World Breathing Day was celebrated on 11 April and is part of an initiative of the International Breathwork Association and their IBF UNECOSOC (United Nations Economic and Social) special consultative status that ties into the UN Goal Development Goals. World Breathing Day is one activity they need to demonstrate, provide evidence for and be active in doing in the field to maintain that status. The three projects that the IBF funds are:
This years World Breathing Day hosted a number of speakers online along with practitioners worldwide hosting Breathing events. You are invited to watch and listen to the videos of the speakers below that interest you:
Breathe to be free. It’s a kind of Magic. - Geert De Vleminck
Conscious Breathwork - Tool for personal transformation and spiritual growth - Heinz Gerd Lange
Breathing Awakened Somatic, Emotional, Cognitive, and Spiritual Intelligence for ... - Jessica Dibb
Respiración Consciente - Maria Alejandra Chacin Herbert
Breathe better - Live better -- Silke Modersohn
Breathing for Grounding. Breathwork session - Ghislaine Bouskila
Interview with Brigitte Martin Powell by Viola Edward
Breathing together to create the new world - Rabia Hayek
Breathing for the new world - Veronique Batter
Conscious Breathing for Trauma Recovery,... tool for stress management - Brigitte Martin Powell
Learning to feel with "Essence of Breath" - Annie Langlois
Interview with Omar Chtioui by Viola Edward
Breathwork & Anxiety (with a corona bonus!) - Pippa Wheble
Meet2Breathe - Alicia Velazquez Berumen
In March one of the elders of Breathwork in Australia, Ahrara Bhakti passed on Ahrara Bhakti has an honoured place in the ABA Breathwork lineage.
Here are some words from Mirabai Rose:
"It is with sadness that I inform you that Ahrara Bhakti passed from our world last week. Finally in the dreaming, in rest and at peace.
Bhakti was one of the first Breathwork Trainers in Australia and birthed many practitioners/trainers who went on to form their own schools and traditions in Breathwork. We honour Bhakti as a teacher, mentor and friend.
Bhakti was surrounded by family in the precious days before her final breath and was ready to pass over. I only have one photo of Bhakti which was taken only a few years ago. I am sure many of you have your own earlier memories and shared times together with her that you may like to share too. I am personally SO grateful for the support and mentoring, and the kindness, that Bhakti gave me during intense kundalini times and my own awakening; as well as breathwork practice.
I will continue to pass forward, with love.
With loving breath, Mirabai"
Everyone in the ABA acknowledges the great contribution that Bhakti made to Breathwork and wishes her friends and family great peace and love at this time.
In March, right at the moment attention was brought to the breath through COVID-19, there was a Breathwork Summit.
The Shift Network live event aired March 23–27, 2020 which was hosted by Jim Morningstar and Jessica Dibb, two well know Breathwork Trainers in the field.
The Shift Network’s groundbreaking Breathwork Summit revealed the science, art, and power of full-spectrum breathing… with our extraordinary speakers sharing simple, yet deep breathwork practices to move you from stress, anxiety, fatigue, or depletion into easeful states infused with vitality, relaxed alertness, awakened consciousness, and connection with others and with life.
If you did not register the FREE live event you can purchase the Breathwork Wisdom Collection 2020 includes lifetime access to every recording and transcript from each session of the Breathwork Summit series here
Breathwork is alive and well in Tasmania with Cindy Aulby being the lone voice for Breathwork for many years.
Over the past few years Cindy has been training a new generation of Practitioners and now has decided to step back and return to her personal practice with Breathwork sessions.
This is what Cindy writes about her Training experience:
"The Journey to the Heart Breathwork Training has now come to an end in Tasmania. It was an absolute privilege to teach the course, and I take my hat off to trainers all around the country and the very hard work they do to teach - it's a massive task and a mighty commitment!
We celebrate six graduates of the Professional Training in Breathwork and Body Centred Counselling. Shouting out the wonderful work and stellar performance of Juliet Chapman, Ebony Prins, Leah Musik, Andrew Doube, Ninna Millikin all in Hobart, and Jenny O'Bryan who now lives and works in Melbourne. These students completed the two year training and have my heartfelt and proud recommendation as excellent Breathwork Professionals.
I'm incredibly grateful to the ABA and the community of professionals we represent - the community of trainers have been so very generous in supporting me and each other. I'm now focusing back to one to one sessions, and supervising students and practitioners, and I'm very happy to support emerging trainers to share the love and wisdom I have received! Cindy Aulby"
The ABA is grateful for Cindy's work and her past tenure on the committee in various roles including most recently Madam Poobah President 2016 - 2019:) We love her and appreciate her contribution to the community with her Training and graduates.
In September, ABA member Joshua Alexander attended New Zealand's annual Breathwork conference, set among the rolling mountains of the Coromandel Coast, near Hot Water Beach.
Each day commenced with a group breath, followed by a series of breath related workshops. The evenings were by candlelight, with amazing food and conscious conversations. One of the highlights for Joshua was that natural landscape, in particular, the labyrinth set among the valley's forest floor (pictured). It became a space to process, ground and connect with the energy of the land.
New Zealand's Breathwork community invites Australia's Breathwork community to come across the ditch and join future Breathwork events. That invitation is, of course, reciprocated to NZ brothers and sisters too.
The New Zealand Breathwork community had this to report:
"Our weekend live-in Conference, Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September 2019, was a time of connecting, breathing, sharing and learning at beautiful Te Moata Retreat Centre in Tairua, Coromandel, New Zealand.
Practitioners and interested others came from all over New Zealand and an Australian Breathworker (Joshua Wrest) came all the way from Canberra, Australia."
If you are visiting New Zealand and would like to contact the Breathwork community:
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello everyone! As your new Australian Breathwork Association (ABA) President, I wanted to reach out and introduce myself.
My name is John Stamoulos and I live in Adelaide. My first encounters with Breathwork occurred over 25 years ago when, in my early twenties, I discovered its profound healing power on a personal level. Ever since, I have had the amazing good fortune to travel throughout Australia and worldwide working with groups and individuals alike to promote the wisdom and power of this life-altering process.
In the past three years, as a member of the planning committee of ABA, I have had the distinct privilege to work with many deeply dedicated leaders in the organization whose efforts have kept ABA at the forefront of the growing Breathwork movement in Australia. It has been a rewarding experience and I am honoured to now step into the role of President to continue the legacy of others’ efforts and to further advance the growth of Breathwork’s message of love, transformation and healing.
I look forward to working with everyone in ABA and welcome your support, input, and conversations to help us all maintain and expand the supportive initiatives that the previous executives have generated.
The team welcomes this year, Joshua Wrest who will joining Margaret Schoonveldt, Liisa Halme, Jennylee Taylor and myself.
With deep appreciation especially to Cindy Aulby for her tireless efforts at ABA and in sincere gratitude for your continued support.
By outgoing President Cindy Aulby, Breathwork Trainer, Hobart
It’s been another big year for our little Association!
The Association has continued to work on the priority areas determined at the 2019 Inspiration meeting. We will hear more details of these tasks in the reports coming up from our wonderful subcommittees. But here is a brief outline of the priority areas we agreed to focus on, and what we’ve been up to:
Working to raise awareness and credibility of Breathwork, particularly through research and data collection.
We have begun with a focus on gathering experiential information from practitioners and clients, collaborating both with the International Breathwork Foundation research team, and with Australian Michelle Crawford, who has developed a model and a series of questions to determine whether desired outcomes are achieved.
Running the organisation – clarifying organisational processes, continuing to build the website.
The processes for new and renewing membership are now online – forms can be filled in, documents uploaded, and even Paypal is finally working online!!
Mailchimp newsletters are regularly flowing to approximately 300 members and friends, our policy and procedure documents are complete and filed very accessibly online, and we have completed training standards and endorsement processes and used them to endorse practitioner and group facilitator trainings, including one international training.
Community and collaboration – promoting our members, providing the Breathe Australia Conference, marketing and connecting.
Many member videos and articles are being showcased on the ABA Facebook page and YouTube channel. One area of focus has been reaching out to the very large yoga community and differentiating conscious connected breathwork from pranayama; this meeting agenda suggests we include a new membership category for students to attract ABA membership right from the beginning of practitioner training; we’ve worked on finding sustainable ways to provide the annual Breathe Australia Conference, and we have created a new public event called the ABA Big Breathe.
The ABA worked with Robyn Fernance who kindly committed her time to bring the Breathwork Family Tree up to date. Robyn is mapping the lineage from all current and past members back to the original trainers by sifting through past records. Part of this is recognising and honouring all of the Breathwork Schools, colleges and individual trainers regardless of whether they are currently connected to the ABA. Tracking the Breathwork Lineage is an important part of the ABA vision as the keeper of the ABA records in Australia. As an association it is important to be respectful of the past and all the members, committee members, trainers, elders and supporters and their contribution to building the foundations of what we have today
Education for members and for the public
The new member mentoring sessions are in place and being very well received, our website and social media platforms are regularly offering articles and information about Breathwork; our Facebook page has over 900 likes and followers.
Being the Peak Body for Breathwork in Australia
The ABA has taken massive leaps over the last few years to increase the professional standing of Breathwork and of our professional members. In the changing Australian Qualifications Framework arena, it has become far less possible for Breathwork Trainings to be government accredited, so the ABA has stepped into the role of being the peak body for Breathwork in Australia. We have developed minimum training standards for practitioners and group facilitators in consultation with the ABA’s Trainer members and aligned with the Global Professional Breathwork Alliance. We’ve used those standards to endorse the training programs which meet those standards.
Personally I’ve been working with the Training Standards subcommittee, the Training Endorsement Subcommittee and The Green Book Subcommittee, diligently encouraging and supporting our trainers to have their trainings endorsed, and gathering, clarifying, writing and formatting the association’s policies and procedures – and overseeing the work of the Committee and Subcommittees.
As most of you know, I’m stepping down from the committee at this meeting, so I’ve committed to leaving the foundations strong and making it as simple as possible for others to step into the helm. We now have a highly functioning organisational structure, with clear policies and procedures – it’s a strong container, a bright light and a firm presence standing in the essence of Breathwork.
My three years as President have been very rich and fulfilling, and at times a great laugh – the committee welcomed me with the grand title of Madam Poobah, which changed quickly to Madam Boombah, and have recently grown in esteem with the official title of Right-Pain-In-The-Bum (I think my attention to detail can be a bit annoying!!) I’ve loved the role, and I’ve particularly appreciated the strength and support of the executive committee.
My sincere thanks go to the ABA committee, to the subcommittees, to our members and to all who have been involved. It’s been an absolute pleasure working with you all.
I send my heartful blessings for a healthy thriving ABA ♥
ABA Members enjoyed an informative and inspiring mentoring session with Ann Harrison this month on the morning of the AGM. Ann said "she thoroughly enjoyed the Breathwork conversations" about "Flavours of Breathwork" and was inspired by the group that interacted during the mentoring. Ann went on to say "Breathwork is in great hands moving forward" after listening to the passion and questions from the participants.
We were joined ONLINE by a range of member Breathwork Practitioners from a cross section of Breathwork schools and various locations throughout Australia. Based on member questions and organic conversations we delved into other topics such and strategies to support breathers in sessions and the ethics of caring.
ABA Member Mentoring is such a powerful addition to member support and continuous learning as we build our practice in Breathwork and attracts CPE points in accordance with the ABA Guidelines for continuous professional development.
The ABA Committee are pleased to be able to offer this service.
If you have a burning topic you would love for a Mentoring Session to cover or you are a trainer or elder in our community who would love to participate as a Mentor, please contact Jennylee at email@example.com
We were joined online this year for our AGM and thank you to all who attended or sent their apologies. It's a different feel having this type of meeting over the airwaves rather than face to face and we made the most of it by encouraging AGM "parties" at various central hubs.
Joshua Wrest and the Canberra gang (Amber Nomchong and Lisa Petheram) gathered and could be seen munching on dip and celery. Jennylee Taylor hosted a group in Newcastle (Robyn Fernance and some student guests), and Alakh was happily set up in the Northern Rivers area also snacking throughout the proceedings.
Congratulations to your newly elected committee for 2020:
President – John Stamoulos
Secretary – Jennylee Taylor
Treasurer – Margaret Schooneveldt
Membership – Margaret Schooneveldt
Committee Member – Liisa Halme
Committee Member – Joshua Wrest
We particularly welcome John Stamoulos into his new role of President and Joshua Wrest as the newest committee member!
SAVE THE DATES 2020:
2 February 2020
Birth Memory inside a Breathwork Session
23 May 2020
Paddington Town Hall, Sydney
Breathe Australia Conference
5-8 November 2020
Govinda Valley Retreat, Otford, Sydney
2019 Committee and subcommittees met very regularly over the past year and here are some of the reported highlights for the 2019 year:
In the blog "Aussies Fly the Flag at GIC 2019", Mirabai Vines gave us a heads up that the IBF had ratified definitions of Breathwork to better describe the various forms of Breathwork. In the past few years the ABA committe also wrote letters of support and input to the process. We were excited to receive the official definitions from the IBF this week. Thanks to the IBF team and Mirabai and all the people involved in the long term process of getting to this historically significant point in time.
republished from IBF Newstletter 31/8/19...
Hi Australian Breathwork [Association]
In a historic meeting of the AGM in 2019, the IBF community discussed and agreed upon a series of working definitions. This represents a huge step forward for our community and brings together over 25 years of discussion and debate on the subject. The long consultation by IBF involved our community, the founders of Do As One and the Global Professional Breathwork Alliance. The agreement to move forward with these definitions means that we are a big step closer to establishing breathwork as a word in the dictionary and grounding the field and the profession in the mainstream. We are very proud to share our definitions with you.
You can find more information about Breathwork and these definitions on the Breathwork pages in the new IBF website.
Conscious Breathing : Conscious breathing is the practice of breathing with awareness, intention and attention to your inner experience, in the present moment.
Breathwork : The experiential field of study and practice that encompasses a variety of breathing techniques utilised individually and in groups, to cultivate self-awareness and the enhancement of physical, emotional, cognitive, or spiritual well-being.
Conscious Connected Breathing : Conscious Connected Breathing is a breathing pattern in which the breather intentionally connects the inhale with the exhale without any pauses.
Conscious Connected Breathwork : Conscious Connected Breathwork (CCB) is an experiential field of study and practice that uses conscious connected breathing and body-mind techniques to support the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels of being.
Breathwork Practitioner : A qualified breathwork professional who has been certified with a breathwork qualification (training and apprenticeship) that meets the minimum requirements set out by their national/international organisation or training school.
Conscious Connected Breathwork Practitioner : A qualified breathwork professional who facilitates individual and/or group sessions. They are certified with a conscious connected breathwork qualification (training and apprenticeship) that meets the minimum requirements set out by the Global Professional Breathwork Alliance.
With love and light,
The IBF Executive Team
The ABA committee