The BREATHE™ Certification Teacher Training Program starts with an assessment of breathing muscle strength and lung capacity, and addresses various topics including:
- How to perform and interpret a BIQ (Breathing IQ)
- Pain management and expedited healing
- Breathing pattern disorders
- Various breathing techniques and their applications—when to use them and why
- The scientifically-proven physiological and psychological benefits of proper breathing
- The anatomy of breathing
- The mind/body connection and creating overall well-being
- Stress and its effects on the mind and body
- How to shift the stress response from “fight or flight” to “rest and digest”
- Creating a personal practice and daily routine
The BREATHE™ Certification Teacher Training Program will enable you to teach a basic breathing workshop to a group with outstanding mental health or medical problems that will:
- Alleviate stress and anxiety, while helping with concentration and sleep
- Provide participants with breathing exercises that are good for lungs, posture, oxygen intake, and blood pressure
- Relaxation techniques
- Use “active meditation,” a mindfulness practice that has physical and psychological benefits.
Upon successful completion of the program, you will be certified as a Breathwork and Active Meditation teacher and will be able to assess disordered breathing, offer effective and proper breathing instruction, and both recommend and teach exercises to improve your clients’ breathing style, lung capacity, and velocity. You will be able to guide others in the enhancement of their mental, physical, and emotional well-being through breathing and meditation instruction using a variety of techniques. You will be able to set up and lead group classes, give introductory lectures, bring Breathwork into the workplace and classroom, and teach people to meditate and bring mindfulness into their lives.
What is active meditation?
Active meditation is dynamic. It requires purposeful breathing, focus, and determination. Whether you are sitting or lying down, active meditation requires that you push yourself as hard as you do at the gym, so that you get out of it as much as the effort you put into it. Active meditation is different than “regular” meditation. In standard meditation you clear your mind of any thoughts and remain as still as possible. In active meditation you focus actively, just as you do in a sport. In sum, during active meditation you push yourself to breathe in a very dynamic and energetic way.
Active meditation also involves a “recovery breath” that allows athletes and high performance professionals to recover from one day to the next by addressing high cortisol and sympathetic nervous system arousal.