Breathwork techniques for stress reduction: PraXis class

But it is the spirit in a person, the breath of the Almighty, that gives them understanding.
–Job 32:8

This Wednesday our winter/spring series continues with 40 minutes of power yoga focused on the solar plexus followed by a series of breathwork exercises. These breathing exercises, especially when practiced after movement, help to reduce stress and improve your mindful silence. 

A new study conducted through university research centers in the United Kingdom and Spain found that breathwork was associated with lowering stress. The meta-analysis, or study of other studies, comprised 1325 results. The techniques increase parasympathetic activity (the rest and digest function) through the vagus nerve network. “Modifying breathing alters communication sent from the respiratory system, rapidly influencing brain regions regulating behaviour, thought and emotion.”

A separate study published on Cell Reports Medicine indicates that a daily 5-minute breathwork and mindfulness practice can significantly improves mood and reduces anxiety. This study found that breathwork (especially “cyclical sighing”) is more effective than mindfulness alone.

This week will mark our fourth class in our Lenten cycle. Each class going forward will include new wellness ideas such as tools for mindfulness, Christian fasting and perhaps even music. There is more about our class series is on our blog HERE.

Jamie and I look forward to seeing you.


PraXis Session
6:45 pm – 7:45 pm
Wednesday, March 15
Brookside Community Church
8 East Mainstreet

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Published by Cornelius Swart

Master in Public and Pastoral Leadership Fitness and Wellness Coach in Training 200 RYT Yoga Instructor (former journalist)

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