Change your breathing, change your life
Why Join this Program?
Over the course of this 4-session program, you’ll learn simple practices you can apply immediately to:
- Manage stressful situations in the moment
- Build your resilience for dealing with challenging times
- Boost your energy when you need an extra lift to bring your ‘best self’ to any situation
- Rest and relax after a demanding day
- Ease yourself into sleep when lying in bed
- ..and lower your resting heart rate, positively impact your blood pressure, improve your digestion, and enhance your sense of general wellbeing
Honestly, if all you got was just one or two of those benefits, wouldn’t this program make sense?
Your Amazing Breath
You can go for weeks without food, days without water, but only a few minutes without breathing. Breathing has such an immediate impact on your mind and body. The simple act of inhaling vs exhaling affects your nervous system dramatically differently, and the rate and ratio of your breath determine whether you’re hyped up and ready for action or ‘chilled down’ and prepared for sleep.
It’s common to intentionally exercise, diet, hydrate and meditate to improve your general health and wellbeing – but almost no one trains their breath. This is a missed opportunity for those seeking to maintain a healthy relationship with stress and to take a direct hand in managing their general wellness.
Did you know
Your blood PH changes from acid to alkaline and back according to how you breathe.
Changing the pace of your breath triggers your natural response to stress and anxiety.
Simple breathing practices can give you a boost of energy similar to a shot of coffee.
Practices taught on this program impact your Vagus Nerve to reduce blood pressure, heart rate and stress.
Breathing impacts insomnia, improves digestion, lowers stress and reduces a sense of overwhelm.
Elite Navy Seals use breathing techniques to manage themselves.
HARNESSING YOUR BREATH
Learn how the breath directly affects the operation of the two branches of the ANS – the Sympathetic Nervous System and the Parasympathetic Nervous system – which control your stress response, digestion, sleep, heart rate, blood pressure and the quality of your sleep.
You’ll learn three types of breathing practices that you’ll apply at different times of the day to manage your nervous system:
• PowerUp Practices
• Balance Practices
• UnPlug Practices
UnPlug Breathing Techniques
In stressful times, like those driven by the pandemic, one of the biggest challenges is that people cannot switch off at the end of the day. They find it impossible to ‘come down’ at the end of a workday, and often find that they are too full of adrenaline and cortisol and driven by the stress response from their Parasympathetic System, unable to get a decent night’s sleep.
Lack of sleep drives energy down and the stress response up – so that we can become trapped in a downward ‘tired but wired’ spiral where stress compromises our ability to sleep, and lack of sleep increases our stress. UnPlug practices help break that spiral.
The two UnPlug breathing practices learned on the program will trigger your Parasympathetic Nervous system into a ‘rest and digest’ relaxation response that slows the heart rate and breathing and creates the conditions for recovery, rest, relaxation and sleep after a tough day.
One practice is designed to help you to unplug at the end of the day, even before you’re thinking of sleep. The second is designed specifically for use when lying in bed – relaxing you to the point of dropping off.
PowerUp Breathing Techniques
PowerUp practices trigger the Sympathetic Nervous System into a high-energy ‘challenge response’ when you need focus and high energy to perform – e.g. to deliver an important talk, manage a key meeting, complete a critical proposal, workout or exercise – or anything else where total focus and high energy is required.
You’ll learn two techniques you’ll immediately begin to practice, getting you off to a focused and energetic start to your day – and giving you an injection of energy and focus any time you need to be particularly ‘on your game’.
Balance Breathing Techniques
Learn two Balance techniques that will help you to create the optimum nervous system state for most of the day – sufficient energy to rise to challenges without stress and sufficiently ‘chilled’ to be able to come down at the end of the day.
The Autonomic Nervous System continually oscillates from being under the control of the Sympathetic Nervous System (high energy and stress response) and the Parasympathetic Nervous Sympathetic (‘chill’ and rest & digest response).
As you breathe in, your SNS is triggered, and as you breathe out, the PNS is triggered. On our best days, the SNS and PNS are balanced – and we’re like a martial-arts expert balanced equally on both feet, ready to respond to whatever challenge comes along. When our nervous system is in this balanced state over a prolonged period, we have high resilience – the flexibility to respond rather than react when things go wrong and to be able to rest and recover when all is on track.
If you’re feeling sluggish and dull, your balance practice will lift your energy – if you’re feeling hyped and overwhelmed, they calm you down. It’s all about balance.
This is the healthiest state to be in – and this is the state where we should spend most of our days ready to UnPlug easily as the situation demands.
Too often in these challenging times, we end up with the Sympathetic Nervous System running the show – creating a continual sense of stress, tension and jitteriness.
YOUR PROGRAM AGENDA
The program consists of four 1-hour sessions, delivered fortnightly.
Session 1: Getting Started
Discover how your breath impacts your entire system – by understanding the science, you’ll understand how the practices work and why they are designed the way they are.
Session 2: The Importance of Managing CO² for Balance
In session 2, we dive deeper into the anatomy & physiology of breathing, focusing especially on the core role of CO2 on maintaining a balanced nervous system.
Session 3: How CO² Gives You Access to A PowerUp Experience
In Session 3, we’ll revisit the role of CO2 in breathing, and you’ll see how changing the ratio of the inhalation to the exhalation dramatically changes the impact the breath can have upon your system – giving you a dramatic jolt of energy, focus and attention when you need it most.
Session 4: Bringing it All Together
In Session 4, you’ll learn a longer-term strategy for integrating the three classes of breathing into your life.
The Program Includes
- Four live 1-hour workshops.
- Lifetime access to recordings of your sessions for revision purposes after the program ends.
- A 2-3 minute ‘nudge’ video sent to you at the end of each session, summarising what you need to do next to get the most benefit from what you learn in each workshop.
- An app offering all the practices from the workshop in one convenient place.