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Lungs of Life: The Essential Breathing Workshop for Runners



Description

The power of a full and easeful breath in any situation, particularly when running, cannot be overstated. The continual and uninhibited flow of breath has been proven to increase energy levels, reduce mental stress, create emotional calm and enhance immune system function. Better breathing creates resilience to disease, boosts athletic performance, and decreases the build up of the physical tension that causes so many runners to hit the wall at that critical moment in a race.

Western biomedical researchers keep growing the list of benefits of better breathing. The benefits of Pilates, meditation, Tai Chi, Yoga (and many more mindful practices) all stem from their enabling of a more full and easeful breath.

We have access to an abundant body of research as well as powerful movement practices that support and enable better breathing. Yet -- when it comes to running -- the common experience is a distinct lack of easeful breath. Labored breath or hitting the wall in an important race are two of the most obvious examples of sub-optimal breathing. Other common symptoms include tension, heaviness, fatigue and loss of mental focus.

Your ability to breath well is affected by conscious and unconscious muscle contraction, posture, core stability, the way you focus your mind … to list just a few. Given the dynamic and multifaceted nature of breathing it is not surprising that so many people are challenged to access a full and unhindered breath throughout all of their running speeds. Fear not, runners! Whilst the breathing equation is complex – the practice of better breathing can be made stunningly simple.

For this workshop Maggie has distilled much complex anatomical information into a set of simple drills and skills that can make a huge difference to your lung capacity on the run. The goal is to have you running with the lightness, buoyancy and freedom that arises from connected, full and rhythmical breathing. When you breath well on the run, all of the tissues of your body receive maximum oxygenation, which not only feels amazing but is the key to life-long health and vitality.

This workshop is facilitated by Maggie Macgill, who is an accomplished Chi Running® and Pilates teacher with 17 years of international coaching experience. Maggie holds a degree in research methods, Masters level certification in Pilates and is a qualified life coach. Her clients have included sufferers of acute and chronic pain through to professional sportspeople, paralympians and Olympic gold medalists.Pilates and Chi Running® are intelligent movement systems that harness the principles of alignment , balance and flow to reconnect you to your natural state of vitality. Maggie’s expert knowledge and customized application of these systems forms the basis of a powerful workshop that will leave you feeling refreshed connected, confident and inspired.

At this workshop you will also have the pleasure of working with Lesley Fox. Lesley Fox is a Yoga teacher and whole foods expert who creates incredibly nutritious seasonal recipes that taste amazing. Lunch by Lesley is included in this workshop. Lesley also teaches the end of day Yin Yoga class.

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Class Schedule

Duration: 5.5 Hours

What you will learn
  • Powerful yet simple tools to create lightness and freedom in your running.
  • How to align your posture for increased cardiovascular efficiency and better athletic performance.
  • How to use your arms to make breathing easier as you run.
What you will get
  • Improved posture, heightened body awareness and better breathing.
  • Sharpened mental focus and a stronger core.
  • Skills and ‘drills’ that open the door to a new level of mental peace, emotional calm and physical power in your running and your life.
  • Video analysis.
  • Delicious lunch.
  • A fun and rewarding day with likeminded runners.
  • End of day Yin Yoga Class (deep stretch and release).

What to bring
  • Just your enthusiasm!
What to wear

Your comfortable workout clothes plus an extra layer for stretching and cool down.

Appropriate for

Mindful athletes. Students and teachers of Pilates and yoga. Health care practitioners. Coaches. New and Returning Chi runners. Middle to long distance runners.


WHY WASTE TIME RUNNING AROUND IN CIRCLES, PUSHING HARDER THAN YOU NEED TO WHEN YOU CAN WORK WITH A COACH WHO HAS THE SKILL AND EXPERIENCE TO BRING OUT THE BEST IN YOU.

Maggie is an accomplished Chi Running® and Pilates teacher with 17 years of international coaching experience. She also holds a degree in research methods, Masters level certification in Pilates and is a qualified life coach. Her clients have included sufferers of acute and chronic pain through to professional sportspeople, paralympians and Olympic gold medalists.

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17 August 2017 • Lungs of Life: The Essential Breathing Workshop for...

I took a few valuable points away from the course, about nose breathing and arm swing, to focus on during my future runs. Im sure my running will significantly improve from the instruction I was given on the course. Maggie provided expert analysis and feedback to each individual so you feel like you come away with a very personal experience. I loved being around like minded people and the lunch was amazing.