I'm very pleased to welcome Wibbs Coulson of Mandukya Yoga back on the podcast. This time we are talking about breathing, and how you've probably been breathing wrong your entire life!
I occasionally feature episodes on what I call the 'sustainability of self' - I see it again and again, that professionals in the sustainability profession burn out. When you see the need to fix the problem as so crucial that the human race depends on it... you tend to forget about your own needs. So with this in mind, I wanted to look at how we are breathing, how we can be doing it so much better and what benefits that will have to our health.
This episode came from a bout of anxiety I experienced at the end of 2020 and start of 2021. Anxiety is a relatively common thing in the UK, in 2013, there were 8.2 million cases of anxiety disorder recorded.
I had heard that breath could help, so I got together with Wibbs to see what his work in that area could teach us.
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13 years ago I developed a strong passion for yoga following a knee injury and in that time my practice has helped me grow stronger, more mobile and energised both physically and mentally. After a short time practising I became very aware of the calming, quietening and blissful psychological benefits especially whilst working as a registered nurse.
I travelled to Goa, India, in 2014 and completed 300hr YTTC at Kranti yoga in Ashtanga Vinyasa/meditation philosophy. Following this I furthered my knowledge, passion and insight practicing with yogis in Varkala and Rishikesh where my passion for a wholistic, fun, strong, safe practice blossomed! Since returning from India, i have furthered my personal practice at workshops and teacher trainings with the likes of Patrick Beach, Carling Harps, Kerri Verna and Sarah Lo (100hr YTTC), taking my teaching away from just ashtanga vinyasa into the slower, quieter style of Yin yoga. I have also spent time studying movement and anatomy with the likes of Joanne Avison and Gary ward taking my practice and teaching away from purely Yoga asana and towards areas of Natural movement and movement therapy.
Starting Mandukya yoga in April 2015 I was able to step back from my job as a registered nurse (working in A&E and Cardiology) and take the yoga on full time teaching 20+ hours of yoga a week. Yoga and movement therapy are where my passion truly lies, allowing the movement, mobility and breath guide people to find a new centre and balance within their own bodies. This also includes working with the Ipswich town football club first team on a regular basis