by Kathleen Oh | May 30, 2021 | Breathwork, Connection, Healing, The World
It is like the space between the breath. The micro-moment between the inhale and the exhale.
Unless entirely aware of the exploration of stillness and it cannot be absorbed or processed―instead, what if you could find yourself returning again and again to this untapped space?
What if we can use the breath as medicine whenever your soul calls you to examine, transform, and renew yourself?
Last year (and some of this one too) was life-changing for most people.
Life offered plenty of opportunities.
To fall apart. To fail. To get back up. To be humbled again. To start over. To be a beginner in the ways of love.
We only always have only THIS MOMENT to fully embrace our life… to live it up!! Soak up what is right in front of you and what gifts life has got to give.
by Kathleen Oh | May 29, 2021 | Bio-hacking, Breathwork, Science, Wellness
“Deep Breathing Strengthens Your Brain and Boosts Attention Span”, says new study.
It turns out the yoga masters were right — breathing properly can improve your attention span and help you focus better. A new study has found a direct neurophysiological link between the breath and the brain.
Breathwork is a practice that uses breathing exercises in conjunction with different elements to induce access to non-ordinary states of consciousness.
This scientific practice developed by Stanislav Grof gained this wisdom from ancient shamanic breathing techniques (or rituals) to create a non-ordinary state as a brain effect through the breath alone. Like pranayama, an ancient breathing ritual from India, Yogis hacked their physiology to a level where they could stay healthy and happy and secure for an extended period and live much longer. This practice shows an incredible display strength. This group of people was the first to create the primary schools of yoga and yantra and pranayama.
Today, there is a growing body of scientific research suggesting that attentional distraction, mind-wandering, and chronic stress are all variables greatly influenced by how we breathe. Thus, Breathwork has become increasingly popular among those seeking to explore a unique self-healing process to attain a state of wholeness. This unconventional New Age practice was developed by psychiatrists Stanislav and Christina Grof in the 1970s to achieve altered states of consciousness (without using drugs) as a potential therapeutic tool (Holmes, 1996).
The Mental Benefits of Breathwork
Studies show, a regular Breathwork practice can:
Studies show a tremendous amount of benefits for reaching non-ordinary states of consciousness through a regular breathwork practice. They also show a correlation between therapeutic changes in levels of distress associated with self-identified problems, anxiety, self-esteem, and a sense of affiliation with others, and a weekly breathwork practice.
There is a positive side to human nature that we do not look at often, and that is the benefits of altered states in general, one of the reasons for this is because one of the leading most common ways for us to get into non-ordinary states of consciousness is through the use of psychedelic drugs. However, Breathwork provides a natural alternative to reap the benefits from altered-states of consciousness without the drugs. These states have since been proven incredibly beneficial for our brains (Holmes, 1996).
The instrument of our mind that we use to interrogate the nature of our minds is relatively constant across people. The notion that we can train our minds to, in some sense, polish the lens to create a more accurate ability to observe, is still something entirely foreign to most elite athletes, except, however, the Navy Seals. The US army deems Breathwork an essential part of their training programs
The Physical Benefits of Breathwork
Using Breathwork to keep the immune system healthy and the cardiovascular and respiratory systems in optimal shape can result in:
Breathing practices come from ancient Yogis who used it to alter their state of consciousness, into deep meditative states. Navy SEALs use it under high-stress situations. CEOs of companies use it to increase their productivity and creativity. Breathwork is a practice that is quite common in the yogi circle. These ancient practices are still compelling today. During this time, it is essential to keep the immune system healthy, the cardiovascular system, and the respiratory system in optimal shape (Brody, 2019).
The breath will guide participants in specific techniques that will increase the amount of Co2 in the body. Breathwork will induce a state similar to what occurs in the body during high elevation training. For decades, exercise scientists have known that even if sitting or sleeping, the body responds to high altitudes by creating more red blood cells to boost oxygen levels. The increased oxygen can, in turn, enhance an athlete’s endurance during training and competition. The consensus is that high altitude stimulates the production of the red blood cells in the body. More red blood cells, it stimulates the body to make more red blood cells (Peterson, 2010)
Breathwork is not just a practice it is a community!
Arguably the most crucial part! Through Breathwork, you can build a support network of new friends who understand what you’re going through and can help you. We also share personal connections from our challenges as we are facing, and how relationship and love rise to overcome them. Through the awareness of this interconnection, we can access energy and information that can provide crucial insights, innovation, and solutions.
After almost two decades of Breathwork, I am still starting fresh with each breath. There is always something more to discover with Breathwork.
by Kathleen Oh | May 29, 2021 | Breathwork, Science
Music is scientifically proven to have a powerful effect on the brain.
Recent research shows that music can help with many aspects of the mind, including pain reduction, stress relief, memory, and brain injuries.
In the book The Power of Music, Elena Mannes says, “Scientists have found that music stimulates more parts of the brain than any other human function.” (Naponen, 2018).
The benefits of music get taken a step further with music-induced states of altered consciousness. Historically, human beings have tweaked their conscious states to promote physical and mental healing. We use altered states to treat substance dependence and for spiritual or palliative care. For example, people in rehab immerse themselves in sounds known as ‘binaural beats’ because some frequencies can give the brain the same sensation a drug would. The brain doesn’t undergo harm as a result; the opposite happens, and we see positive outcomes because of this stimulation (Napoten, 2018).
When introduced to two different frequencies at once, our brains process this by creating another tone entirely. Listening to specific forms of music helps us achieve desired states. With the use of music alone, you can reach a meditative state, facilitate a better night’s sleep, and enable more effective concentration. The capacity for healing emerges, too. Your nervous system will calm your body down without the use of a drug or medication (Albridge, 2016) .
“Scientists have found that music stimulates more parts of the brain than any other human functions.”
Music stimulates more parts of the brain than any other human function.
by Kathleen Oh | May 18, 2021 | Breathwork, Connection
THE GIFT OF BEING YOURSELF
This past year was a massive opportunity for growth alongside you, a beloved and delightful community.
Here are a few of these lessons I learned that might serve you well.
These are my lessons, and if they don’t land for you, that’s completely cool!
Make use of what relates to you. Discard what doesn’t, or save it for later.
1. We are all more lucky than we realize.
2. Our desires for life are pretty similar. (Over 130,000 people following me on Tiktok says it all. I mean, who’d have thought?)
3. When something makes me feel good, I do more of it.
4. It’s okay to admit that there’s more than one truth. Others may not agree. Remember that when there’s sunshine, there’s going to be some shade.
5. I spend way too much time pondering the solutions instead of just creating.
6. A self-care routine doesn’t need to start at 5 a.m. to set you up for success.
7. If I try to be like someone else for everyone to find me appealing, I miss the gift of being myself.
This community makes me grateful. Thank you for being part of it.
by Kathleen Oh | May 16, 2021 | Breathwork, Connection, Psychadelics
Our minds build an illusionary world rather than perceiving the endless detail happening in nature through our bodies.
I like the idea of consciousness acting as an integrator, especially when it involves non-ordinary states due to Breathwork or Psychedelics.
Not everyone has access to or interest in psychedelics. That’s perfectly fine.
Breathwork can be a powerful tool to get you there as well.
The non-ordinary states allow our mind metaphorically to jump the Default Mode Network to link with the generation of the self (in its many guises) and clarifies the experience of ‘flow.’
In other words… getting fucked up is an excellent way to UnFuck yourself.
Keep being brave, sharing and integrating.
Remember, everyone’s journey looks different. And there are so many things to consider, including :
- Where are you starting?
- Where have you come from?
- What are your goals?
There is no one way to BE BRAVE!
“Keep being brave, sharing and integrating.”
-COACH KATHLEEN OH
Disclaimer: This post is for information and harm reduction purposes only. Note that psilocybin is deemed Schedule I substances under the United Nations 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances and are illegal in most countries. The author of this blog does not condone the purchase, possession, sale, or consumption of any illegal substances.
Getting fucked up can be a way to un-fuck yourself.
by Kathleen Oh | May 14, 2021 | Breathwork, Connection
CONNECTING WITH YOUR INNER HEALER
Connecting with your inner healer means connecting to that steady place inside you that’s never lost, looking outward for the answers.
No Coach can ever be that person for you. No matter how much you pay them. No matter how much research and data you dive into.
When you find the connection because you’re doing the work that you’ve been called to do, the discomfort of creating change is so worth it.
Breathwork builds the best way I know to feel grounded, authentic & true to yourself. Your juicy truth contains an endless ocean of possibilities that can never ever run dry.
Since you’re still reading this, I know you are ready for this kind of shift.
The most enormous shifts happen when the moment is right. The time and commitment to yourself allow the most significant gifts to show up. The world might not be ready to see more from you. These kinds of promises have been the key to my own success, and I want that for you too!
This is where the magic happens.
I promise, Breathwork can inspire you to make tangible shifts that will drop-kick your path of discovery to a new depth.
“This is where the magic happens.”
-COACH KATHLEEN OH
Your juicy truth contains an endless ocean of possibilities that can never ever run dry.