What is Breathwork?
Breathwork is a simple yet profound, three-part, breathing technique that originates from pranayama yoga. Unlike meditation, where we are aware of the mental chatter, Breathwork is an active, efficient, effective technique that will allow you to disconnect from the mind, enter a different state of consciousness, and bring you to a deeper state of connection and love. You will lay down, music will be played and you will actively engage in the three-part breathe. Read more below for what to expect during Breathwork, benefits and outcomes of Breathwork as well as the science behind Breathwork.
What to expect during Breathwork:
You lay on the floor, music is played, you breathe, and I will coach you through the active breathing for approximately 20-25 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of relaxation. Each Breathwork session is unique and experiences can be different for each individual or from one Breathwork session to the next. You may experience the following, but your experience is not limited to the following benefits:
Benefits of Breathwork:
Reduced stress, tension or constriction
Feelings of openness, love, peace, and gratitude, clarity, connection
Release of trauma or mental, physical and emotional blocks
Release of anxiety, depression, fear, grief and/or anger
Access to unconscious memories relevant to your healing
Deeper states of consciousness and inspiration
Downloads about your work, finances, relationships, health conditions
Breathwork can open meridians and channels, align your body and its energy, and create a revelatory and healing experience. The beauty of Breathwork is that it is natural so that you and your breath become the source of answers to questions, insights to challenges, freedom from feeling stuck, downloads to what's next for you, your life and your work in the world.
As with any self-care practice, the most important way to learn if it's useful and helpful for you is to experience it for yourself. I look forward to serving you and your journey.
1:1 Sessions are virtual and in-person:
Pre Breathwork discussion
Creating Sacred Space
Meditation and Restoration
Coaching to integrate your healing into daily life
Post session email summary of insights and implementation
Breathwork Workshops are in-person:
Introductions and Overview
Intentionality and Intimacy
Meditation and Restoration
Sharing, Questions & Answers
Mastermind and Retreats:
Contact for more information so that we can craft a unique experience for you and your clients, colleagues or staff.
Individual Client Testimonials:
As a longtime panic and anxiety sufferer, I am always seeking out new ways to naturally work through the symptoms. I came to Gwen’s Breathwork Workshop thinking it would be an opportunity to learn some new meditative breathing exercises...but I walked out with so much more! The breathing brought me to an anxious state, where I’d normally stop before it lead to a full on panic attack. With her confident coaching, I was able to feel safe moving BEYOND that point and right THROUGH the panic. I left with a newfound confidence in the relationship I have with my body, and my ability to deal with future attacks. This approach to panic attacks feels far more empowering than any other breathing or mindfulness practices I’ve tried. Gwen challenged me to listen to my body and not back down from the unpleasant feelings; it was the first time I’ve steered straight into the storm instead of turning around. My only wish is that I’d found this sooner!
-Sarah MacFee Market Analyst
I was a skeptic with an open mind prior to my first experience doing breathwork with Gwen. Before we began, she talked us through some of the sensations we may or may not experience (I didn't think I would experience any of them). Turns out, I experienced ALL of them - it was one of the most profound experiences of my life. From skeptic to believer, there's no going back - breathwork is here to stay in my life.
- Julie Neumark, Owner, Neu Marketing Group
When I got home after the Breathwork Class for men and women, I had a voicemail from someone i was interested in from a dating app. We talked on the phone for three hours, and although I don't know what will happen next, what is so empowering is that i don’t care because my heart feels open. I stepped OUTSIDE of my comfort zone and I had an incredible time in the brethwork class. So much gratitude for gwen and her services.
- Amy Shafer, Professional Caretaker, Los Angeles, CA
I had a very powerful session with GWEN, who used the power of breath to shift barriers, instigate my inner voice, and call in my guides. During my session, I was visited by a beautiful energy, a grandmother figure that radiated a violet energy. After my session, where I entered into a deep meditative state, Gwen said my solar plexus was shouting out to be heard and to write, which I know to be my greatest calling. Thank you so much Gwen! It opened up so much for me. Its flowing.
-Karly Ryan, Social Media Consultant & Photographer @karlycakesss , Los Angeles California
I'VE DONE YOGA, MEDITATION AND KUNDALINI YOGA BEFORE BUT BREATH WORK WAS UNLIKE ANYTHING I'VE EVER EXPERIENCED. I JUST DID MY FIRST BREATH WORK SESSION WITH GWEN AND ALL I CAN SAY IS WOW! IT HELPED RELEASE TRAUMA, ANGER, INSECURITY, BLOCKS AND MUCH MORE. I FELT LIKE I LEFT MY BODY. I'M DEFINITELY DOING MORE.
- Lee Tilghman, Blogger, Influencer @leefromamerica, Los Angeles, California
the magic i felt from gwen’s social media was present in our first phone call and in her brooklyn breathwork class. gwen creates an impeccable sacred space, healing transformation. I relaxed, I learned. I encourage you to take Gwen’s classes, workshops, on-line programs, and experience the magic for yourself.
- Jill Gropper, Gabrielle Bernstein & Lifestyle Coach, NYC, NY
I discovered Gwen through a google search in Jan 2018, and have attended her circles every month for an entire year. I have also brought friends and my husband to her breathwork classes. Gwen's healing has transformed my life. Gwen is a gifted facilitator, she leads powerful meditations, shares ancient wisdom, and holds space for unlocking and expanding. breathwork is the most powerful medicine I have experienced - activating, empowering, unblocking and opening. Gwen gently and powerfully guides participants through uncharted territory, and champions you to own the powerful wisdom that lies within each of us. I have brought all my closest friends to experience the wonder and mystery of Gwen's circles. she had made a tremendous difference in my life and the lives of those I love.
- Marla Brennan, Musician, Puppeteer, Los Angeles, California
i am in awe of what manifested after my breathwork session. one week after our session, I reconnected with a long lost family member. The Connection was so strong and I am now planning a trip to visit them. i Can’t wait for the next session. Thank you for the circles, the breathwork and the coaching.
- Rebecca Figueroa, Director Brokerage Operations, Long Beach, California
I'm totally blissed out after doing breathwork with gwen. She's an amazing facilitator and I highly recommend working with her.
- Alison Wu, Blogger, Influencer @alison_wu, Portland, Oregon
I’ve done breathwork before, but this session was extra special. the energy and space felt safe and lovely. It healed me and I’ve been more connected to my intuition since breathing with you.
- Caroline Zuleta, Life Coach, Los Angeles, CA
Things have been amazing since our virtual session. i have been enrolling 5 people into my practice daily and blowing my goals out of the water. i truly I feel like I am living on the mountain tops, jumping from mountain to mountain without coming down. Thank you again. I have been able to do breathing for a few minutes at a time to clear stuck energy which has been a FANTASTIC tool for daily living.
- Tara Page Truax, Master Certified Health Coach, Mullica Hill, NJ
I don’t even know where to begin. Thank you. wow. thank you. Truth, I assumed nothing much would happen, however I just went with it. what a ride it turned out to be. I am already experiencing the beauty of breath work two days later. My experience included levitation as if My soul lifted off the mat. I felt my cells vibrating. My visions were of my husband and myself. We are currently separated as we need to be at this point in our LIFE. I was gifted visions of our most precious and powerful moments that I had long forgotten. I had forgotten the power of that life force. It was a spiritual, beautiful, life-changing moment. It restored hope to me in an area of my life I had almost given up on. Thank you.
-Teresa Weichmann, Philadelphia, PA
i was unsure of what would be revealed in breathwork. when i started breathing i discovered that i still needed to learn to love to myself when i felt tranquil and balanced versus only when i was chaotic or struggling. i look forward to making gwen's breathwork class part of my regular selfcare.
- Stephanie Speights, Sustainability and Zero-Waste Consultant, Los Angeles, California
gwen held a safe and sacred space. I came in feeling uncertain and blocked. I left vibrating and alive. i was more creative the following day than i have been in years and have been since. i am so grateful.
- Rianna Scipio, Imagine Sober Living, Los Angeles, California
after attending one of gwen's moon circles in Los Angeles, i knew i had to bring breathwork to the mastermind for my clients. i wanted my clients to receive what i did from breathwork - tap into their inner guide, move past blocks, find peace, and give them an experience of connecting to a deeper side of their businesses and realize their energy holds so much weight on their business results.
The benefits I received were acceptance and self love and being able to see myself as a pure ray of light that is here to support others. but that it's also safe to be vulnerable and receive support. The breakthroughs that each of my clients, including myself, received were totally transformational. We downloaded ideas for more impact and prosperity in businesses, to realized the connection and sisterhood that surrounds us, and released old stories and attachment to the way we thought things needed to be and instead allowed them to be what they need to be. We all cried and laughed.
I would definitely invest in this service for my next mastermind. Breathwork with gwen brought each of us out of the tightly wound energetic space that we hang out in all day and into a lighter, more expansive experience where we can see with our hearts and intuition. Magic happens in that space that Gwen cultivates.
- Amber-Lee Lyons, The Chakra Girl, Vancouver, BC, Canada
This is not your typical laying down type of meditation. breathwork is focused, controlled, rhythmic breathing from deep inside. at the end of the class, I felt stress free and focused, Like I had a great workout but i never moved. I Highly recommend it!
- Carrie Murray, Founder BRA Network, Sherman Oaks, California
Breathwork is sacred and Gwen holds the safe and loving space necessary to experience the delicious releases or awarenesses that Breathwork may bring when in session. She's the guide and the master. So grateful for her coaching expertise, loving spirit and the insights I've gained working with Gwen!
- Martha Jeffers, Medicine Woman, Los Angeles, California
Common Questions and Answers:
Can I practice Breathwork at home by myself?
It has been suggested by my teacher, David Elliott, that someone have enough practice being guided through Breathwork before you practice on your own at home. The reason this is suggested is because if you encounter something you are unsure of how to navigate, you can alternatively reinforce negative breathing mechanisms and emotional traumas instead of releasing them. To truly release emotional blockages we must feel safe and supported and be assisted through other specific techniques to uncover whatever is hiding in our subconscious. In my own personal experience, I practiced Breathwork with a facilitator weekly for approximately six months before I felt grounded to practice on my own with YouTube or iTunes guidance.
Is every Breathwork session the same?
Yes and no. The way that I structure the sessions are the same. However what comes forward can be different from session to session. The the material that surfaces in each session is different is because we are energetic beings. We collect energy from the people, places and things around us. Sometimes we need to learn how to relate to ourselves in certain ways before the deeper healing can come forward. Therefore when we breathe, whatever is present inside of us, whatever is present outside of us, whatever we have collected along the way, and whatever is ready to be revealed and healed, is what will evolve during the session.
Is all Breathwork the same?
No. There are many different types of Breathwork and ways to facilitate Breathwork as a healer. The types of Breathwork that I have experienced and learned about, are called Rebirthing, Holotropic, Wim Hof, David Elliot and Coherent Breathing, ranging from most intense to least intense respectively. The ways of facilitating Breathwork can range from intense, pushing to gentler and softening. Just as each individual has their own unique journey, experiences, personality and purpose, so does their way of facilitating Breathwork. Please keep in mind that just because one facilitator practices one way, that does not mean that is how all facilitators will practice. Just like it is so important to find a physician, therapist, coach or hair stylist that aligns with your energy and intentions, it is equally important to find a Breathwork Healer that aligns with you for the ego to relax and allow healing to occur.
Research on the Benefits of Breathing:
In Yoga tradition, practitioners have been aware of the power of breath for thousands of years. Richard P. Brown and Patricia L. Gerbarg published on Yoga Breathing, Meditation, and Longetivity.
Psychiatrists and neurologists at Boston University, University of South Carolina and more are researching and noticing the profound effects of breathing in depression and anxiety.
Andrew Huberman, Ph.D. a Stanford neuroscientist, studies breathing and its relationship to stress response. Other performance coaches, such as Jason Amoroso, are sharing it with professional athletes.
Wim Hof featured in Discover magazine, who practices a different type of Breathwork, showed in a 2014 scientific study, that when injected with an inflammatory agent, Breathwork patients experienced lower levels of inflammation that would normally accompany receiving the injection.
According to Gay Hendricks, PhD, a Dutch Study compared two groups of heart attack patients. The first group was taught simple diaphragmatic breathing, while the second group was given no training in breathing. The breathing group had no further heart attacks, while 7 of the 12 members of the second group had second heart attacks over the next two years.
Jack Shield, MD conducted a study on the effects of breathing on the lymphatic system. Using cameras inside the body, he found that deep diaphragmatic breathing stimulated the cleansing of the lymph system by creating a vacuum effect, which sucked the lymph through the bloodstream. This increased the rate of toxic elimination by as much as 15 times the normal pace.
Neuroscientists are studying how different ways of breathing are engaging different parts of the brain, change the brain and improve performance, especially in stressful situations.
Dr. Arthur C. Guyton, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Deepak Chopra have shared about the benefits of active breathing on public level.