Discover Conscious Breathing and Transformational Breath with Melike Hussein

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Discover Conscious Breathing and Transformational Breath with Melike Hussain

Nine out of ten of us are using as little as a third of our capacity each time we breathe. So, what we can do to improve our breathing and where to start? Certified Transformational Breath expert Melike Hussein is hosting an introduction to Conscious Breathing at Gazelli House on Tuesday 8th of October. Everyone seems to be talking about breathing at the moment so we caught up with Melike to discover more…

There is something we do approximately 18 times per minute, over 1,000 times an hour and 25,000 times a day and not even think about it. Breathing.

Breathing is the only system in our body which is both automatic and completely under our control. It’s automatic in the same way our heart beats and our eyes blink, so we often take it for granted and don’t pay it much attention. We tend to notice our breath when we are running out of it – that feeling of shortness of breath, whether it’s panting after rushing to reach a meeting on time,  gasping for air during an asthma attack or holding it when when we are startled, experience a trauma or under stress. But, breathing correctly and with awareness (Conscious Breathing) can truly can change your life! Let’s have a closer look.

Origins of breath techniques

Most of our knowledge about breathing originates from the ancient Eastern practices and philosophies where Conscious Breathing has been used as a medium for spiritual enlightenment and revered for its deep health and wellbeing benefits for many centuries. In recent years, numerous scientific studies have also proven the power of Conscious Breathing not only in maintaining a healthy body and mind but also in creating a unique mind-body connection.

Benefits of conscious breathing

Correct breathing enhances our immune system and helps rid the body of toxins and pollutants – as around 70% of toxins are eliminated through breath. Correct breathing also benefits and improves the performance of all major systems in our body from circulatory, to digestion and reproduction. A healthy breath calms the mind and wards off stress and anxiety, it can also improve sleeping patterns. It allows us to have clarity of thought, focus and improve our performance by quietening swirling thoughts or by blocking out distractions. Focusing on the breath also creates a meditative state which sits at the heart of meditation and mindfulness.

Why not start now?

The amazing thing about your breath is it is always with you. You can learn to breathe better and practice Conscious Breathing at any time. In fact, why don’t we do it together now? Let’s have a short break from reading and take three slow and deep breaths. Inhaling to the count of four and exhaling to the count of eight. How do you feel?

What is Transformational Breath?

As a Breath Coach, I have trained in and actively work with many breathing techniques over the years. There is a vast array of breathing practices and techniques currently in use – each creating a different impact on our physical, emotional and mental state, and each with their own applicational merit. For example, if you are looking to calm your nerves quickly before giving a public speech, a simple Breath focus exercise may suffice. If you are on a journey of self-discovery and transformation, deeper breathing practices would help – and in this Transformational Breath is by far the most complete and one of the most life changing and effective methods we have today.

Some say it is a short cut to inner peace and enlightenment, while others say it is the best natural high there is. Many compare just few sessions to years of talking therapy. So what is Transformational Breath?

Myself and other experts in the field would call it an advanced self-healing breathing practice, using full diaphragmatic breathing combined with other modalities such as movement, sound and acupressure. 

How can Transformational Breath help?

Many clients use it to help them deal with issues such as anxiety, burnout or panic attacks. Some use it purely to improve their breathing and physical state. Others use it connect to their body and spirit in a deeper way. Regardless of whether you look at the physical, mental or spiritual benefits, when used correctly, Transformational Breath, can truly transform you and your life.

Where I do start Transformational Breath? 

We all have a unique breathing pattern reflecting how we live our lives and where we are in the world. I am trained to read and analyse each aspect and actively assess the key breathing muscles. Then, I work with my clients helping them to clear unhealthy breathing habits such as shallow breathing, upper chest breathing or breath holding and establish a healthy breathing pattern as a life-long habit. 

Why does our breathing change?

If you would like to see our natural breathing in action, look no further than babies. They are our true breath gurus. You may have observed a baby sleeping soundly, noticing how their breath is flowing from abdomen to chest with no restrictions. However, in time we gradually lose our ability to breathe in this natural way and instead start to control our emotions and actions through our breath –  for example, to prevent ourselves from crying or showing emotions such as fear and anger, conditioned perhaps by our culture and relations around us.  

By using Transformational Breath, we allow our bodies to remember and relearn how we used to breathe as babies. Moreover, by having a keen understanding of breathing patterns, we can discover and release underlying physical and emotional tensions from the body. For example, when we are feeling stressed, anxious or afraid, we may clench our jaw, our chest begins to tighten, or our throat constricts, pushing those feelings down. Tightness in our muscles not only makes it harder to breathe, but also impacts on the rest of our body and its natural rhythms, from digestion to sleep. And our modern lives offer plenty of reasons to feel stressed or anxious – we are triggered by people at work, around us or in our relationships. We have around 50,000 thoughts a day and perhaps, often self-critical, telling us we are not good enough and what we have not achieved. 

For many of us, keeping a tight lid on our feelings by controlling our breathing has become an automatic everyday response, taking its toll on all aspects of our wellbeing. Yet if we take a moment to consciously breathe deeply for a short period of time we will notice the tension release from our diaphragm, and other breathing muscles. This will increase our breathing capacity and the oxygen our blood stream, which in turn relaxes the body and energises the mind. Breathing consciously allows us to become calmer, clearer, rational and focussed. 

Transformational Breath in Action

Transformational Breath helps us to feel more connected to ourselves and our body, by allowing us to dismantle limiting patterns and obstructions. When we release these, we feel empowered, liberated and more confident to express ourselves. 

Many of us find it hard to let go of control and perhaps fear what might happen if we don't tightly hold on. Many also find it hard to truly accept themselves – perhaps finding a certain aspect of their personality or visual appearance they wish to change. Transformational Breath helps us to be authentic, self-assured and truly accepting of ourselves. These patterns and behaviours not serving us may be deep rooted and perhaps not even apparent to us, as they are buried in our subconscious. Transformational Breath allows us to identify, hold and release these gently and gradually and in a non-invasive way. 

The answer is truly under our nose. Lets discover our greatest and the most accessible asset. Breath.

You can find out more about the Introduction to Transformational Breathe with Melike at Gazelli House on the 8th October here. Melike also hosts a Transformational Breathe workshop as part of the Intense Transformation Retreat which takes place at Gazelli House twice a month – you can find out more about this series of day retreats here.

Daisy Brooks