Reducing stress by learning to breathe

sleep August 13, 2018 14:36

By The Nation

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Luxury boutique hotel akyra Thonglor Bangkok is hosting the latest in its series of wellness workshops this Saturday (August 18) on the theme “Stress: are we really coping?”

Certified yoga instructor Leila El Krekshi will address the non-stop demands, expectations and deadlines that make modern, everyday life unsustainable in the long run. The workshop is designed to address burnout, struggles with chronic pain, health issues and relationship problems that result when people are unable to find ways to disconnect.

El Krekshi has practised meditation, yoga, dance and capoeira for most of her life and worked in countries as varied as Tunisia, Denmark and Tanzania, both in the private sector and with international organisations. She understands the underlying causes of stress, and her experience in stress management and techniques to solve anxiety, positions her to welcome participants from different countries and backgrounds.

“According to medical and scientific research, meditation, breath-centric yoga, and breathing techniques can ease stress, boost energy, improve sleep and improve overall health,” she says. 

“This session is all about hitting the pause button and turning off the switch to better cope with stress and external pressures.”

On September 29, El Krekshi will lead a workshop on “Breath Vitality” with a focus on breath-centred yoga practice and pranayama (breathing techniques), which are among yoga’s most powerful practices to help maintain health, balance emotions, and keep the mind clear.

“A tip that I like to give to my clients, when stress arises and anxiety comes up, is to follow Zen Master Thich Nhat Thanh’s practice of taking three deep conscious breaths. It’s simple yet so powerful,” she adds. 

“The power of using the breath to reconnect to the body and mind can help ease our anxieties, keep us grounded and bring us back to the present moment.”

Another Pause & Restore workshop will be held at akyra Thonglor Bangkok in October, followed by Yoga for Healthy Living in November. 

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