Please contact Andria on firstname.lastname@example.org if you or a loved one has a fairly-recent diagnosis of Alzheimers and would like to take part in a research case study using Transformational Breath and other complementary therapies
Alan Dolan, Transformational Breath-trained ‘Breath Guru’ has launched an app that you can download – with a short, revitalising session of breathwork, suitable for a daily practice, and also a longer 30-minute session – maybe more useful as a guide if you have already had sessions with a facilitator. The first one could be great if you are hesitatant to book a session and want to test it out first. Like BirminghamBreathes, Alan wants to get the whole world breathing! www.breathguru.com – press on the word ‘app’ at the top right side.
Yes it certainly does! Andria Falk, Rachel Falk and Rachel Upton, all Birmingham-based Transformational Breath afficionados have now trained in Laughter Yoga with Morag Wylie, Transformational Breath Co-trainer and Laughter Yoga Trainer, based in Falkirk, Scotland. Rachel Falk is now running a not-for-profit Laughter Club at Kings Heath Quaker Meeting House on the first and third Saturdays in the month at 10.30 am. It’s a fantastic and uplifting way to start the weekend! Maybe see you there!
You may have met Dr. Pippa Wheble at one of our Birmingham Breathes 2015/16 trainings. Follow this link to see her talking about the findings from her recent research with singers.
Pippa explains how just one session of Transformational Breath significantly reduced both general and performance anxiety and depression and lowered blood pressure and heart rate. Fantastic news Pippa; great work!
Birmingham Breathes is proud to be endorsing a new book about conscious breathing written by our colleague Rebecca Dennis. The first UK-written book about Transformational Breath, It’s suitable for people new to breathwork as well as dedicated ‘breathers’. There are inspirational case studies and lots of short breathing exercises to try at home. If you have issues around depression, anxiety, stress, childhood trauma etc that you are struggling with and would like to see if breathing can make the difference, then this is the book for you. It’s available from Amazon, Waterstones and W.H. Smiths. You may well want to follow up with a Transformational Breath session with Val or I! And it would make a good Christmas present for people new to breathwork.
Birmingham Breathes is delighted that its’ UK parent organisation Transformational Breath Foundation UK has been awarded the accolade of ‘ Best Complementary Medicine Organisation for 2014 by the prestigious Institute for Complementary and Natural Medicine. We at Birmingham Breathes have been closely involved in developing our national organisation and are delighted that Transformational Breath has been honoured in this way.
People don’t generally come to Transformational Breath for help with this condition. More likely they will tell their facilitator about it to make sure they can breathe in a position that’s both beneficial and comfortable. And we certainly dont make claims that we can cure any medical conditions. Nevertheless, some people are reporting that sessions of Transformational Breath are definitely easing their back pain. Judith Kravitz , Founder of the International Transformational Breath Foundation, advises: “I have worked with many people who have found relief from chronic back conditions through the full opening of their respiration, releasing tension and strain and thus creating a freer flow of energy in thebody and activating the body’s natural healing ability.” There are also medical studies that correlate poor breathing with lower back pain. Something to think about! Please contact us if you would like a copy of Andria Falk’s paper on this issue.
Just back from Nairobi where I’ve been supporting Daniel Marungu in restructuring Tiba Africa, visiting Tiba’s social projects and running workshops using Transformational Breath. An amazing and life-enhancing experience. Tiba now has a new, dynamic Board to manage its affairs, with a brand-new Constitution. This will help to focus its direction and charitable activities and make it more accountable to its donors. I was very moved to visit the Kibera slums with a local community leader, Bwana Juma, now Vice Chair of Tiba, and visit the home of a member of Tiba’s support group for people living with AIDS/HIV. Talking to this group after a Breath Workshop we ran, they have benefitted enormously from Transformational Breath; it’s a huge testimony to Daniel and his work that of the 50 people with AIDS?HIV who have gone through Tiba’s programme, only one person has died. A huge achievement, not least because it has been the most needy who have been referred to Tiba. While recognising the benefits of Tiba to their lives the group singled out lack of food and lack of work as priorities, that Tiba hopes to begin to address via a loan scheme. I also visited two projects in the Kabeeria sub-slums sponsored by Tiba: Abundance School and Joy Babycare, a project that supports single mothers needing to take casual work with no reliable childcare. We also ran a workshop for girls trafficked into Nairobi from war zones and Daniel hopes to be able to continue to build on this with regular workshops for small groups. If you would like to support Tiba’s important work please go to www.transformationalbreath.co.uk to find out how you can support Tiba via paypal or bank transfer.
After her successful talk about the Presence Process for the Tree of Life on the 12th September Andria has written some more about it for us. She writes:
“Transformational Breath® founder, Judith Kravitz, ‘adopted’ the Presence Process three years ago, seeing it as a powerful accompaniment to Transformatonal Breath®. They are now widely regarded as a ‘sister modalities’, each linking with and benefitting from the other.
Written in the form of a book, The Presence Process is a 10-week self-help programme devised by Michael Brown.* It requires a 15-minute morning and evening session of connected breathing through the nose, the reading of an inspirational chapter of the book each week and the use of a specific intention.
You are gently taken into the essence of the programme, which is that incidents that upset us in adulthood have a resonance with ‘forgotten’ situations in our childhood where we pushed down and denied our feelings. As the programme develops, you gradually acquire the tools to enable you to harness any upsetting incident in your current daily life, welcoming the associated feelings and seeing the person or situation as a helpful messenger. You are then shown how to trace back those feelings to your childhood, allow yourself to genuinely feel them and then to gently integrate them.
So how does this fit with Transformational Breath®? The Presence Process is a gentle and slow process that can be undertaken at home from the outset. People who follow this process often benefit from some sessions with a Transformational Breath® facilitator, who will have expertise in integrating blocked emotions and in connected breathing and can support a more focussed process for you. Similarly, people who find Transformational Breath® beneficial can also benefit from The Presence Process, as it provides a unique tool to understand day-to-day stresses and their specific source in childhood.
Both Judith Kravitz and Michael Brown recommend each other’s programmes, and I can’t recommend the Presence Process too highly, especially the Revised Edition. It is phenomenally useful in making sense of seemingly-irrational feelings of fear, anger or sadness that sometimes arise, often repeatedly and apparently from nowhere, in every-day situations, out of proportion to the current situation. It’s amazing to be able to own those feelings and learn to respond rather than to react to them, to make sense of their original source and then integrate them through the breathing. It’s a profound way of enabling us to really feel and manage our emotions. Michael Brown, who healed himself from a painful and incurable illness by using his programme sees it as a means of preventing addictive behaviors as well as physical and mental illness.
I hope it helps you too.” Andria Falk, Trainer,
Birmingham Breathes, email@example.com
*The Presence Process A Journal into Present Moment Awareness.
Michael Brown. Revised edition, 2010. Namaste Publishing, Vancouver, Canada
www.thepresenceportal.com – A resource center for the Presence Process
Publisher’s website: www.namastepublishing.com