Fit in my 40s: could breathwork help me stay calm? | Zoe Williams

Fit in my 40s: could breathwork help me stay calm? | Zoe Williams

The Guardian

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As I exhale with a foghorn sound, I’m supposed to imagine myself as a ship, bobbing above my ocean of concerns. Astonishingly, I can

Charlène Gisèle is a yoga teacher and breath facilitator, and she is here (on Zoom) to teach me how to breathe. Many strands of yoga have an element of breathwork, which is characterised, generally speaking, by concentrated, rhythmic breathing, designed to use the full capacity of your lungs.

She calls her sessions Natural High Breathwork. The idea derives from the 1960s work of Stanislav Grof, who with “Holotropic breathing” tried to reproduce the effects of LSD. To go full Holotropic, you need a practitioner beside you, like a shaman. But Gisèle can give you a natural high via video call.

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