Researches have shown that #conscious #deep #breathing help reduce anxiety and depression, which then further impacts stabilizing our blood pressure, increasing our energy levels and assist in muscle relaxation. Already a number of good reasons to take care of our breathing techniques.

But for many of us, when it comes to #improving our #health, changing our breathing somehow does not spring to mind as readily as changing our diet or exercise habits.
However, #healing the #body and #mind through targeted breathing exercises has already been part of many, mainly eastern, beliefs and practices for thousands of years.

“For breath is life and if you breathe well, you will live long on earth” (Sanksrit proverb)

The secret lies nowhere else but in our body, where with conscious deep and slow breathing you activate the parasympathetic #nervous #system, responsible for controlling and reversing the #stress-type responses in your body.

Besides this connection between breathing and the mind through our nervous system, breathing is also directly connected to our body through our xmuscles. Just have a look at our anatomical structure.

The main muscle responsible for breathing, the diaphragm, is well connected to our abdominal muscles, the secondary respiratory muscles, and together they largely contribute to #core #stabilization and #good #posture.

No wonder, therefore, that breathing is one of the cornerstones and principles of the Pilates movement system.

First, the conditioning of the respiratory muscles will result in improved efficiency of oxygen intake, which then will help to #relax both the body and the mind.

But then Pilates goes further, believing that breath is also the basis of conscious movement as breathing improves concentration. Working with the breath also brings a natural rhythm to the movement that greatly enhances the efficiency and experience of a workout.

In Pilates, the breath leads the movement and gives it power.

And this may be a good discipline to apply also in daily life.

by #piri #Respirit

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Dear All,

I hope you are all doing safe and sound, living through this experience with curiosity and enjoying all the good things it is bringing to us all.  

I would like to thank you for all your lovely messages and checking-in: they helped me feel valuable and connected,  and know I am not alone in these challenging times. I have been through a strong emotional rollercoaster the past last weeks; from meeting my fears and demons and embracing my sorrow, to laughing an immense lot and finding moments of deep inner peace. We are all in this together. 

But the time has finally come that I am making this decision happily from my heart; as of next week Respirit Pilates is going online and we will guide your Pilates practice on the mat, streaming live. 
I am grateful for my teachers that they can spare some time within their up-side-down daily schedule with family around, and also for Lena who will also be back to reinforce us in this experiment. 
Here you are the practicalities:

  • For the moment we will offer open level classes. We will guide you to the average level of those present in the class and give you some modifications as much as it is possible under the circumstances. 
  • You will need a calm corner with fresh air and a mat for yourself. Please prepare some accessories; a chair with back rest, a towel and anything serving as weights in your hand (bottle of water, pack of rice, etc. 0.5-1kg), so that we can enjoy some fun variations every now and then.
  • You can stream the classes on any device through the free Zoom application; download it and check the audio function beforehand. 
  • As of tomorrow you can register into the classes via Mindbody at latest 60 minutes before the class and we will send you a link to the live stream 15 minutes before the start. 
    We will need minimum 4 people into each class; below that number we retain the right to cancel.
  • Please make sure your email address is updated within your profile in Mindbody and that you allow the system to send you auto-emails. If you do not get the link, please check your junk folder, too. 
  • You can either use your existing mat cards or purchase any of our new online pricing options: 10 sessions for 100€ or a drop-in for 15€.

This will be a new experience for many of us; learning new technologies, new ways of teaching and secrets of our bodies, as well as letting others closer to us as we peak into each other`s private life a bit.  Let`s face it together with grace and compassion. I cannot wait to seeing your happy faces again. 
I truly appreciate all your continuing support through this challenging time. Let`s have faith that we will get out stronger on the other side, both individually and as a our loved Respirit community together. 

I wish you good health; feel safe and stay strong.