Does it keep you up at night, prevent you from engaging in social situations and trying new things, or interfere with your work or relationships?
If you feel on edge, irritable, or overwhelmed, even just reading this, then please read on!
In fact, if you can answer ‘yes’ to any of the above, you are not alone! And we commend you for making the courageous choice to seek out a solution for yourself.
But calling it a mental illness implies there is something wrong with us, when in fact it is often an inner reflection of the outer chaos around us.
Between the lockdowns, the news, the devastating events in Ukraine, threat of nuclear war, poverty, global warming, corrupt politics, societal and domestic violence, and what can feel like a daily struggle to survive – it’s no wonder so many of us are anxious!
Though we may not be able to change the external state of the world all on our own, we can transform how we experience and react to it, and create peace, ease, and joy from within.
We will also incorporate the latest science which shows anxiety is intricately linked to heart rate variability, the vagus nerve, and the breath, and learn powerful breath practices to modulate those causal factors and create a lasting state of inner peace.
Anxiety puts your body on high alert as it is looking for possible danger and this activates the synthetic nervous system and your fight or flight response.
Stress hormones released, causing more anxiety and creating a self-perpetuating cycle that if left unaddressed will negatively impact your personal and professional life, weaken your immune system and increase your risk for depression and nearly every chronic disease.
Have you ever decided to buy a car in a particular color and then begun to see that same car everywhere? This happens because of a part of the brain called the Reticular Activating System (RAS).
Likewise with anxiety, The RAS takes instructions from your conscious mind (e.g. ‘I need to avoid public places to keep safe’) and passes it on to your subconscious mind, which becomes alert and diligent to your request.
If you consciously decide ‘The world is dangerous,’ ‘I can’t do ___ ,’ or ‘I definitely have that rare disease,’ the RAS will go into overdrive finding evidence to prove that assumption is true – and anything that proves otherwise will be filtered out.
If the answer is anywhere from a ‘Maybe’ to a ‘Heck yes!’ then we have the key to change that I want to share with you.
Together, we will shift your focus away from fear-based thinking and towards positivity, peace, optimism, and gratitude. I know it works because I had to work it out for myself, and there’s nothing I want more than to share it with you
With the right tools and an approach to anxiety that addresses both the body and mind, we can create an inner oasis of calm. You will learn effective breath practices that will make that new sense of wellbeing a new normal. Put them together with your newfound ability to think differently and ‘Voila!’, you now have a system that you can use, both preventatively, or on the occasion that it sneaks up on you. You will feel so different when you have your hands back on the wheel, and become the creator of what you really want.
This shift in perception, as well as the cultivation of confidence in your ability to handle whatever comes up, will create a positive momentum that will attract good things and people to you and literally change your world from the inside out!
If you’re new to using the breath therapeutically and skeptical of its effects don’t take our word for it, look to the science. Research shows your breathing has a profound effect on your emotions, your nervous system, your mental functions, your state of mind and sense of wellbeing. And there have been thousands of studies over the past decade showing breath exercises are either equal to or superior to medications and other standard medical practices for the treatment of anxiety disorders, stress, PTSD, and depression.
Having been a breather for decades, Anthony first incorporated Breathwork into his other practices in 2012. The founder of Alchemy of Breath, Anthony and his facilitation team have successfully taken Breathwork into festivals, yoga spaces, the corporate world, prisons, the Psychedelic Society, hospitals and to the dying. Driven by his passion to awaken the whole world to the miraculous gift of the Breath, Anthony is the pioneer of #BreatheTheWorld, an initiative to uplift world consciousness that has introduced Online Breathwork to thousands around the globe in over 40 countries to date.
His work is noted for its application in the fields of addiction, trauma release, transformation, personal empowerment, the integration of psychotropic and plant medicine experiences, and the opening of humanity’s hope for a heart-centered harmonious existence. Anthony has a unique and profound way of seeing and loving people, life, and the world.
Alchemy of Breath is a world leader in online Breathwork facilitator training and has developed several holistic courses that utilize Breathwork as their foundation. Each program works with the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical aspects of the self, on everything from unlocking trauma in the body to understanding the limiting beliefs of the mind, to finding your higher purpose in life.
The practices taught by Alchemy of Breath were developed by amalgamating the most effective Breathwork patterns from different styles around the world. By working with Alchemy of Breath, you’ll discover a natural remedy for stress and anxiety, and culitvate greater self-awareness, love, and compassion, improved relationships, and enhanced wellbeing all from the comfort of your own home.
“Starting the anxiety training with the AOB was one of the best decisions in my life. To meet up consistently over a long period of time, really gave me the opportunity to dive deep into my own inner inquiry. It was so much more than training to me. It’s deep and healing work. It was a connection to myself and to the group. It was an expansion, stepping out of my comfort zone, it was growth; it was one step closer to becoming the person I am meant to be.
I found my purpose! Anthony’s beautiful way of teaching, and his artistic and poetic way of using his words really inspired me and still does. His ability to create such a solid and safe container, helped me a lot to find the strength to dig deep. I have nothing but love for this man and I will be forever grateful and proud to call him my teacher.”
“The decision to train as a breathwork facilitator was hands down one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life. As a licensed bodyworker, I had already just started a cranio-sacral training when deciding to follow my heart and switch to breathwork instead, and I’ve honestly never looked back. The combined use of personal process and structured teaching has grown me as a person and dramatically changed the course of my professional career as a result.
Anthony’s insight and wisdom as the foundational cornerstone were exemplary and held me gently but firmly accountable throughout. I found my passion, I found my unique perspective on the breath (which is encouraged for all students), and I’m now deeply honoured to be able to support the training of new students in this life affirming work. If you are hesitating, LEAP! It’s a decision you will never regret!”
Happy, confident and anxiety-free people don’t have better life circumstances or more going for them, they are just better equipped to handle stress (both physically and emotionally), choose to focus on the positive, feel empowered, and know how to live in the present.
Alchemy of Breath is not a medical practice and facilitators are not medical trained.
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