Breathwork in Redding, CA

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"Breath brings us into the now. It brings us into present moment awareness."

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What Is Breathwork?

Breathwork, a powerful practice rooted in ancient wisdom and modern therapeutic techniques, has been recognized for its profound ability to heal trauma and release stuck energy. Through Integrative Breathwork, individuals can tap into the innate intelligence of their bodies and minds to unlock and transform deep-rooted emotional wounds. The rhythmic and controlled breath patterns utilized in these sessions facilitate the release of tension and trauma held within the body, allowing for the gentle unraveling and integration of suppressed emotions. Oxygenating the body and activating the parasympathetic nervous system, allows stagnant energy to be released and promotes restoration of balance and harmony within the body-mind complex. This transformative practice serves as a catalyst for self-discovery, healing, and personal growth, offering individuals a pathway to reclaim their authentic selves and cultivate a renewed sense of well-being and wholeness.

Joy August

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Gain insights into yourself through a guided breathwork, soul coaching, or shadow work session.

As a certified breathwork coach, Joy would be privileged to walk alongside you to help you grow toward your true self. 

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What to expect with a one-on-one Breathwork session

The first session will begin with a time of connection where I create a safe place for you to share the journey that has led you to explore the healing modality of Breathwork and how I can best hold space for you in your session. I will also address any questions or concerns you may have about this time we will be spending together.

Next, I will lead you in a meditation that will help you settle in and get present with your body. This is a time of relaxation and letting go of the weight and worry you may have carried into the session.

Then we will begin our journey into body with 45-60 minutes of deep connected breathing coupled with intuitive energy work and guided prompts.

Your journey will end with a time of relaxation and possibly some processing / integration of anything that came up during your breathing session.

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Soul Coaching (Life Coaching)

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Soul coaching delves into addressing persistent false narratives that often echo in our minds, stories that have lingered for so long that they may have drained our energy and defeated us. It invites us to warmly embrace narratives like “I’m too much,” “I’m not enough,” or “If they really knew me…” and transforms them into sources of personal strength.

In a Soul Coaching session, the experience varies, yet it provides a space to sit with pain and surprisingly find joy in the healing process. It empowers individuals to confront feelings of smallness, conquer the fear of their own greatness, and release self-judgments and expectations imposed by themselves and others.

Is Soul Coaching equivalent to therapy? Not exactly. This isn’t a clinical environment dictated by degrees and diplomas; rather, it is guided by the innate intelligence within each of us. I create a secure energetic container for your soul to unveil whatever it is prepared to heal and liberate itself from. During the session, unanswered questions or limiting thought patterns about identity, relationships, and life circumstances may emerge. We then gently unpack the energetic layers and emotions surrounding these topics.

There’s always a central theme: The soul leads the way! It requires a safe, compassionate space to open up and share deep longings and stuck energy holding you back from living your fullest life. This is a journey of REMEMBERING— remembering that you are not broken, acknowledging your divinity, and realizing that nothing prevents you from a few perspective shifts that can transform your entire existence on this planet.

In a Soul Coaching session, the experience varies, yet it provides a space to sit with pain and surprisingly find joy in the healing process. It empowers individuals to confront feelings of smallness, conquer the fear of their own greatness, and release self-judgments and expectations imposed by themselves and others.

Is Soul Coaching equivalent to therapy? Not exactly. This isn’t a clinical environment dictated by degrees and diplomas; rather, it is guided by the innate intelligence within each of us. Joy creates a secure energetic container for your soul to unveil whatever it is prepared to heal and liberate itself from. During the session, unanswered questions or limiting thought patterns about identity, relationships, and life circumstances may emerge. We then gently unpack the energetic layers and emotions surrounding these topics.

Religious Deconstruction

Joy offers a gentle hand to hold for those who are facing the reality of religious wounding. Deconstructing Christianity and other faiths can be a tough space to navigate. Sometimes it feels isolating and lonely to question the programs and beliefs that you have been steeped in as a child or that you held dear and lived your life by. Having someone who can empathize and hold space for you is so helpful as you journey down the path of re-emerging as the authentic YOU.

If you are facing questions such as:

  • What is deconstruction?
  • What are the stages of faith deconstruction?
  • How do I navigate my spiritual deconstruction?
  • Am I alone in deconstructing?

Working with Joy within the realm of Soul Coaching in this particular area will guide you through this difficult and emotionally intense season, providing you with the necessary tools to emerge with less fear and more freedom.

Opening up to family and friends about this journey can be tricky when it comes to religion and closely held beliefs. You may not feel like there is a safe place to express what you are feeling without risking rejection or abandonment. The tribe mentality is embedded deep within us and is a part of our intrinsic nature. Risking being “kicked out of the tribe” can trigger deep rooted rejection.

Joy creates that place for you; to find your voice, own your deepest truth and be held in love so that you can keep your heart open through the pain and into bliss. You know that peace that passes all human understanding!? You will come to know it deeply as YOURS!

Let’s talk about the deep shit! 😉


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Engaging in a deep breathwork session can be a life changing experience offering breakthroughs in areas of your life that feel unreachable. With each conscious breath, a release of accumulated tension and stagnant energy occurs, clearing the way for light and health to enter the body.

Joy’s technique provides a framework and valuable tools to restore the mind, body and spirit through breath. The process she guides you through facilitates a feeling of being safe to express whatever the body desires to release. No two breathwork sessions are the same and are unique to the individual and what your body, heart, and spirit need.
Joy looks forward to helping you restore your mind, body, and spirit through the transformative power of breath.

Corporate Retreats & Team Building Events

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Breathwork Supports Team Building and Workplace Mental Health

In recent years, there has been a notable shift in how companies approach employee well-being and mental health in the workplace. Recognizing the importance of creating a positive and healthy work environment, many companies have begun adding facilitated breathwork sessions into their corporate retreats.

Breathwork, a technique that focuses on conscious control and regulation of breathing patterns, has gained popularity for its ability to reduce stress, enhance focus, promote emotional well-being, and even enhance team building. During these sessions, employees are guided through various breathing exercises and mindfulness techniques that help them cultivate a sense of calm and relaxation while fostering a deeper connection with their colleagues.

By incorporating breathwork into their corporate retreats or team building events, companies aim to provide their employees with valuable tools to manage stress, enhance productivity, foster a healthier work-life balance, and strengthen the bonds within their teams. This investment in employee mental health not only promotes a positive work culture but also results in increased engagement, creativity, overall job satisfaction, and a sense of unity among team members.

As a certified breathwork practitioner Joy is available to lead breathwork as part of workplace team building events and retreats.

A group breath session at the end of your company’s team building seminar or retreat is a powerful way to integrate the previous work done earlier in the day or weekend, and participants will gain self regulation and personal stress relief tools.

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Breathwork, a practice that involves intentional and deep breathing, has a range of effects on the body. Let’s explore its benefits without adopting a specific persona.

Breathwork offers a powerful means of self-exploration and inner healing. By consciously engaging in deep breathing, we can tap into our inner selves and experience a profound transformation across physical, emotional, and spiritual dimensions.

At its core, breathwork allows us to move beyond the distractions of our busy minds and connect with the present moment. Through intentional breathing, we invite prana, the life force energy, to flow throughout our bodies, revitalizing every cell and aspect of our being.

Physiologically, breathwork stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, inducing deep relaxation and supporting the body’s natural healing processes. It alleviates stress and tension, promoting a sense of calm and rejuvenation. Moreover, deep breathing helps release physical toxins and emotional burdens, creating space for mental clarity and renewed vitality.

However, the benefits of breathwork extend beyond the physical realm. As we delve deeper into conscious breathing, we open doors to our spiritual potential. The breath becomes a conduit for transcending our individual selves and connecting with the vast cosmic consciousness that permeates all existence.

Through breathwork, we can access profound states of meditation and self-realization. We recognize the interconnection of all things and experience the expansiveness of our true nature. The breath becomes a vehicle for attaining a deep sense of unity and a profound understanding of our place in the grand tapestry of life.

To embrace the practice of breathwork, approach it with an open heart and a curious mind. Allow the rhythmic waves of your breath to guide you on a journey of self-discovery and transformation. By surrendering to the mystery of the breath, you can uncover the eternal truth that you are an inseparable part of the interconnected web of existence.

May your exploration of breathwork be filled with blessings and may each breath become a pathway to the inner realms of boundless love and infinite wisdom that reside within you.

Breathwork is hailed as a powerful practice due to its profound impact on our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. The power of breathwork lies in its ability to tap into the vital life force within us and unlock our innate potential.

Physiologically, breathwork engages the parasympathetic nervous system, promoting deep relaxation and enabling the body to restore itself. It enhances oxygenation, improves circulation, and releases tension, offering a natural remedy for stress-related ailments and fostering overall health.

Emotionally, breathwork acts as a gateway to our inner landscape, allowing us to access and release suppressed emotions. By consciously breathing, we create a safe space for emotional healing, promoting emotional resilience, and facilitating a greater sense of peace and balance.

Spiritually, breathwork serves as a bridge between the physical and spiritual realms. Through intentional breathing, we connect with the universal life force energy, expanding our consciousness and gaining deeper insights into our true nature. It opens the door to heightened states of awareness, mystical experiences, and a profound sense of interconnectedness with all of creation.

Breathwork is also a catalyst for personal growth and self-discovery. By consciously engaging with our breath, we become attuned to the present moment and cultivate mindfulness. It helps us break free from mental patterns and conditioned behaviors, empowering us to live more authentically and consciously.

Furthermore, the simplicity and accessibility of breathwork make it a potent tool for self-regulation and empowerment. We carry our breath with us at all times, allowing us to access its transformative power whenever we need it. It can be practiced in various forms, including deep belly breathing, pranayama techniques, or guided breathwork sessions, making it adaptable to individual preferences and needs.

In essence, breathwork is powerful because it aligns us with the fundamental rhythms of life. It connects us with the vital energy that flows through us, harmonizes our mind, body, and spirit, and awakens our inherent wisdom and potential. By harnessing the power of our breath, we embark on a journey of self-discovery, healing, and transcendence, unlocking the boundless possibilities that reside within us.

The experience of crying during breathwork is a common and natural phenomenon with profound emotional and energetic implications. The act of shedding tears during breathwork can be attributed to several factors:

1. Emotional Release: Breathwork has the power to unlock and release deeply held emotions. As you engage in conscious and deep breathing, you may access parts of yourself that have been repressed or suppressed. Crying becomes a cathartic expression, allowing pent-up emotions such as sadness, grief, or even joy to surface and be released.

2. Energetic Clearing: Breathwork can activate and clear energetic blockages within the body. As you breathe deeply and intentionally, the flow of energy is enhanced, and stagnant or stuck energy may be released. Crying serves as a physical manifestation of this energetic clearing, helping to release emotional and energetic imbalances.

3. Healing and Transformation: Tears are a powerful tool for emotional healing. When you cry during breathwork, it signifies that you are processing and releasing emotional wounds, traumas, or unresolved experiences. The act of crying can bring a profound sense of relief, healing, and transformation as you let go of emotional burdens and make space for growth and renewal.

4. Vulnerability and Surrender: Breathwork invites a state of vulnerability and surrender. By consciously connecting with your breath and entering into a deep and relaxed state, you create a safe space for emotional expression. Crying can be a natural response to this vulnerability, allowing you to surrender to the healing process and release what no longer serves you.

It is important to remember that crying during breathwork is a valid and valuable experience. It signifies that you are engaging with your emotions, releasing what needs to be released, and creating space for healing and transformation. Embrace the tears as a sign of emotional release and honor the journey of self-discovery and healing that breathwork offers.

Engaging in breathwork on a daily basis can be a beneficial and safe practice for most individuals. However, it is essential to approach it with mindfulness and listen to your body’s needs and responses. Here is a brief overview of practicing breathwork every day:

1. Personal Assessment: Consider your individual physical and emotional well-being. If you have any pre-existing health conditions, such as respiratory or cardiovascular issues, or if you are pregnant, it is wise to consult with a healthcare professional before starting a daily breathwork routine.

2. Moderation and Gradual Progression: Start with shorter breathwork sessions and gradually increase the duration and intensity over time. It allows your body and mind to adapt to the practice and minimizes the chances of overwhelming yourself. Pay attention to any signs of discomfort or strain and adjust accordingly.

3. Balance and Integration: Incorporate different styles of breathwork, such as deep belly breathing, alternate nostril breathing, or guided sessions, to maintain a balanced practice. Variety can prevent monotony and provide a holistic approach to breathwork.

4. Self-Awareness and Listening to Your Body: Tune into your body’s signals and emotions during and after each session. If you notice any adverse effects or discomfort, it is essential to reassess and adjust your practice. Honor your body’s limits and give yourself permission to rest when needed.

5. Professional Guidance: If you are new to breathwork or desire to deepen your practice, seeking guidance from a qualified breathwork instructor or practitioner can be beneficial. They can provide personalized guidance, address your specific needs, and ensure you practice safely and effectively.

Remember, the key is to cultivate a balanced approach to breathwork that aligns with your unique circumstances and goals. Listen to your body, practice self-care, and be attuned to your own needs. With mindfulness and moderation, integrating breathwork into your daily routine can enhance your overall well-being, promote relaxation, emotional release, and support personal growth.

Breathwork offers a powerful pathway for releasing trauma, facilitating healing, and restoring balance within the mind, body, and spirit. Here is a brief overview of how breathwork can aid in the release of trauma:

1. Activation of the Parasympathetic Nervous System: Traumatic experiences often trigger the sympathetic nervous system’s fight-or-flight response, leading to heightened stress and tension. Breathwork stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, inducing a state of deep relaxation, safety, and calm. This activation creates an environment conducive to processing and releasing trauma.

2. Reconnecting with the Body: Trauma can disconnect us from our bodies, leading to dissociation and a sense of being disconnected from the present moment. Conscious and intentional breathing in breathwork helps us reconnect with our physical sensations, fostering a sense of grounding and embodiment. By bringing awareness to bodily sensations, we can gently release stored trauma held within the body.

3. Regulation of Emotional States: Trauma can leave emotional imprints that linger within us. Breathwork provides a container for accessing and expressing these suppressed emotions. Through conscious breathing, we create a safe space to witness and release emotions associated with the trauma, such as fear, anger, sadness, or grief. This emotional release can contribute to a sense of relief, healing, and emotional integration.

4. Activation of the Body’s Natural Healing Mechanisms: Breathwork supports the body’s innate healing mechanisms by enhancing oxygenation, circulation, and detoxification. Deep breathing increases oxygen levels, improving cellular function and assisting the body in processing and releasing stored trauma. It also promotes the flow of energy, helping to unblock and clear stagnant or stuck energy related to the trauma.

5. Accessing the Subconscious Mind: Traumatic experiences can be deeply rooted within the subconscious mind. Through breathwork, we can access altered states of consciousness and the subconscious realms, allowing us to gain insight into the underlying causes and patterns of trauma. This expanded awareness and connection to the subconscious mind provide an opportunity for deep healing and transformative shifts.

It’s important to note that breathwork for trauma release may be intense and potentially retraumatizing if not approached with proper support and guidance. Seeking the assistance of a trained breathwork facilitator or therapist experienced in trauma-informed approaches can provide a safe container and professional guidance throughout the healing journey.

By utilizing breath as a tool for healing and release, breathwork empowers individuals to gradually process and release trauma, fostering a sense of empowerment, resilience, and overall well-being.

During breathwork, the brain undergoes various changes that contribute to a range of beneficial effects on cognition, emotions, and overall well-being. Here is a brief overview of what happens to the brain during breathwork:

1. Regulation of Brain Waves: Breathwork can influence brain wave patterns. Deep, intentional breathing techniques often induce a shift from beta waves (associated with active thinking and alertness) to alpha and theta waves (related to relaxation, creativity, and deeper states of consciousness). This shift promotes a state of calmness, focus, and increased receptivity.

2. Activation of the Parasympathetic Nervous System: Breathwork triggers the activation of the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes relaxation and counters the effects of the sympathetic nervous system’s stress response. As a result, brain regions involved in stress regulation, such as the amygdala and hypothalamus, may become less active, leading to reduced anxiety and increased emotional well-being.

3. Enhanced Oxygenation and Blood Flow: Conscious deep breathing during breathwork increases oxygen intake and improves blood flow to the brain. This oxygen-rich blood supports optimal brain function, nourishing neurons and facilitating their efficient communication. It can enhance mental clarity, focus, and cognitive performance.

4. Neurotransmitter and Hormonal Balance: Breathwork influences the release of neurotransmitters and hormones in the brain. Deep breathing stimulates the production of endorphins, which are natural mood enhancers, and activates the release of oxytocin, a hormone associated with relaxation, trust, and social bonding. These neurochemical changes can contribute to a sense of well-being, emotional balance, and a reduction in stress and pain perception.

5. Mind-Body Integration: Breathwork facilitates a deeper connection between the mind and body, fostering a state of mindfulness and embodiment. This integration is associated with increased activation in brain regions responsible for self-awareness, self-regulation, and emotional processing, such as the prefrontal cortex and insula. It promotes self-reflection, emotional resilience, and a heightened sense of presence.

It is important to note that the specific brain changes during breathwork can vary depending on the techniques used and the individual’s unique response. Furthermore, regular and sustained breathwork practice may lead to long-term neuroplastic changes, optimizing brain function and supporting overall well-being.

Engaging in breathwork regularly can have a positive impact on brain activity, promoting relaxation, emotional balance, enhanced cognitive function, and mind-body integration. Exploring various breathwork techniques and incorporating them into a consistent practice can help individuals harness the brain’s potential for personal growth, healing, and self-transformation.