Wellbeing Through Well-Breathing – By Dr David Lewis

“If the mind wants to affect the body it alters the flow of energy or prana. If the body affects the mind, this too is accomplished through an effect on the flow of energy, which in turn has an impact on the mind.” Swami Rama & Dr Rudolph Ballentine. Science of Breath

Control Your Life by Controlling the Way You Breathe

Sit in a quiet room and listen carefully. What you will hear is the sound of life itself – the slow and measured rhythms of your breathing. Focus for a moment on your nostrils and notice the coolness of the air flowing into your body and compare it to the warm moistness you can feel as it is exhaled.  Observe the rise and fall of your chest as you inhale and exhale, an action you will repeat between 12 and 14 times per minute if a male and 14 to 16 times a minute if a female – amounting to some 20,000 breaths per day or around half a billion in the average lifetime.

While we work and play, eat and drink, sleep and dream, exercise and relax the air will flow into and away from your body entirely automatically and without any need for conscious awareness or intervention.

Because breathing is such a routine we tend to take it for granted. 

Yet research has shown that even minor changes in the way we breathe can exert a significant influence, for good or ill, over the way in which we think, feel and behave.

As Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, says in her book Sensing, Feeling and Action ‘Breathing … lays down the foundation for all the other succeeding patterns. Whenever the breathing is blocked in the body, future patterns will be blocked; whenever the breathing is free, the future patterns will develop efficiently.’  

In former times breathing held far greater significance than it does for most people today.  In Greek, psyche pneuma translates both as breath and soul or spirit, while in Latin the phrase anima spiritus has a similar dual meaning.

Japanese express the same idea with their word ki which translates, as air spirit while in Sanskrit breath is “prana” signifying the vital energy of the universe. According to the Upanishads, ancient yogic texts, prana represents the link between mind and body. Click here to see how breathing affects the body {LINK to How Breathing Affects to Body page}

Based on my original research and more than a decade of practical experience as a therapist, I have developed a new form of self-help that I call Bo-Tau.The name stands for  Breath Optimised Transformational Unblocking. My programme demonstrates  how to harness the hidden power of your breath to bring about profound changes in your life.

Click to read the article How Bo-Tau Came into Being

Over the past two decades I have developed and refined these insights and discoveries into the new self-help procedure called Bo-Tau. It is based on the simple but powerful idea that the starting point for bringing about beneficial life changes and becoming the people we are capable of being requires us to alter the way we breathe! 

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Learn how to do so and you will be astonished at how powerful and potentially life changing these simple changes can prove. By understanding and harnessing the power of your breath, you can:

  • Remain calmer, more focused and motivated in any situation.
  • Reduce anxiety quickly and easily.
  • Manage stress more effectively.
  • Boost your energy levels.
  • Remove emotional barriers.
  • Improve your physical health.

To find out more about the eight workshops that make up the Bo-Tau course and for a fuller understanding of the many ways this training can help you tackle life’s challenges for successfully Click here.

The  Bo-Tau training programme consists of two professionally produced DVDs, my book Breathe Easy (a paperback published by Vermillion) plus a FREE stress monitoring card.

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What Bo-Tau users say:

“Bo-Tau has proved an invaluable part of our lives, and we both recommend it to anyone as an effective solution to the fuzzy head, stress accumulating,  physically draining and mentally challenging life that we all lead today! I was sceptical about this programme at first. I was not keen on the idea of nasal cleansing, and breathing techniques alone I have tried previously, without much success! However I was insistent on giving Dr Lewis programme a go, and I’m so glad I did! I have been at a particularly stressful point in my life. After only a week of following the Bo-Tau programme I noticed a difference; I could think more clearly, I was more focused and also I was shocked at how simple the plan was to follow! After practice this was quick, simple and very efficient! So much so that even my partner (who hates anything medical this is not packed in a box of 16 and marked Ibuprofen’) started to follow it also without even a word of encouragement from me! Lynsay & Simon Williams – Abercynon

“The change in my sleeping pattern was almost immediate which made it hard to believe but here I am still sleeping properly weeks later. I was surprised to find myself using the breathing techniques when I was walking around town or thinking about something completely different. I don’t know how it works but it works!“ Alan Rhodes – Brighton

“As an international show business headliner I am under constant pressure to present a top flight illusion and quick change act every time we step onto the stage. Because my work involves precise timing and a high level of physical dexterity it is absolutely essential for me  to keep my nerve – ‘stage fright’ as it is called – under close control. Part of the secret of my worldwide success is being able to achieve this even under the most challenging circumstances. I have found Bo-Tau breath physically for my high speed and demanding shows and I strongly recommend it to anyone, whatever line of work they are in, who has to ensure a perfect performance on every occasion.” Keelan Leyser – London

“Both my husband and I tried it and found it simple, quick and easy to incorporate into everyday life. I was surprised that something as simple as ‘correct’ breathing could help to combat stressful situations. The Sensualisation technique was very relaxing and I would recommend it to people looking for an alternative way to deal with anxiety.” Alyson & Derek Thornton – Liverpool.

 “Dr Lewis has a pleasantly relaxed delivery and is clearly an experienced communicator. His explanations are easy to follow and refreshingly jargon-free. The exercises… are wonderfully successful in fulfilling the purposes you outline. Guided visualisation is a basic tool of meditation. Yours was lovely, except your voice was so relaxing.” Sheana Griffiths – Worcs.

“I have enjoyed the experience and gained an understanding of breathing exercises to aid relaxation and wellbeing. I particularly enjoyed using the Neti pot and I can say I now incorporate it in my daily use. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to participate in the programme and I look forward to sharing the experience with my friends.” Sandra Viles – South Wales.

Click to Read the article How Bo-Tau Came into Being

Click to View Video Previews from the Bo-Tau Training Programme [INCLUDE THE BO-TAU PRODUCT IN THE BLOG POST]

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