Mindful Breathing: Taking the Work Out of Breath-Work

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When stressed, we often seek refuge in relaxation exercises, namely, in breathing exercises. But stress management – with its implicit expectations of self-control - itself can cause stress. The ancient art of Anapanasati (which means simply mindfulness of breath as it is), is a stress-free approach to relaxation.

In this original masterclass by Pavel Somov, you will learn to differentiate between control-focused approaches to breath-work (such as Pranayama and diaphragmatic breathing) and control-free, acceptance-focused approaches to breath-work (that take “work” out of breath-work, while allowing a practitioner to use natural, spontaneous breath as a powerful focal point for mindfulness).”

This part-didactic and part-experiential masterclass will focus on:

  • Relaxation vs Meditation and how to cultivate mindfulness as effortless relaxation,
  • Potential mistakes of breath-work,
  • Control-focused breath work vs acceptance-focused awareness, and
  • Practices to take away beyond the masterclass
  • No prior mindfulness experience required. Everyone is welcome to this masterclass.
  • This class will be held on a web-based platform. 
  • Registrants will receive additional details a few days before the masterclass. 

Zoom/Computer Requirements:

You will need:

  • A PC, laptop, Macbook or tablet
  • A webcam and microphone
  • A stable internet connection
  • A private space where you can be undisturbed
  • Access to Zoom video conferencing - please note that there is no cost to download Zoom.