THE Breath & INNER ALCHEMY
"Are you breathing just a little and calling it a life?" - Mary Oliver
As the only function of the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) that can be consciously influenced, the breath is a powerful tool to affect systemic change and support physical, psychological, and emotional wellbeing and resilience.
Without conscious awareness, the breath responds to our experience of life. A stressful or overwhelming event (or the psychological stress of persistent worry) can trigger the release of stress hormones in the system, inducing muscular tension and faster breathing, along with a cascade of physiological changes known as the “fight/flight/freeze” response. When we feel safe, connected, and at ease, however, the body relaxes and the breath deepens. The diaphragm moves more freely, stimulating the vagus nerve – a primary mediator of the parasympathetic (“rest/digest”) response and influencer of heart rate variability (HRV).
Over a lifetime of chronic and acute stress, trauma, emotional overwhelm, heartbreak, compromised postural habits, and simply navigating the dynamic terrain of life, most adults have developed tension patterns that restrict the breath and contribute to a baseline of stress in the system. This can lead to anxiety, inhibited cognition and clarity, depression, fatigue, self-doubt, insomnia, reactivity, and a myriad of physical and psychological ailments.
In consciously working with the breath, we can begin to release this tension and alter the feedback loops to shift our resting baseline. We can develop greater capacity to respond to life instead of react – and do so from a place of greater equanimity, acceptance, clarity, skillfulness, empowerment, and impact. In an increasingly fragmented and frenetic world, restoring connection to the breath is a critical link to reclaiming sovereignty and peace of mind.
As a breathwork facilitator and yoga teacher, I guide a variety of breathing practices to support wellbeing and freedom. In group ceremonies and private sessions, a more active, dynamic technique is engaged to open the fullness of the breath and unwind non-productive patterns. This type of breathwork (similar to Holotropic & Rebirthing styles) can also take one into states of expanded consciousness and serves as a bridge to accessing the subconscious and supraconscious – that which is beyond the limits of our rational, thinking minds and personal narratives/ego. As such, it can be a powerful adjunct to more traditional talk-based psychotherapy, and alternative to psychedelics.
In private coaching and group meditation & yoga classes, I guide breathing practices and pranayama to support relaxation, mental focus and clarity, meditative awareness, and improved resiliency to stress.
Breathwork is a powerful means to integrate the dissociated aspects of ourselves, and to reconnect to the inherent sacredness of this life.
ATTEND A GROUP CEREMONY: Group sessions offer a potent, amplified field that enable deep shifts and healing to occur. Standard ceremonies are 2-3 hours that begin with an introduction to the work, followed by a 90-minute breathwork journey. Recorded music – along with live shamanic drumming, chanting, and rattling – support the process. Groups are typically 12-18 people, and you will receive individual support from Tai (and assistants) throughout the experience. More information about what to expect in a group breathwork session is available HERE, along with information on preparation and follow-up self care, etc.
Friday 8/16 - Seattle (Women’s Ceremony)
6:30-9:00pm @ Ritual House of Yoga
Sunday 8/25 - Seattle (All Welcome)
4:00-6:30pm @ Ritual House of Yoga
Friday 9/27 - Seattle (Women’s Ceremony)
6:30-9:00pm @ Ritual House of Yoga
SCHEDULE A PRIVATE OR COUPLES SESSION: A single private session can be life changing, and a series of private sessions can help release the deepest layers of holding in the body. With the steady presence of a facilitator, clients often feel more safe and supported going into a deep process, and together, we follow the wisdom of your breath and body to welcome profound healing and remembering.
First Session (2hrs) - $180
Follow-up Series (3 sessions, 1.5hrs each) - $500
Couples Healing Ceremony (2hrs) - $300
BOOK A PRIVATE GROUP CEREMONY OR BREATHWORK TRAINING: I offer small group facilitation and trainings to corporate leadership teams, as well as custom ceremonies for families, couples, spiritual groups, women and men’s groups, yoga teacher training programs, etc. Group breathwork sessions offer an incredible opportunity to heal and transform relational dynamics, and deepen bonds and connections.
PRECAUTIONS & CONSIDERATIONS
While active breathwork is of value to anyone interested in healing, personal growth and self-realization, it's best suited for those who have some background in therapeutic and/or spiritual work, as this supports one's capacity to remain in a state of witnessing awareness while the body processes old energetic holdings.
As it can be physically and emotionally demanding, it is contraindicated for those who are pregnant, have severe hypertension or cardiovascular disease, epilepsy, bipolar disorders or schizophrenia, or recent major surgeries and/or communicable diseases.
If any of these apply to you, or if you have experienced significant trauma (or simply have questions about whether breathwork can support your desired intentions), please contact Tai for a consultation before registering for a session.