Yoga of Breath for People Living with HIV
Yoga of the Breath for People Living With HIV delivers practical skills to eliminate stress and support immune function for enhanced health and greater quality of life.
The Challenge: Living with HIV can be a daily struggle against acute depression, anxiety and fatigue turning daily life events into overwhelming challenges. Depression is twice as common in people living with HIV as it is in the general population.Stress, its accompanying poor mental/emotional health, and a sense of isolation from community are factors known to contribute to the progression of HIV infection. They compromise both quality and length of life.
Maintaining good health requires a vibrant balance between the physical, mental/emotional, social and spiritual aspects of our lives.
Our Solution: The Yoga of the Breath for People Living with HIV teaches techniques that significantly decrease the impact of stressors on the mind, body and spirit. They are simple to learn and practice, cost effective, both non-invasive and therapeutic, and they complement any existing medical regimen. They carry no side effects.
Skillful use of one's own breath re-educates the body, mind and emotions to interact in a manner that enhances health on all levels. Greater energy, an ability to feel good about yourself and your life, a peaceful mind during the day and restful sleep at night are only a breath away.
Program Details: This 8-day, 23 hour workshop provides techniques utilizing the breath the quiet the mind, eliminate stress, improve vitality and expand awareness. The cornerstone of the Yoga of Breath program is a breath technique called the Sudarshan Kriya. This simple, yet powerful technique utilizes specific rhythms of the breath to clarify the body & mind, improve cognitive function, strengthen the respiratory system, increase energy and stamina, enhance immune function, improve cardiovascular health and restore harmony to the entire system.
Sudarshan Kriya: This simple, yet powerful technique utilizes specific rhythms of the breath to clarify the bodya & mind, improve cognitive function, strenghten the respiratory system, increase energy and stamina, enhance immune function, improve cardiovascular health and restore harmony to the entire system.
Life Skills: We discuss practical tools for diffusing the impact of the daily stressors of life including the value of nutrition. All the techniques from the course are offered as a personal practice that can be done safely at home.
Yoga Postures: Gentle, safe movements to maintain physical strength & flexibility, balance body & mind, and cultivate self-acceptance.
Continued Support: Weekly follow-up groups continue following the course. They serve dual purpose:
"The quality of our life is very important. A clear mind free of fear can have a healing affect on the body. It creates health in the system; health in the body. The breath has a great secret to offer you. Breath is the third vital source of energy. If you attend to the breath a little bit, you can quickly get over negative emotions. When you practice the Sudarshan Kriya, every cell of your body becomes alive and releases toxins and negative emotions it has stored from times past. It cleanses you deeply and you become more centered and free."
-- Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder of the Art of Living Foundation