The Mindful Breathwork Project offers tools - such as yoga, mindfulness, breathwork, and meditation - to promote resilience and health, prevent stress and burn-out, and address trauma on an individual, community, and population level.
Yoga, mindfulness, and related tools can be helpful for those seeking relaxation and calm; those who want to improve their well-being and resilience; those dealing with stress, overwhelm, or difficult feelings; or those who have experienced trauma, either chronic or acute. My classes are designed with clinically- and scientifically-informed practices and are welcoming of all bodies. Join me for a class by registering here!
Yoga and related practices have been shown to have many benefits for mind and body, but not all tools are for everyone, and none are a substitute for professional care. If you need support or are struggling with your mental health, please contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to find your local chapter and local resources. If you are currently in crisis, please call the NAMI helpline at 800-950-NAMI or text “NAMI” to 741741.
For those around you
Some of you, in your professional roles, may have responsibility for the people around, such as staff members or the clients/patients you serve, many of whom may be dealing with individual or community trauma on a daily basis. We are all human, and stress and trauma are often part of the human condition. Often times, when there is work to be done, we tend to push ahead with work plans, asking staff to keep up with their responsibilities or expecting clients to be ready to take up and adhere to the services being provided. This may happen because it's not easy to find the time to address it or perhaps because it’s not clear where to start.
If stress and trauma aren't addressed first, then the people aren’t primed to be their best or to perform optimally. This is true in both the public and the private sector, and it is especially true of community-based work with people who experience a pile-up of risk factors and adverse experiences in their lives, such as poverty, racism, discrimination, and/or inequalities in various parts of their lives, such as access to health care, housing, food, and other basic needs and social determinants of our health.
If this sounds familiar to you, contact me to find time to talk about what you see going on with the people around you and how we can work together to address stress and trauma in a way that makes it complementary to your current goals and plans.
One more thing...
Why call it a project? Being mindful and building resilience is a constant practice and something that we each need to work on every single day. We need to make time for it and give it undivided attention, and we need to allow space for the people around us to do the same. With time, patience, and practice, these simple tools have the potential to meet people where they are, provide needed support, and ultimately make the work they take on more impactful and long-lasting. Now seems like the perfect time to start.