This week, Mystic Mag‘s Marko Velimirovic had the opportunity to interview Lisa Jones, Concious Breathing Practicioner. We talked about her career and learned what is Therapeutic Breathing and how it helps.
When did you first know that being a BreathWork Practitioner was your calling and how did it come about?
I found BreathWork in 1997. A friend of mine was becoming a BreathWork Facilitator and part of the certification involved giving six BreathWork sessions to a few clients and turning in the notes from the sessions.
In my second time working with my friend, I experienced a session that would alter my life. Soon into doing the conscious, connective breathing I felt as if I had been zapped at my tail bone with some kind of lightning bolt that went up my spine and sent a burst through the top of my head, with me floating in some light-filled, place of bliss. I floated for what seemed either a millisecond or eternity with more joy than I have ever experienced. The interesting thing is I had no idea about kundalini energy or any of the Hindu or other metaphysical explanations or descriptions of what I experienced. I literally could not have made it up from my repertoire of knowledge at that time! When I came back from this session I made a comment of, ‘I don’t know what it takes to be facilitating what you are doing but I want to be a BreathWorker!’
At that point in my life I had no desire to add anything else to my obligations, financial or time-wise. I was raising three daughters aged 11, 9 and 5, solo. These “gratis” sessions were a calling from what I have come to refer to as Spirit of the Breath. I say this because that profound session has rarely ever happened again though I have had so many other beautiful experiences and newfound “awarenesses” from my sessions these past 25 years. On that momentous day my soul/spirit (of the breath as I like to say) gave me this amazing tool to heal so much from my lineage of alcoholism, anger and more trauma. My daughters experienced a different mom raising them then they would have had otherwise.
My life is so beautiful and blessed with having BreathWork as my main healing tool. It’s “wonderfilled” and self-empowering. My clients can do BreathWork without needing a facilitator after they have done sessions for a while. I absolutely love when another facilitator and I swap sessions.
What services do you offer?
I facilitate private and group BreathWork sessions- in-person and online. I have traveled to many countries turning people on to the power of their own breath. I am able to offer practice for homework to individuals after sessions and groups. This enables them to continue opening and freeing their breathing. There literally isn’t anyone who couldn’t benefit from more freedom in their breathing! I am always reopening my breath as “life” continues to shut it down!
What is Therapeutic Breathing and how does it help?
Therapeutic Breathing is Conscious Breathing in a particular way. There’s a breath/pranayama for a variety of purposes such as obtaining more energy or detoxing. The BreathWork I help people with connects them to their own innate and divine body wisdom with me as a catalyst for their transformative journey.
What can a person expect from your sessions?
I think it’s fair to say that all of us could benefit from enhancing our attitude of surrendering and trusting in life a bit more. Having this attitude can only lead to having more room for the inspired plan of something bigger than us (could be referred to as divine/universal plan) to show up in our lives. All I invite people to do is breathe into awareness and acceptance; trusting that Spirit of the Breath has knowledge unavailable to our thinking mind.
My experience in this work results in living more consciously and in one’s potentiality; with more insight and awareness.
I cannot underestimate that almost all individuals are not breathing to their capacity. They inevitably comment on how much more they feel themselves in their bodies breathing. I have seen unbelievable presentations of dis-ease resolve from bringing energy into where there was a shutdown. These places of resolution are as varied as an Olympian cyclist finally out of pain in the hips; many clients breathing more fully into the chest area that results in heart openings; to energy in the face ending a nervous tick from revisiting a decades-old traumatic experience; and hundreds more amazing upgrades for clients’ lives.
Therapeutic Breathwork releases unproductive emotions and mental chatter, thereby greatly reducing stress in the mind and body. I also meditate and attract many serious meditators and teachers of meditation who love to use this tool. There are also the usual benefits such as finding freedom to live more joyfully, lovingly, and connected, especially to our spiritual self and others. I call this breathing tool freedom physically, mentally and emotionally!.
What is the most important detail in maintaining a relationship of mutual trust with clients?
I am always empowering my clients as I consider them the “healer” and I am the catalyst for the healing. What I mean is clients are trusting their insights and experience of either, or a combination of, their physical, mental and emotional “ah-ahs”..
As I show up willing to be vulnerable about my life’s story and always truthful, clients can sense that a special space has been created as our template for working together. This template is created also in the kind of breath that I coach so people are showing up truly in the highest vibration of their desires, inspiration/intention.
They get to experience how the breath doesn’t lie versus our thinking/conscious mind. We know that what doesn’t serve these intentions won’t have space to live in our bodies (physically or mentally). I am holding loving attention and safety during our conversation and in the BreathWork session.
What do you love most about your profession?
Oh my goodness! What is better than helping people find freedom in their bodies, minds and emotions? Facilitating, and also doing my own BreathWork sessions, needs to be experienced to understand it’s potentiality to heal at a cellular, psychological and spiritual level. By assisting clients to change their breathing patterns, their lives change! I love this profession!
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