Life is Breath & Breath is Life
The Breath of Life is a powerful breathwork process derived from yoga tradition and adapted by Michael Hayman. The intention and invitation is to let go of pain, trauma and fear and to call in peace, empowerment, bliss and freedom.
The Breath of Life process draws from Pranayama and highly oxygenates the body, activating both the vagus nerve and pineal gland and transmuting energy in an empowering dynamic process. We begin with a style of fire breathing which fully awakens us, flooding oxygen deep into each cell of the body. The lungs expand fully, opening the heart space and pulling energy up into the brain like an ecstatic wave. A breath retention harmonises the sympathetic with parasympathetic and the following phase invites deep relaxation, allowing mental, emotional and physical release. Participants can experience very deep levels of release combined with profound self-awareness and a sense of inner peace often found accompanying psychedelic or transcendental experiences.
The process is simple, done lying down and suitable for everyone (we suggest 16 years and over) of all ages, levels of fitness etc.
We’ll begin the evening with a sacred cacao ceremony, embracing this wonder filled plant medicine to blossom our hearts with the vibration of love and life. Cacao has long been used in ceremony to help initiate conscious reconnection with our hearts. Cacao is a great source of four scientifically proven bliss chemicals – serotonin, tryptophan, tyrosine and phenylethylamine. These neurotransmitters are associated with feelings of wellbeing, happiness, bliss and ecstasy. We also add maca to our cacao elixir to stimulate our endocannabinoid receptors to bring added bliss. Our ceremonial cacao drink (raw organic sugar/dairy/gluten/nut free) is the perfect complement to the Breath of Life experience.
The Tantric Marriage
In the centre of your head is the Cave of Brahman, a chamber filled with spinal fluid (technically, the third ventricle). It connects to two other chambers (the lateral ventricles), one in each hemisphere of the brain (male and female hemispheres). The floor of this chamber is the hypothalamus, the body’s pleasure centre, which regulates the autonomic system, the body’s female aspect. At the front of the chamber is the pituitary gland, master gland of the body. This will become the abode of Shakti. At the rear of the chamber is the pineal gland where Shiva sleeps.
In the first seven years of life, the pineal gland functions as a control on the pituitary, but then it becomes inactive and loses most of its function. The pituitary emerges and our worldly personality develops. Pineal was the guru and pituitary was the disciple. When those roles were reversed, mental and physical problems may begin. The Tantric Marriage reawakens the pineal, restoring its controlling position, so the bodymind returns to balance.
Kundalini only begins to rise in Sushumna when there is an exact balance between the solar energy in Pingala and the lunar energy in Ida. Pushed in the by the breath retention, the charged spinal fluid rises through the central spinal canal into the third ventricle, the Cave of Brahman. You may feel a thin line of energy from the coccyx to the medulla and straight across to activate the third eye. Now clairvoyance sets in spontaneously and you can be a visual witness to the fireworks at the marriage celebration. The breath sets up a vibration which stimulates the pituitary and hypothalamus. You can feel pressure, feel vibration as a tingle in your head.
Come along for the evening’s journey to celebrate your life, lift your spirits, feel radically alive and breathe yourself free.