Breathing for Better Eating is the psychological and spiritual support system to successfully change the way you eat – more consciously, with more control, pleasure and self awareness. Overeating and bad eating choices come about because of disconnectedness from body, stress and exhaustion – BBE responds to this and offers strategies to replace it.
Successful dieting has several components:
- The motivation to recognize and acknowledge the need for change, not based on using “others” as a measure of healthy (but based on personal goals of feeling balanced, healthy and vibrant).
- Development of goals based on long-term paradigm shifts – from those that come from fear and deprivation to ones based in kindness and self love.
- To gather and maintain information and habits based on sane nutrition information — where the goal is to nourish body and brain.
- To develop a support system, both internal and external that supports your courage to go up against a heavily advertised fear-driven world, filled with misinformation and myths that just perpetuate self hate.
Breathing for Better Eating offers meditation and breathing techniques specifically for those trying to diet, eat healthier, stop emotional eating, and eat cleaner more nourishing food.
Introduction. What is “active” meditation (it “activates” and also requires you to be an active participant). Why is breathing so important, and becoming more important.
- A culture of shallow breathers. Atshma, COPD. Fear and Anxiety disorders (18% in the US currently, the population of Argentina).
- Back pain, pain disorders
- Expanding lung capacity and efficacy
- Stress reduction
- More oxygen in body (nourishes organs and muscles)
- More oxygen in brain
- Also can be part of a spiritual practice, regardless of participant religion.
The concept of intention and mantras are introduced, the two part Pranayama breathe is explained, participants talk about their intentions.
After this “lecture” component, the actual breathing starts. Participants are guided in maintaining a constant pace with the two part breathe. During the second half, the more meditative gentle portion of the breathing they are encouraged to reconnect to their intention and to the basic tenants of healthier eating and living.
The basics of the mantras are to remind participants that they have an internal support system (gratitude and delight), and an external one of good information and access to professionals.
During the last part of the session, participants are encouraged to talk about their experience during the breathing.
The healing and breathing leader, Dr. Belisa Vranich, is a clinical psychologist and will be available for questions after class and through email at any time.