We’re all about breathing deeply, widely and openly at Live & Breathe Pilates.
So we’re delighted to welcome Deirdre O’Connor back to the studio this May with her Take a Deep Breath workshop.
There is breathing – and there is Breathing, with a capital B.
Open hearted, full body breathing that creates wave like spinal moments which feel juicy and alive. Breath inspires us, literally, and takes us out of the murky lethargy that seems to land in our bodies over the winter months.
It also allows us to move with fluidity and grace, and enlivens our very beings as it carries breath-infused prana to places of stagnation and tension
. Often our breath is the exact opposite of this – shallow, constricted, anxiety making half-breaths is more often our lot, particularly if we are leading busy, demanding lives.
Join us on Sunday May 29th 2 – 4:30pm to unwind the knots of tension in the chest, abdomen, jaw, neck and shoulders and find ways to let go deeply and thoroughly with Body Rolling, Somatic Explorations and Fascial Movement Release. Through Somatic Movement, we can reset the muscles of anxiety in our bellies and chest and our nervous systems. These slow, mindful movements release sluggish breathing patterns, so that our whole bodies get washed with prana-filled enlivening breath.
Layered over with Body Rolling, a powerful self-therapeutic technique, using our own body weight on a small ball, rolling our bodies out, muscle by muscle, joint by joint. The result is a total decompression of the body creating more inside space, allowing our ribs to expand and our wings to take flight!
When we unlayer in this way, taking off our suits of protective armour, not only does our breath get naturally deeper, but our mood lightens, and we feel ready to meet the world with a pep in our step.
This whole body breathing feels much more like the breath I was born with, and I feel content in knowing that I hasn’t efforted my way into letting go, but rather I have returned to what is natural, organic flow of lovely breath – Deirdre
More about Deirdre
Deirdre O Connor is an Holistic Sleep Therapist, a Yoga teacher and a Craniosacral Therapist.
For almost 20 years Deirdre has been exploring, training, teaching and experiencing Yoga – initially with the Bihar School of Yoga in india where she trained and lived for almost 3 years exploring many different Yoga styles – Hatha, Bhakti, Jhana and Karma Yoga.
She trained further in Meditation and Buddhist Philosophy, and during that time undertook many intensive meditation retreats over the years, including several of over 3-months duration under the guidance of teachers of the Dalai Lama.
Her deep love of movement rests on her faith in our ability to foster a natural self-balancing and healing awareness in ourselves.
Deirdre’s current teachings are based in a merging of the traditional yoga teachings and the intuitive awareness of what our bodies and minds need to heal and replenish themselves. Having trained also in Massage, Homeopathy and Craniosacral Therapy she has a strong basis in therapies which promote this awareness.
Further trainings with Shiva Rea and Twee Merrigan, who both embody this way of teaching Yoga, has deepened her own experience and has shown her many ways to encourage the body and mind to come to a place of calm and deep rest.