Research and Information links (parallels to the breathwork experience)

MY SUMMARY – Alakh Analda

There has not been much research to date into modern breathwork. The following links are to some of the most validating empirical research that has come to put breathwork into its perspective. Well to put the results of breathwork into scientific validation I could say. As a world wide body of professionals, we breathworkers have not created a body of research I think because our work is so experiential and not always easy to document. However it will come. And these scientific research findings describe the experiential knowledge that we have gained from watching ourselves and our clients have breathwork sessions. We came to know, as early as the 1960s, that being in utero, the birth experience and our early infancy have been the times when our very foundation for living on the planet was created. And for most people, they just live with it and the affects of any trauma or neglect to the tiny baby, deliberate or accidental.

More to come …


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Epigenetic effects in the womb and early years can affect a baby’s health for a lifetime

RESEARCH from -Association for Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health <>  “Childhood family experience,”especially in the womb and in the early years, becomes “embedded in the biology of the individual and serves to influence health and capacity over the lifespan.”

A central mechanism of this process is epigenetics, defined as persistent and heritable alterations in genome information that do not involve changes in DNA sequences themselves.
This was the theme of a recent talk at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, by Professor Michael Meaney of the Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Neurosurgery at McGill University in Montréal, Quebec. Professor Meaney is primarily known for his research on stress, maternal care, and gene expression. His research team has “discovered the importance of maternal care in modifying the expression of genes that regulate behavioral responses to stress.”

His research has implications for public policy regarding maternal support and its role in human disease prevention and economic health, because”…brain development and function are regulated by the social environment.”
(In 2007, Meaney was named a “Most Highly Cited Scientist “in the area of neuroscience by the Institutef or Scientific Information).Research – (findings of breathwork clients parallel this research)LINK_ 20 years of research – findings of the American Academy of Pediatrics 2012


A Poverty Solution That Starts With a Hug

Published: January 7, 2012 – New York TimesThis month, the American Academy of Pediatrics is issuing a landmark warning that this toxic stress can harm children for life.

This is a “policy statement” from the premier association of pediatricians, based on two decades of scientific research. This has revolutionary implications for medicine and for how we can more effectively chip away at poverty and crime.Toxic stress might arise from parental abuse of alcohol or drugs. It could occur in a home where children are threatened and beaten. It might derive from chronic neglect — a child cries without being cuddled.

Affection seems to defuse toxic stress — keep those hugs and lullabies coming! — suggesting that the stress emerges when a child senses persistent threats but no protector.Cues of a hostile or indifferent environment flood an infant, or even a fetus, with stress hormones like cortisol in ways that can disrupt the body’s metabolism or the architecture of the brain. The upshot is that children are sometimes permanently undermined. Even many years later, as adults, they are more likely to suffer <>  heart disease, obesity, diabetes and other physical ailments. They are also more likely to struggle in school, have short tempers and tangle with the law.

The crucial period seems to be from conception through early childhood. After that, the brain is less pliable and has trouble being remolded.“You can modify behavior later, but you can’t rewire disrupted brain circuits,” notes Jack P. Shonkoff, a Harvard pediatrician who has been a leader in this field.

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Report on depression

Breathwork is brilliant for reducing depression that is ” lifestyle depression ” and breathwork definately affects chemical imbalance as well.
There is more and more research on the affect of breath on the brain and the neurological pathways. There has been long term observation that “no individual experiencing the state of neurosis can exhale evenly and smoothly”. If and when depression is caused by an unhealthy or suppression relationship with feeling and fears, breathwork does have a high impact when clients get in touch with the source of their feelings and fears. Or when clients simply discharge the energy blocks in the nervous system and change the long muscle contractions cause by suppressed breathing patterns. It can take more than one session. More positivity is always an outcome of a session of breathwork mastery.


Two nervous systems – mind – body connections?
Research findings about the second nervous system and how it affects the body and brain /MIND-BODY CONNECTION
The main findings reported are claiming the gut has a nervous system independent to the brain and yet very strong


Epigenetic inheritance –
scientific research on how we are affected at the level of the cells – breathwork can reprogramme the cells over time – because it has an electromagnetic process?

The team’s work is the clearest sign yet that life experience can affect the genes of subsequent generations.
Helen Thomson <>
Saturday 22 August 2015 03.40 AEST Last modified on Tuesday 25 August 2015 21.41 AEST

Genetic changes stemming from the trauma suffered by Holocaust survivors are capable of being passed on to their children, the clearest sign yet that one person’s life experience can affect subsequent generations.

The conclusion from a research team at New York’s Mount Sinai hospital <> led by Rachel Yehuda stems from the genetic study of 32 Jewish men and women who had either been interned in a Nazi concentration camp, witnessed or experienced torture or who had had to hide during the second world war.

They also analysed the genes of their children, who are known to have increased likelihood of stress disorders, and compared the results with Jewish families who were living outside of Europe during the war. “The gene changes in the children could only be attributed to Holocaust exposure in the parents,” said Yehuda.

Her team’s work is the clearest example in humans of the transmission of trauma to a child via what is called “epigenetic inheritance” – the idea that environmental influences such as smoking, diet and stress can affect the genes of your children and possibly even grandchildren.

The idea is controversial, as scientific convention states that genes contained in DNA are the only way to transmit biological information between generations. However, our genes are modified by the environment all the time, through chemical tags that attach themselves to our DNA, switching genes on and off. Recent studies suggest that some of these tags might somehow be passed through generations, meaning our environment could have and impact on our children’s health.

Other studies have proposed a more tentative connection between one generation’s experience and the next. For example, girls born to Dutch women <> who were pregnant during a severe famine at the end of the second world war had an above-average risk of developing schizophrenia. Likewise, another study <> has showed that men who smoked before puberty fathered heavier sons than those who smoked after.

The team were specifically interested in one region of a gene associated with the regulation of stress hormones, which is known to be affected by trauma. “It makes sense to look at this gene,” said Yehuda. “If there’s a transmitted effect of trauma, it would be in a stress-related gene that shapes the way we cope with our environment.”

They found epigenetic tags on the very same part of this gene in both the Holocaust survivors and their offspring, the same correlation was not found in any of the control group and their children.

Children in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Photograph: Imagno/Getty Images
Through further genetic analysis, the team ruled out the possibility that the epigenetic changes were a result of trauma that the children had experienced themselves.

“To our knowledge, this provides the first demonstration of transmission of pre-conception stress effects resulting in epigenetic changes in both the exposed parents and their offspring in humans,” said Yehuda, whose work was published in Biological Psychiatry <> .

It’s still not clear how these tags might be passed from parent to child. Genetic information in sperm and eggs is not supposed to be affected by the environment – any epigenetic tags on DNA had been thought to be wiped clean soon after fertilisation occurs.

However, research by Azim Surani at Cambridge University and colleagues, has recently shown <> that some epigenetic tags escape the cleaning process at fertilisation, slipping through the net. It’s not clear whether the gene changes found in the study would permanently affect the children’s health, nor do the results upend any of our theories of evolution.

Whether the gene in question is switched on or off could have a tremendous impact on how much stress hormone is made and how we cope with stress, said Yehuda. “It’s a lot to wrap our heads around. It’s certainly an opportunity to learn a lot of important things about how we adapt to our environment and how we might pass on environmental resilience.”

The impact of Holocaust survival on the next generation has been investigated for years – the challenge has been to show intergenerational effects are not just transmitted by social influences from the parents or regular genetic inheritance, said Marcus Pembrey, emeritus professor of paediatric genetics at University College London.

“Yehuda’s paper makes some useful progress. What we’re getting here is the very beginnings of a understanding of how one generation responds to the experiences of the previous generation. It’s fine-tuning the way your genes respond to the world.”


Can you inherit a memory of trauma?
Researchers have already shown that certain fears might be inherited through generations, at least in animals.

Scientists at Emory University in Atlanta trained male mice <> to fear the smell of cherry blossom by pairing the smell with a small electric shock. Eventually the mice shuddered at the smell even when it was delivered on its own.

Despite never having encountered the smell of cherry blossom, the offspring of these mice had the same fearful response to the smell – shuddering when they came in contact with it. So too did some of their own offspring.

On the other hand, offspring of mice that had been conditioned to fear another smell, or mice who’d had no such conditioning had no fear of cherry blossom.

The fearful mice produced sperm which had fewer epigenetic tags on the gene responsible for producing receptors that sense cherry blossom. The pups themselves had an increased number of cherry blossom smell receptors in their brain, although how this led to them associating the smell with fear is still a mystery.

• The subheading was amended on 25 August 2015 to clarify that the new finding is not the first example in humans of the theory of epigenetic inheritance. The researchers described it as “the first demonstration of transmission of pre-conception stress effects resulting in epigenetic changes”.


Holocaust survivors’ grandchildren call for action over inherited trauma
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From Alakh –
These references and links validates what we have found out from modern breathwork – and breathwork mastery which I promote – reprogrammes at the cellular level, through electromagnetic changes created by the full, conscious connected breathing, combined with body sensation awareness, especially after setting a highly motivating intention.
What follows is a series of references proposing that the connective tissue is a vital communication system through the body.
If you read all these references about connective tissue, they apply to hatha yoga, pranayama, meditation ( and I say deep tissue massage)
I have long proposed that we get such great results in rebirthing and breathwork because of the prana in the breath making changes electromagnetically. I call it changes at the cellular level as blocks/contractions discharge as there are changes in the body sensations while consciously breathing.
For me, especially in the more client centred (yin?) approaches to breathowrk, where clients find their own way with their breath, like breathwork mastery, the success in the authentic changes is based on the electromagnetic charges (blocks) being released through the breath – or the prana in the conscious breath. If connective tissue is being discovered as a communication system it explains how we are able to reprogram ourselves through breathwork. We are opening the energy flows through modern breathwork approaches too.


Child abuse leaves mysterious physical scars in adulthood: psychiatrist – 2016
Child abuse leaves mysterious physical scars in adulthood: psychiatrist
Date May 26, 2016

Kate Aubusson

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For research and current medical back up to Breathwork client experiential findings since 1970s –

Dr Michelle Atchison speaking at the Royal College of Physicians Conference, 2016 Adelaide
gave this information

research addition to workbooks 3 – abuse,
quote – Between 7 and 36 per cent of females have been the victims of serious child abuse, and 3 to 29 per cent of males, international epidemiological studies suggest.
But only 38 per cent of victims report the abuse – either because they’re too young, they want to protect the offender or they worry they won’t be believed.

research addition to workbook 5 – emotional health and wealth, physicality 2
quote – “The scars of child abuse linger in the bodies of victims long after they’ve grown up, manifesting in physical symptoms that hint at their trauma, an Australian psychiatrist says.
“It’s not just the ongoing psychological impact victims have to deal with, there seems to be actual biological changes that occur when you’ve experienced repeated childhood trauma.”
It could be pelvic pain and stomach aches in a woman who suffered repeated sexual abuse as a young child, or back pain in a man who was beaten by his father, or more-complex conditions such as autoimmune disease, asthma, psoriasis and type 2 diabetes.”
“There’s something about early childhood trauma that makes you more vulnerable to illness later in life, independent of coping mechanisms like smoking, alcohol or overeating,” psychiatrist Dr Michelle Atchison told delegates at the Royal Australian College of Physicians congress in Adelaide this month.

research addition to workbook 2 – addiction
quote – Another patient, a 45 year-old man with terrible back pain, found opiates gave him little relief. His doctors had focused on his physical symptoms.
“But when you bothered to talk to him [we discovered] he had a father who would beat him and not his two siblings, for absolutely no reason. He couldn’t understand why that was happening all the way through his childhood,” Dr Atchison said.
Once the man could talk through his trauma, his treatment team focused on stepping down his drug use and trying to reframe his body as a healthy tool rather than a damaged object, she said.”

quote – Patients whose child abuse manifests as physical symptoms could be suffering from complex PTSD, Dr Atchison said, a contentious diagnosis that is being considered for inclusion in the psychiatrist’s bible, the DSM-5.
Like PTSD, patients who are subjected to frightening, often life-threatening events re-experience it through nightmares, intrusive thoughts and flashbacks.
But C-PTSD, often misdiagnosed as borderline personality disorder, is more specific to experiences of serious and repeated trauma when a child is going through emotional and physical development, she said.

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BOOK REVIEW – Childhood Disrupted
How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology And How You Can Heal

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A groundbreaking book showing the link between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and adult illnesses such as heart disease, autoimmune disease, and cancer—Childhood Disrupted also explains how to cope with these emotional traumas and even heal from them.

Your biography becomes your biology. The emotional trauma we suffer as children not only shapes our emotional lives as adults, it also affects our physical health, longevity, and overall wellbeing. Scientists now know on a bio-chemical level exactly how parents’ chronic fights, divorce, death in the family, being bullied or hazed, and growing up with a hypercritical, alcoholic, or mentally ill parent can leave permanent, physical “fingerprints” on our brains.

When we as children encounter sudden or chronic adversity, excessive stress hormones cause powerful changes in the body, altering our body chemistry. The developing immune system and brain react to this chemical barrage by permanently resetting our stress response to “high,” which in turn can have a devastating impact on our mental and physical health.

Donna Jackson Nakazawa shares stories from people who have recognized and overcome their adverse experiences, shows why some children are more immune to stress than others, and explains why women are at particular risk. Groundbreaking in its research, inspiring in its clarity, Childhood Disrupted explains how you can reset your biology—and help your loved ones find ways to heal.


“Childhood Disrupted helps shift the paradigm in our understanding of health and well-being by unveiling the role that early adversity plays in our physical and emotional adult health. Donna offers a missing piece of the puzzle as to why women suffer in disproportionate numbers from chronic physical and mental health conditions, and opens a new and much-needed door for healing.” —Amy Myers MD author, New York Times Best Seller, The Autoimmune Solution

“A truly important gift of understanding—illuminates the heartbreaking costs of childhood trauma and like good medicine offers the promising science of healing and prevention.” —Jack Kornfield, PhD, author of A Path with Heart

“Nakazawa writes compassionately for readers struggling to make sense of what happened during their childhoods and how their health may be affected . . . [An] engaging work of scientific translation.” — Health Affairs

“Every few years a book comes along that changes the way we view ourselves, our society, and our place in the world. This is such a book. Compulsively readable and deeply moving, Childhood Disrupted contains surprising insights into the power of childhood experience on every page.” —Shannon Brownlee, MS, author of Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer and senior vice president of the Lown Institute

“This groundbreaking book connects the dots between early life trauma and the physical and mental suffering so many live with as adults. Nakazawa fully engages us with fascinating, clearly written science and moving stories from her own and others’ stuggles with life-changing illness. Childhood Disrupted offers a blend of fresh insight into the impact of trauma and invaluable guidance in turning toward healing!” —Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge

“Long overdue, Childhood Disrupted is a courageous, compassionate, and rigorous every-persons guide through the common roots and enduring impact of childhood trauma in each of our lives. Linking breakthrough science with our everyday lived experience, Childhood Disrupted inescapably and artfully leads the reader to take practical steps and grasp the urgency of coming to terms with and taking a stand to heal the legacy of trauma in our personal and collective lives.” —Christina Bethell, PhD, MBH, MPH  Professor of Child Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

“Childhood Disrupted masterfully captures the complexity of how early life adversity imprints on our biology and stalks our health into adulthood. Heart rending stories of hardship and triumph laced with medical facts and findings creates a framework of practical advice for remaining unbroken in a challenging world.” —Margaret M McCarthy, PhD, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Pharmacology, University of Maryland School of Medicine

“Donna has once again taken a difficult medical topic and made it not only easy to understand, but a great read. Eye-opening and inspiring, Childhood Disrupted provides a paradigm-shifting roadmap for understanding how early stress is linked to later illness, and offers a must-read vision for how to begin healing at any age. This book will help readers and especially women better understand the biology of stress, and jumpstart important new conversations about our health and well-being!” —DeLisa Fairweather, PhD, Director of Cardiovascular Translational Research, Mayo Clinic

“Childhood Disrupted is a timely book that summarizes the effects of childhood adversity, incorporating the current science in a very personalized and approachable way. The more we understand about childhood adversity and its imprint on our body and brain, the more we can help each other recover from its harmful effects. This is an important read for anyone looking to help those afflicted by childhood adversity, whether personally or in a caring role such as parents, teachers, and health care workers.” —Ryan Herringa, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health

“In this stimulating book that eloquently describes the effects of one’s biography on mind, brain, and body, Nakazawa guides us through a step by step path to recovery. This work represents an invaluable source of hope and inspiration for anyone who is suffering from the aftermath of early adverse experience.” —Ruth A Lanius, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, Harris-Woodman Chair, director, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) research unit, University of Western Ontario

“If you want to know why you’ve been married three times. Or why you just can’t stop smoking. Or why the ability to control your drinking is slipping away from you. Or why you have so many physical problems that doctors just can’t seem to help you with. Or why you feel as if there’s no joy in your life even though you’re “successful”…..Read Childhood Disrupted, and you’ll learn that the problems you’ve been grappling with in your adult life have their roots in childhood events that you probably didn’t even consider had any bearing on what you’re dealing with now. Donna Jackson Nakazawa does a thorough and outstanding investigation of exactly how your childhood made you ill and/or joyless, and how you can heal.” —Jane Stevens, editor,



Is connective tissue a communciation system?
Technologies of Qi: Yin Yoga & Connective Tissue

September 3, 2012 <>  / Danielle Prohom Olson <>

Connective tissue

“ A new paradigm is evolving in the West, one that broadens the scope of information and energy transportation mechanisms far beyond simple chemical and electrical models.”…Berni Clark, The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga.

We are uncovering a new frontier within our bodies – one with previously unimaginable implications for our health and well-being. What was once disregarded by medical science as inconsequential “goo” – our connective tissue <>  – turns out to be our largest (and most neglected) organ!

As our understanding of the body as a matrix of electromagnetic energies deepens, we’ve come to see that the fascia  <> or connective tissue (structuring, sheathing and interconnecting our circulatory system, nervous system, muscular-skeletal system, digestive track, organs and cells) is actually an energetic communication system.


liquid crystals composing collagen
The collagen that makes up most of the connective tissue in your body is liquid crystalline in nature. Liquid crystals <>  -known to be semi-conductors – are able to conduct energy in the way the wiring system in your house conducts electricity. They are also able to send, receive, store and amplify energy signals – like your high-speed internet connection.

Because fascia interconnects every system in the body – it provides a basis for information and energy transfer beyond purely chemical origins. In other words, while we’ve traditionally thought of communication in the body as mechanical ( chemical molecule fits into receptor like a key into a lock), we now realize we can open the lock faster with energy (like remote control devices).

meridian chart

These discoveries have caused James L. Oschman, in his book Energ <> y Medicine in Therapeutics and Human Performance <> , to suggest that fascia is an intelligent organ of communication that is “conducting electromagnetic signals not only in the body, but from the cosmic energy field of the universe into the body and from the body into the field.” And in an idea eerily reminiscent of the healing wisdom of ancient Taoist China –  Oschman suggests that a healthy fully ‘integrated’ body may be a body that is entirely free of restrictions to the flow of energy signals.

Ancient Taoism  <> held as a central tenet that the body was composed of vast network of energy pathways which they called meridians <> . And if one was to maintain a healthy body, these meridians had to be free of restrictions to the flow of Qi – the life force energy that permeates the cosmos.

And it seems the Taoists knew all about connective tissue, which they classified as Yin. They believed when we are active and energetic, Qi energy flows through our muscles, the Yang layer of the body. When we are still, Qi moves through the more resistant connective tissues and skeletal system, the Yin layer of the body. Balancing the energetic aspects of yang with the still practice of Yin was essential in maintaining the free flow of Qi through the body’s meridians.


Paul Grilley

Today Yin Yoga utilizes this Taoist philosophy in the creation of a modern practice which uses long slow holds in postures as as opposed to more fluid vigorous Yang practice. Yin yoga seeks to open and release the tightest places in our bodies – connective tissue, joints ligaments and tendons – which have become tight and restricted through injuries, repetitive stress, poor postural habits and even emotional trauma.

And according to Yin Yoga leaders such as Paul Grilley  <> and Sarah Powers <> , this loss of mobility within the connective tissue restricts the flow of Qi energy through the meridians as well. Yin yoga by working the connective tissue helps cleanse energy meridians and stimulate the flow of Qi.

Western science has long been skeptical of Eastern energy or meridian maps. Looking for channels and conducting tubes, they found little evidence of energy lines. But their investigations did not include the supposedly inert connective tissue. And ironically as Yin Yoga teacher Bernie Clark  <> suggests “they may have discarded the very tissues that formed the channels they were seeking.”

It was Dr.Robert Becke <> r, back in the 60′s who first demonstrated that connective tissue provides pathways for the energy flow. He established that when pressure is applied to connective tissue, joints, bones (as in Yin yoga poses or externally applied stretch and pressure during bodywork and massage) they polarize into positive and negative electrical poles and generate piezo-electricity. This current of electromagnetic energy then travels along the most conductive channels available in the body, channels that Becker suggested corresponded with the meridians of Eastern healing wisdom.

Today researchers like Dr. Hi <> roshi Motoyama <>  in Japan, and Helene Langevin  <> of the University of Vermont are documenting further evidence that the fascia network corresponds to the network of acupuncture points and energy pathways as described by the ancient healers. Dr. Motoyama was able to demonstrate a correlation between the electrical conductivity and the location of meridians. Motoyama has found chains of Hyaluronic Acid <> s  in the connective tissue of the body. Hyaluronic acid has the amazing property of being able to fix and polarize water in large quantities. When water is polarized it is able to conduct electrical impulses and therefore information. Motoyama theorizes that Qi flows throughout the pathways created by chains of hyaluronic acids.


electromagnetic fields of the body

Grilley contends this research reaffirms that the meridians run through the connective tissue of the body, and he writes, if “researchers are right—if the network of connective tissue does correspond with the meridians of acupuncture and the nadis of yoga—strengthening and stretching connective tissue may be critical for your long-term health.”

No kidding. That’s a big understatement when you consider that electromagnetic frequencies are vastly more efficient in imparting information than chemical signals. fMRI imaging has shown that when meridian or energy points in the body are stimulated, neural circuits in the brain are activated faster than what neural conduction can explain.

That’s why, as our technology allows us to peer ever more deeply into the body we are discovering a new land. One that brings us full circle with ancient philosophy by envisioning the body -not just a mechanical system of separate parts -but as an energetic system that is interconnected to all that is.

So that’s why I consider Yin Yoga to consider to be a Technology of Qi. We are not only balancing yin and yang -we are cleansing our energetic circuitry. This encourages the free movement of information and perhaps even invites in what the Taoists considered the flow of life force energy itself.



Scientists Prove DNA Can Be Reprogrammed by Words and Frequencies?
By Grazyna Fosar and Franz Bludorf

THE HUMAN DNA IS A BIOLOGICAL INTERNET and superior in many aspects to the artificial one. Russian scientific research directly or indirectly explains phenomena such as clairvoyance, intuition, spontaneous and remote acts of healing, self healing, affirmation techniques, unusual light/auras around people (namely spiritual masters), mind’s influence on weather patterns and much more. In addition, there is evidence for a whole new type of medicine in which DNA can be influenced and reprogrammed by words and frequencies WITHOUT cutting out and replacing single genes.

All information is taken from the book “Vernetzte Intelligenz?” von Grazyna Fosar und Franz Bludorf, ISBN 3930243237, summarized and commented by Baerbel. The book is unfortunately only available in German so far. You can reach the authors here:
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