Breathwork with Ashlyn Louro, RYT 200 Breathwork Facilitator
The breath is a weather vane for our mood, it speeds up to indicate fear and anger, slows down to help cool the body from heat, it holds the sound of our voice to carry through the air, and is sometimes held in as we experience pain. Breathing is typically automatic, but we have access to control it when we want. When we choose to control our breath, we choose to gain control in our lives by bringing union to mind, body, and soul. Ashlyn learned to facilitate the breathwork, to help guide and support you through this process, but it is YOU, the breather, who is doing all the healing work.
What is “breathwork”?
Most of you are familiar with different pranayama’s (Prana meaning, "the vital life force"- or the breath, and Yama meaning, "to control"). In yoga, we often give focus to our breath, connecting breath to movement, or bringing in breathing techniques such as alternate nostril breathing (Nadi Shodhana), the ocean breath (Ujjayi), or box breathing (Sama Vritti). These are all considered ways of “breathwork”. I personally love to utilize these in my physical yoga or meditation practice, to help ground me and help the energy move freely in my body.
However, these are different from the conscious connected breathwork technique that Ashlyn facilitates. This style of breathwork is an active breath, and done while lying down. During this breath, we inhale deep into the belly, a second inhale into the heart space (chest), and exhale to release. We also use this rhythmic breath in a circular pattern, meaning there’s no stopping between breath cycles. This breath activates and opens our energy channels (Nadis), and helps us move stagnant and stuck energies. This breath can quickly release emotions (awesome!) and create physical sensations in the body. Both of these experiences are helpful to aid in bringing awareness to where the energy is stored, then releasing and healing what no longer serves us. Sometimes we laugh, cry, scream, or use phrases to help us release during the active breath. What are you holding onto? It’s ok to let go!
Many compare the relief of this breathwork to years or traditional talk therapy! This two part breath is a fast track journey to healing energies that have been stored in our bodies. These energies might look like trauma, limiting belief systems, negative habits, anger, anxiety, fear, guilt, shame, grief, stress, pain, boundary issues, ect. Talk therapy can help us identify and work through many of these issues, but it doesn’t release it from the body. This energy work by using the breath can help these channels get “unstuck”, starting to clear the blockages and allow our life force to move through our body in a healthy, organic way again. In this life we are given our bodies, mind, and spirit, without any instruction on how to keep our subtle body (our energy fields) clear. By consciously connecting our breath, using the power of intention, coupled with music (to encourage the energy to move freely!), we link our cognizance and subconscious to heal, and restore the emotions, thoughts, and energies that positively drive our life.
I will be working with Sage, Palo Santo, BalsamFir, and Essential Oils to aid in clearing our space, and your channels. Yoga clothes or loose, layered, comfortable clothing is the best to wear (think cozy yoga!). You will need to bring water, a yoga mat, and at least one light blanket (two if you’d like to line your mat with one). Optional to bring a light eye mask or small towel for the eyes, or chapstick to apply before the breath so the mouth doesn't dry out.
Ashlyn is only working with people who are COVID-19 Vaccinated. Please have both vaccinations, and no symptoms, or exposures when coming to the session.