The COPD support group

Senior Research Associate on the Life of Breath project, clinical music therapist and mindful yoga teacher Kate Binnie visited a COPD support group in Oxford to share some helpful techniques with the group.  Kate shares her observations here……. Seven people … Read more…

Breath-Body-Mind Integration (Foundation)

12 October 2018, Oxford This course, facilitated by Life of Breath team member Kate Binnie, is for healthcare professionals and therapists interested in broadening their skill set and developing a practical holistic approach to helping patients with common and difficult … Read more…

Curious about breath at the Oxford Curiosity Carnival

Music therapist and writer Kate Binnie writes:  Friday 29th September saw Oxford’s City Centre transformed by the Curiosity Carnival. This University-organised event sought to bring together researchers across fields of study to share knowledge, answer questions, and interact in creative ways with … Read more…

To Breathe Ourselves into Some Other Lungs

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  A cappella singing, a lone rower in the Pacific Ocean, fungal spores, clairvoyance and a baby’s cries…what could possibly tie these things together? The surprising answer is breath and poetry. ‘To Breathe Ourselves Into Some Other Lungs’ was an … Read more…

Breathless in Bristol (3)

Magritte

Please note that audio files of all the talks given at this conference will be available shortly. Life of Breath PhD student Tina Williams writes: On the 16th and 17th March, The University of Bristol hosted a conference on phenomenology, anxiety … Read more…

Phenomenology, anxiety and breath

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16-17 March 2016, Bristol This two-day conference will include papers on Thursday from Dylan Trigg (‘The phenomenology of anxiety’), Michael Lewis (‘Breath in the history of philosophy’), Tina Williams (‘Twenty years too soon: Anxiety in theory and practice’), Magdalena Górska (‘Ambivalences: Political Significance of Anxious Breathing’) … Read more…

Breath-Body-Mind Integration: For Breathlessness, Anxiety and Total Pain

6 Oct 2017, Oxford Our collaborator and blog contributor Kate Binnie will be running a workshop for healthcare professionals and therapists of all disciplines and in all settings who work with people experiencing hard-to-reach symptoms in supportive and palliative care. This course will cover Explain how working with the breath and body affects the emotions & down-regulates symptoms Show how BBMI can help with hard-to-reach symptoms in … Read more…

The First and Last Breath: reflections from palliative & neonatal care

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Kate Binnie, yoga teacher and music therapist, writes:  In his brilliant book Being Mortal (2015) Atul Gawande calls for all healthcare professionals working with patients at the end of life to “help people to end their stories on their own … Read more…

Near-death experiences: mortality at Medicine Unboxed

Kate Binnie writes about the recent Medicine Unboxed conference (November 18th-20th, Cheltenham). Next year’s conference is on the theme of wonder and you can keep up-to-date via Twitter @medicineunboxed. The theme this year at Medicine Unboxed was mortality. This extraordinary conference is … Read more…

Bristol Team

The University of Bristol team are based within the School of Arts and the School of Social and Community Medicine. Professor Havi Carel (Senior Investigator) Havi leads Life of Breath at the University of Bristol. She is Professor of Philosophy at … Read more…

Inside Arts: Breathing and breathlessness

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As part of Inside Arts, and under the umbrella of the national Being Human festival, core staff from the Life of Breath project offer an evening examining breathing and breathlessness. The panel will include Professor Havi Carel (Department of Philosophy, … Read more…

‘I need security to survive’

Kate Binnie, yoga teacher and music therapist, shares a memory of a hospice patient: Paula wakes early every day and spends time in bed, praying. “I’m a good Catholic girl” she wheezes up at me from her chair, grinning naughtily. … Read more…