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Hagah was created by Coach Kate Brennan back in her mid-20’s while teaching personal development courses for youth. Hagah, which is a Hebrew word meaning “to ponder,” was aimed to help people to consider their own physical and mental strength and capacity for growth.
What is Hagah Movement?
Hagah is a stripped-down version of yoga, void of Hindu religious teachings. Hagah then incorporates aspects of pilates, stretching, movement, balance, and functional neurology exercises. At the beginning of class Coach Kate will often ask each person to set an intention for their time. Visualization is used during this segment to promote calm, focus, and creativity. Visualization has also been scientifically shown to reorganize our brain networks, creating more connections among different regions.
During the hagah session Coach Kate will teach two different modalities of breathwork. Breathwork is simply a fancy word for breathing techniques. Deep breathing exercises can interrupt the overproduction of the stress hormone cortisol and adrenaline, which over extended periods of time can tax the body and brain and leave them susceptible to poor health. Deep breathing exercises are known to fight stress and anxiety, promote clarity of thought, and helps to relieve pain. It also helps you detox, improves energy, digestion, immunity and blood pressure.
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What Is Rapha Breathwork?
Ever heard of Stanislav Grof? He’s famous for getting the world’s attention on breathwork. However, as is the opinion around here, it’s not the “best” type of breathwork because it relies on hyperventilation. There are many, many types of breathwork however that Coach Kate teaches in her services and practice that use diaphragm breathing and deep breathing, because the benefits are profound. Not only is it physically beneficial, but on the emotional side, breathing exercises are used to process emotions, help heal emotional wounds and trauma, and release negative thoughts. This is why Kate became a breathwork-aholic, and took a leaf out of old Grof’s book and developed a trademarked practice called Rapha Breathwork. Meaning “to heal,” Rapha Breathwork is held in sessions for those who want to integrate their emotions, address their own healing, and move past negative thoughts while becoming more in tune with themselves on a deeper level.