About Time: You Transformed Your BreathingBy Gemma Perlin
Breathing? Obvious surely?
Yet it’s something we have forgot to do the way we did as young, carefree babies. And this has severe ramifications. 70% of us don’t use our breath in full capacity, and indeed most of us only use 33% of our respiratory capacity (thanks for the stats, Google). What should be obligatory rather than doing our tax returns, should be learning transformative breath. Theresa May can that be in your manifesto?
Transformational Breath Review: The Lowdown
We’re more stressed; grinding away our teeth, tossing in bed at night and popping painkillers for continual headaches. Our fight/flight response is being fired up for every WhatsApp group notification we receive, and this has an effect on our breath – we breathe shorter, faster and shallower, which in turns tells our brain we are stressed even when we have no need to be.
For Rebecca Dennis, after a lifelong struggle with depression, turned to yoga and meditation, but found nothing was hitting the spot. And then discovered Transformational Breath, and has sought to bring it to wider audience.
Transformational Breath Review: What to Expect
Expect nothing. And prepare to be wowed. Rebecca runs one on one sessions at Indaba Yoga, we recommend going to a one to one session first to learn the basics. Lying on the floor or propped up on cushions, depends on your breathing pattern, which is unique to everyone, and Rebecca analyses your patterns. I breathe in my chest, a short sharp breath I hold, through pressure points and instructing me to open my mouth widely and directing the breath, I start to really breathe. Dizziness is common, as areas of the body are oxygenated that for me felt like they had never been touched. Throughout the breathing, Rebecca gives you affirmations, you can listen to them or not, they aren’t to you but your sub-conscious. She is gentle but assertive, and a woman you can really trust.
Our breath patterns hold any past trauma, stress, and anxiety we have, and releasing this may feel scary. You may cry, laugh, cough, fidget, have flashbacks, but what is important is not engaging in the story of it, just letting it go. Rebecca explains it as therapy without having to involve the brain in the ‘drama’ of the events that may have got you to where you are today.
Following a one to one session, we recommend going to a group workshop, although complete beginners can go to a workshop too. We attended one at Indaba complete with gongs courtesy of Leo Cosendai, where breath and sound are combined for a euphoric result. Lying there breathing, as crazy as it sounds, I saw flashing lights, I, I shook. Although lying in a room full of people, it felt like such an individual experience, and if you started phasing out, the wonderful facilitators and Rebecca would help to get us back on track. People were crying, stamping their feet – it was a truly indescribable feeling.