06.04.20 - Session 3 – Understanding the breath

About Big Boost Mondays Breakfast

Big Boost Mondays Breakfast – The well-being start to your week’ helps you kick off the coming days with positive thoughts, shared communication, mindfulness and a renewed sense of clarity

Join us online each Monday at 8.30am with our favourite Breathwork and Meditation Coach Michael McCaffrey as he shares insightful techniques to help you boost your immune system, reduce anxiety and provides a much needed place to communicate positive messages – our shared ‘online sanctuary’.

In this week’s session

To kick off April our session this week looks at how we can become more aware of the breath. Michae introduced us to a light breathing awareness practice which looked at regulating nasal breathing. We discussed how our understanding of the breath can help us to benefit from increased oxygen levels in our blood, especially useful to boost our exercise or sports performance. We also talked about how approaching mealtimes in a mindful way can help to promote a healthy relationship with food – Michael shares his experiences of mealtimes in a silent retreat in Nepal, where each person would express their gratitude for food.

For something to watch this week, Michael recommends the ‘Dark’ series on Netflix. This German sci fi, thriller, drama is sure to get your mind racing and stimulate deep thought.

Top Tip of the Week

Mindful Eating

Taking the time to really enjoy what is on our plate before eating helps with digestion and boosts our mental state – helping our bodies, inside and out. It’s also important to be grateful for the food we have and its intrinsic connection to the vital elements water, sun and earth.


30.03.20 - Session 2 - Positive not panic

About Big Boost Mondays Breakfast

Big Boost Mondays Breakfast – The well-being start to your week’ helps you kick off the coming days with positive thoughts, shared communication, mindfulness and a renewed sense of clarity

Join us online each Monday at 8.30am with our favourite Breathwork and Meditation Coach Michael McCaffrey as he shares insightful techniques to help you boost your immune system, reduce anxiety and provides a much needed place to communicate positive messages – our shared ‘online sanctuary’.

In this week’s session

In our second session, Michael introduced us to two parasympathetic breathing techniques for calming the mind and body – known as ‘Rest and Digest’ these techniques help to regulate our body in those moments of stress. We discuss why it’s important to take notice of the way we breathe, the power of contemplation and how to ensure a positive outlook in times of panic. Michael also shares his free online classes to support NHS healthcare workers, as they work on the frontline during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Michael recommends a mobile app ‘BreathPacer’ which enables you to set times to your breathing, enabling you to intuit into a slower, deeper and more rhythmical pattern. Find ‘BreathPacer’ on the App Store.

Top Tip of the Week

Understanding the breath

As an ‘Oxygen Advantage’ Coach, Michael shares the book ‘The Oxygen Advantage: The Simple, Scientifically Proven Breathing Techniques for a Healthier, Slimmer, Faster, and Fitter You’ by Patrick G McKeown. It gives a fascinating insight into what happens within the body when we breathe, and how this can improve our overall well-being.


23.03.20 - Session 1 - Focusing the mind

About Big Boost Mondays Breakfast

‘Big Boost Mondays Breakfast – The well-being start to your week’ helps you kick off the coming days with positive thoughts, shared communication, mindfulness and a renewed sense of clarity.

Join us online each Monday at 8.30am with our favourite Breathwork and Meditation Coach Michael McCaffrey as he shares insightful techniques to help you boost your immune system, reduce anxiety and provides a much needed place to communicate positive messages – our shared ‘online sanctuary’.

In this week’s session

In our first session, Michael guided us by focusing the mind – ways to stay settled even if we are bombarded with outside noise and anxiety inducing information. We talked about the importance of routine, especially in current working from home environments and how experimenting with scent can invigorate both your sense of smell and surroundings.

Michael also highlighted the importance of laughter – his recommendation this week is the hilarious ‘XFM The Ricky Gervais Show’ – you can find it on YouTube here

Top Tip of the Week

Routine

If you are working from home, make sure you make the most of those extra hours in your day saved by not having to commute. Create a daily routine and itinerary that ensures you make time for yourself, work, leisure and exercise – you’ll be surprised at just how productive you can be in your own living room.


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Michael McCaffrey

Founder of Breathing Space Wellness and a breathwork and meditation coach.

His practice brings wellness to the workplace through guided mindfulness, sound, breathwork and counselling. Breathing Space Wellness offer sessions across multiple co-working spaces and organisations, including Chelsea F.C, to increase emotional and physical wellbeing – increasing performance through meditative techniques.

Follow @breathingspacewellness on Instagram for more information.

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