“Listen, are you breathing just a little, and calling it a life?"
- Mary Oliver -
Breathwork is a phenomenal tool for releasing stuck physical, mental and emotional energy. Every single cell in our body requires a steady flow of oxygen to thrive.
In a modern world, which often ignores the wisdom of the body in exchange for efficiency and progress, our breath can become shortened as muscles constrict and life force is dampened in reaction to environmental and emotional stresses. Our breath is a deep and constant source of nourishment and energy for our aliveness. Consciously engaging in an active breathing practice washes and nourishes the body with life giving oxygen, stimulating both cellular and subtle body cleansing that invites a tangible inner and outer sense of ease, balance and awareness.
Learning this active 2-part pranayama based breathing practice will stimulate your senses and the innate healing intelligence of your own body. The simple focused power of your repeated inhale and exhale will increase energy flow, assist to release anxiety, invoke new bodily sensation, interrupt current physical, mental and emotional patterns and magnify your sense of SELF.
Each class is the same format, and like walking a labyrinth, the physical path remains constant, as your experience evolves and changes. No previous experience is necessary, just curiousity and a willingness to receive. Attend a monthly group practice or book a private session. Sign up to receive class notifications here.
UPCOMING GROUP PRACTICE
Wednesday, December 20th, 2023, 6p to 7:30p PST
Location: ONLINE - Anywhere you choose with a steady internet connection :)
All online groups classes are sliding scale. You choose the financial amount that matches your situation. Registration closes at 3p PST the day of class. For more details and registration click HERE.
MOVE & BREATHE - A WINTER SOLSTICE GATHERING
Thursday, December 21st, 2023, 6p to 9p PST
Location: IN PERSON - Continuum Yoga, Bend, OR
Thrilled to be joining local movement artist, Lynne Herbert of Soul in Motion for an intimate and soulful winter solstice gathering. We will warm and open up our bodies through intuitive dance & movement, and tend the spirit with the potency of our breath.
Join us in stoking the inner flame as we dip through the darker season, register HERE.
VIRTUAL GROUP BREATHWORK SERIES
Next group TBA - Email to be notified!
Location: Anywhere you choose with a steady internet connection :)
This 3-session group breathwork series is an opportunity for those who have previously participated in the 2-part pranayama breath practice to foster a deeper, more sustained conversation with breathwork as a form of personal transformation and healing.
Each session is 2 hours long and will be experienced within the community container of a group of 4-10 participants via the Zoom platform. While each session follows the same rhythm of practice, the experience of the breath each week will be dynamic.
This simple, yet deeply profound and sensate breath practice has the power to reprogram how we relate to our bodies and the world around us.
WHO IS IT FOR?
This work is for everyone! All levels, all abilities, and especially those curious about the nature of breathwork to heal and clear are welcome to join. This practice can be particularly powerful during times of stress, grief, transition, and when navigating new beginnings.
Willing to initiate the movement of stuck physical, mental, and emotional energy
Curious about the infinite capacity of the breath to heal
Interested in developing a self-guided healing breathwork practice
Have participated in 2 prior breathwork sessions with Tanya
WHAT TO EXPECT?
Each time we practice the breathwork, while the protocol is the same, the experience is always unique. It is common to experience mild to intense physical sensations including tingling in the face and hands, wild movement of energy, and deeper connection to the physical body as well as to the healing energies available to us. Practitioners typically feel deeply relaxed and uplifted following the work. Participants are encouraged to take extra good care of themselves following the sessions; hydration, nourishing foods, journaling, rest, time in nature, salt baths, self-massage, and quiet time are all recommended during this series. Following breathwork, many participants report the release of long stuck energies, immediate relief from physical ailments, a reduction in anxiety, creative inspiration, and a deeper sense of connection to spirit.
Participants will acquire:
An in-depth understanding of the holistic benefits of breathwork practice
An increased capacity to stay present for physical and emotional sensation as it arises
The tools needed to craft and maintain a strong yet adaptable home practice
Strategies for addressing blocked energies and patterns of anxiety in body, mind, and spirit
Class Dates: TBA / Tuition: $175*
*No one will be turned away for lack of funds. If you are wanting to participate, but funds are minimal or you happen to be in a position of abundance to sponsor someone else, please contact me and we can discuss a payment plan and options.
PACIFIC NORTHWEST MASSAGE THERAPISTS RETREAT
Date: July 2021
Location: Breitenbush Hot Springs, Oregon
The annual PNWSchool sponsors 4 days full of opportunities for education and rejuvenation. The retreat is open to all bodyworks, their friends and family. Hosted by the magical Breitenbush Hot Springs, the grounds feature a forest retreat with a historic lodge, cozy cabins, several hot pools (and a cold plunge), a steam house, a labyrinth, riverside swimming, and many inviting gathering spaces. All cabins are geothermally heated, and the electricity is generated from the Breitenbush River. The retreat is off the grid and is surrounded by Mt. Hood National Forest with easy access to hiking trails from the grounds.
In addition to 2 breathwork sessions led by me, the retreat will be offering six outstanding continuing education classes (NCBTMB approved) for massage therapists. Classes are open to guests who have registered for retreat lodging. The classes are offered a la carte, and you can do as many or as few as you wish. Register for classes in advance; they are likely to sell out before the date of the retreat.
For more information and to register: HERE
INSIDE AND OUT: DEEP CONTACT WITH THE BREATH, CHEST, RIBCAGE & DIAPHRAGM
Next Class: TBA
Instructors: Brian Utting & Tanya Hughes
In this class, we partner hands-on soft tissue applications with deep experiential breathwork, giving you a truly holistic understanding of the interplay between the mechanics of breathing and the life force of the breath itself. The chest, diaphragm, and breathing mechanism are often overlooked as primary contributors to back, neck, shoulder, and visceral issues. Their level of vitality and flexibility directly reflects our ability to breathe and to take in life. These core muscles are often tight, constricting breathing, energy flow, and movement. Learn and review simple but powerful methods to release the diaphragm, sternum, ribcage, and the breath itself. These techniques are liberating and crate a noticeable opening right away, helping your clients (and you) to breathe twice as deeply with half the effort. Come prepared to go a little deeper in this class, and to push and explore your edges a bit.
CE Hours: 8
Location: Taj Yoga - Seattle, WA
Tuition: $160 if registered by March 31st, $180 thereafter.
Registration: Send a non-refundable $60 deposit check made out to PNWSM, 7511- 25th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117. Please send the deposit only, and not the full amount. The balance is due to the presenters at class.
BREATHWORK FOR BODYWORKERS
Next class, TBA.
Hands-on therapy requires mental and physical rigor, focus, and compassion. A joyful and easy experience of this balancing act requires a commitment to consistent self-care of not just the physical body, but our mental and emotional body. Holistic healers often put their own health on the "back burner" to be more available for their clients' needs and in the process become run down, exhausted and stressed by the very work that used to inspire-- eventually leaving both client and practitioner less than served.
Reclaim your vitality, just by breathing in and breathing out. The quality of our life force is directly influenced by our ability to fully breathe and fully express. In times of stress and exhaustion the breath becomes restricted and shallow, constricting our life force. Our breath is a deep and constant source of nourishment for all of our cells-- it not only keeps us alive, but connects us to every living thing.
Learn a simple and effective breathing practice to liberate your body of outdated emotional baggage and tune up your physical and energetic body. This practice will help bring you back into the present moment, and support a more clear and focused relationship with yourself, your work and your clients.
We will explore:
A 2-part pranayama based breathing practice
The mental and physiological benefits of the breath
Developing a personal self-care breathing practice
This 3 hour CE class is open to all Licensed Massage Therapists.