Gabrielle Boswell

Masterclass: a breath centred approach

Gabrielle has been teaching yoga since 2002 and her greatest passion is sharing the joy and benefits of yoga with others. The yoga she teaches is of a creative nature, using themes and imagery with smooth transitions between postures. It is a style that is gentle and nurturing, with options and modifications of postures so everyone can participate. Bhava yoga is inclusive, not exclusive; you are encouraged to move your body in a way that is ALWAYS pain free and in a comfortable range of movement. Bhava yoga is a moving meditation (many students practice much of the class with their eyes closed), where your body, breath and awareness are moving as one – this is union, this is yoga. Gabrielle loves to weave all aspects of her training into a practice, so the experience is an immersive and embodied one. This session will offer a breath concentred practice including the exploration and brief discussion on;

3D breathing

Controlled breathing vs. natural breath

3-part breathing

The essential qualities of pranayama - ujjayi breath (when to use and benefits)

Breathing to calm mind and stabilise the body in motion

This Masterclass will also discuss and explore the following concepts – Is there a right way of breathing? What is diaphragmatic breathing? Breathing to uplift, calm and balance. Some 'body sensing' will also be incorporated into the practice. When we bring attention to the sensations in the body (especially after movement), we get out of our head and into the body. We cannot think and feel at the same time. This brings a deeper meditative, introspective and embodied experience to the participants.

Yoga has been Gabrielle’s rock; through the illness and death of her father, navigating teenage boys and the emotional roller coaster of her menopause at 43. Yoga is Gabrielle’s constant companion, her source of strength, her voice of inner wisdom and guidance. Through practice she finds clarity, stillness, patience and peace.

Gabrielle Boswell

Gabrielle has been teaching since 2002 and a yoga therapist and iRest yoga nidra practitioner since 2012. She is the co-owner of Bhava Yoga and Dance centre and co-teaches a 12 month 300 hour yoga teacher training program. She also facilitates a 30 hour post graduate course on ‘Anatomy Fundamentals’ where 20 hrs is online training with Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews and leads 10 hour exploration and integration of the course material in live training. Gabrielle is an IAYT certified yoga therapist, Level 2 iRest® -Yoga Nidra teacher in training and trained in Lifeforce Yoga for Anxiety and Depression. She co-teaches a 12 month yoga teacher training program at Bhava Yoga and Dance and is part of the AAYT faculty. She has been state co-ordinator for Yoga Australia for the past 4 years and is a senior registered teacher.