Educational or Curriculum

AFA Breathing

Initiative Description: Breath was based on different elements such as stretching and pressure, motion sequence, breath space work, and source of tension within the breath. The breath therapy exercises are repetitive, and the relationship of body movement and patterns of breath regarding teachers working situation would be an important experience to prevent burnout. Therapy lasted a total of 11 weeks, with weekly group therapy for the first eight weeks, followed by three weeks of individual breathing sessions.

Study Results: Improved emotional well-being, Improved balance and mental stability

Reference: Goetz, K., Loew, T., Hornung, R., Cojocaru, L., Lahmann, C., & Tritt, K. (2013). Primary prevention programme for burnout-endangered teachers: Follow-up effectiveness of a combined group and individual intervention of AFA breathing therapy. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: eCAM, 2013, 798260.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good