Stress, in and of itself, is not a bad thing. We need a little tension to keep us alert, focused, and productive. This is especially true in the work place. Without the tension of a deadline or a challenging project in front of us, our mind and thinking becomes dull.
Like the branch of a tree, without the stress of wind it will not grow strong. Like the branch needs wind, we need stress to keep us growing, to give us a little “get up and go” sometimes. But it’s the managing of, the flexing with, your stress—your tension—that can also make or break a strong mind and body.
Do you find yourself feeling stressed-out, reactive, or defended?
Is your focus and concentration just not what it used to be? Do you feel depleted, like you’re running out of gas long before the end of your work day?
Breathing is the answer. It is a powerful tool. When used with intention, the breath can help you get through a tough business meeting, difficult presentation, or conflict with a co-worker. The breath can sustain you, re-energize you and calm you down at the same time.
Having been in the hot seat of stress for years without proper understanding, or tools to help myself, I have a strong appreciation for how proper breathing can turn chaos into calm. I understand how hard it is to think straight in the midst of chronic stress. It’s overwhelming.
The breath manages the chemistry within our bodies and minds in a way that helps us stand strong before, during, and after the windstorm. Our breath renews our strength and motivation to get through the day.
Why do I feel called to teach other people proper breathing?
Sometimes I imagine myself at my old job, suffering through the difficulties of managing people, projects, budgets, schedules, and never-ending deadlines and I remember how isolated I felt. Sitting in my office, door closed (and often locked), head collapsed in my hands, feeling depleted, numb, drained, suffering, and alone. But the thing I remember too is that my door wasn’t the only one closed. My peers had their doors closed too.
Too many people are suffering because they don’t know how to manage their stress. It doesn’t have to be this way.
After a twenty-three year career in engineering, and suffering through too much stress, I now teach others about the tool that most helped me: the power of breathing. My Breathing 101: Managing Stress Through Breath Awareness class is designed to be simple and accessible to everyone.
As a certified meditation and yoga teacher I have a deeper appreciation of how proper breathing calms the heart, increases focus, and keeps us feeling centered in the midst of challenge. I want to share these simple tools with you!
I offer private and group sessions at your location.
Group sessions are 45-60 minutes and ideal as a “brown bag” lunch event.
Private sessions are 60-75 minutes and customized to fit specific needs.
Rates range from $150 to $300 depending on location and number of participants. Book a series of 4 or more sessions and receive a 15% discount.
I offer private sessions at my Seattle-based office with a sliding scale of $85-$135.
For information on custom events or to schedule please send me an email via my Contact page.