'Where modern medicine merges with ancient practices'
Changing the way we see our health, and the way we do medicine
Modern Medicine & Holistic practices
The Breathing Practice is a London based project started after years of experience in the medical field. We use evidence-based practices to empower our clients to believe that the process of health and disease is a balanced combination between modern diagnostic medicine and self-awareness. This programme has been created with the help and support of medical specialists, consultants, nurses, and holistic practitioners.
We hope you enjoy the journey with us.
Patient centred approach
Comprehensive health assessment
Stress management techniques
Medicine & Science
Bespoke individualised programmes
Heart-Brain coherence therapy
Personalised risk factors assessment
Private Cardiac Rehabilitation
Stress & Anxiety
The Breathing Practice is one of the first programmes in the UK to implement
the safety of modern medicine, and the emotional and spiritual support of holistic practices.
'What makes us different from other programmes is the fact that we are driven my
medical outcomes and we know the science behind our therapy.'
We work with emphasis on areas such as prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. BreathPractice® Method specialises in three of the most prevalent chronic diseases worldwide: cardiovascular disease, cancer, and stress and anxiety.
An integrative approach usually involves using multiple, generally safe approaches simultaneously, some aimed at the physical body, others at the emotions and or spirit, to induce improvements in the patient's psychophysiological functioning.
Our method may include a combination of posture and movement, breathing practices, mindfulness meditation, and lifestyle advice. Our integrative approach also supports the use of reductionist tools such as pharmaceuticals and surgery when necessary
The recent surge of yoga’s popularity in Western culture has been mirrored by clinical and academic interest and the number of clinical studies investigating yoga has increased exponentially over the last decade.
Meditation has been used for centuries as an effective method to calm the mind and enhance concentration.
Mindfulness is the practical and subtle tool that helps us cultivate greater awareness of the unity of body and mind as well as the deeper aspects of the personality such as thoughts, emotions and believes. It is the art of cultivating oneness and presence. Mindfulness has been clinically and scientifically demonstrated to be effective in the relief of symptoms of chronic illnesses
We are fully aware of the importance on safety when working with people experiencing health difficulties. Safety is one of our main priorities. it is what maximises the possibility of healing.
Our consultations begin with a thorough assessment of different hemodynamics.
Why The Breathing Practice & Why The breath?
Yoga has gained popularity as a therapeutic intervention. But what about helping specific populations and improving specific medical outcomes?
Understanding the cause
The programme can help you decrease stress, and also to understand what are the causes and consequences of a stressful lifestyle.
We design and follow specific medical and therapeutic protocols according to our client's needs and condition. They are designed individually when the first consultation is performed.
Link between mind & body
The breath is the link between the mind and the body. It both reflects and affects your level of stress. Breathing is the only system in our physiology that it is both automatic and changeable.
How we breath affects directly our respiratory, cardiovascular and neurological systems. It also plays an important role in the quality of our sleep, concentration and our energy levels.
The awareness of your breath serves as a mechanism to connect our thoughts with your physical state. It is a great tool to deepen the practice of meditation, and serves as a powerful modulator of our heart rate or pulse.
By mindfully practicing of slow, deep and rhythmic breathing, the heart rate can be regulated. This practice will lead us to achieve a more serene mind and relaxed body.
Oxygen & Life
There are a large number of health conditions, specially chronic inflammatory diseases, that have been proven to benefit from better quality of breathing as a complementary therapy to normal medical care.
Oxygen is the vital factor which assists the body in removing toxins. It is an indispensable and necessary tool from nature necessary for life to exist.
A journey towards a healthier balanced life
Yoga and Blood pressure
Most research studies reported that yoga effectively reduced blood pressure in both normotensive and hypertensive population. Yoga is seen as an effective adjunct therapy for hypertension and worthy of inclusion in clinical guideline. Researchers demonstrate that yoga words because it modulates the physiological system of the body, specially its effect on the heart rate.
Meditation vs Medication
We believe that there is space in the future of modern medicine to gracefully combine medication and meditation. In our programme, we are already merging the two science in order to promote, maintain and restore health. Meditation could be a fantastic modulator to cultivate healthy habits and reduce the risk of worsening chronic illnesses.
Appreciation and Acceptance
Recognising and accepting your feelings and thoughts opens the door to examining how they interact. Once you understand that, you can change negative patterns. The Breathing Practice offers the tools to enhance you appreciation for simple everyday experiences.
Cancer & quality of life
Cancer is an important health issue influencing quality of life. An increasingly important issue in oncology is to evaluate QoL in cancer patients. The practice of yoga and other lifestyle changes are scientifically proven to significantly increase quality of life and reduce the toxicity of certain aggressive treatments. A number of yogic practices are helpful for people living with cancer or at remission.
When work or life-related stress interferes with the ability to perform, manage a personal life, or impacts health, it is time to take action. Paying attention to physical and emotional health is a good place to start. Sometimes stress can be good. For instance, it can help you develop skills needed to manage potentially threatening situations in life. However, stress can be harmful when it is severe enough to make you feel overwhelmed and out of control.
Taking care of ourself doesn't require a total lifestyle overhaul. Even small things can lift mood, increase energy and make us feel like we are back in control. By taking one step at a time and making more positive lifestyle choices, we can soon notice both a reduction in stress or anxiety and an increase in energy and positivity.
When we deal with people with heart disease or at risk of developing cardiovascular disease, we focus not only in the common contributors such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking or sedentary life but also in psychological factors, personality types, environment and behaviour types.
How do we intervene: We use Pranayama (breathing techniques) at first instance for those living with or at high risk of cardiovascular disease. Pranayama has been found to improve cardiovascular conditioning, improve the efficiency of lung function and provides a better oxygenation to every part of the body.
Our philosophy of heart disease: The heart is the organ or Love, self-acceptance and compassion.
Dealing with people living with cancer could sometimes challenging yet immensely rewarding. At our programme we use a number of yogic practices that have been found to be helpful in reducing stress and managing side effects during and after chemotherapy.
We use a gentle approach to yoga and one of our main focus is to enhance the practice of visualisation encouraging our clients to create a regular daily practice. We design exhaustive and medically supervised detox sessions that help patients to eliminate the undesirable effects of some drugs.
Our philosophy of Cancer: ‘Some life events irrupt into our life to teach us what we have not been able to learn, listen or feel previously.’
Scientific evidence is showing that stress triggers some of the biggest health problems in modern world, including type 2 diabetes, heart attacks, obesity, depression and autoimmune diseases. At The Breathing practice we use yoga to teach you how to stop your mind from working against you, from taking you to your limits.
Some of the health effects of Stress and Anxiety:
Increased cholesterol and triglycerides / Increased blood sugar / Poor sleep or insomnia / Fatigue / Increased sensation of pain / Adoption of less healthy habits / Increased appetite / Weight gain / Fat deposit in abdomen / Increased inflammatory response / Headaches / Tachycardias / Irritability.
Our approach to Stress: We have found an increased number of clients that benefit from breathing techniques and visualisation at the beginning of the programme. Then gradually we incorporate meditation and deep relaxation once the person has learnt the basic skills to advance. We believe that pranayama is the best way to slow down the mind and bring awareness.
Salema brings a wealth of experience to her work as a Yoga Teacher, Movement Psychologist, Neurobehavioral Coach, Speaker, Writer and co-host of a monthly radio show, Master Fear Illuminate Life. Teaching for over a decade globally. Salema has tailored and delivered wellbeing programmes and classes for retreat companies, yoga centres, yoga conferences, and corporate clients. Focusing on refined anatomical movement, breathing and meditation practices.
Her enthusiasm and passion in the brain, mind and behaviour started with her personal journey and interaction with Depression, Dementia and Alzheimer’s which led her to therapy and coaching. She is an ongoing student of University of Cambridge in Coaching Psychology, Experimental Cognitive Psychology with emphasis on Neuropsychology under the direction of Professor Lee De-Wit. Whilst at Cambridge she has explored additional studies in The Science and Practice of Mindfulness and its Clinical Applications, Understanding stress: from molecules to mindfulness. And has also completed the UCL program The Many Faces of Dementia.
She is a registered Senior teacher and teach trainer with the Yoga Alliance. A Graduate Psych Student Affiliate with the American Psychological Association. A member of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science, The Coaching and Mentoring Network. And the Coaching Alumni for Cambridge University and the Queens Young Leaders.
Her mission is to raise awareness in how to cultivate more flexibility in the brain, mind and body. Giving a unique insight in how to learn to work according to your brain rather than against it. Salema writes and speaks about the science of life through various blogs and publications including Psychologies Magazine and Women’s Health and Fitness. She’s been involved in teaching and speaking events for Psychologies Magazine, The Secret Yoga Club, Lululemon at The Royal Opera House and The Royal Academy of Art in London. And lectures and presents at various conferences at The Yoga Show, Mind Body Spirit Festival and on BBC Radio.
In addition to teaching and studying she runs a successful Neurobehavioral Coaching and Movement Psychology private practice. You can find Salema online through iTunes, Grokker and Audible Yoga. Her DVD Yoga and Positive Psychology is available on amazon.com
Areas where Salema can help:
Neuroanatomy: How stress is induced and encoded in the nervous system
Psychology of language in cognitive behaviour (RFT + ACT)
Anxiety and Stress: Cognitive and behavioural approaches | Meditation and brain stimulation | Stress resilience and how to increase it
Anastasia is a passionate and highly qualified nutritional therapist and yoga teacher. Having dealt with digestive issues herself as well as other health complications, and being constantly unfulfilled with the reductionist approach of western medicine, it was necessary for her to take her health into her own hands.
This led her to start her training at the College of Naturopathic Medicine, where she was trained to approach health in a holistic way, considering each individual as a unique makeup of a variety of biochemical, emotional and environmental factors.
This patient-centred approach has its focus on the underlying drivers of chronic health conditions and addresses the whole person, rather than the symptoms in isolation. She believes that many of today’s most challenging, costly, and debilitating conditions, including a variety of age-related disease, are closely tied to the mismatch between dietary and lifestyle habits and genetic predisposition. Anastasia works using a functional medicine framework and has successfully helped many patients with a whole range of chronic diseases.
Anastasia believes that our diet is more than just food to keep us going, but what we choose to eat is essentially providing our body with ‘information’ and can actually change the expression of our DNA, which can either optimise our health or can weaken our defences, leading to chronic disease. It is our birthright to be healthy and be well, but we often forget what this actually feels like.
Increasing research is showing the significance of dietary and lifestyle interventions in improving health, so we must no longer underestimate how powerful these approaches can be.
Consultation with Anastasia
Before your first appointment you will be asked to complete a comprehensive food diary as well as a health questionnaire, in order to understand how your lifestyle and diet can be driving symptoms.
Throughout the consultation, which typically lasts an hour, Anastasia will take time to learn about your medical history, symptoms and lifestyle in order to formulate a plan that is realistic and achievable for you. After evaluating your individual needs together, you will then be provided with explanations of dietary and lifestyle factors that may be contributing to your symptoms, as well as a personalised dietary and lifestyle programme designed to meet your individual requirements. When necessary, dietary supplements may be recommended to boost the nutritional programme, based on both scientific evidence and your specific needs.
We are thrilled to be offering the first training in Yoga Therapy for Cardiovascular conditions and its risk factors in the UK. Taught by our Founder and Arrhythmia specialist Sherezade Ruano, this six day course will prepare yoga teachers, yoga therapists and health care professionals to safely deliver yogic practices and other complementary care to individuals presenting with existent cardiovascular disease or in need of cardiac rehabilitation.
Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) remains the largest cause of mortality around the world. Many cardiovascular conditions are the result of a combination of stress, poor diet, infrequent exercise, and tobacco, which can be prevented by lifestyle modifications present in yoga, therefore, yoga is an increasingly attractive mode of preventative medicine. Research reveals that people who practice yoga are less likely to experience a cardiac event. Further, in the 1990s renowned cardiologist, Dean Ornish, conducted landmark research demonstrating that a holistic yoga interventions including dietary management, yoga, stress management groups, and exercise – could actually reverse various forms of cardiovascular disease and significantly reduce the need for surgery. This ground-breaking finding has changed the perception of cardiovascular management.
Sherezade has trained with Nischala Joy Devi, who originally developed the yogic portion of the Dr Ornish Program. She has combined this with her knowledge and expertise as an arrhythmia nurse to create unique interventions supporting cardiac health and improved treatment of cardiac conditions.
Driven by medical outcomes, this training covers:
1. An in depth exploration of the cardiovascular system.
2. The rationale beyond yoga’s value in improving cardiovascular health.
3. How the nervous system, respiratory system, and cardiovascular system work together.
4. Common cardiac conditions, which respond well to yoga.
5. Research verifying yoga’s role in heart health.
6. Asana, pranayama, and meditation that is safe and highly effective for heart patients.
7. Best practice, scope of practice, and precautions.
8. Life style management advance that can be offering by yoga teachers, therapists, and health care providers.
9. The role of yoga philosophy in changing negative habits and empowering patients to take better care of themselves.
10. How to speak to clinicians about yoga’s role in cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention.
What will the training give me?
You will be able to work with a vast array of cardiac conditions, specifically people with Chronic Heart Failure, Arrhythmias, Hypertension, and even patients who recently experienced a heart attack more than two weeks ago. To help you establish relationships and support your work, you will also be given access to two different documents with specific protocols designed by Sherezade; one for patients and one for consultants addressing their different needs and concerns.
At the end of the training students will receive certificates of attendance validated by both the Minded Institute and the Yoga Alliance UK.
Sherezade Ruano holds a MSc in Cardiac Nursing and has extensive experience in the Research Field. She works with highly renowned medical professionals in areas such as interventional cardiology, nuclear medicine, and electrophysiology. Fruit of her research work, she has been co-author in several studies in preventive medicine and cardiovascular research. She is currently a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in arrhythmias and independently run clinics in the community where she promotes lifestyle interventions for improving cardiac health alongside with conventional medical management for heart disease and cardiac rhythm disturbances.
Sherezade works closely with high standard organisations such as The British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Arrhythmia Alliance.
She trained as a Cardiac and Cancer Yoga Therapist in the US and qualified as a yoga teacher in London by the highly acclaimed training offered by Triyoga, in London. Her interest in this field is in the effects of mind-body practices -yoga based interventions- for chronic conditions and specific clinical outcomes.
Sherezade is the Founder of The Breathing Practice programme and TheBreath Method. In the clinical environment she provides the best quality of care in Western medicine, whilst bringing the holistic perspective of optimising and balancing the function of every system in the body through evidence based therapies.
She is one of the new members of Yoga in Health Care Alliance, a council of experts devoted to integrating therapeutic yoga practice into healthcare systems.
Sherezade has currently been invited to join an International Medical Group of Holistic Recovery where she offers her expertise and supervises that all patients are compliance with the lifestyle modifications necessary to achieve an optimal recovery.
Having a plus in safety when teaching mind-body techniques, she understands health from a different perspective and firmly believes that recognising specific symptoms is paramount when dealing with high risk factors.
‘I see all my clients and patients as instruments of evolution, no matter what circumstances they are facing. I observe, assess and deliver the best possible therapy with compassion, care and patience.’
Areas where Sherezade can help:
Post cardiac event (myocardial infarction, post stent, cardiac rehabilitation)
General wellbeing (improving flexibility, strength and achieve mental focus)
Sherezade offers private and individualised session in-hospital settings prior surgery and for long-term hospitalisation. Centres where she currently takes her approach: Wellington Hospital, Imperial College -Hammersmith NHS Trust, St John’s and Elizabeth Hospital. Private Clinics: The Elixir Clinic (London)