Psycho-Physiology of Breathing
with Dr. Gurjeet Birdee
As a Yoga Teacher or Yoga Therapist, continually expanding your knowledge about breathing is extremely useful for both your own practice and for guiding other people in their practices.
Breathing serves a fundamental role in human biology and psychology.
Emanating from deep within our brain, yet tangible at any moment, breathing is intimately related to much of our most important physical and psychological functioning. In fact, breathing is both an expression of our system and a means of influencing it. Shifting the state of our mind-body through breathing techniques is one of Yoga’s most important and ancient tools.
As a Yoga Teacher or Yoga Therapist, continually expanding your knowledge about breathing is extremely useful for both your own practice and for guiding other people in their practices. In this course Dr. Birdee will present the biomedical perspective of breathing as it applies to the practice of Yoga. Topics will include:
- Biomechanics of breathing
- Gas exchange
- Regulation of breathing
- Relationship of breathing to the cardiovascular and nervous systems, and mental health
Course material is intended to inform both the theory and practice of Yoga for Yoga Teachers, Therapists and practitioners, and will include findings from the teacher’s recently completed National Institute of Health grant comparing samāna and laṅghana breathing patterns.
Dr. Gurjeet Birdee, M.D. M.P.H. is a Registered Yoga Teacher. He has practiced mind-body techniques including meditation, slow breathing, and martial arts for over 30 years.
As a board-certified physician in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Dr. Birdee has practiced clinical medicine and researched the mechanisms and clinical effectiveness of yoga for chronic health conditions in academic medical centers including Harvard Medical School and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
He brings a unique blend of medical and yoga studies to the Yoga Well Institute.
This intermediate class began April 2019 and runs for 6 weeks, meeting live, online every Monday for one hour. Every class will be recorded and uploaded for replay within 48 hours, you will also have access to your teacher and peers via our private online community. That means that, even if this time doesn’t work for your schedule, you can still take part and benefit from this teaching.
The cost for this class is a one-time payment of $150, that’s just $25 per class. This class is a unique opportunity to learn about breathing and its application in yoga from a medical doctor with over a decade of experience researching the physiological and psychological effects of Yoga techniques.
The impact breath has on your mind, your presence and your body will enable you to construct a solid foundation of practice for yourself and your students.