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Breathe… INTO LIFE: An Introductory Workshop to the Respira Method with Maciek Sikora and Svetlana Vajnine

“No matter what we eat, how much we exercise, how resilient our genes are, how skinny or young or wise we are – none of it will matter unless we’re breathing correctly. That’s what researchers have discovered. The missing pillar in health is breath. It all starts there.” J. Nestor

Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th December
Times both days: 10am-12am (UK time)



During this workshop we will look at the way we breathe. Through a series of simple and accessible exercises we will examine our breathing habits and their effectiveness: we will look at the ways to help our breathing to become more efficient, smooth and relaxed. The exercises are simple to perform, and although they are not challenging, they can have a profound effect on our life.


‘Respira’ is a method that helps us to deconstruct our old breathing patterns and let go of underlying tensions. It allows us to rediscover how to enjoy the natural rhythm of our breath. In order to liberate our breathing from unhealthy habits, and to just let it be, we need to learn how to have a clear presence of all its movements.⁠

Breathing is the door to our energy: the bridge that connects our mind and body. If our body and energy are relaxed, our mind also becomes calm with little or no agitation. Conscious, mindful breathing together with mindful movements of our body and a correctly, aligned position allow an inner sense of harmony to naturally manifest.

This workshop is open to all and does not require any previous experience of breath work. You will simply need a yoga mat, comfortable floor space, or a chair and some dedicated time.

Maciek Sikora and Svetlana Vajnine are both certified Respira teachers, a technique created by Fabio Andrico: an experienced, authorised Yantra Yoga teacher of the Dzogchen Community, as founded by the late Tibetan Master, Professor Namkhai Norbu.

Maciek’s background is in swimming with application of the Alexander Technique.
Svetlana’s background is in dance and Pilates. She is also an authorised ‘Khaita Joyful Dance’ instructor.