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Meditation rewires your brain to help you release anxiety, depression and old stories

Breathwork is an active meditation that can help you bridge the gap between mind, body & soul.

 

Breathwork is a powerful, active, ancient form of healing that uses a 3-part, fast-paced breathing pattern. 

Unlike many other meditation practices, Breathwork is about tuning in and connecting with your body through a somatic healing experience addressing both body and mind. This work is a journey into your self, and goes way deeper than other breathing practices common to yoga, kundalini, etc.

 

Often, we don’t have clarity about the unconscious beliefs and stories that are holding us back. Your breath is a powerful portal to unlocking these old narratives that may lie between you and your best health.

Breathwork is for all of us^, and especially for those of us dealing with chronic physical health issues of the digestive, neurological, or glandular variety, and mental health issues like those around trauma, anxiety or depression. 

 

Through the breath, you can release stuck energy and emotions, and connect with your intuition and deep inner wisdom.

 

When you focus deeply on your breathing, your heart can open to a new understanding of yourself: your history, your present, your future.

Your body stores all your memories, experiences, traumas, and the safe container of Breathwork is a beautiful way to release all this old everything and to welcome in the expansive power of your own healing capacity to help you heal your body and mind. 

It can support your spirit and help you release what feels stressful and overwhelming.

We carry around the legacy of our own (and our ancestral) pain, trauma, fear and old stories about ourselves deep in our cells. 

Breathwork allows you to release it all, and to remember, in body and spirit, that you are your own best healer. 

 

How does it work?

 

Breathwork is the magical place where Science and the Sacred meet.

As you draw in these repetitive and deep, rhythmic breaths, pulling in copious amounts of oxygen and blowing out carbon dioxide, your blood temporarily alkalizes and your body calms, on a chemical level. 

The calcium ion channels in your body open, producing a deep state of relaxation. This reduces anxiety and stress cellularly. Your cortisol levels rebalance as you breathe deeply, helping to soothe your adrenal glands. This can also lead to a reduction in the mucous-membrane thinning effects of cortisol, which can be supportive in healing leaky gut, IBS and other digestive concerns. 

Studies have also shown that as you breathe in, your brain responds. 

An area of the brain called the locus coeruleus, in the brainstem, is involved with physiological responses to stress and panic. The flip side of which is focus and calm attention. As you breathe in, this area experiences an increase in activity. As you breathe out, that activity decreases. By focusing on your breath you are able to calm this area of the brain. Thus, optimizing your capacity to remain in a calmed, centered state not just during but after breathwork and to focus on the healing you most desire, as well as opening yourself up to creativity as you calm your body’s panic response.

 

The science is clear: meditation is healing. 

Many studies show that meditation helps to reduce heart-rate, cortisol, stress-response, blood-pressure and is thus healing to your thyroid, hormone balance, digestion, on and on. Whether seated, zen-like meditation works for you or not, bringing the breath in takes your practice to a new level, and brings in a depth of healing I personally have not experienced through any other modality of meditation.

Breathwork also stimulates my favorite nerve – the vagus nerve, your 10th cranial nerve. This beauty runs from your brain, through your whole body. It helps regulate everything from your heart-rate (which goes bonkers in anxiety) to digestion to your emotions. 

Deep, rhythmic breathing helps to reset and balance your vagus nerve. If you’ve had digestive issues working with vagus nerve tone is so vital for staying SIBO, bacteria and parasite free. Systemic inflammation is also reduced by deep breathing. This in turn supports improved adrenal, thyroid and hormone balance. By supporting an adaptive and regulated vagus nerve response, we can experience reductions in trauma and stress response. 

I also offer the use of essential oils during our practice. Molecules of aromatic herbs enter the nose pass through to the lungs, and from there, throughout your entire body. As these molecules reach your brain, they affect your limbic system, which impacts our emotions, heart rate, blood pressure, memory, stress level, and hormonal balance. Herbs like lavender, geranium, and oils from trees like cedar, pine and spruce have calming, centering and grounding effects on your physiology by downregulating limbic activity.  In these ways, essential oils can have a subtle, yet holistic effect on the body.

 

And the ancient texts and wisdom teach us that this kind of deep breathing allows us to release stored energy and to break through energetic blocks in the body. Whether you believe in chakras, ion channels or the both, breathwork is something that truly needs to be experienced to be understood – it really is equal parts magic and mystery and good ole biochemistry in action.

 

What to expect during a session:

 

During a 90-minute in-person group session, we’ll start with a check-in and some journaling, a grounding visualization and other activities to help you arrive in the space and prepare to breath. 

I’ll start by teaching you the breathwork pattern I use, and will explain the common experiences in detail (because informed consent rules!).

Then, you’ll engage in about 25-35 minutes of active deep breathing, followed by 15-20 minutes of rest, relaxation and integration.

Music is played to support your going deep with the breath (the music can be loud, and the option to be further from the speaker—or closer to it—is available).

I ask for consent from each participant to use organic essential oils on those who’d like oils used; for physical touch (feet, lower legs, head, hands, arms); and to use and burn cleansing herbs like lavender, sage, palo santo and sweetgrass (which I grow on my roof!). 

 

Common sensations in breathwork include:

  • Tingling in the arms, hands, face, legs
  • Heaviness or lightness throughout your body
  • The desire to moan, sign, scream, laugh, or cry as energy is released
  • Psychedelic experiences (!!) such as tasting or seeing colors, seeing your child self, and astral projecting

I often talk to my beloved dead during a session, and such experiences may or may not happen for you, but know that whatever does happen, it’s exactly perfect and is what is meant to be.

While the group is breathing, I’ll guide you to help you connect and reconnect with your breath, to deepen your practice, to release what doesn’t serve you.

 

What to bring:

 
  • Comfortable clothing, already on your body! We’ll be laying down. (Don’t worry, if you’re coming straight from work, we can work with it!)
  • It’s lovely to bring an eye pillow or cover, and I’ll have eye masks available for you should you not have one to bring. 
  • I also recommend bringing a water bottle for after the session, a snack, a journal and a pen. 

What happens after?

During the resting period and after a breathwork experience, it’s common to feel deeply relaxed, calm, and clear-headed. 

My heart often feels suddenly open after breathing, and I feel grounded and secure in my body. 

Through breathwork, I have reached new levels of personal growth and transcendence past the old stories about myself and the world that were weighing me down.

I have come to feel more secure in myself through this work, and have learned to trust and value myself in ways I couldn’t even imagine before Breathwork. 

Trust me, I’ve got you!

As a Certified Breathwork Healer, certified life coach, licensed and board certified holistic Nurse Practitioner, witchywoman and former hospice nurse, I am skilled and experienced in holding space for the powerful experiences that can arise during a breathwork session. Breathwork can be supportive alongside healing modalities like Functional, holistic or western Medicine; herbal medicine; acupuncture; reiki; etc.

This practice is for humans of all genders, and all genders will be honored and respected in the safe space we will create and hold together. 

You have nothing to lose other than your old, limiting ideas about your infinite capacity to heal yourself and to restore your relationship with yourself—why not give it a try?

Important Notes, Disclosures and Policies: 

  • The class space at The Assemblage is accessible for most humans, with an elevator from the street to the space where we’ll gather, with no steps. The door into the space is ADA compliant for most wheelchairs. 
  • Part of the class will take place in a low light environment.
  • ^Contraindications: pregnancy, cardiovascular problems, significantly high blood pressure, major psychiatric conditions such as those resulting in hospitalization, recent surgery, acute infectious illness or epilepsy.  
  • Please do NOT come to class if you’re sick, especially if you have a cold, flu or other communicable infection!
  • Asthma is not generally a barrier to Breathwork, and this practice has been very healing for those with asthma. That said, folks with asthma must have their inhaler available.
  • I’m a New Yorker and an Argentine: I swear. Nothing excessive, but I’ll drop some casual swear-bombs here and there. If that’s a hard no for you, then maybe I’m not your teacher. And maybe I’m exactly the guide you need!
  • Cancellation Policy: Thank you for understanding that cancellations and refunds are not available for event registrations
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I recommend downloading the following Breathwork Meditation Aftercare notes before your first session

Breathwork Aftercare

How to care for yourself after Breathwork Meditation