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Evidence-Based Breathwork as a Tool for Challenging Times

Broadcast on January 12, 2023
With Alicja Heyda, PhD
Hosted by Jessica Dibb

Breathwork methods can significantly and effectively change the mood, perception, and nervous system activation. The session will include practice and real-life stories of implementing breathwork while going through challenging psychological and medical situations. According to Alicja Heyda, PhD, we can heal or ease the symptoms of prolonged stress, panic disorder, PTSD, claustrophobia, suicidal ideations and impulses, depression, and pain. Conscious breathing may make us feel grounded and serene despite any crises that may arise.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • A slow box breathing technique to ease claustrophobia, panic and acute stress, especially in medical situations
  • A gentle but powerful practice using 6-breaths-per-minute to both psychosomatically and emotionally release any self-judgements
  • Very light breathing with autohypnosis and guided imagery to ease emotional suffering and find serenity
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Alicja Heyda, PhD

Psychotherapist, Clinical Psychologist, Breathworker, Researcher

Alicja Heyda, PhD, is an integrative psychotherapist, clinical psychologist, psycho-oncologist, certified breathwork practitioner, and researcher. She's been passionate about breathwork and Buddhist meditation since she was a teen.

After studying body psychotherapy, breathwork, mindfulness, and process-oriented psychology for many years, she describes her work as integrative breathwork psychotherapy.

For more than 20 years, she's been helping mental health and cancer patients, teaching them how to immediately reduce anxiety, phobias, depression, and pain, and how to heal trauma and support immunity with bodywork, breathwork, and awareness.

Alicja Heyda, PhD