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“Breathe” Workshop Offers a Lifeline of Calm in Troubled Times

Feeling the stress of COVID and combative politics?

Scream if you want. Better yet, put those lungs to a quieter purpose.

On Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 3 p.m., Lane Dare, an adjunct instructional faculty member in the Department of World Languages & Cultures, will lead a workshop on the benefits of conscious, controlled breathing.

She will explore what happens in your brain and body during breath work, and promises to cite evidence that the practice can make you "happier and healthier and smarter and even more compassionate."

The "Breathe" workshop is presented by the Center for Faculty Development.

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Give us the 30-second preview of your workshop.

1) An apology (in the literary sense): why you should hear/see this and pass it forward. 2) A disambiguation: breath work or meditation? 3) The body/brain and what happens when you work with the breath. 4) Some resources.

When did you become interested in breath work?

I have - since I was a small child - worked with my breath to sing, play the piano and calm myself. I learned it without being "taught."

Why should we take up the practice?

Your physical health, emotional health, cognitive health, and World Peace!

How much daily breath work do you recommend?

Experts recommend 15 to 20 minutes per day.

How has mindful breathing helped you in your life?

I have not been arrested, yet.

Besides being an instructor, Dare is a musician, a public speaker and a Master Gardener. She has also been a radio producer and host, and has worked in marketing at ODU, WHRO and Virginia Opera. She describes herself this way: "Lane Dare is a petite, energetic and impatient person who truly wants to make a positive difference in the world but whose Yin is often out-grappled by her Yang. She has learned in 68 years of both wonderful and distressingly poor grappling outcomes that working with her breath - whether in music or workouts or mindfully quiet periods - to establish daily Alpha (brain) states allows her to achieve victorious balances in her various healths and so in her relationships and her work. Mind you, she is STILL working on it."

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