A Guide to Better Breathing - Physiotherapy meets Yoga
What you'll learn
- A brief understanding of the way we breathe
- Know what dysfunctional breathing patterns are and appreciate the role dysfunctional breathing plays in creating poor health, anxiety and erratic heart rate.
- Learn breathing techniques that will help you reduce stress and anxiety
- Learn how to use diaphragmatic breathing to correct dysfunctional breathing patterns
- Learn Pranayama breathing techniques to maximise lung function and ventilation
- Learn Yoga techniques designed to bring focus and balance
- Learn yoga stretching techniques designed to relieve tension and facilitate relaxation
- Learn how guided meditation can help improve your health and experience the Mindfulness Body Scan Meditation
- Learn breathing techniques to improve your quality of life and mood
- None, suitable for everyone regardless of disability and previous experience
- Suitable for people with breathing problems
This unique East meets West perspective to breathing offers practical advice and techniques that will enable the participant to learn skills from two recognised effective approaches. Respiratory physiotherapy has proven benefits on quality of life, reducing breathlessness and managing anxiety for people with breathing problems / dysfunctional breathing patterns. Yoga has been taught and practised for hundreds of years and is known to reduce stress, improve positivity and health. In yoga the breathing practices are known as Pranayama as in addition to breathing in oxygen we breathe in Prana (cosmic energy ) it enters into every area of the body physical, vital and mental and Ayama means control, regulation or mastery.
Breathing is a vital process if we don’t breathe we don’t live. Sorrow pain and anger can all disrupt breathing. Respiratory diseases such as asthma and emphysema will also affect our breathing.
In this course, Sally Williams, a qualified yoga teacher and Rachel Garrod, a PhD qualified Respiratory Physiotherapist will explain how we breathe, what dysfunctional breathing is and how it causes poor health. You will watch as we demonstrate and teach you 7 practical breathing techniques that will improve ventilation, maximise lung volume and help you breathe freely through stress.
This unique combination of Pranayama and Respiratory Physiotherapy will help reduce fears and anxiety and improve the quality of our breathing. This course is for anyone who wishes to learn, from specialists in recognised fields of health care, how to breathe better and feel better.
Who this course is for:
- People interested in improving their breathing
- People with low level anxiety or stress in their lives
- People with chronic respiratory diseases
- People who want to understand more about the way we breathe and ways to maximise ventilation
I graduated from Guys School of Physiotherapy in 1991 and then worked in a number of teaching hospitals in London. In 1987 I obtained an M.Sc. in Health Sciences and specialised in respiratory care. I was awarded a PhD in pulmonary rehabilitation in 2001. As Assistant Professor Physiotherapy, St George’s University I led on undergraduate and post graduate respiratory teaching and research. With over 100 peer reviewed publications, a number of book chapters and as editor of “Pulmonary Rehabilitation: An interdisciplinary approach”, I am an international expert on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
Clinically, my area of expertise is in the delivery of exercise for people with chronic health problems, such as diabetes, COPD, renal failure and hypertension. I teach breathing re-training and provide physical activity therapies for people with cardio-respiratory conditions, such as asthma, emphysema, hyperventilation, and panic disorders.
I moved to Spain in 2014, where I now live with my husband and dog. Here, I provide domiciliary respiratory physiotherapy and remain active in lecturing, recently speaking at the 29th Annual Panhellenic Scientific Congress of Physiotherapy, Athens, December 2019 and providing online teaching for Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care, February 2021.
I am a fully qualified Integral Yoga Teacher ( Hatha and Raj
Also a Montessori English Teacher ,Actress, Speaker and Drama Workshop Facilitator .
Alongside my teaching career I have worked as a costume designer/stylist for Theatre, films and TV . For many years I managed rock artists and owned beach bars. My constant search and interest in holistic self improvement has led me to work with Rachel on this exciting project.
Originally from London, England I have lived in Spain for over 40 years and have a large and wonderful family, children, grandchildren, dogs and cats and a horse.
We live in the mountains above Malaga and I am grateful everyday to live in such beautiful surroundings and breathe such wonderful fresh air. I am honoured to combine my experience and knowledge of yogic breathing (Pranayama ) with Rachel a true professional and wonderful voice for respiratory rehabilitation and better breathing for life .