Stress. That vague constricting feeling, the weight that drags on you. It shows up as tight shoulders, low energy, clenched jaws. You have your ways to cope with stress, from talking with a friend, helping someone out, getting a big hug, exercising, or a hot bath. What would probably make a huge difference in your wellbeing is deep breathing.
Breathing is the key to regulating the nervous system, to relieve stress, promote relaxation, and more. Transformational Breathwork is a practice of guided, conscious breath that allows the body to reset from fight-flight-freeze mode, stimulating the vagus nerve, and starting a ripple effect to help every system in the body perform optimally.
These are the ONLY years a breathwork training of this magnitude has happened in St. Louis!
And it’s happening again beginning August 8, 2019 and we have revised and expanded the training to make it the best to date!
There are only a few spots remaining in the class and it will be maxed out soon.
Back By Popular Demand: Transformative Breathwork Master Track
In 2017, The Healing Arts Center offered transformative breathwork training for the first time in a decade. This unique 100-hour course taught once a week over 20 weeks consists of 80 hours of class room instruction and 20 hours of clinical training in one of the most powerful healing modalities in complementary and alternative medicine. While HAC does not offer this course every year, it is deeply committed to bringing Transformative Breathwork training to health and wellness professionals and the community at large. The course is inspired by the work of some of the nation's greatest breathwork pioneers like Judith Kravitz, Leonard Orr, Tom Goode, and Dr. Stanislav Grof. Healing Arts Center Headmaster, Tom Tessereau, is a direct student of both Kravitz and Goode, and teaches the Transformative Breathwork Master Track, guiding students through the curriculum to be certified breathwork facilitators.
Lama Lobsang Palden Returns To HAC To Teach Tsa Lung - Sacred Tibetan Breath Yoga With Tibetan Sound Healing Meditation On July 15
Tsa Lung Links Breath With Consciousness
Over the past year, Lama Lobsang Palden has delivered a series of workshops that teach participants elements of various Tibetan breath yogas. Included in his workshop series has been an introduction to "Tummo", the yoga of generating internal heat made famous by the Mahasiddha Naropa in the 10th Century. Tsa Lung is the name for a variety of practices that teach practitioners how to develop vital energy (lung), or prana, in the energy channels (tsa) of the body.
For years, The Healing Arts Center has taught its massage therapy students basic transformational breathwork. Two years ago, the school started teaching this breath practice to the public by offering its Introduction to Transformational Breathwork workshop three times a year. HAC has been steadily building up a body of people who are trained to practice this intensive healing practice. Some students have found that transformational breathwork has allowed them to completely recover from depression, panic attack disorder and other debilitating conditions often associated with past trauma. It is not unusual for a breathwork client to say that a single session of transformational breathwork can do what years of talk therapy cannot.
In the past century, several modern western traditions of breathwork have emerged:
Transformational Breathwork is a Unique Wellness Modality
Human life itself depends on breath. This sounds obvious, and yet most people in modern society do not understand how poor breathing habits impair their health. The modern stationary lifestyle is dominated by the physical act of sitting. When you sit, the range of motion of your diaphragm becomes very limited. This causes you to pull air only into the top of your lung. As a consequence, there is a smaller amount of air contacting a very limited area of the lung tissue that absorbs oxygen.
By contrast, completely filling the lung when you are able to draw a full deep breath with the complete extension of your diaphragm, dramatically increases the amount of oxygen entering the blood stream. Sitting and shallow breathing reduces the amount of available blood oxygen that we can use to cause healthy metabolism, cell repair and reproduction among a long list of other problems. In short, prolonged shallow breathing can lead to a myriad of health chronic health problems.
Taught Only Once A Year, The Breathwork Master Track Is Back, But Enrollment Is Limited.
Last year, HAC launched a revolution in wellness care by training twenty-four new certified breathworkers in its first-ever Master Track Program. Breathwork has become a staple wellness modality at The Healing Arts Center in both its workshop programming and professional clinic offerings. HAC considers transformational breathwork to be one of the most powerful and accessible healing modalities available anywhere. This is because of the ability of breathwork to completely release the psychological effects of suppressed emotional obscurations such as trauma, sometimes in a single breath session.
HAC has been advocating that massage therapists should consider diversifying their therapeutic training to include modalities that can be delivered in a group setting. Direct one-on-one therapies have a strictly limited earning potential whereas modalities that can be delivered in a one-to-many classroom distribution can greatly enhance the earning potential of a massage therapy, yoga or other holistic practice.
Tummo is an ancient Buddhist yoga form that produces internal heat within the body that is caused by a combination of specific exercises and meditation processes. It is sometimes referred to as the yoga of “inner heat”, “psychic heat” or “mystic heat”. It is an essential skill for Vajrayana Buddhist practitioners who are seeking to perfect the “completion stage” of Vajrayana practice. Vajrayana tantric practice, generally speaking, involves a “creation stage” wherein the practitioner develops a vision of a deity, or “yidam” and a “completion stage” wherein the visualization of the deity is disassembled to the naked emptiness of natural mind. This seems simple, but it is actually quite challenging and most Vajrayana practitioners practice their entire lives to develop this skill.
For Centuries, Eastern Wellness Systems Have Understood Breath As An Essential Foundation For All Health and Meditative Practices. Western Wellness Is Finally Catching Up.
For those interested in good health, fitness, meditation, or nutrition, they find that when they add breathwork to their practice, it transforms the results they are already getting in other areas.
Anyone can register for Releasing 2017 – Creating 2018, an introduction to transformational breathwork workshop, happening December 31st. This is an opportunity for participants to discover breathwork and bid farewell to this year as they create their intention for life in 2018.
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