“I began breathwork in November of 2009. I was intuitively drawn to it without really
knowing what it was or what it could do for me, so I had no expectations. I just knew I
needed help and trusted this might be something that could work.
Badly broken on all levels – mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually after a
traumatic death in my family I came to breathwork with the intention to ﬁnd peace and
healing. I have and so much more.
Breathwork gave me back my body. It had been held captive for about two years in
grief, anxiety and anger. I think Iʼd been holding my breath all that time, afraid to breath, afraid to feel, afraid to be in my body. Breathwork began the process of healing me. Each session took me to a deeper level of myself. I never knew beforehand where I would go or what I would ﬁnd and afterward I was always surprised and grateful. It unwound me, layer by layer, session by session.” – Deb K.
The International Breathwork Summit was spectacular. Leading authorities speaking on the many benefits of breathwork in all areas of our lives. Read a passage from Jim Morningstar, one of the leading authorities on breathwork and co-director of the International Breathwork Training Alliance.
Breathwork has brought to the awareness of the healing community the direct link between the ability to regulate oneʼs breathing with the experience of emotional balance. Emotional balance is that middle path between repression on the one side and lack of containment on the other. Deep or repressed feelings that have been inaccessible to cognitive therapeutic intervention have been readily accessed in breathwork practice. This is because the techniques alter the breathing rhythm to activate the sympathetic nervous system in a controlled way. While the body is beginning to engage in flight/fight/freeze activation and the attendant emotional responses, the breather is staying conscious of his or her breath control. The breather learns to ride the wave of feelings rather than suppress or lose control. The full range of emotions – mad, sad, glad, scared and all their variations – can be experienced as a source of positive vitality and wisdom (emotional intelligence). All of the bad examples we have of repression or loss of control in the culture tend to give emotions a bad reputation. However the truth is that a life devoid of feeling is a passionless existence. Our breath can help us be safe with our feelings.