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THE SPACE BETWEEN BREATH

THE SPACE BETWEEN BREATH

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THE SPACE BETWEEN BREATH

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.

What if…

We can use the breath as medicine whenever your soul calls you to examine, transform, and renew yourself?

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.

Light Gray Feather
#grateful

Even for failure.

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WHAT IS BREATHWORK?

WHAT IS BREATHWORK?

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“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:

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Reap the benefits of reaching non-ordinary states

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Experience Therapeutic Changes in Levels of Distress

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:

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Increased productivity

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Increased Creativity

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Increased Endurance

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.

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After almost two decades of Breathwork, I am still starting fresh with each breath. There is always something more to discover with Breathwork.

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YOUR BRAIN… ON MUSIC

YOUR BRAIN… ON MUSIC

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YOUR BRAIN… ON MUSIC

Music is scientifically proven to have a powerful effect on the brain.

Recent research shows that music can help in 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)

Music-induced states of altered consciousness take the benefits of music a step further. Historically human beings have been altering their states of consciousness to promote physical and mental healing, treat substance dependence, and in spiritual and palliative care. People who are in rehab use what’s called ‘binaural beats’ because some of the frequencies can give the brain the same sensation that a drug would. It doesn’t harm the brain; in fact, it does quite the opposite good for it (Napoten, 2018).

Our brains automatically create an imaginary tone when introduced to two different frequencies at the same time. When you listen to specific forms of music, it can put you in a meditative state, you can get a better night’s sleep, and you’re able to concentrate very effectively. It can even have healing capabilities, without taking a drug or medication, your body will calm your body down. (Albridge, 2016) 

OH BREATH playlists have combined the power of music with Breathwork is genuinely remarkable. She uses specific tones that can change your state of mind; she has it down to a science; her internationally curated perfectly blended playlists are a testament to that. The music guides participants by including polyrhythmic music, monotonous drumming, Western pop, and Arab musical schemata, complemented by theoretical and clinical approaches to music therapy applications (Napoten, 2018).

 

Scientists have found that music stimulates more parts of the brain than any other human functions.

–ELENA MANNES

 

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Music stimulates more parts of the brain than any other human functions.

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THE GIFT OF BEING YOURSELF

THE GIFT OF BEING YOURSELF

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THE GIFT OF BEING YOURSELF

This last year was a huge opportunity for growth with this beloved delightful community…

Here are a few of these lessons I learned that might serve you well.

Pick and choose what relates to you. Discard what doesn’t (or save it for later).

These are MY lessons, and if you don’t agree with any of them, that’s totally cool!

Gifts from you to you:

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Gratitude

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Self-care

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Acceptance

1. We are all more lucky than we realize. Our desires for life are quite similar. Over 130k people following me on Tiktok says it all, right there!

2. When something makes me feel good I do it more.

3. It’s okay to admit that there is more than one truth, and others may not agree. When there is sunshine, there’s going to be some shade!

4. I spend way too much time ruminating on solutions instead of just creating.

5. A self-care routine doesn’t need to start at 5am to set you up for success

6. If I try to be like someone else, so everyone likes me, I miss the gift of being myself.

Light Gray Feather
#grateful

For this community!

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Coach Kathleen Oh

KEEP BEING BRAVE

KEEP BEING BRAVE

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KEEP BEING BRAVE

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.

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Getting fucked up can be a way to un-fuck yourself.

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CONNECTING WITH YOUR INNER HEALER

CONNECTING WITH YOUR INNER HEALER

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

 

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Your juicy truth contains an endless ocean of possibilities that can never ever run dry.

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