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About Us

Breathe was set up by Andy Roberts in 2003.  After 12 years working in corporate finance he embarked on a new career in yoga, bodywork and psychology.  There are two simple ideas at the heart of Breathe.

The first is to provide people with resources to explore the mind and body connection. As we train our body we train our mind. As we develop love for others, ourselves and learn to focus effectively we also promote optimum physical wellbeing.  

The second is to promote the idea that individual, community, organisational and global wellbeing are intimately and intricately linked.  As we care for others and care for the precious ecology of this beautiful world, we care for ourselves.

We now have two Breathe centres, one in London and one in North Queensland.  If you like our articles please share them with your friends

The role of testosterone and personality in politics and business

Testosterone, personality and leadership 

A few years ago I was on holiday, in Malta, with a group of friends.  We were enjoying the last of the summer sun and over a few glasses of wine we reflected on the stage of life we were at; middle age.  At the time I was 40 and felt full of energy.  I still felt that I had a whole career and life ahead of me. I felt confident and strong.  I mused that because life expectancy is 80, based on my age I was at the equivalent of July 4th, if one year was a human life.

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Is being busy rewarding you or holding you back?

Typically when I come home to London my friends and clients seem generally happy, well rewarded and physically fit.  But almost all of them say that they are incredibly busy with not a moment to spare.  It’s one of the great things about living in London.  We meet fun, energising and exciting people who demand great things from themselves and great things from us.  London is for strivers. It’s an intoxicating energy.

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Mindfulness and longevity

This article takes about two minutes to read and by the end of it you should have a clear idea of why mindfulness and meditation are so important for maintaining and developing excellent physical and mental wellbeing

Meditation, longevity and physical wellbeing

We exercise so that we can enjoy a long, healthy and happy life. We also practice sports to bring us closer to others and help us learn more about ourselves.

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Mindfulness, longevity and wellbeing

Meditation, longevity and physical wellbeing

We exercise so that we can enjoy a long, healthy and happy life.  We also practice sports to bring us closer to others and help us learn more about ourselves.  Ground breaking research over the last few years indicates that in addition to exercise and a healthy diet meditation has a profound positive impact on the aging process.

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Love and compassion in response to terror and fear

I woke up this morning and did something different.  For the last few years I’ve got up early and spent twenty minutes meditating.

Today I got up to hear the news.  Florida sends waves around the world.  I felt such sadness then anger about the senseless killings of the innocent. I thought how can we live in a world where being gay makes us such a target. 

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Building creativity at work

Before thinking about adding value at work its worth considering some of the barriers  which can stifle creativity.  To my mind there are two major ones:

  • we think what we are observing is completely accurate; and
  • secondly that our world view and decision making is somehow better than others.

It turns out that neither of those things is true and these beliefs impede the creative process.

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Emotional Contagion

Emotional contagion

This week’s newsletter is about how to cultivate the right atmosphere at work.  It’s an essential read for anyone working in a team who wants to improve individual and group efficiency, trust and wellbeing. The summary takes two minutes to read.

How emotions spread at work

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Developing attention at work and overcoming biases

In this article we look at the importance of attention.  It takes about one minute to read.  There is also a great TED Talks about the neuroscience of attention by Jean-Philippe Lachaux, which takes 17 minutes to view.

A student asked a Zen master what the most important thing in life is.  He replied “attention”.  The student replied “there must be something more!”  The master replied “attention, attention”.  “Surely there is more master?” the student replied to which the master said “attention, attention, attention”.

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