Laughter & Breath

Have you ever laughed so hard that you can’t breathe? Your stomach aches, tears are rolling down your face, and your body is hunched over as you gasp for air!

Robert Beck examines the link between laughter and breathwork.

Laughter is good for you! My theatre company Oop-La! dedicates itself to making people laugh and spreading joy through stupidity. Image by Angus Stewart.

It is a fact, almost universally agreed, that laughter is good for you. Little is known about exactly why we laugh. It’s an automatic reaction to external stimulus. In a similar way to the way we might gasp when we see something shocking, we laugh when we see something that amuses us. It is often something that we cannot control. How many of us have got a case of the giggles at the most inappropriate of times? I remember vividly being stuck down by uncontrollable laughter when I was being told off at school. Something about my teacher’s red face as he yelled at me was really, REALLY funny! Laughter can get us into trouble but it feels so good to do.

Laughter is linked to endorphins in our brain that appear to be released when we see something that tickles us. Like when you eat a good meal or exercise, chemically, laughter makes us feel better. I guess what I’m trying to say is that laughter is a natural high! Therefore, much like breathwork, a regular practice of laughter can be of real benefit to your health. In fact, it is having a breathwork practice and an awareness of my breath that has made me all the more appreciative of the power of laughter.

I am a clown. I don’t juggle or walk on a tight-rope. However, I do make a habit of trying to make people laugh. Sometimes more successfully than others! Here again, breath is incredibly important and inextricably linked to laughter. In order to make people laugh, I have to be aware of my body and my breathing. As many performers will attest to, before I go on stage I steady my breathing and centre myself. Maybe I’ll do a few sun salutations and a stretch or two. I focus on my breath making sure that I am taking on enough oxygen so that I feel ready to go out on stage and make my audience keel over laughing!

I am a clown! I make a habit of trying to make people laugh.

A large chunk of my clowning is done through lip-synch and, once again, in order for this to work, I have to be aware of my breath. When I learn a track, I listen carefully to the speaker’s breath. Do they breathe deeply or do they grab short little breaths as they speak? Breathe is linked to posture and, therefore, once I understand how the character breathes I can begin to understand how they may stand, move, and interact with the world around them. I approach lip-synching as if it were really me saying the words. When I lip-synch a song I imagine I am really about to sing. Where are the pauses for breath and how do they affect my performance. Breath is the key to an accurate lip-synch.

I feel the same way after a breathwork session as I do after I have been laughing. I’m a bit spaced out, my body feels a little weird and I may well have been crying. However, I also feel lighter, like a weight has been lifted, and I’m ready to face the world anew. I owe a lot to breathwork and I owe a lot to laughter. Both have helped me through some difficult times and both continue to aid me in my personal growth and that’s no joke!

I owe a lot to breathwork and I owe a lot to laughter. Both have helped me through some difficult times.

Robert (Bubbles) Beck is urbanLIFECLASS’ group PA and administrator. He trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in Advanced Theatre Practice. He has also trained with the eminent clown master, Philippe Gaulier. He will be performing in the show ‘Encore, Encore!’ at Camden People’s Theatre on 24th March as part of Sprint Festival. Tickets available here: http://www.cptheatre.co.uk/production/encore-encore/

For more information on his theatre company Oop-La! visit: http://www.ooplatheatre.co.uk

Fore more information on his work with urbanLIFECLASS check out his page: http://www.urbanlifeclass.me/theteam/robert-beck/


New Ideas, London Autumn Breathwork Groups + 121.

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Notes from David . . .

After a rethink, during my well-needed Summer Break, we will no longer be doing regular Evening Breathes as before but start to create POP UP BREATHES with new times and formats.

One on a different week night per month and one on a SATURDAY afternoon per month. Both groups will be for 5 participants max and achieve different aims.

Autumn is already getting jammed, I will be in Athens in October & Marrakech in November on rest breaks.

#selfCARE

Many new exciting avenues of Breathwork coming up, including Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy Combination work . . .

. . plus UK travel plans in 2019 will be prolifically irregular and busy.

#BREATHE

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GROUPWORK FOR REGULAR BREATHERS:

The MONTHLY EVENING BREATHE is from 7.00 – 9.00 pm, giving time to get home in dark winter weather. This 2 hour group is for those who have experienced OVER 5 BREATHWORK GROUP BREATHES and will include no discussion period before Breathing. 

Perfect for those who need a TOP-UP BREATHE once a month. After introductions the 1 hour Breathwork session will start dead on 7.30 pm and finish one hour later, leaving 30 mins to share, eat fruit and leave for home.

Fee £30.  5 participants max.

Wednesday OCTOBER 3rd 7 -9pm

& Tuesday October 30th: 7pm – 9pm

Payment can be made on the day if a returning client, but will be due in advance if first time with us. As this is a very small group, for any reason should you be unable to attend and we are unable to fill your place with another participant, then payment will still be required. 

Payment can be made by Cash on the day, PAYPAL with Debit or Credit Cards or ask for Bank Transfer details.

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NEW BREATHERS & REGULAR BREATHERS:

Each Saturday Group 12 noon – 4pm gives those who travel from afar a chance to attend. This group WILL involve a Group Discussion before a GROUP BREATH plus written work. Perfect for those new and interested or curious about benefits of Breathwork, Relationship and Codependency Recovery.  

Fee £50. 5 participants max.

Saturday 20th OCTOBER 12pm – 4pm

 & Saturday 17th NOVEMBER 12pm – 4pm

Both groups will be in Euston / Mornington Crescent venue

Payment can be made on the day if a returning client, but will be due in advance if first time with us. As this is a very small group, for any reason should you be unable to attend and we are unable to fill your place with another participant, then payment will still be required. 

Payment can be made by Cash on the day, PAYPAL with Debit or Credit Cards or ask for Bank Transfer details.

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Or experience Private 121 Coaching Sessions with or without Breathwork :

2 hours – Fortnightly or Monthly – £120 / 3 hours £150  Fortnightly or Monthly. Afternoons, Evenings or Weekends.

Financial unreliability can be discussed if funds are stopping you from Personal Growth work – Just ask – and a budget package can be created.

Payment can be made by PAYPAL on Debit or Credit Cards or cash on the day.

Please get in touch at urbanlifeclass@gmail.com or call David 020 7388 3109 to reserve your place on any of our workshops.

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Adam Spreadbury-Maher shares his thoughts on Breathwork and our Marrakech Retreat 2018.

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Olivier Award Winner Adam Spreadbury-Maher is an Australian/Irish Theatre Artistic Director, Producer and Writer. He is the founding Artistic Director of the Cock Tavern Theatre, OperaUpClose and The Hope Theatre, and is the current artistic director of the Kings Head Theatre, Islington. London.

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“Initially attending a one day Evolutionary Breathwork workshop in Central London, I decided to take the plunge and travel to Marrakech on the week long Breathwork retreat in March that David and his team hold annually. I didn’t know what to expect, though I went along with an open mind and heart.”

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“The week long retreat was co-led with established breath worker Luisa Bradshaw, a partnership that accounts for over 45 years combined experience, buckets of empathy and good humour, and I felt ‘emotionally safe’ from the start.

Based at a beautiful and comfortable 4-star riad-style hotel, just off the beaten track and hustle and bustle of the main square, in the Kasbah medina, our group was gently eased into the course with care and compassion over the first 2 days in the hotel with hammam, steamed, washed, scrubbed and relaxed in the Spa plus daily group breathwork for emotional and body release.”

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“The schedule had plenty of time for us to spend together socialising at meals or relaxing by the pool, alone in solitude and reflection, plus visits to some of Marrakesh’s most exquisite gardens. The day trip to the Ourika Valley at the foot of the Atlas Mountains was a particular highlight for me, along with silent walks in the stunning Anima Garden en route in the morning.”

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“Throughout the week, not only was I able to spend sometime focussing on a cleaner and better relationship with myself, I was also able to make new friends and deepen existing relationships.

This is breathwork for today’s pragmatic realistic, who is happy to dodge the crystals and dolphin music; it’s effective, self-led ( yet supported and guided ) self growth therapeutic practice.

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Quite unexpectantly, Conscious Connected Breathwork with David Parker has had a hugely positive impact on my life and well being. I recommend David, Luisa and their team unreservedly, in fact . . . I’ve already signed up for next year!”

 

Adam Spreadbury-Maher

 

Let’s Get Clear on the Year! Sunday Breathwork Seminar January 14th 2018 / 11am – 7pm in Belgravia / Victoria, London.

It’s easy to polish off a few New Year’s Resolutions that mean well, but often they don’t manifest long enough to produce results, which is why joint efforts, either in group or 121 Coaching WORKS. URBAN LIFECLASS understands the perils of procrastination, perfectionism and being pissed off at failure. Not that we see lack of concentration, focus or the power of distractions as unworthy or unworkable.

IT ALL WORKS. You just need to see it differently.

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Traditionally JANUARY is Detox month after the Christmas and New Year Binge, which makes sense, but having NO PLAN or support structures makes no sense at all, if you tackle it on your own. Experience has proved that addressing codependent, compulsive or addictive behaviours ALONE is as dumb as thinking you are still in control of your life. On this Sunday Seminar we focus on reviewing & completing 2017 regarding all your relationships : work, personal and one with YOURSELF.

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People-pleasing, procrastination, creative block, blaming others, blaming yourself and getting nowhere fast can be corrected. Coming to one of our SUNDAY SEMINARS will also make you realise that weakness has nothing to do with it. Weakness is a myth. So is MONEY. “I can’t afford it” is common enough until you add up what you waste in a month. ADD IT UP. Get Clear on LAST YEAR.

Don’t repeat it NEXT YEAR.

Led by Professional Breathworkers David Parker and Luisa Bradshaw.

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Check out THE TEAM Page above on our experience

JOIN US at the very sensible time of 11am – 7pm perfect for late risers, out-of-towners and party peeps at our VENUE just a 5 min walk from VICTORIA STATION LONDON. http://www.lightcentrebelgravia.co.uk

WELCOME if you are new to Personal Development, Groupwork or Breathwork. We don’t do special languages, New Age stuff or talking sticks. Other groups do those things so much better than us. We are just a bunch of creative people willing to change habits, addictions and depleting toxic relationships from our lives. If you are new, one of our team can contact you if you wish to answer questions. We don’t sell anything, or sign anyone up, we leave the choice up to you. You don’t need to be Creative, just willing to check out your life and how you can change the impact of all your relationships.

10501688_302332539936610_6051405388470842940_n£70 for the whole day including a GROUP REBIRTH SESSION. Some concessions are available and delayed/part payment will be individually considered.

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Contact Robert Beck urbanlifeclass@gmail.com (+44) 7913862492 for payment options, not The Light Centre Belgravia. Paypal to codacoach@yahoo.co.uk

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Breathworker / Luisa Bradshaw

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Hi, I am Luisa, some of you may know me from working alongside David recently.

I trained as an Evolutionary Breathworker in the 90’s with the awesome Diana Roberts, who also trained David in 1988 and both of us have over the years been blown away by the positive effects of breathwork, and believe it to be the fastest, most beneficial, purifying, joyous alternative therapy there is out there.

Personally I have found it profoundly rewarding, and it has completely changed my life and brought huge amounts of joy into it. So I am taking clients myself now I have more time and reaching out to anyone who would like a female breathworker.

Knowing every person’s needs are unique, I intuitively breathe clients, therefore every session is tailor made. My costs are low as I am outside of London. Sessions will be around 2 hours long.

images-1Evolutionary breathwork is conscious connected rhythmical breathing where you inhale so much more than just air, it is life force, prana, spiritual energy. When you use breathwork you flood the body with oxygen which changes the chemical compound within us releasing memories/information.

images-1When a memory or blockage is breathed out of the cells it can no longer harm or affect us. Some of the blockages have been in us our whole lives and create fears and anxieties we walk around with. Evolutionary Breathwork energy is so powerful it can blast away blockages in the mind and body in just one session. 

It cleanses and revitalises the whole of your being, leaving you in a completely blissed out state! The best comparison has been that of a drug induced state of consciousness!!!! The effects of conscious connected breathing are immediate and permanent, cleansing and transforming you. Did you know that 70% of our toxins are eliminated through our breath?

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https://urbanlifeclass.me/luisa-bradshaw-breathwork-practitioner-team-co-leader/ 

Here are just some of the benefits of Breathwork :
– cleanses, regenerates and rejuvenates the cells
– anti-aging
– releases stuck creativity
– deeply relaxing
– connects you to an alligned state of bliss/joy
– fastest route possible to release tension and stress resulting in peace and self confidence.
– cures and elevates illnesses 

images-1Call or whatsapp me on 07464 343480 or Email me at lulubw@hotmail.co.uk if you would like to chat, for more information or if you would like to book a breathe.

. . . the lights went out with Lee.

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a few words from David Parker

On Tuesday last week, on the very night we had a Breathwork Group, a power cut in the area affecting, shops, a pub and residences including three 20 storey tower blocks, went out. I wasn’t sure what to do, it was 4pm, we start at 7pm, how long would it last? . .  in fact it lasted 10 hours. Even though it was light outside, I still set about finding every moroccan tea light glass I had so we could have group, as the gloomy weather lent no light to proceedings. People arrived, including Lee, but universally known as ‘Peggy’. He used to run a pub, and being gay, he was bestowed this name, the same one as Babs Windsor playing Peggy Mitchell in Eastenders. His familiar bellow “Get Outa Ma Pub” was legendary, fierce and final.

Anyway he bounced in, a bit late, flustered, “what a bloody day!” arms waving, laughing, and took his place in a group he loved attending, “I come here for the social aspect, as much for the rebirthing breathwork, talking to people, getting into discussion with like-minds, he would often say, knowing there was no holding back on feelings or effing and blinding. We live in urban London, we speak as we find, no ‘hippie shit’, as some think, or ‘best behaviour’ going on.

Tell it like it is. And he did.

12814709_10154592242629128_467599028065657084_nI’d met Lee before, but he first attended our Monthly One Day Sunday Seminars in Victoria, eighteen months ago, and when we switched to Evening Groups ( now 3 a month ), he often forgot the dates, so he began to put up on Facebook the chalk board in his kitchen, to tell me he hadn’t forgotten.  

After the Breathe, we sat round in darkness, with just tea lights in glasses and Lee posted on Facebook the next morning : 

Lee Anderson : Peggy loved it by candlelight! 22 June at 08:54

12191970_10154304467959128_89677911108339713_nWe responded on Facebook everyday to each other especially over politics, last summer we both went to Camden Town Hall to hear Jeremy Corbyn, ( really to see Owen Jones in the flesh, we laughed ) and on Friday of last week we both FUMED over BREXIT as we both embrace a social conscience. He was with me when I took that photo of 3 teenagers looking into the window, after Corbyn’s rally, that went viral on global social media. Best memory to have of me and her.

Lee had worked at KIDS COMPANY for 5 years, with children and teenagers all living in harrowing difficult circumstances. His open hearted generosity healed unforgivable experiences, and the new job working with the charity recently set up by COLDPLAY & the John Frieda Company allowed him to continue in this role, using his creative talents ( holding a Degree in Printmaking for starters ), playing the fool, making kids laugh, and encouraging higher esteem in those kids unable to see the light of love. The authenticity he employed with kids he brought to our group, the quest for understanding with childhood enthusiasm, curiosity and a desire for deeper personal development. He loved me with a passion, always calling me Nana, and I adored and loved him back. My heart is smashed with his death.broken-heart_0

I know some of his dear friends referred to him as Edina Monsoon on Facebook with his ‘re-birthing classes’ (as he often posted about it on Facebook), but they were not far wrong – Peggy was truly, ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS.

Urban LIFECLASS will certainly miss his raucous laughter, old school camperama, diligence in finding himself and self sacrifice in unconditionally helping others. The lights have disappeared from our lives with Lee’s sad cardiac arrest last Sunday, but those tea glasses in every future Breathwork group will shine on, in each and every BREATHE we have.

Together we mourn, collectively we love. ❤️ #takeaBREATH

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