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Breathology 101: Relearn How to Breathe

Broadcast on February 07, 2022
With Ayo Handy-Kendi, the Breath Sékou
Hosted by Steph Magenta

It's been estimated that most Americans are not breathing efficiently, putting their health at great risk. Feel more alive, relaxed and rejuvenated, by experiencing this informative, fun, interactive talk and demonstration with Ayo Handy-Kendi, the Breath Sékou.  Learn fundamental breathing techniques that provide a dramatic, life-changing introduction into the power of the breath, and why you must relearn how to breathe.

In this session, you'll discover :

  • Why efficient, deep breathing is so critical to enhanced life
  • The difference between a deep breath and a shallow breath
  • Stress-busters that demonstrate healthier ways to breathe
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Ayo Handy-Kendi, the Breath Sékou

Founder Optimum Life Breathology, Certified Breathologist, Laughter Yoga Teacher

Ayo Handy-Kendi, The Breath Sékou,” is a renowned, master teacher who has studied, practiced and taught breath techniques since 1970.   She is a certified breathologist, breath facilitator, laughter yoga teacher, Reiki master 3, Qigong practitioner levels I and II, RaSekhi, levels i and II, a diversity trainer, and degreed counselor. As an author, speaker, storyteller, rituals facilitator, and community organizer, she intergrates these skills in breathology trainings, presentations and "high touch" features that focus on wholistic health, social justice, healing racism and trauma. She is fostering a “breath movement” to help us stay peaceful and stress-free while reconciling our divisions in these polarizing times. 

In 2004, she developed a life-changing system of daily transformative practices called Optimum Life Breathology (OLB). She has certified over 200 OLB Level 2 practitioners, and 20 Breathologist, Level 1  practitioners in  9 states, shared the system in eight countries, and has “breathed” with millions worldwide on radio and TV (notably on The Steve Harvey Morning Show), as well as in print, via the internet, on stage, in groups, in private practice, and at many breathwork events, including The Shift Network Breathwork Summit. 

Also, in 2004, she created PositivEnergyWorks, a wellness business that connects culture and diversity issues with health, stress, trauma, and relaxation. She's authored five books, including Applied Breathology, her OLB workbook accompanied by a DVD, and composed and produced six CDs of meditative and drumming music.  P.E.W. is a professional member of the International Breathwork Foundation (IBF).

In 1989, Ayo created a non-profit, the African American Holiday Association (AAHA), and stewarded programs as the founder of Black Love Day, Feb. 13th, which in 2023 celebrates 30 years of self-care and pro-peace for BIOPOC's.

Ayo Handy-Kendi, the Breath Sékou