I'm personally someone who loves reading through FAQs to know what to expect. I've tried to include as much info as possible but please reach out if there's anything else you're wondering about!
Where are you located?
I'm based out of NYC and am available to teach in-person at your location in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens! Please contact me if you have any interest in an in-person booking outside of these areas. I also work virtually!
Do you offer discounts?
I do offer some sessions at a sliding scale/reduced rate- contact me to book these!
What is breathwork?
Breathwork is the conscious controlled use of different breathing patterns, exercises, and techniques in order to achieve a specific outcome. It can be used to alter or enhance both emotional and physical states within the body.
What is breathwork used for?
Different styles of breathwork are used to achieve different outcomes, some of which include:
Stress and anxiety reduction
Increased focus and awareness
Energy and attention management
Release of stored trauma
Enhanced connection to creativity, inspiration
Connection with self and the Universe
What style of breathwork will we practice?
The style of breathwork used will vary depending on the desired outcome and your current mental and physical state (ie if there are any contraindications or injury). Styles used draw from both traditional practices such as pranayama, and more modern practices such as Conscious Connected Breath. We will assess which styles are best for your needs. Depending on the style, breathing may be done through the nose, mouth, or both.
What do I need for our session?
It's important to create a safe, quiet, and comfortable space in which you will have minimal disruption. Breathing may be done sitting or lying down. Pillows and blankets can be used during the session to provide extra comfort. I also recommend having tissues available and a glass of water for after the session.
Please refrain from eating for 1-2 hours before the session as certain styles of breath can disrupt digestion. Wear clothing that you're comfortable in and that isn't too restrictive.
What can I expect during a session?
Sessions vary- here is a typical format for a private session:
Check in to review your goals for the practice, and if you are experiencing any of the contraindications. This will determine what style of breathing we will be practicing.
Review breath practices we will be using
Get comfortable and set up for the breath. We will do some grounding practices which may include body scans, meditation, etc.
Guided breathing practice for approx. 30 minutes. I will remain with you through the entire session to provide any support needed, including any modifications.
Integration- at the end of each practice it's important to ground yourself once more and take time to integrate your experience.
Breathwork can cause physical sensations during the practice such as changes to heart rate and body temperature, muscle cramps (often in the hands and feet). Although these are generally harmless and will dissipate once practice is complete, we can alter the breath during the practice if anything is too intense.
Breathwork can also lead to shifts in emotional state and heightened feelings. Trauma and held emotions are released in certain styles of breath such as Conscious Connected Breath. When practicing these styles of breath you may have the urge to cry, shout, shake, punch a pillow, or release emotion in another physical way. While this may feel new or scary the first time please know it's totally normal- your body is releasing what it needs to let go of!
I offer supportive touch during the sessions but will always ask for consent.
How will i feel during/after?
Breathwork is a powerful practice which changes the blood chemistry. As such it can cause physical sensations such as changes to heart rate, body temperature, and muscle cramping (often in the hands and feet- this is called tetany). Although these are generally harmless and will dissipate once practice is complete, we can alter the breath during the practice if anything is too intense or uncomfortable.
Breathwork can also lead to shifts in emotional state and heightened feelings. Certain styles of breathing such as Conscious Connected Breath often release trauma and held emotion. When practicing these styles of breath you may have the urge to cry, shout, shake, punch a pillow, or release energy in another physical way. While this may feel new or scary the first time please know it's totally normal- your body is releasing what it needs to let go of! These feelings are often very intense especially if you are new to the practice.
I offer supportive touch during the sessions but will always ask for consent first. Sessions will always end with time for grounding and coming back into your space. In the hours and days after a session it's not uncommon to feel heightened awareness, connectivity, or emotional sensitivity.
How many sessions are needed?
Number of sessions varies depending on what your goals are. A single session can be used as an intro and to assess a plan for moving forward.
Are there any contraindications?
Speak with your doctor before practicing breathwork if you have any of the following:
High blood pressure
Early stage or delicate pregnancy
There are breathing modifications which can be used for some of these contraindications, but it's important to check with a medical professional as well as to inform me of any relevant medical history before your session.
Breathwork can also bring emotions to the surface as they are released, this can be a very powerful and sometimes scary experience especially with the use of certain types of breath. I am there to help guide you through these experiences and shift the breath if at any point they are too overwhelming or you're feeling unwell. Please check in with a doctor if you have a history of bipolar disorder or schizophrenia before starting any breathwork practice.
What style of yoga will we practice?
I typically teach Hatha yoga- this practice encompasses all limbs of yoga including meditation (dhyana) and breathwork (pranayama). Asanas- the physical practice- are centered around slower movements held for a longer period of time. I also teach vinyasa, yin, restorative, and am certified for trauma-informed yoga.
What can I expect during a session?
We'll start out by talking about how you're doing and if there's anything to be aware of- injuries, specific goal for the session. Practice can be tailored to your specific needs. Some meditation or breathwork may be incorporated as well. I offer adjustments and modifications as needed- I will ask you for consent prior to offering physical adjustment.
What do I need for a session?
Please provide your own yoga mat and a clear space for use. I am able to provide props for a 1:1 class, for any larger classes you will need to provide any desired props (bolsters, straps, blocks). A rolled up towel can be used as a substitute for a bolster.