St Peter's Prep Schools: Taking Time to Breathe

  • March 04, 2019 | Heather Kissack: Girls JP Head

‘A new world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing’

– Arundhati Roy.

In order to support our own health and that of our children, we invited Ela Manga to talk St Peter’s Prep staff and parents about a way of managing our stress and that of our children. As she says: Dysfunctional breathing habits develop over time due to chronic stress, poor posture or past trauma. These unconscious habits, in turn, exacerbate the stress response and push tension even deeper into the body.

Dr Ela Manga is a medical doctor by profession, an author and a speaker. She is committed to bringing mindfulness back into medicine, in order to allow people access to ‘conscious living’ as a way of achieving optimal health and wellness in general. To this end, Ela combines the principles of eastern philosophy, yoga and western medicine to create opportunities for individuals to access this way of life.

My focus is not just on treating symptoms, but diving deeper to uncover the root causes of illness and to work together with you to create a new mind/body system, in context of the big picture of your life. Balance and energy are restored through lifestyle changes, natural medicines, healing therapies, mindfulness, and breath work - all working to activate the body’s ability to heal itself.

The talk given by Ela Manga focused on breath awareness and conscious breathing. Ela believes that breath work is the foundation in the management of health, stress, and energy.

It is part of the essential skill-set, which is required for peak performance, as well as being a powerful methodology for healing and self-awareness.