Are you Mouth Breathing? Do you want to be Nose Breathing?
More and more studies are showing that consistent mouth breathing is the less optimal way of breathing.
Consistent mouth breathing has links to anxiety and depression, to fatigue and insomnia and even pain! But the transition from fully mouth breathing to habitual nose breathing can be challenging and can create even more anxiety which can lead you to giving up.
That is why I am dedicating this series to finding optimal nose breathing for YOU. Optimal nose breathing, through a Feldenkrais point of view has no singular style. Rather, optimal nose breathing is having the ability to breathe in many ways based on the current situation. And, we’ll make it even easier to mouth breathe when its nessesary!
How can you find optimal nose breathing? By being aware of how you are breathing in general. This series is all about finding the optimal ways of breathing through finding awareness.
What will you gain from this series?
More comfort breathing through the nose
Breathing for energy – less fatigue.
More clarity – less anxiety.
Better recognition of oncoming on present anxiety.
Bigger sense of space in your lungs, chest and abdomen.
Less shortness of breath – and more comfortable extended periods of inhale and exhale time.
So what do you think about nose breathing?
My students report feeling calmer, have more energy, feel taller and wider. My own experience with nose breathing has lead to less anxiety and depression symptoms, better sleep, more energy and less pain.
I don’t believe this method can solve your problems, but I do believe it gives you choices.
FREE INTRO LESSON + 6 Lessons
FREE LESSON = June 13th AT 1PM EDT
SERIES: JUNE 20, 27, 4, 11, 18, AUG 1ST.
*please note due to the Somatic Festival, there will not be a class on the 25th.
Free Lesson : Pressing for Breath
This lesson will focus on feeling the expansion of the right side the left side of the chest both individually and together. The title, pressing for breath, refers the position of the lesson, which is on the back with the pelvis raised – which puts slight pressure on the chest so feel the expansion of the chest and the ribs. We will work mainly through awareness of the difference between nose breathing and mouth breathing.
The first series lesson till the last are all variations on Rhythmical Breathing. A whole series based on making breathing easier, slower and more profound. This series of classes really focuses on feeling the air coming into the nostrils, imagining and then truly feeling the expansion and “gluing” (which refers to the sticking back together) of the lungs upon inhalation and exhalation. The first lesson will be on the back and both sides, the second lesson will be on the back with a intentional focus on the left side, the third lesson will be a comparison of the left the right and then both sides; the fifth lesson is on the belly and will explore twisting and breathing rhythmically; and the last lesson will be in sitting exploring breathing rhythmically breathing.
Specifically, on breathing – please read the works of James Nestor and Patrick McKeown for more information on the science behind the difference between mouth and nose breathing. Please note that I don’t agree with all their ideologies, however the science is there to prove the benefits of nose breathing. I believe this work should be done slowly and with more attention, and I believe mouth breathing to be beneficial for certain circumstances.
→ In these Awareness Through Movement classes, I verbally lead you through a sequence of movements in a variety of positions. These precisely structured movement explorations involve thinking, sensing, moving and feeling. By increasing awareness, you will learn to abandon habitual patterns of movement and develop new alternatives, resulting in improved flexibility and coordination, less pain, more comfort. It helps counter anxiety by understanding the effect on the body. It really just makes you feel taller, more grounded and relaxed – and who doesn’t want that! Doing Feldenkrais is not only for chronic symptoms or pain, it’s also used to increase skill, to open yourself up to new ideas, find choice in absence, and secure proper and easy aging!
→ Many Awareness Through Movement lessons are based on developmental movements and ordinary functional activities (reaching, standing, lying to sitting, looking behind yourself, etc.). Some are based on more abstract explorations of joint, muscle, and postural relationships. Lessons are fully accessible to those with varying movement possibilities – because lessons can even work in the imagination. Sounds like magic because it is!! The magic of the brain!