Breathing, according to Dr. Andrew Weil, is the only thing that people can do completely consciously or completely unconsciously to get at and positively influence the body’s involuntary system of nerves and muscles which is responsible for a great deal of the body’s chronic illnesses. He adds that it is also the most time and cost effective intervention for balancing the body’s sympathetic system (home of the “fight or flight” response) and parasympathetic system (home of the “relaxation” response) in a world which promotes an unhealthy overactive parasympathetic response in most people.
Breathwork is a powerful modality and connects physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual healing. Improved physical outcomes include reduction or elimination of chronic pain and reduction of the symptoms of insomnia. Improved emotional outcomes include a reduction in symptoms related to depression and the ability to release difficult emotional blocks. Improved mental outcomes include an increase in mental clarity leading to better decision-making and a reduction in stress. Improved spiritual outcomes include the opening of the chakras (especially the heart) and a deeper connection with one’s own divine nature, as well as God or Source.
An excellent ongoing local opportunity to participate in weekly breathwork sessions can be found at Atlanta Unity Church. “Miraculous Powers of the Breath” sessions, facilitated by Kelly Walden, will be held every first Tuesday of the month beginning on June 4, 2013, from 7 – 9 pm in Room 108. Registration is not required, but it is necessary to bring your own pillow and two (2) blankets. The cost of each Tuesday session is $30.00 per person. For more information, please call Kelly Walden at (770) 908-7329.
Atlanta Unity Church is located at 3597 Parkway Lane in Norcross, Georgia 30092 (phone at 770-441-0585). The church campus is located outside I-185 (the Perimeter Highway) off Peachtree Ind. Blvd. The directions from Columbus, Georgia, are as follows: From I-285 go North on Peachtree Ind. Blvd. (Exit 318/GA 141). Bear left on GA 141/Peachtree Parkway at the split. At the third light, go left on Jay Bird Alley (see Walgreen’s at that light on the left). Turn at the second right onto Parkway Lane at the Royal Peachtree Corners sign.