Understanding the Transformative Power of Transformational Breathing Breathwork
By Dave Krajovic
Is it possible to live in a world of chaos, violence and suffering and still find peace, joy and love? With so much negativity in the world today, it is hard to stay grounded. Such desires seem as far away as wishes come true in fairy tales.
At the deepest level, everyone wants to be happy and healthy. We all wish for joy, peace and an abundance of all that is good in our life. Yet upon reflection, such experiences can seem unattainable. Oh, we get fleeting moments of joy and happiness in our lives, but mostly it is a grind as we go about the routine of our lives, feeling the pressures and stresses of day to day living. If we pause long enough, we may hear a voice that whispers, "Is this all there is?" I too have heard this voice. That was about 10 years ago when I became a serious seeker of a more permanent peace and happiness in my life. But before that, in my younger days, I was simply too ignorant to know any different. I didn't even know that there was a question to ask. I was either too possessed about collecting wealth or too busy to know that lasting joy and peace do not manifest through the accumulation of money and material possessions.
It was through a series of events initiated by my wife and compelling, repetitive dreams, that my ignorance lessened and I learned that my current path was ultimately empty and unfulfilling. As a seeker of life's gifts, it was necessary to seek out teachers and knowledge. I have walked many different paths along this journey and had many marvelous, revealing and powerful experiences. My journey led me to become a participant in many healing modalities including experiential workshops.
From psychotherapy to warrior weekends, from emotional release work to Native American sweat lodges; the list goes on. All had their purpose to get me to where I am today. All were helpful. All were healing. All surprisingly produced mixed emotions: some fear and frustration but also joy and peace. Each of these were effective, some more than others, but none had the transformative power as something as simple as breathing. Yes, breathing.
What I am referring to is a breathing process called Transformational Breathing. A single breath session in an evening can be the most powerful experience, the best gift that you ever could give yourself, your loved ones and the planet. I am currently a facilitator in this work and I have witnessed incredible transformation in not only myself but others as well. One breathing participant who was ridden with intense anxiety said there were days where she could hardly get herself to work. Perhaps she said it best with a deep wide smile on her face, "This is the best thing that I have ever done!" Another individual who just finished her second breath session explained, "In my first breath session I experienced joy and more joy and more joy. In my second session, I went beyond that ...I simply can no longer explain in words the feelings of joy and peace that I experienced. This is a wonderful process." Norman Lear, the famed TV producer said, "If we could pull all the people of the world into one room for a breath session the world would be a better place."
Few people understand the incredible healing power of the breath. This should not be surprising since we are not taught this in schools. Even yoga, which focuses on the breath as a component of its instruction, does not teach its full power. It is not even sufficiently taught to athletes, singers, dancers or even doctors. Yet all of these professions need and use oxygen in their pursuit of excellence and healing in their professions. Athletes measure VO max and train to make their bodies'more efficient at processing oxygen; singers do exercises to enable them to use their breath at critical times. And doctors, of course, know the benefit of Oxygen especially in the benefit to heart patients and cancer patients (cancer cannot live in an oxygenated environment). It is even more remarkable that such powers can be learned by simply releasing restricted breathing patterns!
So what is Transformational Breathwork? Judith Kravitz, the Co-creator of Transformational Breathing defines the transformational breathing breathwork process as a “self-empowering healing process that creates great transformation is one’s life. The Transformational Breath is a dynamically powerful technique that utilizes a high vibrational energy force created by a specific breathing pattern. The three levels of Transformational Breath allow us to breathe better, have more energy, feel more peaceful and loving and ultimately obtain higher levels of consciousness.”
The specific breathing pattern of Transformational Breathing, which we call the connected breath, sets up an energy matrix that causes entrainment within the body. Entrainment is a Universal Principle that states that a lower vibrational energy pattern such as anger or depression can be permanently changed in to a higher vibrational energy pattern such as joy or happiness. This is why many people report feeling lighter and clearer after experiencing the connected breath. The connected breath is a specific breathing pattern that has no pauses between the inhale and the exhale. But Transformational Breathing uses many other healing modalities as part of a breathing session. Transformational Breathing uses evocative music, conscious invocations, press points, affirmations, movement and toning to assist in the movement of the energy. It is unique amongst all other breathing modalities and, in my opinion, one of the most powerful transformational tools on the planet today.
Dave Krajovic is a certified transformational breath facilitator, trainer for the Transformational Breath Foundation, nationally certified massage therapist and crainiosacral teaching assistant. With advanced training in Neuromuscular Therapy, CranioSacral Therapy, Esoteric Healing and Pranic Healing, he maintains a healing practice with his partner and wife, Pat, in Plymouth, Michigan at BodyWorks Healing Center. Mr. Krajovic gives workshops, seminars and presentations designed to enhance awareness of the human potential and is the author of numerous articles for newspapers and holistic health magazines. Mr. Krajovic earned his Bachelors Degree from Bucknell University and his MBA from Penn State. He is also a CPA. He can be reached, at email@example.com or 734-416-5200.
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