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Welcome to the Home of Ocean Breath Yoga. A boutique Studio in Vancouver, BC, Canada on Granville Island. Specializing in Posture and Movement Education, Breath Training, Body Mind Connection for Reduced Stress and Anxiety.

Providing One on One session and some small Group classes.

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Welcome to the Home of Ocean Breath Yoga. A boutique Studio in Vancouver, BC, Canada on Granville Island. Specializing in Posture and Movement Education, Breath Training, Body Mind Connection for Reduced Stress and Anxiety.

Providing One on One session and some small Group classes.

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Ocean Breath Yoga and Movement

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Quick look at the Retreats for 2019 with Ocean Breath Yoga and Beverly Akhurst.

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Quick look at the Retreats for 2019 with Ocean Breath Yoga and Beverly Akhurst.

Upcoming Retreats

 

All Retreats are planned, and Retreat Centers chosen, to provide you with the best opportunity to immerse within comfort and peace surrounded by nature and a sense of the sacred.
This includes eco minded retreat centres and Yoga and Wellness practices designed to be reminders that we were each created as a part of nature, not interlopers simply acting as observers. When we remember this we all become healthier, less anxious, and more creative.
Time away from the aspects of life that make you feel like you are constantly surviving rather than thriving, provide you an opportunity to not only heal and recharge, but become everything you were meant to be.

 
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Through The Rainbow:
Refraction and Reflection
(Bowen Island, BC)

October 31-November 3, 2019

 
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Full Moon Reflection
Bali, Indonesia Retreat

April 5 - 11, 2020

 
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Home - 5-Bodies


 

The 5 Body Solution

You are far more than simply a physical body built of tissue and bones. This is your vehicle. You have more bodies that guide you through life. One is the motor, another the fuel, another the driver and then there is the you who should be setting the journey you wish to have in this life. Learn how to care for all these bodies that you don’t stall out or lose control of the journey.

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Practices (classes)

PRIVATE: One to One

Private Classes are the best way you can focus on learning to understand and rebalance your body, mind and soul. Beverly is known for her ability to interpret what she observes within each individuals physical presentation and guide them on a journey of exploration that builds their knowledge of, and ability to, interpret their unique needs. Onsite or at Studio.

 

GROUP:

A small number of Small group classes are available at Ocean Breath for those who would like to share the experience with others or who do not have the availability to attend Private Sessions. Due to the sharing of experience they are not as individualized but you will still learn a lot about your body and being as there will always be time given to questions and discussion.

 
 
 
 
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Forest Wellness is a path to health which is not a new and miraculous discovery, but rather a return to something most indigenous and nonurban cultures have known throughout their histories.
It provides for lower stress and anxiety and adds to higher levels in the sense of well-being along with an increase in disease fighting NK cells.
Blood pressure lowers while stress hormone levels are reduced. Basically time in nature without any pressure to meet some goal triggers our Parasympathetic nervous system, the system that is far more restorative to our systems.

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Forest Wellness is a path to health which is not a new and miraculous discovery, but rather a return to something most indigenous and nonurban cultures have known throughout their histories.
It provides for lower stress and anxiety and adds to higher levels in the sense of well-being along with an increase in disease fighting NK cells.
Blood pressure lowers while stress hormone levels are reduced. Basically time in nature without any pressure to meet some goal triggers our Parasympathetic nervous system, the system that is far more restorative to our systems.

 

Nature Therapy

Nature Therapy/Forest Wellness is a path to health which is not a new and miraculous discovery, but rather a return to something most indigenous and nonurban cultures have known throughout their histories.

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Re-Treat Yourself

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“Remember to breathe. It is after all, the secret of life.” ~ Gregory Maguire

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“Remember to breathe. It is after all, the secret of life.” ~ Gregory Maguire

Ocean Breath is not a translation of Ujjayi Breath (that would be Victorious Breath). What it is, is an interpretation based on the sound the breath creates when it is mastered. Its sound reminiscent of the sound a wave makes rolling gently up and back down a beach. It is a breath created when a person constricts the base of their throat, controlling the movement of breath into and back out of the body. Where the breath, for the majority of people has become a spontaneous occurrence that happens without thought, Ocean Breath reconnects us to the strength and health benefits of our body's abilities truly experienced.

The unconcious breathing we do on a daily basis draws oxygen into just the top 1/3 of our lungs. Ocean Breath allows us to fully expand and utilize the power of our lungs and their capacity to carry oxygen molecules to our blood stream and deep into our bodies. It works our diaphragm and thus the areas which our diaphragms are connected to facially and muscularly. (heart, T12, L1,2 and 3 and an effect on the Psoas to name some)
The exhale when done with awareness then carries toxins (methane, carbon and water vapour) from our bodies. 

It is thought that 20 minutes of Ocean Breath can equate to 20 minutes of aerobic activity and it's benefits to the body without the stress.

One of my favourite teachers, Max Strom describes our normal breath as a breath to survive but not to "Live". His simple steps:

  • Sit or stand with the spine straight
  • Relax the shoulder blades downward
  • Broaden the chest and remember to breathe into the sides of your ribs
  • Make the sound of fogging the mirror with your breath.

Initially it is easier to practice Ocean Breath with the mouth open because it is easier to relax the jaw and connect to that gentle fogging quality of the breath we have all used before when steaming a window or to clean eye glasses.  It is also easier to hear the quality of the breath. Once the mouth open technique is mastered he recommends moving on to the traditional mouth closed breathing practice.

Some of the benefits of Ocean Breath (Ujjayi) can be:
Connection to the Para Sympathetic Nervous System, stimulation of the metabolic system, better blood circulation to the body, more oxygen to the lungs, lowered anxiety and ability to have a deeper sleep. You can read more online or in Max Strom's book "A Life Worth Breathing". Many different areas of research on the breath can be found online and in bookstores. You can also see my own story and how it has affected my life. 

To see a short talk on breath by Max go to: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=NGZFdKxOzmw


Breath is the bridge which connects life to conciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.
— Thich Nhat Hahn