!) When that happens, we can lose the connection to the potential and powerful energy that the breath can support and the positive impact that can have on our lives.
Breaking down the definition of Pranayama, a sanskrit word, we get:
prana - life force, or breath effort sustaining the body
ayama - to extend or draw out
Together this translates to breath extension or breath control.
In our sessions together we will work together to understand and clarify your goals, explore different Pranayama practices, and put into a practice techniques to help address your unique situation.
Pranayama sessions can be done in person or via Skype; $70/session
Read a testimonial from a breathwork client:
“As I was preparing for an endurance event last summer, I was advised that focusing on my breath would be one of the ways to stay moving. I had done some breathwork in yoga and pilates classes, and I’ve also experienced some guided work during massage sessions. I felt I could use some one on one work that helped target my body and the event I was preparing for. This is when I thought of Kathleen! She isn’t what I think of as a typical yoga teacher. With her background in Yoga Therapy and working with clients one on one, I knew she would tailor a session for just what I needed. And she did! She helped me see the difference in how I can breathe with just a few simple focused breathing exercises. We had two sessions together, and I learned so much in that time. And she’s incredibly intuitive, knowing exactly what to say when I needed to hear words to shift my mindset. Not only was I able to use our work together for my event, I also have used the breathwork tools in other areas of my life. I highly recommend Kathleen to anyone who asks me about yoga, movement therapy, or breathwork!” - Cindy C.