Breath Training is a skill based practice that can be utilized by anyone. It involves enhancing the qualities of the breath through conscious effort by way of extending the inhalation and exhalation, minimizing pauses, irregularities, and noise. Breath Training can be done seated, lying on your back or your abdomen. When experimenting with all three positions you can explore the range in which the diaphragm, main respiratory muscle, attaches to the rib cage and spine and influences these structures leading to better circulation in the lungs, heart, and digestive organs. When practiced over a period of time breath training can offer stress reduction benefits such as reduced blood pressure, sleep disturbances, and indigestion, increased mental agility, physical relaxation, and emotional equilibrium.
About Julia Kress:
Julia has been teaching Health and Wellness for over 30 years. Her initial experience was in the Health Club industry as a personal trainer and exercise instructor. Her experience in yoga classes in the early 1990’s at the Himalayan Institute of Buffalo led her to make a radical shift in lifestyle and move to the Institute’s educational facility in Honesdale, P.A. where she lived for almost 8 years studying and teaching yoga and Holistic Health.
Julia has a B.A. in Exercise Science from the University at Buffalo, is a Certified Yoga Instructor at the Advanced 500 Level, E-RYT500, has certification as a Yoga Therapist, and Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist.
She has training in “yoga for disabilities” and has been part of the Universal Design Yoga program at UB since 2009. Her training has led her to work with various able bodied individuals wheelchair users, those with vision impairment, those with joint replacements, and people living with Autism, Multiple Sclerosis, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, and Hypertension.
She is the Administrative Coordinator and Senior Teacher for the 200 and 500 hour Teacher Training Programs at the Himalayan Institute of Buffalo and has served as an instructor for other teacher training programs in PA and Western NY. She works privately with clients to find the most effective method of yoga practice and lifestyle methods to fit their unique needs and abilities.