Yoga with Fiona
Remedial Yoga to Improve Breathing
The breath is life. We do it all the time, and our life depends on it. I believe that improving our breathing is the most powerful way to improve our health and quality of life.
Some of the symptoms and conditions yoga can help:
- Asthma or hyperventilation
- Anxiety, stress, panic attacks
- Breathlessness, especially with physical effort and/or talking
- Blocked nose and sinuses
- Recurrent bronchitis, coughing or chest problems
Other symptoms often associated with poor breathing:
- Low energy & tiredness
- Lack of focus & concentration
- Chest and shoulder pain
- Poor circulation (cold hands and feet)
Your body simply cannot function properly without enough oxygen, so poor breathing can contribute to a range of health issues. When you start to improve your breathing, you will find that your body starts to come back into balance. Even health issues that appear unrelated can improve.
I was diagnosed with asthma when I was 18 months old. Cold weather was always a nightmare with chest infections and asthma attacks. This also seemed to affect my posture and even my state of mind! I had constant tension in my upper back and shoulders, and tended towards anxiety and stress. Through studying and practicing both yoga and the Buteyko breathing technique I basically learnt how to breathe, for the first time in my life! Within a few months I stopped all my medication, learning how to avoid attacks by adjusting my breathing. I also found that the physical and nervous tension subsided and I felt a hugely increased peace of mind, contentment, and enthusiasm for life.
That was 15 years ago, and ever since I’ve been delving deeper into how we breathe. I have followed various training courses in yoga and meditation and specialised in yoga therapy for specific health conditions. In 2001 I started teaching yoga and restorative yoga, first in London and then running a yoga studio and yoga therapy clinic in The Hague. During this time I was senior tutor for yoga teacher training and postgraduate training courses. In August 2009 I moved back to the UK and set up Yoga Brighton and Hove.