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Breath as Medicine: Riding a Roller Coaster of Race and Emotions

Broadcast on January 12, 2023
With Zee Clarke
Hosted by Niraj Naik

Daily life can be a wild ride of emotions, with multiple stressors coming from a variety of sources. For people of color, experiences of microaggressions and racism are an added layer causing high blood pressure, heart issues, anxiety, depression, and much more. In this session, Zee Clarke discusses how breathing practices can help us not only survive, but thrive, regardless of the sources of our stress.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • How intentional breathing practices can help people of color manage and heal from microaggressions and racism
  • Ways to use specific breathwork practices based on the emotions you are experiencing at the moment, regardless of the cause
  • Guided breathing practices for everyday challenges such as frustration, anxiety, and fatigue
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Zee Clarke

CEO of Reclaiming Flow LLC, Mindfulness & Breathwork Coach

Zee Clarke is a Harvard MBA that went from leading teams at Fortune 500 companies to teaching mindfulness and breathwork to people of color. Why? After experiencing a number of race-related challenges, from racial profiling and harassment by the police to microaggressions in the workplace, she realized that mindfulness and breathwork were much more powerful outside of the yoga studio and in the context of our everyday lives. Trained in India, Zee leverages her toolkit of yoga, meditation, breathwork, sound healing, and Reiki, to ensure that all people of color have the tools to thrive despite any challenges that race or gender might present. 

Founder of Reclaiming Flow LLC, she works with employee resource groups and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion teams at companies like Google, Visa, and AMC Networks to empower their communities with skills to manage microaggressions, imposter syndrome, and the specific challenges that people of color face at work. 

Stay tuned for her upcoming book, Black People Breathe. This powerful memoir offers an up close and personal glimpse of the experiences of Black people in America and the impact of often "unintentional" words and actions. In addition to offering actionable tools for people of color, it allows allies to build a sense of empathy so that they might be inspired to drive change. This collection of 33 mindfulness and breathwork practices will help readers better manage the stresses in their lives. Even if the causes of your stress might be different, the tools remain just as impactful.

Zee Clarke