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Free Lunchtime Chair Yoga

(22 February 2019)

Free Lunchtime Chair Yoga at Palace Green Library on Thursday, 28 February, 1pm-1.30pm. Join us in our Breathing Space, for a calm and content lunchtime chair yoga class. All levels of ability are welcome. Book here.

Led by Dr Jessica Wiese, Yoga Teacher (BDY/EYU & REPs UK), Stress Reduction Trainer (GKM), and Psychologist.

Pranayama, the yogic practice of using the breath, invites you to be mindful of life's most important function: breathing. Breath is life.

We can live for days without food or water but deprive us of breath and we die within a few minutes. We barely pay attention to our breath though it continues to flow on an average of 15-20 times per minute – that makes 20,000 breaths per day! There is so much to discover about the breath and so much revealed by each breathing stroke. The breath is the only voluntary and involuntary body function and it is linked to several aspects of our being. It tells us about our physical, emotional and mental state and enables access to the nervous system so that once aware of this relationship, we can guide the breath to change those states.

You will learn to notice and feel your breath, its qualities and explore the breathing spaces in your body. Once we establish mindful breathing into and eased off tension in the respiratory muscles, we will look into exercises to balance the mind and dive deeper into stillness and focus. These will entail practices to even and lengthen the in- and outbreath and to find the spaces between the breath. We will learn how to cool down through the breath, releasing tension and uncomfortable feelings (e.g. Lion’s breath) and how to use the breath to warm us up and feel more invigorated (e.g. fire breath). Occasionally, simple movements and mudras (hand gestures) will be incorporated to loosen the physical body, supporting focus and assisting breathing practices.

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