I wanted to learn breath work because of it’s ability to help those with PTSD, trauma and addiction. It’s powerful! Breath work has been used for centuries to maximize performance in martial arts and yogic practices; it truly is the difference in one’s ability to control execution. It became more of a spiritual practice in the 70s with holotropic breath, and has made a comeback in today’s culture with leaders in the work such as Elijah Nisenboim, Wim Hof and Dan Brule.
I was fortunate enough to meet Sarah Charmoli in my early stages of learning about this work, and as soon as I tried the practice of Effiji, I was hooked! My work with her began intensively, breathing twice a month for a period of 3 months. The transformation that occurred during this time was like time-warp speed, and I realize I was catching up from years of not acting from a place of personal well-being.
When she and Elijah decided to hold an Effiji Facilitator Training Course here in Louisville, I had to be a part of it. I have an awesome support network through John, and the women at the Cave, that fill in when I take these weekend intensives. I’m the only student with a young family and business and I couldn't do this without them!
The goal of this blog was to share with you the unbelievable experience of the work, but it is so difficult to put into words. In summary, breath work leads us to experience our souls. Through the work, we uncover more and more about our true selves, and how we’re meant to be living this life.
It is sometimes painful. It creates an incredible high. It clears away the walls we’ve built over a lifetime of pain and suffering, to allow us to reach the depths of our being. It is the most transformational and profound healing work I’ve ever experienced.
This work is not for those looking for a zen and relaxing experience, that’s what the Cave is for, and I highly recommend building in time for reflection around your breath experience. Breath work is for those that are fed up.
I was so tired of my own bullshit by the time I found Sarah. This work called me on it. I also chose to work with a coach to help me navigate the intense emotions it stirs up. Journaling, meditating and energy movement practices assist me in the intensity of the weekend trainings.
Sarah and Elijah provide a much more in-depth explanation around the work that’s being offered here in Louisville on their websites. I’m so grateful to be a part of building awareness around this work and look forward to breathing with you at the Cave.