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Breathing with Meesh part 2: community embraces meditation and breathwork for complete wellness

In-Prison Educator Michelle Shindell Shares Healing Techniques at Little Havana Event

A night of relaxation and rejuvenation awaits as Michelle Shindell, also known as Meesh, brings her transformative breathing and meditation techniques from prison to the Little Havana community. As an "in-prison educator," Meesh has been teaching meditation and breathwork to incarcerated women in Miami prisons and jails, thus, promoting mental and physical health.

Breathing with Meesh is the second installment of this transformative program that will take place on Wednesday, July 26, 2023, at 6 pm. Read on.

The healing power of breathwork unleashed

Meesh's journey to empowering women through breathwork and meditation began within the confines of Miami's prisons and jails, where she shared her teachings with female inmates. Now, she is expanding her mission beyond the prison walls, presenting the same techniques to the Little Havana community. At the heart of Meesh's approach lies the recognition of breath as the vital link between consciousness and unconsciousness, serving as a powerful tool to influence physiological and mental states positively.

The breathing exercises Meesh imparts have shown notable results among her students, including a deeper sense of calm, happiness, increased self-awareness, and resilience during stressful times. Additionally, these practices have demonstrated the potential to alleviate pain and counteract negative automatic thoughts. Participants from her previous events have shared their experiences, often attesting to an unexpected sense of relaxation that was both rejuvenating and deeply calming.

Breathing with Meesh participants

Unlocking the science of breathing

According to Meesh, individuals can improve focus, relaxation, and overall well-being by actively controlling their breath. Among the techniques she shares, "box breathing" and "4-7-8 Breathing" stand out as powerful tools for achieving a balanced state of mind.

The "box breathing" technique, promoted by the United States Navy Seals, involves rhythmic breath patterns with equal durations for inhalation, exhalation, breath-holding, and another breath-holding phase. The visualization of the breath moving along the four sides of an imaginary box helps to enhance focus, calm the mind, and control emotions.

Dr. Andrew Weil's "4-7-8 Breathing" is another useful technique which emphasizes lengthening the exhalation. Participants are encouraged to inhale through the nose for four counts, hold their breath for seven counts, and exhale with control through the mouth for eight counts. Repeating this pattern promotes sleep and increases relaxation.

Breathing with Meesh, Part 2 will feature light food and non-alcoholic drinks. Ladies Empowerment and Action Program (LEAP) and Dragonfly thrift store will host the event. Interested people can register here:

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