Breath

“The single most effective relaxation technique I know is conscious regulation of breath. By simply putting your attention on your breathing, you move in the direction of relaxation. There are many worse places to have your attention – your thoughts, for one, since thoughts are the source of much of our anxiety, guilt, unhappiness. Get in the habit of shifting your awareness to your breath whenever you find yourself dwelling on upsetting thoughts.”
~Dr. Andrew Weil, Natural Health, Natural Medicine

The Breath Empowerment

Tuesday, January 20th 6:15 – 7:30pm
Tuesday, February 3rd 6:15 – 7:30pm
Fee: $20 (online pre-registration strongly recommended)

This is one of the most intense and powerful breathing practices you will ever experience! It takes only 40 minutes, but your body feels the vibration for much longer as you achieve levels of relaxation and overall body wellness. One of the few physical exercises you can do that increases your body’s alkalinity, this practice is extremely healing. Music and the instructor’s voice are there to coach you through the whole process. Large amounts of Qi will enter your body and create a vibration, like an engine humming through your body. This sacred practice from India routinely produces profound experiences in people.

If you have a yoga mat, please bring it with you. Otherwise, we have yoga mats that we can provide to a limited number of people. Please click on the flyer below to register online.

Contraindications:

This practice is not suitable for those who are pregnant or who have been diagnosed with epilepsy

9-Breath Meditation (back to top)

Sunday, February 8th 4:30 – 6:00pm(donations are appreciated!)

What is the 9-Breath Method?

It is a combination of energizing chest breaths with controlled belly breaths
With enough practice, relaxation and proper technique, you will feel the vibration of oxygen as it creates more energy in your body
It is a dynamic meditation that combines rigorous breathing movements with periods of quiet, intentional meditation, bringing you a deep sense of peace and bliss
It is a practice of using the pressurization of breath to achieve oxygenation of cells in a short period of time. Done within a group setting, it helps amplify energy.

During this event, you will learn the 9-Breath Method for use in your daily life. Then we will gather and connect, practicing what we’ve learned as we use our meditative state to send intentions of healing and love to ourselves, our community, our loved ones and much more.

Your online pre-registration is appreciated by clicking on the flyer below or by sending a text message to (619)786-3033.

Contraindications:

This practice is not suitable for those who are pregnant or who have been diagnosed with epilepsy.

The Science of Breath (back to top)
Below is a list of published scientific studies regarding the health applications of Advanced Breathwork. We will update this list periodically so that you, the practitioner, will be more informed as you share your practice with the community.

1. Changes in body equilibrium response caused by breathing. A posturographic study with visual feedback

STUDY RESULTS:

Group 1 and 2 (breath work groups) show significantly better results in the posturographic test with visual feedback than subjects without experience in breath work (group 3). Furthermore, posturographic results immediately after one hour of breath work reveal clear improvements in the body equilibrium.

2. Randomized, controlled trial of breath therapy for patients with chronic low-back pain

STUDY RESULTS:

Pre- to post-intervention, patients in both groups improved in pain (VAS: -2.7 with breath therapy, -2.4 with physical therapy; SF-36: +14.9 with breath therapy and +21.0 with physical therapy). Breath therapy recipients improved in function (Roland: -4.8) and in the physical and emotional role (SF-36: +15.5 and 14.3). Physical therapy recipients improved in vitality (SF-36: +15.0). Average improvements were not different between groups. At six to eight weeks, results showed a trend favoring breath therapy.

Study review on Massage.com

3. Mind-Body Treatments for the Pain-Fatigue-Sleep Disturbance Symptom Cluster in Persons with Cancer

STUDY RESULTS:

Imagery/hypnosis and CBT/CST interventions have produced improvement in all the three cancer-related symptoms individually: pain, fatigue, and sleep disturbance. Relaxation has resulted in improvements in pain and sleep disturbance. Meditation interventions have demonstrated beneficial effects on fatigue and sleep disturbance. Music interventions have demonstrated efficacy for pain and fatigue. No trials were found that tested the mind-body interventions specifically for the pain-fatigue-sleep disturbance symptom cluster.

Student Testimonials (back to top)

…about our BREATH EMPOWERMENT EXPERIENCE

“Last night was intense, woke up today still buzzing!” Jon (Pacific Beach, CA)

“Great head/body/spirit expansion.” P.A. (San Diego, CA)

“I’m so happy that I attended last Sunday’s 9 Breath Circle. I enjoyed the small intimate group too and the community center is a beautiful space. Thank you for having it there. I am glad that my heart opened up during the breath empowerment. Thank you again!” Mia (Ocean Beach, CA)

“Thank you for the profoundly joyful and life affirming experience in your Breath Empowerment class on Monday evening. I had no idea I would experience anything like that, that I was capable of feeling that type of powerful energy flow. I literally felt like there was an undulating mask on my face – and felt tingling even after I left class. I felt surrounded by love. I gave your information to one of my teacher trainer leads this evening. I want everyone to come to your class now!” Susie (San Diego, CA)

…about our 9-BREATH MEDITATION

“When I practice Qigong, I feel that it cultivates my internal qi. Practices like these allow me to feel like I am really sharing this qi of friendship with everything. Thank you. ” Suzanne (San Diego, CA)

Why do I need to take a class on breath? I do it every day! (back to top)

Breath regulates the flow of Qi in the body. That is the most fundamental reaason why we incorporate so much breathing into our practice of Qigong.

As we continue to discover through research, breath has countless physiological benefits:

1. Breath promotes the oxygenation of the muscles, allowing them to relax.

2. As a result of increased relaxation, the body is able to maintain balance.

3. When you breathe, your body has to produce more healthy cells that can metabolize the extra oxygen. So diseased cells that thrive in oxygen-depleted enviroments simply die or get repaired.

4. When you breathe, you are oxygenating your blood, creating an alkaline environment in which healthy cells can thrive.

5. By the process of relaxing the muscles by opening the body’s channels, blood pressure is lowered, moving towards and staying at healthy levels with continued practice.

6. When integrated with the movements of Qigong, breath activates the parasympathetic nervous system promoting better function, focus and creativity.

7. Our organs, including the lungs, are muscles with very specific functions. It can therefore be said that wehn you exercise your lungs, it gets sstronger. If you stretch any muscle, and that is what advanced breathing techniques do, it becomes flexible. So continued practice will definitely increase not only your lung capacity, but also your body’s ability to process oxygen.