BioDynamic Breathwork is a treatment modality created by RahQuel Star Achiaviatta, Director of The Energy of Breath School. It has its roots in Stanislav Groff’s Holotropic Breathwork, and incorporates Willhelm Reich’s five body type, character and defense structures, Alexander Lowen’s Bioenergetics, and Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing model for healing trauma. The simple technique utilized of open-mouth conscious connected breathing yields transformative effects at physiological, emotional, neuro-chemical, and nervous system levels. BioDynamic Breathwork is combined with Gamma Breathing created by Core Love, a groundbreaking technology focusing on the optimization of brain function by regulating brainwave states. Specially designed breath sequences combining nose and mouth breathing of varying lengths and speeds work to drive energy into regions of the brain that are underactive, improving overall brain processing power.
The focus of BioDynamic Breathwork and Gamma Breathing sessions is on five main brainwave states correlating to specific brain functions such as regulating body chemistry, thought, emotions, movement, and expression. Brainwaves are frequencies used by neurons to communicate with each other and interact with data, broken down into five main groups of frequencies- beta, alpha, theta, delta, and 2nd beta. In Gamma Breathing we see these brain frequencies as cycling in a circular pattern and converting into a gamma wave which carries a higher frequency rate than the other brainwave frequencies, giving access to the conversion of low energy states generated by trauma, stress, and addiction into higher functioning and balanced mental states. A higher energy brainwave state leads to the conversion of stuck and non-supportive patterns into self-confidence, access to innovative and healthy solutions to life problems, and generally amplified perspective. The combination of Gamma Breathing and BioDynamic Breathwork supports clients in becoming capable of holding space for themselves to remain present and in surrendering into accessing supressed emotions and memories in order to be felt and perceived, and then resolved, completed, and stabilized. Both breathing techniques give clients access to the amplification and actualization of healthy and positive character traits and behaviors, along with the energy needed to sustain change and life-affirming growth over time.
In a trauma-processing type of breath session clients access a pattern or memory, tune in to imagery, body sensations, and associated emotions and thoughts, and are then guided through breath sequences to delve into progressively deeper layers of the memory until its charges are neutralized. In this way the origin and imprint leading to trauma is accessed and a cognitive shift can take place leading to an increasingly regulated nervous system and mental-emotional state. Clients report feeling more clear, relaxed, calm, and capable. We then amplify this new consciousness state with breath sequences for programming positive attributes and for taking new and productive action steps. In an open-mouth breathing session clients find that their bodies want to take over with the breathing and naturally take deeper open breaths, relinquishing the control of the mind to remain supressed. As their bodies become more oxygenated a charge of energy builds and peaks, resulting in a discharge in a number of ways, such as conscious emotional catharsis, full body energetic orgasmic release, and nervous system release of trauma. Their bodies take over to produce a powerful shift at a molecular level towards health and wellbeing by releasing pent-up tension and stress.
A person who is experiencing addiction is generally seeking an energy and mental state change by engaging in the addictive thought and behavior. The use of substances or other addictive behaviors temporarily mask what is an accumulation of pressure mentally, emotionally, mentally, and physically due to trauma and other overwhelming life incidents. Not having the opportunity or ability to self-regulate in a productive manner, this person suppresses strong and challenging emotions and will do anything to avoid what seem to be life-threatening sensations and feelings. Eventually, or even immediately, access to the original wound is blocked in the effort to cope and survive in life. Soon the addictive cycle takes its place and chaotic life circumstances develop. Unfortunately this pattern is actually harder to handle than the processing of the emotions and their catalyst wounds. It is difficult to clear addictive tendencies without a cognitive shift, a personal understanding of the purpose of the destructive behavior. In addition to such understanding the capacity to feel and to be present with one’s responses and reactions to life circumstances is required to fully recover from addiction. Breathwork supports this process to actualize.
It is a powerful experience to breathe with totality and full awareness. For most of our lives in our current cultural conditioning, upbringing, and society structures, we tend to be out of body and in our minds, continuously seeking to play safe, to survive, and escaping what truly matters to us. Breathwork gives us access to getting to know ourselves from an inside perspective, creating a container in which to be present in our lives and deal with emotions and concerns in real time. It is a mechanism of breathing in this way that we access meditative states of consciousness and also states of surrender in which we accept and open up to what is happening in our lives in the moment. We reduce the urge to strategize from inside of a survival mode paradigm. We realize that we can be present with heartbreak, or feeling abandoned or being afraid of death, and we become less codependent. We learn that we can heal by nature of experiencing with full presence, and we learn to celebrate and enjoy our lives with healthy passion.
Breathwork stimulates and regulates all brain and body systems, improving overall health. The expression and release of held tension and emotions leads to a state of relaxation which over time becomes a baseline state of being. Diseases rooted in psychosomatic and emotional issues can be cleared through this work. Depression can be lifted by the powerful movement of energy that occurs during Breathwork sessions. Once clients get to know themselves in the intimate way that is set up by conscious breathing, it is difficult to hold on to addictive behaviors. A new appreciation for sobriety can emerge where before sobriety may have felt flat and unfulfilling.
BioDynamic Breathwork and Gamma Breathing are best experienced in a series of sessions, tailored to the individual client. Each session builds on the previous one in level of depth accessed and capacity for processing issues. Group sessions add a powerful dimension being that the collective energy and intention of the group magnifies processing power at an exponential rate for all of the participants as they connect and learn from each others’ experiences.
RahQuel Star Achiaviatta, M.A., HHC, RMT
The Energy Of Breath School