My Search for Optimal BreathingIn 1978 I had spent years trying to
regain a singing voice I knew I had as a child. It was not about my voice
changing, it was about having been verbally abused and beaten as a child to the
point that I could not even scream, let alone sing. This emotional and
physical abuse while growing to full sized adulthood caused restrictions
and distortions to my breathing mechanics and implanted body/cellular
memories of pain, and anxiety.
Singing, as well as
speaking, requires great breathing and eventually I realized there was
something wrong with the way I was breathing. It has taken almost 25 years
to discover what was wrong and how to make it better. During that time I
spent a fortune looking for answers in all the wrong places. I discovered
what did NOT work. Knowing what I do now would have shortened that time
considerably and saved me a lot of frustration, confusion, relationship
problems and money.
Concurrently I had spent
years of studying different spiritual and psychological disciplines. I
discovered that almost every well known or broadly accepted spiritual
approach, had within it one or more specific ways of addressing the
way that someone used the breath and breathing. If they had one thing in
common it was a strong respect for prana, chi, ki, elan vital, spiritus,
pneuma, kundalini or what I call Optimal Life Force. If it was so
important to all those spiritual disciplines, there must be many secrets
kept about it that could benefit the human condition.
My father was a police
detective and always counseled me to look for the common denominators.
The common denominator became more then the simple fact we breathe, but
rather why, how and in what way? This idea of the way, the how and the
why pointed me towards something I could, without
harmful prescription drug
side effects or hidden spiritual agenda, feel and measure on my own giving me a
dependable sense of tangible evidence that I was heading in the right
From my research I found
that the breath affects every aspect of our existence including oxygen
levels, energy, heart health, bacteria virus and fungal invasions,
emotions, mental processes, attitude, performance, longevity, sleep and
stress. One cannot
understand the breath without making a study of it. And to know
respiration, the breath and breathing, one must experience it all directly
and preferably be guided by one who is familiar with the internal terrain
of sensing and feeling, awareness and optimal function.
So it was because of this
quest to regain my singing voice that my path became to study the breath.
From this the Optimal Breathing System was born.
Though I know that you may not yet fully understand or believe what I have
learned about the importance of optimal breathing to your health,
well-being, performance and longevity, and though I know you will have to
go through your own search in your own way, I have tried on this web site
and in the various products that I offer to give you insights, practices
and natural drug free approaches that can help you come to new
appreciation of why ancient teachings have often said that "Breath is
purposes and the Optimal Breathing System
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