Freeing the breath

A one day yoga and meditation workshop

This workshop is designed for students with some experience of yoga or meditation who wish to broaden their practice by exploring different ways of practicing with the breath. It introduces a unique approach to breathwork, drawing from both the Buddhist perspective exposed in the anapanasati suta and from Christophe's extensive study and practice of vinyasa and pranayama.

Yogis have explored for centuries the links between mind and breath. Modern scientific research is catching up on this as well. A recent study demonstrated that the way we breathe directly affects the chemistry of our brains in a way that can enhance our attention and improve our brain health. while another demonstrated that the link breath and emotion is a two way street and that regular breathing practice can helps us manage our emotional responses.

In the Sati yoga approach, before we start training the breath, we get acquainted with our natural breath through the practice of Anapana Sati (mindfulness of breathing). Through Anapasati practice, we become intimate with our breath, learning to recognise its patterns and observing how it affects both body and mind.
We then learn to practice actively with the breath through classical yoga exercises, and develop these two breath based practices together, as they complement and enrich one another.
Through the physical practices of yoga, we learn how to use the breath to energise or calm body and mind as needed, and to manage our emotional responses more efficiently. Regular pranayama practice helps us correct unhelpful breathing patterns and to breathe more freely and completely. It also helps to develop better concentration.
This deeper concentration is used in Anapana sati practice to further deepen our understanding of the breath and to foster inner peace, tranquility and balance.

This day long workshop includes anapanasati, pranayama and vinyasa practices. There will also be plenty of time for questions and for this reason, the number of participants is limited.


The teacher

Christophe Mouze, sati yoga teacher Christophe started studying and practicing yoga daily in Ireland in 1994. He originally trained as an Iyengar teacher, gaining his introductory certificate in 1998, but his practice and teaching have since been influenced by a number of other yoga styles, particularly ashtanga vinyasa and the Atma vikasa style of Venkatesh, his main teacher for many years.
He also has a keen interest in pranayama which he has studied with a number of senior teachers in Europe and India.
Early on, his quest for a broader, more balanced practice led him to study Buddhist teachings on ethics, mindfulness and meditation, and he regularly attend retreats in Buddhist centres and monasteries throughout Europe.
He has developed a safe and systematic approach to breathwork with draws from both yoga and mindfulness of breathing practices and has been teaching this approach to students of all levels, from beginners to experienced teachers and teacher trainers, for a number of year.
Christophe is certified by the Independant Yoga Network as a senior (1000 hours) teacher.
With his partner Ciara, he runs a farm and a retreat centre on Clare Island, a small island off the cost of County Mayo in Ireland. Christophe and Ciara are the founders of the Sati yoga approach, which weaves together yoga and mindfulness practices.


Dates of upcoming workshops:

Saturday 9th of February 1.30 to 4.30 pm
An Seomra yoga, 2/3 Small Crane Square, Sea Road, Galway, Ireland.
This afternoon workshop will focus specifically on classical pranayama practices and explore how Anapasati (mindfulness of breathing meditation) can complement and enrich these.
This workshop is not suitable for beginners, familiarity with pranayama or anapanasati is necessary.
For more information or to reserve a place, please contact Christophe on 0872621832 or email christophe(at)satiyoga.eu
There's no fixed price for this workshop, students are expected to make a donation toward the teaching and the cost of hiring the room.

Sunday 30th of March, 10.00 am to 4.30 pm
Barefoot yoga studio, Lucan, Co Dublin
Bring a vegetarian dish to share with the group, as we'll have lunch together.

Sunday 31st of March, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Matitri yoga, 4 The Mount, Belfast.
Bring a vegetarian dish to share with the group, as we'll have lunch together.
Contact Maitri yoga to book

If you want to organise a workshop at your own yoga studio, please contact Christophe


Testimonial

“The Irish Yoga association have been delighted to have Christophe Mouze lead workshops on breath work and pranayama for our teachers and teacher trainees. Christophe willingly shares his deep knowledge to both beginners and more experienced practitioners. His relaxed, gentle style creates a learning environment where students can access deeper insights to the practice.”
Miriam Brady, IYA teacher trainer.