“We live in a breathless society”.
Carola Speads made this observation over 60 years ago and it is even more true today. Dysfunctional breathing has been associated clinically with numerous conditions ranging from chronic pain to premenstrual syndrome and anxiety. Although remedial breathing practices may be helpful, they are often prescribed before students have mastered the foundational practice of restoring free and full natural breath. This course will address the current epidemic of poor breathing habits and offer innovative solutions to yoga teachers and therapists to free the natural breath by repatterning both the bony breath container and its soft inner contents with proven experiential anatomy practices.
This live online introductory seminar will be taught over two weeks in 2.5 hour segments for a total of 5 contact hours. Some handouts will be provided. It is an introduction to a 20 hour training to be offered early in 2021.
What Will I Learn?
• learn the mechanics of breathing through the lens of experiential anatomy
• use experiential anatomy practices to develop a felt sense of your own respiratory system
• practise simple somatic explorations to repattern free and natural breathing
• learn to teach breath from the perspective of the koshas
• learn to motivate students by linking the breath to their daily life experience with pain, restricted movement and emotional and organic dysregulation.
Who is the Course for?
This course will appeal to yoga teachers, therapists, yoga students, as well as teachers of other disciplines wanting to learn a systematic approach to teaching the foundations of natural breathing as a transformational practice.
This course will be recorded and replay access to videos will be offered to all students for 21 days after the course ends.
Meet the Teacher
Leila Stuart BA, LLB, C-IAYT is a Registered Massage Therapist who has practised and taught yoga for over 40 years. She developed and taught an innovative Yoga Therapy training for 15 years, focusing on experiential anatomy, alignment and movement repatterning and embodiment of the deeper teachings of yoga as pathways to self-healing. With a deep love and intuitive knowledge of experiential anatomy, Leila specialises in transforming academic information into somatic awareness and life changing experience. She is an international teacher, online educator and conference presenter. Leila is author of The Great Yoga Handbook, co-author with Donna Farhi of Pathways to a Centered Body and is currently writing a third book to be published in 2022 by Handspring Press. Visit leilastuart.com.