Inspiration Space is a breathing hub for all things breath related. We offer one to one's, workshops and retreats with the core focus being on healthy optimum, conscious breathing.
With a passion for sharing the knowledge and practice of conscious breathing, Inspiration Space was founded by Transformational and conscious breath-worker, Aimee Hartley and yoga teacher, Jess Horn in 2015.
We also collaborate with other leading therapists to offer deep healing experiences for those wishing to deepen their insight into the importance of the presence of the breath in any practice. We also offer online videos, audios and meditations to help you build a mindful breath and yoga practice throughout your day.
Here's our personal stories of how we discovered the power of the breath...
Aimee Hartley, Co-Founder & Conscious Breathworker
Transformational Breathwork completely changed my perspective on life. I came across this special practice shortly after completing a year’s full time International Yoga Teacher Training course in Sydney. This intensive training introduced me to a plethora of breathworks, from yogic breathing to complement postures, pranayamas, kriya based kundalini yoga to sacred breathing practices passed down from Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of Art of Living, so I thought there couldn’t be much more to experience.
It was back home in London, where I was lucky enough to be introduced to the true healing power of the breath. I was made aware of how my breathing pattern, like everyone, is completely unique, and has a direct and profound affect on how I was feeling, and in turn how I was experiencing my life.
I had always had underlying anxiety and a rather unhealthy relationship with my body image even though yoga helped me patch up a little of the self punishing and allowed me to manage the negative thought patterns, it wasn’t until I discovered Transformational Breathing that a real positive relationship with my mind and body emerged. Through this intricate work, I discovered that my default breathing pattern was quick and shallow and my body had learned to feel ‘normal’ in a fight of flight state often associated with breath holding. Even though I was practicing and teaching yoga I learned that my body actually felt quite scared to fully breathe, to be here, which was mirrored and interconnected by feelings of anxiety and discomfort.
After learning and practicing Transformational Breath, my body would feel totally relaxed but fully present, stillness would meet this pure buzziness and a connection with deep feelings that transcend explanation - at best - a cosmic collision of Love & Magic would appear. The Breath work also made me realise my greatest fears, suppressed feelings of lost loves surfaced, huge waves of grief from my past would crash through me to then be replenished with lightness and compassion, fear of intimacy was replaced with a sense of connection and compassion, feelings of depression would emerge to be surpassed by a strong sense of self. The more I accepted these darker, heavier feelings and made space for these, the lighter and happier I began to feel.
The world, for the first time in 35 years, seemed a brighter place. Even now, 8 years on and two children later, my life is wildly different, but when I practice even for 5 or 10 minutes, I return to this place where everything is OK. It’s this experience and knowing that the breath is a powerful trigger for self healing, that I feel profoundly driven to share this practice with as many people as possible.
One of my many visions for Inspiration Space is to develop a programme for the next generation, to ensure children and teenagers learn the importance of healthy breathing patterns and to introduce them to the experience of Transformational Breath. To show them how they can connect to themselves on a healthier level, to teach them how to learn to deepen their awareness and let go of self judgement, before drugs and alcohol call them to experience something else. To make them realise how precious their feelings are and let them know that no matter how hard life is, which it often is for all of us, there is always time to connect with these omnipresent feelings of Love & Magic.
"I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning."
J. B. Priestley
Jess Horn, Co-Founder & Yoga Teacher
When I attended my first yoga class over 18 years ago, I remember feeling waves of peace wash over me as I lay in savasana and a calmness that stayed with me for a few hours after. It wasn't the physical practice that kept me going back, although in all honesty, that’s what led me there. It was a stillness and peace I hadn't experienced before. Changes didn't happen overnight, but slowly, bad habits began to fall away and the constant ‘emptiness’ I carried with me has been replaced by peace and a new sense of optimism.
During my teens and 20's I felt numb, unable to ‘feel’. I thought there was always somewhere else I should be, or someone else who would make me happy, I had this constant need of searching. I kept moving, unable to settle, running from place to place. From a career in Advertising, University, to crewing on luxury yachts - the perfect vocation to keep me from being still. I worked with an amazing crew and we travelled the world and saw some stunning and beautiful places and although I’d tell myself how lucky I was, I still felt incredibly restless.
On a trip back to the UK, my sister introduced me to yoga. She gave me a yoga cassette to take away (yes that long ago!) and I discovered these new tools of moving with the breath which helped keep me sane. I’d always felt uncomfortable in my own company but these new daily yoga sessions gave me the courage and strength to live out my dreams and I travelled solo to South America, yoga mat in tow.
My Practice is my constant companion that moves and adjusts with me as I change and age, supporting me and helping me grow. Yoga helped me to heal a rift between my mind and body. I stopped many damaging habits, broke the un-healthy relationship cycles I was stuck in and settled, feeling at home in my own skin.
When I became pregnant with my son Sam my practice evolved and supported me, carrying me through a wonderful pregnancy and empowering birth. As soon as I could, I trained to be a yoga teacher wanting to share with others the joy that yoga brought me. I qualified as a 200hr RYT and BWY teacher in 2009. Since then I have completed numerous trainings including, pregnancy yoga, mother and baby yoga, restorative, Yin yoga and am currently completing my advanced 300 hr Teacher Training in ISHTA yoga. I love teaching, working with people and seeing the transformations that can happen on people’s faces in as little as a 90 min class or even more profoundly over one of our Inspiration Space weekends.
It started as a very physical thing but as the years have gone by I‘ve realised how much more there is to yoga, it’s a way of life. My deeper explorations of the philosophy, the power of the breath and the inner practices of meditation have benefitted me even more than the physical practice. I believe that there is yoga for everyone, for every stage of their lives and no matter what, you can always find a yoga practice to suit you. It isn’t about flexibility (although it’s a nice by-product) it’s about our level of awareness, about connecting more mindfully with our bodies and each other and our environment. One of the things I love most about it is that there is always more to learn, I will always be a student on this beautiful journey of life. Through sharing our passions and talents we hope to inspire others to live their dreams.
Read more about Jess including her retreats at www.jesshorn-yoga.co.uk and follow on instagram @jesshorn.yoga
“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we respond to it” - Dennis P. Kimbro