Inspiration Space is a breathing hub for all things breath related. Offering 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.
Also collaborating 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 how I 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 (there's no drugs..just breath!) 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 feels peaceful. 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, alcohol and other addictions 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 calm and stillness.
"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