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Health Benefits of Optimal Breathing®

Steady energy throughout the day
Great positive mood(s)
Freedom to breathe deeply and easily
Waking up clear headed and refreshed
A Clear mind and good memory
A strong vocal expression.
Reducing or eliminating PTSD

Attain the knowledge and skills you need to awaken healing and creative energies for physical, psychological and emotional wellbeing.

Be able to help others improve their performance in sports and business, and to guide and support others in using the breath as a tool for health, growth and change in body, mind and spirit.

Consider this:

Our very lives begin and end with the breath. Between the two sacred moments of birth and death, most of us will take countless breaths and rarely give it a moment's notice. Usually, only who consciously value the breath through spiritual and/or cultural training or asthmatics and others who have suffered with (and recovered from) other severe breathing conditions know the deep, intimate connection between healthy breathing and vibrant living.

Scientists have observed that wild animals instinctively know how to "shake off" the high stress of life-threatening situations and return to a relaxed state where they are alert and aware without sacrificing their health and survival needs. They are still able to stay healthy, breath properly, procreate, eat and socialize. This ability to maintain balance is an inborn trait. While humans have the same instinct within, our modern lifestyles, which include unnatural living conditions, high stress, environmental pollutants, dishonoring social conditioning and poor food quality usually serve to keep us out of touch with our natural ability to maintain proper equilibrium. We do manage to procreate, socialize, eat and survive but for many people, our lives are not realized at a satisfying level and recurring health and emotional issues constantly hinder our quality of life. Traumas, including subtle prolonged emotional neglect, violent abuse or physical injury can separate us from our instinctive selves for years. Usually, the breath is the first physiological response to be affected by trauma. The change in breathing patterns is rarely noticed, especially when the trauma begins at a young age, yet the resulting effects on body, mind, emotions and spirit are ultimately profound.

For many of us, there comes a time in our lives when we are eager to expand beyond our self-imposed limitations. We are ready to feel better, both physically and emotionally. Our adventurous spirit awakens and we are ready to explore new ways of improving our current condition. Whether we are suffering from a chronic condition and desire a natural solution, or we simply want greater love, strength, creativity, groundedness and power, attending to our breath can quickly take us to a higher level of being.

Here are just a few of the ways healthy breathing affects our lives:

- Proper inflow of oxygen and outflow of CO2 increases vital energy so the body has more energy to put towards it's constant process of self-healing and detoxifying
- Your breath and breathing aids the immune system by:
- Lessens stress responses by regulating the nervous system that staves off diverting energy from healthy immune system function increasing oxygen to kill germs, viruses and parasites and support healthy bacteria. . Oxygen works very much like T cells in that is kills harmful bacteria, germs and viruses.
- Adding copious oxygen offsets fatigue, listlessness, repeated infections, inflammations, allergic reactions, slow would healing, chronic diarrhea and infections that represent an overgrowth of some normally present organism, such as oral thrush, systemic candidiasis, or vaginal yeast infections;
- Extra oxygen molecules attach to toxins and pollution and form toxic waste that is excreted from the body via the breath and other means of elimination which lessens work for immune system.
- Accelerating regeneration of tissues by allowing the regenerative systems of the body to heal/regenerate instead of fight off invaders.

It is not thought of that way but it really is a primary component of the immune system. People often die in hospitals of the combination or pneumonia and immune system weakness. Oxygen levels and the immune system are completely interdependent.
       Speeds recovery from trauma and disease
       Partially compensates for inherited limitation and genetic weaknesses
       Normalizes physiological function impaired by drugs, chemical imbalances,
and unhealthy lifestyle factors
       Helps develop a stronger ability to resist harmful external forces such as negative
environmental influences

       Dramatically aids in relief of many long term respiratory difficulties such as asthma, bronchitis, COPD
       Reduces chest pains due to tight muscles thus the tension causing anxiety of "heart attack potential" is reduced
       Opens up the chest to make breathing easier and fuller which facilitates
strengthening of the life force, emotional stability and mental clarity to
feel more energetic
       Maintains body balance which supports ease of breathing including proper CO2

       Improves blood circulation and relieves congestion
       Increases supply of oxygen and nutrients to cells throughout the body
       Increases flow of oxygen to oxygen loving organs such as the brain and
       Eases the strain on the heart by increasing oxygen to the heart

       Calms a chronic "fright or flight" anxiety state by reversing the breathing patterns which began at the time of the original trauma
       Healthfully stimulates the nervous system where fatigue is present
       Overeating as a reaction or perceived relief from stress is common.
       Depending on the technique used, healthy breathing can balance brain hemispheres

       Proper diaphragmatic action acts as a pump to massage the internal organs, significantly aiding their function
       Calms the emotions which directly affect the parasympathetic nervous system of rest, digest and heal.
       Helps eliminate excess fluids through the breath
       Reduces swelling of the body (edema)
       Decreases stress on organs of elimination, thus helping the body to naturally cleanse and tonify

       Increases depth and continuity of lymphatic fluid circulation which plays a crucial role in eliminating toxic wastes and strengthening the immune system
       Helps speed recovery after major illnesses

       Relaxes muscle spasm and relieves tension
       Helps increase the supply of blood and nutrients to muscle
       Upper body strength is directly affected by proper breathing
       *Feeling better and more present in your body naturally leads to a greater desire to exercise for health and enjoyment
       Offsets and prevents formation of adhesions
       Improves coordination and grace via greater relaxation and self-awareness

       Invites internal sensing of optimal posturing
       Helps prevent muscle adhesions
       Releases and reduces muscular tension that eventually may cause structural problems
       Helps increase flexibility and strength of joints; when you breathe easier you move easier
       Can partially compensate for lack of exercise and inactivity due to habit, illness or injury

       Healthy breathers look more rested and vibrant
       Reduces wrinkles due to improved circulation and blood oxygen flow
       Results in radiant skin at any age
       Replaces energy lost during the natural process of growth and aging

       Improves power of mental concentration and observation
       The brain is an oxygen-loving organ, supplying greater oxygen to the brain naturally enhances it's performance
       Lower stress levels lead to higher productivity, greater learning capacity, better decision making

       Increases feelings of safety, nurturing and self-acceptance
       *Produces profound relaxation and inner peace (think: grace under pressure and courage under fire)
       Reverses effects of stress related to self-defeating habits and tendencies, including childhood traumas, religious programming and cultural conditioning
       Strengthens coping skills
       Increases positive energy
       Enhances sense of self and inner power
       Produces heightened self-awareness and self-love which leads to healthier life choices about self care, relationships, work, environment, etc.

       Deepens meditation or spiritual connection
       Heightens intuition
       Balances subtle energy systems affecting all the bodies: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual
       Enhances creativity

       Relaxation, self-love and self-acceptance enhanced by optimal breathing leads to greater compassion for others
       Helps clarify and strengthen boundaries and take responsibility for their role in relationships
       Increases awareness and management of subtle energies within and around you and others
       Regulates intensity of orgasm
       Higher relaxation levels and self-love lead to more compatible partner choices

Welcoming and accepting higher levels of health, pleasure, power and love is a gradual process for most people but many clients find that breathing techniques facilitated by Optimal Breathing Practitioners® often bring on immediate, dramatic results. Continued practice serves to strengthen and build upon your foundation. Re-learning to breathe the way nature intended from the beginning is a significant portion of anyone's overall holistic wellness program.

Michael Grant White is Executive Director of Breathing.com, The BreathingSchool.com and core faculty member of the Center for Professional Breathwork and Movement. He is creator of several Rapid Healthy Breathing Development programs. He is one of the most unusual teachers in the world today and he has devoted over thirty years to breathing development. Mike is one of those rare individuals whose destiny was revealed to him at a very young age by being asked to sing for his grammar school student body. Subsequent physical abuse left him unable to sing and what followed was a 40 year quest to regain his singing voice and inner sense of wholeness. Learning what did NOT work was almost as beneficial as learning what DID work.

  Michael's students include a wide range of individuals, including business executives, personal and spiritual growth seekers, amateur and professional athletes, speakers and singers.

   Today, Mike is working with some of our Nation's top physicians, behavioral and alternative health specialists to expand he use Optimal Breathing® in new and exciting areas of therapy, sports performance and personal growth.

   Originally designed as a personal growth development technique, Optimal Breathing® realizes a much wider potential for accelerating many self healing processes as well as being an important adjunct to almost any wellness or therapy program.

  Just as Optimal Breathing® removes the barriers that prevent vocalists from reaching their performance potential, it can help remove barriers in all of us, helping us to achieve our maximum potential in whatever it is we do. Optimal Breathing® has shown astonishing healing factors in various health conditions. Further studies are being conducted with utilizing Optimal Breathing®.

Your breathing will be stronger, smoother, bigger, greater, deeper, easier, and better coordinated. You will become stronger, more clear headed, relaxed, and energetic. Breathing really is a metaphor for life"
....Mike White, Optimal Breathing® specialist

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New age applications of using the breath as a vehicle to:
1. Remove painful, energy-depleting effects of fear, including those related to the fear of death, disease, the body, foods, parents and other people, lack of abundance, impoverishment, phobias, environmental threats, the future and the past, unstable economic trends, political unrest, etc.
2. Neutralize pain from current hurt, disappointment or anger resulting from past emotional trauma or negative experiences in life.
3. Cleanse energy-depleting fearful elements, including our original separation from Spirit or Higher Self.
4. Improve the possibility that karmic issues no longer need to be resolved through pain and suffering, but through creativity and joy.
5. Reduce or remove, due to improved adrenal function, allergies and intolerances to foods, chemical substances, pesticides, herbicides, air pollutants, radiation, medical drugs, pharmaceutical by-products, etc.
6. Undo the root causes of some chronic illness, including cancer, heart disease, MS, diabetes, arthritis, brain disorders, depression, etc.
7. Remove any self perpetuating obstacles to fulfilling your desires, such as selling a house, getting a dream job (provided this is in your highest interest) or enhancing your gifts and spiritual development.
8. Eliminate or minimize many difficulties or barriers in life.
9. Allow you to let go of resistance the root cause of much pain and suffering in life.
10. Safeguard businesses, corporations, organizations, governments, countries, etc. from potentially harmful influences.
Note from Mike:
Although the above 1-10 is quite a mouthful, anecdotal evidence supports it. It can not be replicated but it DOES happen, and often enough to at least allude to the possibility. Probability?? NO. Possibility above average to significant cause effect relationship? YEP!!

Sadly, hyperbole is too often utilized so this "new age" movement suffers when its proponents become too willing to add "poetic license" and not label it as such.

The common denominator to all this is the breathing, what we eat and how we think.
How good is YOUR Breathing?    Begin here to develop it.

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The breathing improvement techniques, practices and products outlined in this publication are extremely gentle, and should, if carried out as described, be beneficial
to your overall physical and psychological health. If you have any serious medical or psychological problem, however, such as heart disease, high blood pressure,
cancer, mental illness, or recent abdominal or chest surgery, you should consult your health professional before undertaking these practices.