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ON BREATH AND BREATHING Breathwork Training is Preventive Medicine for the Twenty-First Century.

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Everyone breathes but unfortunately very few people breathe very well. That’s why Breathing Training is becoming more popular than yoga and meditation! And that’s why it’s the fastest growing trend in the fields of health and wellness, fitness and performance.

How we breathe matters. When we allow our breathing system to decline, we set ourselves up for every kind of illness and ailment. In fact, more than 100 diseases are caused, triggered, or exacerbated by unconscious, unhealthy breathing patterns.

Conscious Breathing is the most accessible method there is to prevent or remedy many of our most pressing health issues. Breathwork training is the most natural and direct way of healing a whole range of physical, emotional and psychological problems and challenges.

Breathing Training boosts lung volume and prevents the loss of respiratory capacity as we age. It helps improve posture and spinal health. Breathwork makes us more adaptable and resilient and it activates and supports the body’s natural self-healing powers.

Breathwork helps us to heal tension, pain, fear, depression and anxiety disorders when drugs and other traditional methods don’t work. It improves our moods, emotions, and sleep states. And it helps us to increase awareness, confidence, intuition, self-esteem, self-appreciation, and self-love.

Breathing Training supports heart health and boosts mental health. It allows us to hack into our immune system, our nervous system and our brain, to control problems like high blood pressure, inflammation, asthma, chronic stress, chronic fatigue, and long-standing addictions.

Conscious Breathing Techniques trigger the release of opioids (natural pain killers and anti-depressants), as well as dopamine and serotonin (“happy and calming” hormones—neurotransmitters of pleasure, motivation and memory). And it also reduces cortisol levels (the stress hormone).

Breathing training helps improve digestion and it supports weight loss. Did you ever wonder where your weight goes when you lose it? Studies show that most of that weight is eliminated through the breath!

Poor breathing habits even cause unhealthy changes in facial muscles, joints, bones, and teeth alignment. Our ancestors had naturally healthy breathing habits, and they all had straight teeth!

Breathwork training clears stale stagnant energy from our system. It helps us to access, manage and release suppressed emotions, and to control our nervous system and alter our brainwaves. Breathing training allows us to relax and energize ourselves on demand.

Breathwork helps to reset our body’s basic mechanisms and brain chemistry. It helps athletes to run faster, dive deeper, climb higher, and it helps us all to sleep better and to live longer.

Breathwork produces powerful psychological insights and emotional breakthroughs. It triggers beautiful mystical visions, deep spiritual awakenings, and genuine “rebirth” experiences. It even allows us to turn certain genes on and off.

Breathing Training helps us to maintain balance in the body so that mild health problems don’t develop into serious health issues. Breathwork awakens our natural appreciation of the magic and mystery of life. It helps us to realize our purpose, and to fulfill our heart’s grandest desires.

None of this is new. Practically every modern breathing technique was taught by the ancient masters and can be found in ancient texts. These techniques have been renamed, repackaged and repurposed over the years by different cultures for different reasons.

Anyone of any age can benefit from breathing training. But since breathwork unlocks powerful life force energies, some breathing exercises may not be suitable for everyone, and certain breathing techniques are definitely not for dabblers.

Activating energy is easy, but learning to wisely control, direct and distribute this energy is another thing altogether. That’s why breathwork requires weeks or months to learn, and years to master.

The world desperately needs more high quality breathworkers and ethical breathing teachers. That’s why I offer breathing training, coaching and consulting. And that’s why I teach others to facilitate breathing sessions and to lead breathwork seminars and workshops.

Now is a perfect time to begin a new career in the field of health and wellness, of fitness and performance, or to take your current healing or coaching practice to the next level. And so, you are invited to enroll in my Breathwork Practitioner Certification Program and Teacher Training.

For more information on Breathwork Training, please visit www.breathmastery.com and subscribe to my FREE Monthly Newsletter Breathing Reports and search the archives. (I have published an article or essay on breathing every month since June of 1976.)

Get my book, JUST BREATHE: Mastering Breathwork for Success in Life, Love, Business and Beyond. (Available thru Amazon.com, and bookstores everywhere.)

Enroll in my online O2 Fundamentals Course and begin your Breathwork Training today.

All the info is here: https://www.o2collective.com/breath-mastery-fundamentals

For Personal Coaching, email me: dan@breathmastery.com.

Wishing you much luck in your practice, and many blessings on your path.

Dan (July 2020)

Breathwork and Consciousness

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I believe that the consciousness movement is the most important movement on the planet today. And given the current state of affairs in the world, the study of consciousness is more important than ever.

I believe that growth in consciousness is the only way to lasting happiness and world peace. I believe that the next leap in human evolution will be a shift in consciousness. And I believe that breathwork can cause that shift.

And so, this month we have been focusing more deeply on consciousness and breathing. As breathworkers we find ourselves at the heart of the consciousness movement, and we also find ourselves at odds with the current scientific paradigm called materialism.

The materialist view is that we are all separate, finite, and limited. Materialism is the belief that consciousness somehow evolved out of matter—that the brain somehow produces consciousness. In fact, it is the other way around. Consciousness is primary.

Materialism is an unprovable belief system. Einstein even called it a religion. No one can prove that anything exists outside of consciousness, let alone that anything preceded it or produced it.

So much precious time, energy and money are being spent on studying the brain to understand how it produces consciousness. But this is like taking apart a cd player to understand music.

Humanity cannot survive scientific materialism. We desperately need a paradigm shift, for the sake of ethics and education, science and technology, medicine, business, politics, and for the sake of our children.

Spiritual breathing produces that shift. It teaches us that we are all connected, that we are one, and that consciousness is the source of our body and of the physical world. Spiritual breathing awakens us to the fact that all of reality exists within a single non-local, universal transcendent consciousness, that some might call God.

Through spiritual breathing we learn that consciousness is the essence of our being, and that breathing is the movement of that essence. Breathwork awakens us to the fact that most if not all of the world’s problems are caused or made worse by unconsciousness.

Breathwork teaches us that consciousness exists independent of the body. It shows us that everything is made of consciousness, that everything is consciousness. All of the great spiritual teachers have taught this and thank God a growing number of modern scientists and philosophers now share this view.

Leonard Orr once said that consciousness and breath are the king and queen of the spiritual kingdom. I say that spiritual breathing is the marriage of consciousness and breath. Leonard also said be careful what you think about when you breathe because the breath brings life to that which you hold in consciousness.

What happens, what is real in each moment depends on our consciousness. Our conscious and unconscious thoughts, beliefs, habits and patterns act to automatically mold and shape mind into matter. In every moment, all of the infinite possible futures collapse into one actual present moment.

The growth in consciousness that comes from Breathwork allows us to go beyond narrow self-serving, short term reactionary survival thinking. It helps us overcome conditioned, impulsive, addictive behaviors, fear, pain, jealousy, insecurity, ignorance, or denial of our real true self.

Breathwork goes beyond the effects of O2 and CO2, beyond endorphins, ketamine, DMT, ayahuasca, LSD, opioids, and so on. Breathwork awakens us to a pure non-local transcendental awareness, an infinite eternal and universal consciousness.

Breathwork helps us to wake up and grow up. It helps us clean up our emotional baggage, so that we can show up in life as our true selves. Breathwork wakes us up to our essence. And the more we breathe the more we realize that everything in existence shares that same essence.

Breathwork helps us overcome our deepest fears: fear of change, fear of the unknown, fear of risk, fear of conflict, failure, obstacles, judgment, and fear of uniqueness. And all of these things occur in consciousness.

Breathwork takes us on a journey back to our self—to our real true self. Breathwork teaches us that in essence we are existence, consciousness and bliss. The more we practice breathwork the more we experience our natural state of bliss. And once this bliss becomes normal, it is experienced simply as a sense of peace.

Breath energy is unlike any force known to science. It takes us deep into the field of pure consciousness. It transforms us and our lives, the world, and the lives of others. Through breathwork or spiritual breathing we discover that God is not a being. God is a state of being, and through breathwork we can awaken to and live in that state of being.

A simple exercise or meditation to begin with is infusing every cell of your body with breath energy. Get out of your head and get into your heart. Experience each breath from the vantage point of your cells. Breathe with your whole body.

Good luck in your practice, and many blessings on your path.

For the Love of Breath

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As 2019 is coming to a close, I thought I would leave you with a few of my favorite breathing quotes.

By the way, if you have any that you would like to share, please send them on to me at: dan@breathmastery.com

There are certain points in breathing which you have never observed, and those points are the doors – the nearest doors to you from where you can enter into a different world, into a different being, into a different consciousness. (Osho/Rajneesh)

When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace. (Author unknown)

If nothing can disturb your breath, nothing can disturb you. (Dan Brulé)

What we call ‘I’ is just a swinging door which moves when we inhale and when we exhale. (Shunryu Suzuki)

Rebirthing Breathwork is the art of merging the outer breath which is air with the inner breath which is spirit. (Leonard Orr)

When the breath wanders the mind is also unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath. (Svatmarana, Hatha Yoga Pradipika)

A healthy mind has an easy breath. (Author unknown)

If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You have another chance. (Andrea Boydston)

Inhale and God approaches you. Hold the inhalation and God remains with you. Exhale and you approach God. Hold the exhalation and surrender to God.” (Krishnamacharya)

When you inhale, think to yourself ‘the power of God is within me’. When you exhale, think to yourself ‘the grace of God surrounds me.’ (Ram Dass)

Breathing is the greatest pleasure in life. (Giovanni Papini)

Breath is Spirit. The act of breathing is Living. (Author unknown)

For breath is life, and if you breathe well you will live long on earth. (Sanskrit proverb)

Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor. (Thch Nhat Hanh)

Walking through the house at night is wonderful to me; a symphony of breath, each person a separate instrument as they collectively breathe in time to metronome of life itself. Edwin Leap)

He lives most life whoever breathes most air. (Elizabeth Barret Browning)

Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. (Thich Nhat Hanh)

Focusing on the act of breathing clears the mind of all daily distractions and clears our energy enabling us to better connect with the Spirit within. (Author unknown)

As a fire blazes brightly when the covering of ash over it is scattered by the wind, the divine fire within the body shines in all its majesty when the ashes of desire are scattered by the practice of pranayama. (B.K.S. Iyengar)

You know that our breathing is the inhaling and exhaling of air. The organ that serves for this is the lungs that lie round the heart, so that the air passing through them thereby envelops the heart. Thus, breathing is a natural way to the heart…” (Nicephorus the Solitary)

Breathing according to me, corresponds to taking charge of one’s own life. (Luce Irigaray)

I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart: I am, I am, I am. (Sylvia Plath)

In this very breath that we now take lies the secret that all great teachers try to tell us. (Peter Matthiessen)

Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours. (Swedish proverb)

Human energy is always in communion with heaven and earth in the alternation of exhalation and inhalation. (Ming dynasty work: Anthology on the Cultivation of Realization, author unknown)

Fear is excitement without the breath. (Fritz Perls)

When I stopped to pay attention to where my breath was deep and settled, the truth began to emerge from the mist. (Betsy Canas)

Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.(L. Frank Baum)

The practice is simply this: keep coming back to your breath during the day. Just take a moment. This will give your mind a steadiness and your breath a gracefulness… There’s so much to let go of, isn’t there? Your nostalgia and your regrets. Your fantasies and your fears. What you think you want instead of what is happening right now. Breathe. (Rodney Yee, Yoga: The Poetry of the Body)

Listen, are you breathing just a little and calling it a life? (Mary Oliver)

Happiness breathes when you do. (Terri Guillemets)

Let the air become you, and then leave you. Forgive each breath because although it abandons you, every single time, it also brings you life. A man who cannot forgive the air has no chance of living. (Edward Manning, King Perry)

There is one way of breathing that is shameful and constricted. Then, there is another way: a breath of love that takes you all the way to infinity. (Rumi)

We live in an ocean of air like a fish in a body of water. By our breathing we are attuned to our atmosphere. If we inhibit our breathing, we isolate ourselves from the medium in which we exist. In all Oriental and mystic philosophies, the breath holds the secret to the highest bliss. (Alexander Lowen)

I love to breathe. Oxygen is sexy! (Kris Carr)

Angels are all around us, all the time, in the very air we breathe. (Eileen Elias Freeman)

Breathe deeply, until sweet air extinguishes the burn of fear in your lungs and every breath is a beautiful refusal to become anything less than infinite. (D. Antoinette Foy)

Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure. (Oprah Winfrey)

The ability to breathe is a gift. Wake up grateful each day for that gift. (Johnny Lung)

Conscious Breathing heightens awareness and deepens relaxation. (Dan Brulé)

Breath control gives a man strength, vitality, inspiration, and magic powers. (Zhuangzi)

To control the breathing is to control the mind. With different patterns of breathing, you can fall in love, you can hate someone, you can feel the whole spectrum of feelings just by changing your breathing. (Marina Abramovic)

As you breathe in, cherish yourself. As you breathe out, cherish all Beings. (Dalai Lama)

The wisest one-word sentence? Breathe. (Terri Guillemets)

With love and thanks to everyone who attended the seminars and trainings around the world this year, to our growing group of dedicated practitioners, and to everyone in the worldwide breathwork community… I love and thank you all!

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