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Group Buteyko Breathing & Pranayama Classes

Would you like to learn more about your breathing patterns and how they are affecting your health, fitness and stress levels?

Would you like to breathe more freely, feel calmer, sleep better, and have more energy?

Would you like to develop your own meditation practice by creating a foundation using functional and intentional breathing with relaxation?

If any of these resonate with you then joining a small group Breathing course is a great place to start. You can opt for an Online Course or join Nicky in-person in Witherlea, Blenheim, New Zealand.

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When we breathe well our breathing is light, slow, quiet, regular and through the nose during rest, sleep and exercise.

Less than optimal breathing is typically upper chest, shallow, fast and hard, and often may be through the mouth.

We don’t always notice poor breathing patterns but they are common.

They may be associated with conditions such as asthma, hayfever, insomnia, snoring, sleep apnea, anxiety, stress, trauma, racing mind, PTSD, and many other chronic conditions.

For example 75% of people with anxiety have breathing dysfunction. And 50% of people with lower back pain also have breathing dysfunction.

Even those with functional breathing can further improve their breathing to be fitter, have more energy, have more endurance and a quicker recovery after exercise.

The breath is also a powerful means to bring us into presence, to become more aware, more patient, and to be able to get out of our thoughts and experience the fullness of life and our spiritual nature.

In these small group classes you will learn how to breathe better, to recognise and correct unhelpful breathing patterns, and to understand the connection between the way you breathe and your mental and physical wellbeing.

Through simple regular practices you will be able to make changes to your habitual and automatic breathing patterns; not just while you practice but all the time.

These classes combine the wisdom of Yoga Pranayama and the Buteyko Method to provide you with a comprehensive understanding and practical tools to make permanent and positive changes to your wellbeing, personal growth, and happiness.

Note: Nicky also offers private 1:1 or small group sessions in person in Marlborough, New Zealand or online from wherever you are. She can also tailor programs for your company or community group that will suit your needs and budget.



Who are these Breathing Classes for?

Classes are for anyone wanting to improve their health, focus, sleep, and fitness by harnessing the power of their breath. Particular issues could include feeling breathlessness during exercise, feeling unable to take a satisfying breath, insomnia, snoring, sleep apnea, anxiety, stress, racing mind and thoughts, reactivity, anxiety, asthma, allergies, chronic conditions etc.

The emphasis in these classes is on functional breathing and improving any dysfunctional breathing patterns. Breathing dysfunction is extremely common and affects nearly all of us to varying degrees. We can all benefit from more awareness and better breathing.

Why improve my breathing, isn’t it automatic?

Yes, breathing does take place automatically and many of us give the way we breathe little thought, we just take it for granted. However, many people ‘over-breathe’ and this has become a widespread phenomenon that is negatively impacting our health as a population.

In these classes we will use simple and effective techniques using the Buteyko Method to make permanent positive changes to our breathing patterns so that we breathe better all the time, even while we sleep!

What is the Buteyko Method?

The Buteyko Method was introduced in the 1950s by Russian doctor, Dr Konstantin Buteyko. He had observed how his patients breathing became harder, faster, and more shallow as they got sicker, and introduce techniques to restore breathing to be softer, quieter, more regular, deeper, and lighter. He also healed his own health conditions by improving his own breathing.

Nicky studied with Patrick McKeown of the International Buteyko Clinic in Ireland. Patrick is the world’s leading authority on the Buteyko Method, and studied with Dr Buteyko in Russia. Over the past 20 years Patrick has focused on sharing the techniques with adults and children, and training practitioners all around the world. He has also introduced the Oxygen Advantage using breathing techniques focused more on healthy people wishing to optimise their fitness and performance.

Conditions that has been effectively treated with the Buteyko Method include asthma, allergies, insomnia, snoring, sleep apnea, anxiety, stress, trauma, PTSD, racing mind, and many chronic conditions. It is also an effective technique to develop more mindfulness, presence, and awareness.

What is Pranayama?

Pranayama is Yoga Breathing. The term translates to English as the management or control of Prana or Life. Prana is absorbed through the breath, the food we eat, and the energy of the sun. Pranayama deals with the most immediate way we can absorb, distribute, and retain Prana, through the breath.

Typically Pranayama practices are introduced very gradually under the guidance of an experienced teacher over a number of years. In these classes Nicky uses her many years of experience with Pranayama to explain and introduce some preliminary Pranayama practices.

How much time do I need to devote to classes and practice?

Each class includes both theory and practice. You will learn relaxation and breathing techniques and will then have home practices to do each day between classes. These are designed to fit into your life-style and to suit your needs so that you can start to feel positive changes right from the first week of the course.

The theory shared will help you to understand what the practices are doing and how the changes will affect you.

Classes are up to 75 minutes in length and allow time for asking questions and sharing experiences (if you wish to). We often learn from others questions and experiences and this is a valuable advantage of practising in a safe space and small group.

Got more questions?

Want to check in with me before you make the decision to sign up? No problem, I’d LOVE to hear from you!

Email me at or send me a DM on Instagram @yogamarlborough or call/text/What’s App me at +64 21 0259 2428

Nicky Hewett