What if I told you...you probably don't know how to breathe...
In the fall of 2018, I prepared all the last minute details for a trip to Tanzania and a climbing adventure to Mt. Kiliminjaro...
I had a forward thinking trainer at the time who had me climbing endless feet on a Jacob's ladder with water in my mouth and nasal breathing all the way... I did high intensity interval training, again using the nasal breathing techniques that simulated high altitude.
But once on the mountain, I soon realized I was in trouble. No amount of breathing seemed to help me up the mountain. No amount of breath work helped me with an evening panic attack at 15,600 feet. I was sent down the mountain with altitude sickness and not able to summit.
That sense of incompleteness lead me down a 'breathing' rabbit hole of more questions than answers.
I train an athletic style of yoga that has sections of breath work focusing on breath as a recovery tool and using breathing cues to find more usable ranges of movement. I work with the EDH (Every Day Humans) and those same touch points focus on stress and the importance of 'diaphragmatic belly breathing' to bring calmness and balance to our nervous system. I teach in schools and the focus can be about athletics or using our breathing tools for self regulation.
But I wanted to KNOW MORE..
I wanted to LEARN MORE about how our performance can be effected by our breathing. I wanted to UNDERSTAND MORE about why some people can't breathe properly. I wanted to LEARN MORE about how breath relates to overall health. I wanted to DO MORE so that clients could take what they learned and use it in their every day lives.
Books and podcasts. Inquiry and study. Open to new thoughts and ideas. Looking through course curriculums trying to find a good match. Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable...
That brings us to the here and now and putting the final touches on the certification requirements.
Very soon SELFignition will be adding Breath Work Coaching to the list of services, All breath work practices are scientifically based, safe, simple and effective! Nothing extreme, no hard to pronounce sanskrit names, no chanting, just easy to follow lessons and practices for all ages.