Breathe in a New You

taught by Esther Nagle

Course description

How would you like to

  • reduce tension in your body
  • relax body and mind better
  • begin to experience the many healing benefits of correct breathing such as reduced blood pressure, better respiration and improved mood
  • feel less stressed, and be able to better deal with stressful situations
  • sleep better, and wake with more energy
  • increase flexibility in your body
  • reduce dependence on alcohol, cigarettes etc to help you to relax

Sound good to me, what do you think?

The sympathetic nervous system is the ‘flight or fight’ response. This creates that high stressed senstation, gets the heart rate up, creates tension in the muscles, puts us on ‘red alert’. When we are in this state, we react from an emotional stance, rather than respond to a situation. This often leads us to making decisions that we may later regret. This decision could involve arguments, rash spending, road rage, shouting, anger, drinking, smoking, taking drugs etc.

When we breathe deeply and slowly, we calm the nervous system and restore the balance between the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system. The paraympathetic nervous system is the ‘rest and digest’ response. This keeps us calm, and gives us the emotional space to respond in a more rational manner to a situation that arises.

This also helps us to relax better. A common problem amongst people in recovery is an inability to relax easily, particularly at bedime.

Good breathing, and the accompanying relaxation of body and mind that this brings, helps us to sleep easier and better, waking refreshed and with more energy.

Another common problem for many people is an inability to focus the mind on anything for any length of time. Flittering thoughts and an inabillity to remain present to the moment is a problem many will identify with.

Through the breath we can learn to quieten the mind and be in the moment, allowing distracting thoughts to pass observed but not letting ourselves get drawn away from the task in hand. This practice is challenging, but the benefits seep out into daily life as we find that we are better able to be present in our day to day life.

On this course you will learn

  • a simple breathing technique that will teach you to breathe fully into your lungs
  • to sit still and focus on the breath
  • simple exercises that release physical tension and stiffness in the body
  • to relax the body and mind effectively and completely
  • how the connection between mind and body influences our physical and mental wellbeing
  • to create a routine in your life that supports mental and physical wellbeing
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Esther Nagle
Esther Nagle
Yoga teacher and recovered stress head and alcoholic!

Hello, I’m Esther, welcome to Balance and Breathe

I have been where you are, I have lived through unbearable stress, it impacted my life in some horrible ways.

Alcohol dependence, rage, insomnia, emotional turbulence, physical symptoms including digestive and respiratory problems and ever decreasing self esteem beset my life for years, until I hit my absolute rock bottom and realised I needed to change.

My change came through Yoga, a powerful transformational way of life if ever there was one!

This transformation has affected every area of my life. My physical and mental health is better than it has been for years, I live a peaceful, happy life, and I have achieved one of my life goals of being a writer, both with my book Bent Back into Shape, Beating Addiction Through Yoga, and on my blog

I have learned a lot on the way about how to take control of stress and live life in peace, and I want to help you to do the same.