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The Benefits of Yogic Breathing

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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 :)

Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS