Breathe in Paris.
What is Breathe in Paris?
Yes, there’s a difference between breathing with ‘awareness’ and breathing ‘with purpose.’ That’s what I hope to teach in my uniquely powerful and moving ‘Breathe in Paris’ classes & workshops where I combine Reiki, Breathwork, Mindfulness and spiritual coaching. I hold them in English or French, whatever works for the group. They can be one-hour classes or two-hour workshops where we also integrate a theme such as ‘gratitude,’ ‘dream big dreams,’ ‘self-compassion,’ ‘forgiveness,’ and so forth.
Check out my calendar for upcoming ‘Breathe in Paris’ events.
With ‘Breathe in Paris’ I’m the first to introduce Breathwork to Paris (and also to Morocco and Lebanon where I’ve held Pop-Up classes.) My goal is to inspire people all over the world to use their breath better while also teaching them to live more fulfilling and peaceful lives.
HOW DID I GET INTO BREATHWORK?
It all started very close to home. My younger sister, Tanya Bentley, a Research Scientist and Breathwork Facilitator in Los Angeles, has been telling me about the benefits of Breathwork for years. Finally I dug in, took her class and after some profound experiences during several Breathwork classes, I got hooked and immediately completed Jon Paul Crimi’s Breathwork Teacher Training Intensive in Los Angeles. My most gratifying work today is Breathwork because it has so many naturally therapeutic benefits and anyone can do it.
Breathwork is a conscious breathing technique through the mouth that helps reinforce physical and mental endurance. Also called ‘Two-Stage Pranayama,’ ‘Conscious Connected Breathing,’ or an “Active Meditation,’ Breathwork is the latest self-improvement tool in LA and NYC for athletes, actors, professionals, fashionistas, yogis… non-believers and believers… you name it. It’s for anyone who wants to create more balance and harmony in their body and mind.
These classes are for you if you want to release stress, increase physical performance and/or just simply live better.
Each of my sessions begins calmly with meditations, guided breathing exercises and/or discussions around Reiki, a central theme and/or breathing. Each class is different. Then the energy increases when the Two-Stage Pranayama breathing begins. You breathe through your mouth for 23-30 minutes while lying on the floor with a blanket covering you and an eye mask over your eyes. My job is to motivate you, to hold your space and to guide you to unload as much as you can — all to an incredible musical playlist. Yes, the music gets loud and each playlist is handpicked and tried out ahead of time by me.
WHAT’S THE EXPERIENCE LIKE?
Breathwork is purely experiential and no two sessions are alike. The energy is different, the music is different, I am different! Each person has a different experience, so it’s difficult to describe. But one thing is guaranteed, you’ll feel completely different than how you felt when you came in. Be prepared for some big physical and also emotional shifts.
WHAT WILL YOU GET OUT OF IT?
Combining Reiki with Breathwork, these classes are great opportunities for exploration, discovery, healing, and personal growth. Working with the breath enables you to take better care of yourself and release beliefs and patterns that no longer serve you. Most people leave Breathwork sessions feeling clearer, calmer, more content and relaxed.
I aim to provide a space in my classes where everyone feels comfortable and can challenge themselves safely, whether they are beginners or more experienced yogis. I hope my classes encourage more awareness, so people can connect more mindfully with their bodies, each other and our environment.
It’s suggested you don’t eat for a few hours before class. :)
IMPORTANT TO KNOW BEFOREHAND
Please note that if you are pregnant, have a hiatal hernia, vertigo, high blood pressure, spinal injuries, heart disease, digestive issues, or other health problems that could be exacerbated by these intense breathing practices, it is advised that you DO NOT ATTEMPT pranayama breathing. If you are unsure, ask your doctor or consult someone who is trained in teaching breath work. If you do try it and experience heart palpitations, dizziness, nausea, or tingling in your lips, stop doing the breath work immediately.