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How i Became a Breathing Coach

When I was eight years old, my Mother dropped sugar from our diet, became a vegetarian, adopted healthy eating and became a Yoga teacher. I remember doing Yoga poses (Asanas) with my Mother in the living room and being introduced to a worldly view of health and living; this was around 1970.

In 1980 I made my first trip to India, where I sought out and stayed at Ashrams (quiet retreat centres) and lived with Monks and Teachers. My early 20’s were dedicated to seeking answers to central questions about life and how we live it. But like the song by U2 says, I still haven’t found what i’m looking for.

What I did find, were ways of giving life more meaning and ways of centring and calming the mind. While I cannot write out the meaning of life in this article, I can say that...

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The Two Minute Reset

We are not machines. Somewhere along the day we have to take a break to rest and re-centre. It has come to be known as the coffee break, even though most people don’t drink coffee during break; specially the afternoon break. This article is about a coffee substitute, and it is well known to us as oxygen.

Our body has a natural action it does when it needs more oxygen, it is called a sigh. We naturally take a deep breath and do a long exhale. Connecting several sighs in a row is the beginning of developing a breathing technique. Two minutes of deep breathing can yield great benefits in resting the body and mind. Just two minutes!

I was talking to a friend the other day about meditation and they were telling me about their practice. They were achieving an hour or more and they...

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