Michael is now teaching on Zoom. (QUICK TEST) as soon as you've read these words, and breathed out, keep your breath out for 30 seconds. If you found that a struggle, you need to attend my seminars. NOTE: In case of actual breathing distress, phone 111 (within the UK)! Breathing exercises may reduce your risk of experiencing serious symptoms, but please do not delay seeking medical help if you need it!
Each of my seminars will begin with a short talk and question time, then there will be therapeutic activities in the form of simple exercises, standing or kneeling, lying or sitting, focussing on various ways of improving breath awareness and function. An unsolicited testimonial: "First of all thank you so much for your excellent breathing classes. I have now incorporated the exercises into my daily yoga routine. I can't believe that having practiced yoga most of my adult life I have paid so little attention to breathing. I was diagnosed as a mild asthmatic decades ago and my wheeze has now gone! " (Vicky T).
Click on the link to join Tuesday Morning's Zoom Seminar 6 on yoga breathing: Breath4Health 6
Meeting ID: 977 6145 3197 Password: 079790 Same link for following Tuesday 11.30am-12.30pm sessions.
Click on the link to join Friday Afternoon's Zoom Seminar 5 on yoga breathing: Breath4Health 5
Meeting ID: 915 5005 7772 Password: 079790 Same link for following Friday 5pm sessions, which will be repeats every week of my Tuesday 11:30am sessions.
My initial set of talks with practice suggestions has come to an end. Instead, every Sunday morning and Tuesday afternoon for the next 4 weeks, I will show how I use an Ujjayi Inhalation as a means to open the Heart-Space, based on my own insights and experience. I will be adding this to a version of a traditional meditative practice which was given to TSYP by my mantra teacher, Mrs Radha Sundararajan, when she visited the UK last October. This practice draws us into a meditative frame of mind through easy movements, breathing, mantra and nyasa. I will bring a new topic for meditation each week. All welcome; Ujjayi Inhalation will be an aid, if accessible, but not a requirement. Seated options available throughout.
Click on the link to join Sunday Morning's Zoom Meditation: Michael's Sunday Morning Meditation
Meeting ID: 841 4144 0207 Password: 003829 Same link for 2 following Sundays 8.30am-9.30am sessions.
Click on the link to join Tuesday Afternoon's Zoom Meditation: Michael's Tuesday Afternoon Meditation
Meeting ID: 864 7326 7871 Password: 003829 Same link for 2 following Tuesdays 11:30am-12:30pm sessions.
Provided you are not suffering loss of income in this current crisis, please contribute £5 per class, payable to email@example.com (paypal.me/2birdsyoga). If you are new to me, welcome, but please login with your name and video. We are all in Yoga together!
To contact Michael (may also work in PayPal): firstname.lastname@example.org
In Yoga, we have a form of exercise, therapy and self-development that has ancient roots in India but was brought into the 20th century by such legendary Indian teachers as Sri T.Krishnamacharya (pictured above right) and Sri Swami Shivananda. As such, Yoga has unparalleled breadth and depth of application in today's world, especially as regards therapuetic breath-work to help us over our current crisis in many ways.
I had the great fortune to study, on many occasions, with Krishnamacharya's son, Sri T.K.V. Desikachar. Both Sri Desikachar and his father were determined that Yoga should be made accessible to all who could benefit from it. Coming from an ancient lineage of Yogins, Sri Krishnamacharya was able to draw both on his deep heritage and from his studies with teachers whose like does not exist today. In the UK, an unbroken link with the teachings of Krishnamacharya and Desikachar is maintained by the Society of Yoga Practitioners (TSYP) www.tsyp.yoga.
Most of Krishnamacharya's Yoga involves the breath in some way, so befriending the breath is essential. Starting with the coordination of breath and movement, we progress through the more precise application of the breath in Asana (posture) and Pranayama (breath-work) to the more subtle Yoga practices known as Mudra and Bandha. These prepare us for Dharana and Dhyana (concentration and meditation). However, by working with the breath, these subtle qualities can appear relatively early in our practice. In our tradition, at every stage, we adapt lessons and practices to suit the needs and aspirations of the individual or class being taught. Everyone should be found some way of participating and benefitting.
Especially, many of the long-term conditions from which people suffer today can be alleviated, or made more bearable, through appropriate work with the breath. This is why I started 'Breath for Health' classes two years ago, to apply my knowledge and over 30 years' experience of practice and teaching around the breath to anyone I can help. These classes, in a differnt form, have now moved online (see above).
Facebook and so many other apps are purposely designed to be addictive. So learn to control your own mind rather than let others do it for you. Join a yoga class, put your phone on silent and make friends with your breath.
To learn about about classes, individual tuition, day seminars or residential retreats, please see the following pages or contact Michael: email@example.com
Based on advice from the UK Government, BWY, CNHC and TSYP, from Monday 16 March Michael has cancelled all his face to face teaching until the middle of May, at least.