Sonali Sudarshi, yoga teacher and GP at Gade Surgery, has set up NHS Breathe, together with other yoga teachers and health workers, providing free daily ten minute breathing and meditation sessions via Zoom.
She said: “We were listening to the stories that many NHS and key workers are facing and we wanted to provide something so they could take ten minutes out of their day and just sort of breathe and relax.
“Over the years people have developed certain patterns of breathing that don’t serve us and the breath can really help us to calm anxiety and calm the mind. It slows your heartbeat down if you learn to breath in a certain way, it can increase the capacity of your lungs. It’s really all about understanding that the breath is really linked to your thought, mind and body.
“For people who have never done it before it can be quite daunting, there are some really good yoga teachers, psychologists and health care workers on there, different people that will guide you through the session.
“We see in the general practice that there’s anxiety about what’s going to happen because of the pandemic and this could help reduce that fear and anxiety.”
The sessions take place three times a day including weekends, the timings are 7am, 1pm and 7pm, which were decided taking into consideration people’s shifts times.
NHS Breathe was initially aimed Primarily at NHS and key workers but it is now available for everyone to enjoy, for more information visit www.slowe.yoga/breathe