The central point of Longevity Breathing is to cultivate the ability to relax at any time and concentrate on what you are doing for long periods of time without becoming distracted. This Taoist practice of breathing with the whole body releases blockages in the mind/ body, enhancing well- being and spiritual awareness. Without exception, from cradle to grave, breathing is regarded as the most essential practice for optimal health. Recommended for anyone involved in healthcare, meditation, athletics, and the performing arts (particularly for those who use their voices professionally). Includes classroom sessions as well as practical animations.
Breathing can transform your life and make you a healthier, more relaxed human being. Dr. Bruce Frantzis has developed a Longevity Breathing program from traditional Taoist breathing methods to help you improve lung capacity, massage your internal organs, and relax your nerves with each breath.
This 60-minute practice combines lengthening poses, standing poses to strengthen the spine, and extended meditation. So if you're looking to sweat with some power yoga, Yoga for Longevity is not for you.
Instructor Rod Stryker's focus is on relaxing, renewing, and breathing. Sitting on raised platforms amid a Maui field, Stryker and his assistant–who demonstrates modifications–start with a series of stretches: cat's pose, twists, arm rotations. Then it's on to the standard triangle and warrior poses. Stryker finishes up with bridge, leg lifts, and forward bends, followed by an optional 12-minute deep relaxation.
The health you enjoy today, and for the rest of your life, begins with your next breath. In fact, breathing is so crucial to your body's ability to heal and sustain itself that Dr. Andrew Weil says, "If I had to limit my advice on healthier living to just one tip, it would be simply to learn how to breathe correctly."