I first discovered it around 8 years ago. I have been training and competing in martial arts and when I was competing in MMA and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, I knew I had plenty of tools to train my body and there's plenty of resources to learn about that but I couldn't find any real resources how to manage my mindset which was the biggest differentiating factor. My coach recommended going to a Buddhist centre and I started reading books by freedivers about using breath and that was my first exposure. Since then I’ve been keeping up the practice.
I rediscovered it at a challenging time when I was injured and couldn't train. I was working a stressful job in architecture in London and suddenly, left to my own devices, I didn’t have something to take care of my mental wellbeing. So I returned to breathwork and it shifted my perspective and suddenly I became more content with the challenging situation I was in.
This experience made me want to dive deeper and explore breathwork more so for the last 4 years I've been learning about yoga, coaching people, strength training, working as a personal trainer, exploring more about cold exposure and diving deep into the world of self-improvement.
In all these practices, breathwork is the common denominator and most impactful. The Breathwork Academy is my attempt to address 2 main hurdles I had seen in other workshops: lack of consistency and lack of community. Breathwork is all about self practise so I wanted to build a programme that would aid this, giving participants different techniques and principles so they maintained self-practice. I also wanted to provide people with a network to help them through the course so there is a group of 12 in each course as a team to motivate and support each other.