I hope this note finds you well. In addition to launching our new collective Vedic Meditation Studio, The Spring, I’m very excited to announce to you that in the coming months, I will be expanding my offerings to include Breathwork and Personal Coaching (much more on these offerings soon).
I want to tell you a little about Breathwork and ask if you’d like to volunteer to learn some of what I’ll be offering in the future (for free!).
My first exposure to Breathwork came about 8 years ago. I had been practicing Vedic Meditation for over a year, but was curious about doing some advanced training, so I learned something called Rounding which consists of a simple, but specific series of asanas (yoga postures) followed by pranayama (a yogic breathing technique) prior to meditation. The yoga and the breathing act as “amplifiers” for the meditation experience that follows. I loved Rounding, but particularly enjoyed the pranayama, which I would sometimes add to my regular meditation practice without the yoga asanas and sometimes use it a few minutes on its own when I wasn’t meditating. (If you haven’t learned Rounding yet, we’ll be offering regular workshops at The Spring).
Fast forward to last year, 2017. I have been told I snore for quite sometime, but my wife had reported that my snoring had gotten much worse. I went to see a doctor who examined me and determined that I had a deviated septum which was obstructing my airway. After doing an overnight “sleep study”, I was diagnosed with sleep apnea and was given the option of surgery or I could start using a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine while I sleep. Opting out of surgery, I chose to start using a CPAP. The snoring stopped, but it got me thinking. If I’m not getting enough air at night with my obstructed airway, I must not be getting enough air during the day either. I set out to learn how to breath.
I started doing research, taking courses and workshops and experimenting with combining different approaches. I’ve achieved some remarkable results personally, particularly the improvements in my athletic performance, but I also saw extraordinary results in the other participants–many of the same results I achieved through Vedic Meditation: reduced anxiety, depression, insomnia, improvements in energy, creativity and clarity.
The more I learned about Breathwork, the more it became clear to me that this was something I wanted to make available to my students.
I’ve spent the past few months and will be spending the next few months in a number of Breathwork teacher training programs (there are many approaches to Breathwork and what I will be offering will be comprehensive).
I look forward to breathing with you.