The brief and accessible description of Breathwork is controlled hyperventilation. Acute stress is brought on by actively inhaling deep belly breaths and passively exhaling in a steady uninterrupted flow. Every inhale immediately followed by an exhale and so on for a specific amount of time. When we breathe in this way, we release stress and held emotions that we sometimes do not even know we have. Breathing exercises have been in use for thousands of years for health and longevity, carrying blood and oxygen to the brain and organs. It is the fastest way to alkalize the blood; it also invigorates the blood cells hyper-oxygenating them. We now know in modern science that disease is caused by the blood being too acidic; it also helps balance pH levels. Deep belly breathing is a way to reach the alveoli, which are tiny sacs. Their function is where the lungs and the blood exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide during inhaling and exhaling; these are super tiny, inflatable sacs are in the lower part of our lungs.
If you're overwhelmed with life's challenges and have had enough of worrying about when the other shoe is going to drop. I've got news for you it's not going to be as bad as you think. If you're continually making stories in your head of what's going to happen and how things will turn out, but they never end up as bad as you thought they would. How can you make sound decisions if you're in that state?
There is a way out of that mindset, and it's inside of you RIGHT NOW! It's been under your nose all this time, and I mean right under your nose! Your BREATH! Yes, that's correct breathing in a controlled way can blast open doors you didn't even know existed. In the past ten years, the science of biohacking and peak performance has exploded. Researchers now understand what occurs in our brains and bodies when we develop good and healthy habits. It has expanded our understanding of how we can rewire our brains and bodies for optimized performance and operate in a flow state. Breathwork can help you cope in a fast-paced and stressful world of social media, demanding jobs, bills, illness, depression, substance abuse, etc., to dramatically improve your emotional wellness. Our ancestors have been using breathing exercises since the dawn of human existence. They knew something that we have forgotten or has been shunned by the modern medical establishment by prescribing medications or selling you fake diets and unnecessary workout programs that are ultimately unsustainable and have no connection to health and wellness. It would help if you stopped looking outside for the answer because it's innately already inside of you. It's not going to be easy, you must be ready and willing to look deep inside yourself, and that's where deep breathing exercises come in. You will learn techniques to rewire your brain and body and begin a transformational journey that will impact all areas of your life. Deep breathing allows you to tap into the primitive part of your brain designed to save your life in life or death situations. The problem today is we think we are in those situations all the time.
It is a form of meditation, but it's more active, meant for healing rather than relaxation. It does lead to a highly meditative state afterward.
Between 50 to 70 minutes from start to finish, including introduction, the setting of intentions, integration, and authentic relating immediately following the breathing.
We inhale and exhale through the mouth while lying down, preferably on the floor without a pillow under our heads.
Yes, there will be music. and verbal guidance.
Yes, as long as there aren't any distractions and you could hear the audio.
You may feel a little light-headed and fall asleep.
No, but it's not a good idea to stand up immediately after practice as you may fall, and it is not recommended to practice while standing, driving, or in water.
Breathwork affects physiological changes in the body, which can result in intense physical and emotional release. We ask that you consult your doctor or medical professional before participating.
I have done ten sessions of breath work thus far with Gianni, it has been a wonderful, life changing experience, each session I have set an intention and have used the sessions to explore trauma in my life. Gianni has created a very safe space, a space where I can open up and explore painful stuff. I love his warm, down to earth and deeply empathetic approach. -Daniel Wolfe - Glendale, CA
I trusted Gianni to lead me in the breathwork just to learn from him that I could trust myself. I felt safe to challenge myself, my body, and my spirit through the practice. Thanks Gianni! After two weeks of insomnia, I was able to finally have some rest and go through the night in a much more present and relaxed way.
-Samantha Caldato - Eagle Rock, CA
Thank you Gianni for the breathwork class. It was just what I needed. It was an amazing experience. I found the technique of connecting deep with breath and mind more than just an exercise but a way to unlock the emotions buried within my soul. Grazie Mille.
-Leticia Martinez - Los Angeles, CA
I found it tremendously easy to follow Gianni's guidance, even though I was completely new to breath work. My mind loves to wander, so I was surprised at how the activity itself kept me centered and engaged, then impressed with the way it immediately amplified my energy.
-Amy Derkse - Melbourne, Australia
I had no experience with Breathwork before working with Gianni, so I really didn’t know what to expect. His kind and open approach was exactly what I needed. His sessions are always fun and super informative. I’ve learned so much about the technique from him and I’m excited to continue to grow my knowledge. Gianni strikes the perfect balance of teacher and cohort and his music selection is always top notch. Can’t wait to go back!
-Christian Stone - Highland Park, CA
I had never taken a breathwork class before so I didn’t really know what to expect but Gianni’s teaching exceeded my expectations. I thought it’d be a simple relaxation but was taken on a journey through my body and mind. I discovered new things about myself and sensations that I’d never experienced before. Gianni did an amazing job guiding a whole group of people and making sure each of them including myself stayed on the path they needed to. Not only did Gianni help teach us the right breathing technique and state of mind but gave extra insight on perceiving the world around us. It was also amazing to be able to share thoughts and feelings on the breathwork in a comfortable group setting, I would definitely do it again.
-Keely Funston - Burbank, CA
A heartfelt thank you for the chance to take sometime for myself. During our breathing session, Gianni’s generous and supportive guidance, I felt many self imposed layers begin to peel away. The breathing was work but the payout worth every effort. At one point everyone gently faded away and my breathing took on a life of it's own. At the end of the session, the feelings of renewal were impossible to ignore, which was validated upon reconnecting with the other participants in the session. It was invigorating enlightening and empowering. Thank you again for this deeply intimate experience. All my love and energy.
-Stefania Holbrook - Burbank, CA
Be prepared to work this is a Breath work class led by Gianni Neiviller and assisted by his lovely wife Kiki Neiviller. To start some Qi gong (so much fun) activates the systems of the body to lead us into the breath work . Gianni leads us in with images of waves opening up dynamic breathing as if the breath is a wave washing from the belly through the lungs and out and in again cleaning and clearing stuck energy and detoxing the body. While this is happening Gianni guides you with questions that inspire you to open up your mind to release stuck emotions. Yes I did have a few tears of release and the next week was experiencing detox symptoms and muscle aches from the work. It feels like a vigorous meditation that releases tension from the nervous system creating space in the body. Thank you for the healing and teaching. Blessings.-E. Rogers - Sun Valley, CA
Gianni’s guided breathwork exercise was an eye opening experience full of self realizations, emotion and passion. His loving and assertive tone created a perfect atmosphere to push myself to new areas of self awareness. I would recommend everyone take Gianni’s breathwork classes because the positive physical and emotional effects are truly empowering.
-Domenico Rossetto - San Francisco, CA
My first time doing Breathwork with Gianni was a new experience for me. I have never been great at mediation. He put together some great analogies, that helped me get the hang of clearing my mind and focusing on my breath, and letting go of negative energy and welcoming in all positivity. His soothing voice puts me at ease and makes me feel comfortable to let go of all control. I cannot wait to have many more sessions.-Tiana Shabtai - West Hills, CA
Gianni’s breathwork class was like a reset button for me. I went into the session (or class) with lots of lingering thoughts and a busy mind. After he guided us through a short meditation and breathwork, I was much more at peace. My favorite part of the experience was the subtle tingling sensation I felt in my forehead and nasal canal. The sensations really allowed me to drop into bodily sensations and feel in absolute presence.
-Dr. Tonia Guida - Austin, TX
I had a really great experience doing breath work with Gianni for the first time recently. I have never done it before and was little nervous. Gianni’s soothing voice and guidance before, during, and after was wonderful. It was such an exhilarating feeling of calm that came over me. All my tension was released and I felt so connected to a higher power of enlightenment & gratitude. I cannot wait to have another session.
-Katie Needham - Chatsworth Lake Manor, CA
A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to find out that one of my friends fathers’ obtained a certification in breathwork. I have been trying to adopt the practices of conscious breathing and cold tolerance into my daily routine but quite honestly lacked the self discipline to follow through. Thankfully Gianni offered me an environment where I could be guided to a place of self transformation. At the beginning of the session we set our intentions, and it felt amazing to be surrounded by people trying to better themselves from within, like myself. He informed us of the benefits and the history behind the practices, thoroughly walked us through them, assured us about what would happen and the safety of the environment we were in, and then promptly guided us on our journey towards inner peace. Not only was he reassuring, but he constantly pushed us to dig deeper, to go further within the depths of our beings, and to release that which needed to be. Through his guidance I was pushed deeper than I ever would have gone on my own and I was shown that the limits of my being are far beyond where I assumed them to be. The most incredible thing for me was the ice bath. Ever since I can remember I have always hated the cold more than anything, to the point of crying even. He talked me through the entire experience and I felt calmer than I had ever been in cold water. It made me realize that I had a lot more control over my body than I would have ever thought before. If you can be at peace in an ice bath you can find peace within all your melodrama. I cannot thank Gianni enough for guiding me through those tasks that I would tend to shy away from. I learned more from the experience he was able to give me than I ever did from the hours of research I did on the topic. More than this he also gave me advice on continuing my journey, encouraging me to incorporate cold showers into my routine and to act rather than think about breathing. I can honestly say that I have felt a sense of strength since my experience, one that has been dwindling since the beginning of the pandemic. It truly feels like I’m entering a new chapter filled with inner peace and strength, and his guidance allowed me to see this potential.
-Rose Svonkin - Burbank, CA
As a self-professed biohacker, I embarked on a new journey of self-discovery. I felt I was not living life to the fullest and knew there was more. After endless hours of devouring podcasts and reading books on the many biohacking modalities, I started experimenting on myself, continually tweaking and refining what works and what doesn't. Through trial and error, I discovered sleep optimization, nutrition, and breathwork were vital in achieving physical, mental, and spiritual growth. I began to share my knowledge with friends and family, and the results were so inspiring; it led me to take a course in breathwork and authentic relating. I am now a certified facilitator in breathwork with clients who share similar inspiring results. My approach to each client is about connecting and finding what works best for each individual. I've come to understand that I will always be on this journey of self-discovery and experimentation. What works for one person does not necessarily work for another; we are all individuals with specific needs. Many times what may work at first could change as time goes by, hence the ever-evolving refining. There are no hard-fast rules to abide by, and we must be fluid and ready for anything. This approach to general health and wellness is part of my mission to continually connect to the spiritual aspects of self-discovery and share it with many people interested in improving their lifestyle. A proper sleep routine and regular breathing exercises are at the core of our well-being. We will never have the life we want without giving our bodies the right amount of sleep and oxygen. These are fundamental human requirements.
Excerpt from NATURAL AWAKENINGS ONLINE PUBLICATION
Los Angeles restauranteur and musician Gianni Neiviller, 54, is such a case. When he found holistic cardiologist Cynthia Thaik three years ago, he had already endured four major surgeries for gut illnesses; was suffering from obesity, high blood pressure, anxiety and self-doubt; and was heavily abusing alcohol and marijuana. Thaik ordered tests that uncovered sleep apnea, and she encouraged him to turn to an all-organic diet, take vitamin and mineral supplements, exercise and practice mindfulness and meditation.
“At first it was all fairly hard, but as I started losing the pounds, my mind became more clear, and little by little, it all started getting a bit easier,” Neiviller says. He lost 86 pounds within a year, got sober and ceased taking blood pressure medication and using a sleep apnea machine. He now walks six miles a day; practices a hybrid regimen of qigong, yoga and meditation; and is switching to a holistic health career. “When people try to push my buttons, they rarely succeed these days,” he smiles.