The Breath of Life

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RSVP FOR THIS PROGRAM - $10

October 27 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, register by clicking the RSVP button above or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org.

You will receive the Zoom information no later than the morning of your program.

with Judith Sachs

The Breath of Life
Photo © Jacques-Jean Tiziou

The Breath of Life

We are breathing from moment we are born—our steady inhale and exhale is a “given.” But as we age or if we are stressed or ill, our breathing may suffer. This program will provide not just respite, but tools and skills to enhance and improve our breathing throughout our lives.

The Breath of Life is an introduction to techniques based on traditional Chinese Qigong and Indian Pranayama methods. Qi means “life force” and /gong means “work.” Prana means “life force” and /yama means “directed.” The BREATH is the foundation of all movement. The goal is to match the strength and ability of your internal and external body.

Judith Sachs, a 20-year practitioner of qigong (from the Chinese tai chi tradition) and a 30-year practitioner of pranayama (from the Indian yogic tradition), gives us options from movement to stillness to improve the structure, volume and duration of the breath.

The class begins with a rudimentary physiological explanation of lung function as well as a picture of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, which regulate the stress response. We work with the breath to change “fight or flight” to “feed and breed” – with emphasis on the exhalation. The movement of a simple standing qigong set contrasts with the quiet of a seated pranayama. These two forms give us insight into how to use not just the “in” and “out” but the pauses in between breaths.

Most students feel release and relaxation after just one session. From there, they are able to build their own practice at home.

Suggested Donation: $10


About Judith Sachs

Judith Sachs is a certified Dance for Parkinsons® teacher who runs a program called ANYONE CAN DANCE® in Philadelphia. She has an extensive background in martial arts and started this class to get people aware of the potential of the breath – very important at a time when we are all concerned about staying well. You can read more about her at www.anyonecandance.org.
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