History of Transformational Breathing
Transformational Breath® is a cutting edge breath work therapy combining conscious breathing, gentle body mapping (similar to acupressure), movement and toning (vocal sound). The unique combination of these self-healing modalities was founded in America, in the 1970’s, by Dr Judith Kravitz, a leading world expert in breathwork. She has devoted three decades to teaching this profound and yet simple breathing process to hundreds of thousands of individuals in over 20 countries. Founder of Inspiration Space, Aimee Hartley trained and certifed with Judith Kravitz in 2010 in Italy, Mexico and United States drawing on a wealth of experience and knowledge from Judith and her tremendously talented and inspiring co-trainers.
The techniques used in Transformational Breath® can benefit the participant's body, mind and spirit, improving well-being and raising consciousness. The modality is now making waves in the UK, as scientific evidence is now sound proof of the self healing qualities of the breath.
Breathwork therapies derive from spiritual practices dating back to 5,000 BC. Influenced by the ancient Vedic Yogic ‘prana’yama (breath / life-force control) and Tibetan Tantric Tummo, Transformational Breath®, is unique from other forms of breathwork in the way that it utilizes the entire respiratory system in combination with several other modalities.
Theory of Transformational Breath
Transformational Breath®, is a self-healing technique that helps people to access the full potential of their breathing system for better physical, emotional and mental well-being. The connected pattern of conscious breathing is a natural, safe and easy –to-learn technique, which has proven to have many benefits almost universally, including increased energy, better immune response and increased ability to deal with stress in a positive way.
Breathing controls the functioning of every cell and the physiology of the entire body. With the majority of the population using only approximately 25% of their full respiratory capacity, it is no surprise that improper breathing is a contributory factor to ill health. Transformational Breath® helps correct old unhealthy patterns of breathing and helps access full breathing potential, encouraging a fuller more conscious breath.
Diaphragmatic breathing is paramount to the Transformational Breath® process. Encouraging a deep breath into the abdomen is not only relaxing; it’s been scientifically proven to positively affect the heart, brain, digestive and immune system. Once the breath is moving in the abdomen, the upper lungs can be activated so eventually the breath is full, connected and active.
- Increases Energy
- Enriches yoga practice
- Stimulates circulation
- Balances flow of energy
- Helps with weight management
- Resolves addictions
- Improves sex life
- Improves well-being for many conditions and ailments such as stress, respiratory ailments, headaches, low energy, psychosomatic illness and anaerobic diseases - the list is endless!
Mental and Emotional Integration
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Improves and resolved body image issues
- Clears past traumas and dramas
- Awakens pure joy
- Relieves depressive and negative thought patterns
- Improves self-esteem
- Expands meditational capacity
- Strengthens spiritual connections
- Expands awareness
- Harmoniously blends the female (yin) and masculine (yang) energies
- Deepens creative expression and sexual energies
How to practice:
The best and safest way to practice and learn this revolutionary breathwork is to learn from certified Transformational Breath facilitators. There are plenty of workshops and retreats happening throughout the year so check out further pages to find out the next one coming soon or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Segments of this editorial were originally written by Aimee Hartley of Inspiration Space and later published in Yoga Magazine
“Transformational Breathing is secretly attracting a hugely diverse range of clients, from stressed hedge fund managers responsible for other people’s millions to those who want to lose weight. Transformational Breathing is awesome.”
“I really feel as though there has already been a huge shift in every area. I feel much more relaxed and 'stable' and my breathing is altogether much better. Both my daughter and my friend who I have not seen for a few weeks, said I looked great and there was definitely something different about me..Thank you for introducing me to this amazing technique!“
Transformational Breath Workshop Attendee
In September 2014, Transformational Breath won a fantastic award for being the best complimentary therapy by The Institute of Complementary Medicine.
In 2007, the NCC and the Institute for Complementary Medicine (ICM) merged to form the Institute for Complementary and Natural Medicine (ICNM). The ICM was founded as a charity in 1982 and established the British Register of Complementary Practitioners (BRCP) in 1989.
The BRCP is one of the longest-running, multi-disciplinary registers of CAM professional practitioners in the UK. It promotes quality, best practice, raising educational standards and integrated medicine.
The ICNM offers a career structure from Therapist, Practitioners, Senior Practitioner to Fellow and has many contains many divisions in Complementary medicine.
"With an undefended heart, we can fall in love with life over and over every day. We can become children of wonder, grateful to be walking on earth, grateful to belong with each other and to all of creation. We can find our true refuge in every moment, in every breath."