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April 2015 Newsletter

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Hi everyone and greetings from the Magic Island.

Spring has sprung and the island is filled with flowers again. It’s such a great time of year watching all the new growth change the desert to grassy flower-filled fields and a timely reminder of the power of life force energy to create tangible transformation. The retreat is as gorgeous as ever as are the people who come to stay with us, so if you’re ready for some quality you-time the current availability is below. It’s possible to arrange your retreat within any of the date windows shown – email info@breathguru.com to book.

Plus we have the latest Lanzarote availability; the last two places on the Aegean cruise; Condé Nast Traveller’s verdict; and Anwar Ravjani’s bodywork/massage

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The Telegraph

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Cryotherapy, DNA testing: four new wellbeing trends

“It sounds crazy. How can breathing be a trend? Well, no doubt people said that about guided meditation when it first arrived on the wellness scene. Besides, this isn’t about unconscious breathing in and out. It’s more about how techniques such as alternate nostril breathing (pranayama) and detoxifying transformational breathing can be used to regulate stress, improve immunity and increase wellbeing.”

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News Update: Breathing on the Aegean, 7 – 14 June 2015

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Hi everyone, very excited to be co-hosting our June 7-14 2015 Aegean cruise with my colleague and friend Louka Leppard.

We ‘road tested’ the yacht earlier this year and it is absolutely gorgeous, as are the Turkish crew, as are the areas we will be exploring. The beauty and stillness we experienced were totally inspiring. There will be both a physical and digital detox element to the cruise, so for most of the time we will be out of reach of phone or wifi signals. Places are strictly limited to 14, so book early to avoid disappointment…

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Net-A-Porter

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Need-to-know… the power of breathing

“…‘Breath is literally life,’ says BreathGuru app founder Alan Dolan. “When you breathe better, you live better.’ Which makes the fact that most of us only use 20% of our lung capacity a priority issue.

‘Degenerative diseases, cardiac problems and cancer are linked to oxidative stress and cellular free-radical damage, and breath is a key factor in prevention,’ says Dolan. When the breath is out of kilter, your body’s fight-or-flight mode is heightened. But get the breath right and cells are flooded with oxygen, so the body begins to recalibrate and release toxins. Research shows that breathwork also relieves stress and depression.

‘Breath is as unique as a fingerprint, but 80% of us are shallow, upper-chest breathers,’ warns Dolan. To test, place one hand on your stomach and one on your chest, close your eyes and inhale deeply through the mouth. Whichever hand moves most shows whether your breath is upper (chest) or lower (belly) – good breath is a balance of both…”

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The Sybarite

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Breathing therapy: taking your breath to the gym

“Breath therapy, which Dolan says has been referred to as ‘turbo psychotherapy’, is designed to infuse the body with increased oxygen and refuel the cells. The method, which Dolan compares to “taking your breath to the gym” allows greater access to the respiratory system and is designed to induce tangible positive effects on the physical, mental-emotional and spiritual levels of our being as well as inducing a higher state of consciousness.”

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High Life

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Breathing Space

“Think you already know how to breathe? Think again. Join the growing group of people ditching yoga and heading to breathing retreats all over the world… Alan Dolan is the breath guru based in Lanzarote – he’ll teach you how to do it properly by controlling your breath and increasing your oxygen intake. So take a deep breath, relax and head to a retreat near you.”

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Net-a-Porter

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The Edit: Breathing Space Retreats

“Remove yourself from the demands of everyday life by heading to ‘Breath Guru’ Alan Dolan. Run from his private villa in Nazaret, retreats consist of one-on-one ‘breath sessions’ each day, plus optional yoga, massage and personal training. The format can be as flexible and informal as you want, so you can spend the rest of your time enjoying the shady terraces and hot tub with a view.
Insider tip: Head to nearby Famara beach for surfing and kiteboarding.”

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Tatler

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And… breathe

“…Alan Dolan, otherwise known as the ‘Breath Guru’, agrees. ‘You can survive without food and water for days. The world-record holder in free diving can hold his breath for something like nine minutes, but mere mortals can manage only a couple of minutes,’ he says from his swanky Lanzarote pad, where he runs Breathing Space retreats. ‘We’ve got these amazing lungs, but we’re not accessing them.’”

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