Power of Breath, Change Your Breath, Change Your Life
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Power of Breath, Change Your Breath, Change Your Life

Change your life, reduce stress, find greater physical health and mental clarity simply by breathing
4.5 (21 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
137 students enrolled
Created by Lynsie McKeown
Last updated 8/2016
English
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Includes:
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 6 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand the mind body connection and how to achieve it.
  • Learn 6 fundamental breathing techniques useful to help relieve stress, boost the body's ability to heal, and create clarity of mind
  • Choose the right breathing technique to support your needs.
  • Relate how the breath impacts the health of the body, mind and overall quality of life.
  • Change your state of mind.
  • Boost your energy while at the same time relieve stress and tension.
  • How to apply these breathing techniques into a daily practice.
  • Understand the relationship between the breath, energy mind and body from both a western and yogic perspective.
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Requirements
  • There are no physical requirements to take this course. However, be sure to pay attention to the contraindications for each breathing technique to make sure it is right for you.
  • The only equipment needed is a straight backed chair or comfortable floor cushion to sit on.
Description

This set of instructional and informative videos are designed to teach you how to utilize the power of the breath to transform your life.  By learning how to consciously shape your breath you can easily manage stress and tension, boost your immune system, feel more energy and vitality, find clarity and be more focused, sleep better and even feel a deeper connection to Self and your purpose.  These videos are great tools for yoga practitioners who desire more from their practice, meditators who want to have a deeper meditation experience or those who want to have a better quality of life.

This video set is the first of a two part series.  In this first series, The Power of the Breath, you will learn 6 simple to do, yet profoundly efficient and effective, breathing techniques of yoga (pranayama) for various mental and health benefits including:

Reduce anxiety and depression

Lower / stabilize blood pressure

Increase energy levels

Muscle relaxation

Decrease feelings of stress and overwhelm

Instant mental clarity 

Normalizing circadian rhythms helping you to sleep

Balance your emotions and calm your mind

You will also gain a better understanding of why these techniques work and why they are so revered in the yoga world. 

3 therapeutic breathing practices are provided for you to use based upon your needs for that day.  Use the techniques individually or the longer practices I've provided. Each can be easily adjusted in length to suit your lifestyle and you will still receive incredible benefits in only minutes. 

WARNING: Practicing these techniques can change your life.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant to be an informative and supportive practice for those seeking to change their physical and mental health through simple techniques.
  • This course is great for yoga practicioners who want to take their yoga practice to the next level, gain greater vitality and connection to Self.
  • When used regularly, these techniques will aid meditators in achieving deeper states of relaxation, the ability to sit for longer periods of time, and improve the quality of each meditation.
  • These breathing techniques can be used by anyone to alleviate stress, create a calm mind and healthy body
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Curriculum For This Course
15 Lectures
01:55:19
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The Importance of The Breath
1 Lecture 02:49
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Yoga is More Than Fancy Poses
1 Lecture 03:21

What is Yoga?  Many in the West believe it is only the sequencing of movements.  However, it is much more according to the yoga tradition. 

The 4 Stages of Yoga
03:21
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Mind Body and Energy and How They Relate
3 Lectures 17:35

How does the mind and the body actually interact and how do we achieve this connection?  This lecture will cover how the mind and body relate to one another and how the breath affects both.

Preview 05:02

This lecture explains the importance of the energetic layer of the body and the pathways, called nadis, that make up this system.  It also explains how the energetic layer of the body can be altered breath.

Energy and How it Relates to the Breath
06:11

Learn about the importance of the Autonomic Nervous System (Sympathetic and Parasympathetic) on our overall health and how to it is possible to impact this system through consciously shaping the breath.

Impact Your Health by Controlling The Autonomic Nervous System
06:22
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Why Breathe?
1 Lecture 03:09

Learn the benefits to utilizing these valuable breathing techniques.

The Benefits of Controlling the Breath
03:09
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Pranayama - Breathing Techniques
6 Lectures 37:48

This is the most accessible breathing technique and is the fundamental breathing technique used throughout a yoga practice.  It can be utilized anywhere to immediately create a sense of calm throughout the body and mind.  The only contraindication would be to not practice with a head cold combined with congestion.

Ujjayi - Ocean Sounding Breath
04:56

Kapalbhati, also known as Breath of Fire or Skull Shining Breath, is a technique used to produce instant mental clarity.  Other benefits include creating a sense of vitality, clears lungs of stale residual air and saturates the cells with oxygen and strengthens diaphragm, heart and nervous system.

Do not practice after overeating, if you have high blood pressure, emphysema, or severe lung conditions, abdominal cancer, colitis, stomach ulcers, hernia or if you are pregnant or have a head cold with congestion.

Kapalbhati - Breath of Fire
06:24

Bhastrika breathing relieves lethargy, clears the mind and is a nice preparation for alternate nostril breathing because it oxygenates the system supporting longer inhalations, exhalations and holds.

Do not practice if you suffer from schizophrenia or other mental imbalances, are pregnant, have a head cold, earache, or if you have chronic respiratory imbalances.

Bhastrika Breathing
04:08

Nadi Shodhana is a fundamental breathing technique that has a vast array of benefits.  Think balance when you think of this breathing technique:  balance the right and left hemispheres of the brain, mind body balance, sun and moon aspects (masculine / feminine), the heating and cooling systems and the circadian rhythms of the body.  You will certainly feel more grounded, clear minded, emotionally calm and focused after practicing this breath work.

Do not practice if nasal passages are fully blocked (can be practiced visually if congested) and do not practice over zealously.  

Preview 08:23

These techniques create a cooling effect on the body and emotions.  Practice if you are feeling physically, mentally or emotionally over heated.  Great for women experiences the effects of menopause.

Sitali and Sitkari - Cooling Breaths
06:00

Soothe the nervous systems, reduce stress, sleep better and feel more relaxed.  This buzzing meditation is also incredibly effective in reducing that endless mental chatter so you can be more focused.

Bhramari - Bee Breathing
07:57
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Pranayama - Breathing Practices
3 Lectures 50:37

A breathing practice combing Ujjayi to center, leading into Kapalbhati to purify and focus the mind. Ending with several rounds of Nadi Shodhana (alternate nostril breathing) will aid in balance of mind, emotions and body. Great for boosting the immune system.  Use when you need the mind to be clear and to have more energy for your day.

*My apologies for forgetting the 'H' in Shodhana on the white board.  This is a great opportunity to add the intention to your practice that we are all striving for excellence, not perfection.  Do the best you can with these practices and things will unfold naturally.

Breathing Practice 1
19:49

Find clarity while staying cool.  A combination of ujjayi, bhastrika and sitali techniques.

Breathing Practice 2
13:40

A longer practice of alternate nostril breathing with breath retention.  This is great preparation for meditation or when you are feeling particular stressed or in need of clarity and balance.

Breathing Practice 3
17:08
About the Instructor
Lynsie McKeown
4.5 Average rating
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137 Students
1 Course
Inspirational Yoga Educator

Lynsie believes we have the ability to transform our lives, no matter our background or history.  She understands that creating a foundation is the key to building anything.  Her foundation is yoga, meditation and connection to Nature and community.  Through her continuous studies with her teacher, daily practice and experiential learning, she gathers information to share helping you transform and enliven your own life. 

It is her goal to create a platform of change, support and guidance for us all to grow, evolve and share our unique gifts.