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SIMON BORG-OLIVIER – Breathwork Masterclass

Saturday 9th October | 10.00am UK | 8.00pm Sydney

2 hours | 14 day replay

This Masterclass will teach you four (4) simple breathing exercises that can truly energise you. These exercises are some of the unique ways to get more energy by doing less than you usually do – by breathing less than you typically do! But in a focused and relaxing way.

Natural breathing is what you do in your most regenerative cycle – sleep. For most people, natural breathing is the best breathing to practice during most exercises. Natural breathing can operate with the unconscious mind alone. Therefore, you can concentrate on doing your activity without having to worry about your breathing. However, if you are doing something straightforward and relaxing, such as lying down or sitting, you can take the time to do specific breathing exercises, such as those Simon will teach you in this class.

Essentially, there are two types of breath-control systems in widespread use today. One breathing system, commonly taught in many physical training activities, including many modern yoga classes, often includes locking your core, inhibiting your diaphragm, and stressful over-breathing (hyperventilation) into your chest. This type of breathing can give you (limited) benefits in your physical body in terms of strength and flexibility.

However, this type of breathing tends to reduce the flow of oxygen to your brain and your cells, and it overstimulates your sympathetic nervous system (the flight, fight and fear response’). This effect not only reduces your energy levels and reduces the function of your internal organs, but it can also bring your subconscious to a state of anxiety and fear.

The other type of breath-control system I wish to share with you is breathing to increase energy and calmness. This type of breathing increases the amount of oxygen entering your cells. In the breathing exercises I will teach you in this class, the trick is to breathe as little as you comfortably can to build up carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide plays a vital role in your body by signalling the red blood cells to give the oxygen they carry to your body cells. If there is not enough carbon dioxide in your body, red blood cells tend to retain their oxygen and not release it into your cells. This phenomenon has to do with the Bohr effect. When you get oxygen into your cells, you have the possibility of making 19 times as much energy for every glucose molecule of ‘fuel’ you ‘burn’.

The four (4) simple but effective breathing exercises (apart from re-establishing the relaxed, natural breathing you do while sleeping, your most regenerative activity) are as follows:

  1. Inhalation emphasis breathing: make a prolonged, slow inhalation of up to one minute, or as long as you comfortably can, and then make a short natural breath out.
  2. Inhalation retention emphasis breathing: Make a quick gentle full inhalation for about 2-5 seconds, and then hold your breath in for up to one minute or for as long as you comfortably can, and then make a short natural breath out.
  3. Exhalation emphasis breathing: Make a quick gentle full inhalation for about 2-5 seconds. Then, exhale as slowly as possible for up to one minute or for as long as you comfortably can.
  4. Exhalation retention emphasis breathing: Make a quick gentle full inhalation for about 2-5 seconds. Then make a quick gentle full inhalation for about 2-5 seconds, and then hold your breath out for up to one minute or for as long as you comfortably can.I will remind you to stay as relaxed as possible in all these exercises and never force them. Whenever you need to breathe, take a few natural, peaceful breaths.

In each of these four exercises, your ideal goal is to try to make each breath you take last as long as possible. Many people find they can do one breath for as long as 45 seconds. Some people will find that even one breath in 30 seconds is hard. Once you can breathe one full breath (in any of the four (4) exercises I have described), lasting from about 30 seconds to one minute in length while relaxed, then the energetic benefits of breathing will manifest.

You will then find an increase in body heat, internal energy, mental clarity, reduced hunger as well as a profound sense of inner peace and relaxation. If you are a smoker, these exercises can help you easily quit smoking as they have the same calming effect as cigarettes. Doing these exercises will not have the urge to smoke, and they will generally reduce your appetite, yet you will feel calm, focused, warm, and energised.

This breath-control practice is excellent for your health and can be very effective at giving you energy while keeping you in a calm, relaxed state. If you start to get dizzy, then it is a sign you may be breathing too much air too quickly. In this case, go back to natural breathing.

In the class, I will clearly explain:

  1. How to clean your lungs but increase carbon dioxide in your body and why this is important
  2. How to use your diaphragm more effectively and why this is important

Increasing carbon dioxide in your body with these exercises will:

  1. Bring more blood to your brain and heart by expanding your blood vessels (vasodilation)
  2. Allow more oxygen to enter your body via your lungs by expanding your bronchial tubes (bronchodilation)Increase oxygen uptake into your cells, which can increase your energy levels by 18 times
  3. Calm your nervous system Increase your digestion of food, absorption of nutrients, and the elimination of wastes and toxins

Enhancing the activity of your diaphragm may help to:

  1. Relieve lower back pain Increase the flexibility of your spineImprove the power of your trunk Improve the health of your digestive system Improve the health of your immune system
  2. Help to reduce anxiety and stress by allowing you to more easily access a dominance of your parasympathetic nervous system (your ‘rest, relaxation, rejuvenation and regeneration response’)”

Simon has been studying traditional forms of posture, movement, breathing and mental control for more than 50 years. He has worked as a research-based scientist, exercise-based physiotherapist and a university lecturer in several science fields. His passion for these subjects has led him to understand that the world is a very connected place. He believes that to make the world a better place people should treat each other, all life and the Earth itself in a way that acknowledges the connections between everything. He believes the best way of beginning this practise is to acknowledge and enhance the connections within yourself.

In his teaching, Simon shows safe, accessible and effective ways of developing practices which can give you the essence of being in connection, or being in the zone or the flow state, as some athletes might say. This state is equivalent to the meditative state that is meant to be part of the traditional yoga but is often lost in modern yoga.

Simon thanks his brilliant traditional teachers from Tibet, Japan India, and China and my amazing teachers from the Western scientific world.

Cost €30 approx £25 | US$36


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