These sessions use breathing techniques rooted in traditional yoga combined with a unique synthesis of visualisations and the ‘Relaxation Response’ developed and documented by the Harvard Physician Dr Herbert Benson MD. The calming and strengthening breathing exercises are designed to ease stress, relax the body and help strengthen the lungs.
The breathing technique sessions are led by Gabriele Avery, a highly experienced yoga and meditation teacher and Full Circle’s lead Clinical Reflexologist. In her role with Full Circle, Gabriele has supported patients and staff at St George’s for over 10 years.
Kindly note that the audio/video recordings are meant only as a general support and are not intended to replace any therapy or medical treatment. If you have been diagnosed with any mental health condition then please be guided by your GP/ health care team and only then access these recordings.
Title: Breathing Techniques and the use of Affirmations
with Gabriele Avery
Description: In this first session, Gabriele gives a brief introduction to some of the many evidence based benefits of using breathing techniques. She also introduces us to the use of Affirmations to help deepen the experience.
Duration: 8:14 minutes
Title: Breathing techniques: Regulated Deep Abdominal Breathing with Gabriele Avery.
Description: Gabriele shares how a simple breathing techniques can help at times of stress and worry. In this recording, Gabriele introduces us to Regulated Deep Abdominal Breathing, an ancient type of Yogic breathing more recently known as 'Box Breathing' or 'Square Breathing'.
Duration: 6:47 minutes
Title: Introduction to Alternate Nostril Breathing Stage 1 with Gabriele Avery.
Description: Gabriele shares how simple breathing techniques can help at times of stress and worry.
In this recording, Gabriele introduces us to the first stage of Alternate Nostril Breathing, an ancient breathing technique which is said to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, the body's rest and digest system, with particular benefits to the heart, the lungs and the mind.
Duration: 7 minutes