New Voices, One Small Quiet Act
The Benefits of Yogic Breathing
Here is a fabulous article by one of our Minded Yoga Therapy training graduates! Holly Kahya is also a Chartered Psychologist and shares her knowledge with us here about breath-work and yogic breathing. Fascinating!
Holly takes us on a captivating journey through a session with one of her clients before exploring the benefits of yogic breathing, which she describes as offering a a richer and deeper set of tools than breath-work as most typically expounded in the psychological tradition. She explains, "It was only when I started to practise yoga that I first learned what it was like to breathe fully; to allow the movement of the breath to ripple out, away from my diaphragm through the whole of my body. The experience of peace and wellbeing that followed this practice was so profound that in addition to my doctorate in counselling psychology I trained as a yoga therapist and spent three years researching people’s experiences of yoga for mental health".
Holly's article takes a look at recent neuroscientific research and the benefits of yogic breathing for people who struggle with depression in particular. We really cannot recommend that you read this article highly enough. Have a deep-breathing sort of day everyone :)