Vaishali is a certified Oxygen Advantage® Functional Breathing instructor. She also has extensive experience with anatomical, embodied and meditative approaches to breath. She offers 1-1 and small group breathwork coaching sessions for a variety of audiences and needs. Read on for more details about her sessions.
Breath is the foundation of life. It is the essence of all yogic practice, and at the center of many spiritual and meditative traditions. It is also the most important physiological nutrient that we need to live—we can survive without food and water for days, but without breath we will die within minutes.
The first movement of life is to take a breath into the lungs when we are born, usually accompanied by a great gusty cry 😉 Breath is also the last movement of life as we depart this world.
How we breathe is a complex and immediate reflection of our current state of being, and all of our past lived history. Breath is also one of the most profound links between:
- the mind, the emotions and the body: thoughts and feelings ride on the rhythms of our breathing. Have you ever noticed that when you are excited or agitated your breath speeds up? And the reverse is true also: in deep sleep or relaxation, we breathe ever so softly and lightly.
- our inner and outer worlds: every breath is an exchange of life force with the wider world, as we take in “inhale” what we need, and give back “exhale” something of ourselves to other beings
- voluntary and involuntary aspects of being: we breathe without even thinking about it, and yet we have quite a degree of potential to exercise control over our breathing.
This is why breathing has been a potent exploration for all kinds of traditions and peoples for so long. By bringing awareness, understanding and transformation to your breath, you can:
- improve your health, fitness and physical performance
- sleep better so you feel energised and refreshed on waking
- reduce pain and inflammation and recover faster from injuries
- set yourself up for better-quality functional movement with less pain and injuries
- cultivate better body awareness and explore your embodied self
- improve your focus, concentration and attention span
- train yourself to shift state from stress to relaxation
- reduce anxiety and panic
- gain a sense of calmness and ease
- create space around your thoughts, especially when you have a whirling or racing mind
- help yourself process and transform emotions healthily
- cultivate a sense of peace and space even in challenging situations
- be more closely in touch with yourself and your felt responses to the world
- gain confidence in yourself and your ability to handle life
- connect with the source of your energy, life force, higher power or whatever you call it
- explore altered states of consciousness safely and without the use of substances other than air
- take the next step towards a meditative or inner-oriented practice
- integrate meditative, spiritual or psychedelic experiences on a practical or physical level
- live a life of simplicity and gratitude for being alive
Did you know?
- “Take a deep breath” is not good advice as it tends to encourage people to take in great big gulps of air, also known as hyper-ventilation. Taking in too much air too quickly can lead to dizziness or light-headedness and actually reduces the available oxygen in the brain and tissues. Instead of thinking of depth as the volume of air inhaled, think of it as where in the body you are sending the air (hint: it’s the diaphragm and the lower lungs).
- In breathing, less is more: the healthiest and fittest people (athletes, for example), as well as all the ancient breathing traditions (qi gong, yoga etc.), encourage light, soft and minimal breathing that is hardly noticeable to the eye or ear. It’s all about efficiency, or the proper regulation of energy, which is what the word pranayama means.
- Where you breathe from (nose or mouth) is one of the most important parts of your breath pattern. The nose is designed for breathing, the mouth is designed for eating. Mouth breathing is associated with pretty much every dysfunctional breathing pattern you can think of: shallow, quick, upper-chest…
- How you breathe when you’re awake influences how you breathe during sleep. Dysfunctional breathing during sleep subsequently influences your energy levels, focus, and general well-being when you’re awake. It’s a cycle, one that can be destructive or productive according to how you work with it.
Breathwork sessions are for:
- those looking to improve their health, well-being and physical performance through functional breathing
- those looking to deepen internal practices of mindfulness, sensory awareness, somatic exploration and meditation
- those who want to receive a personalised approach to pranayama and yogic breathing practices
It is suitable for everyone who breathes. If you have a physical or medical condition, you can still practice breathwork safely (under guidance from a professional)—and you’ll probably see the most gains from your practice.
Vaishali currently only works with youth and adults (16+).
How does it work?
The first session will be an intake, with an evaluation of your current state and what your goals and needs are. Vaishali will then recommend how many sessions you need, and the frequency. Each session is usually 45mins-1hr, with additional materials provided for you to study and practice on your own afterwards. Self-practice is a crucial part of a successful breathwork coaching experience, as the more you practice the more healthy breath patterns will get imprinted in your system. There will also be regular check-ins to monitor progress as you go along. Sessions can be done live in-person or online.
To find out more or book a session, fill in the form below and we’ll get back to you. You can also continue to explore the magic of breathing using the recommended resources under the form.
A few quick practices you may wish to try:
and a guided meditation:
Breath of the Heart
contemplate how breath connects us to the world and to ourselves. learn to self-soothe and experience the support and healing compassion of your breath.