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Movement and Exercise: The Importance of Optimal Breathing

Broadcast on January 10, 2023
With Dr. Belisa Vranich
Hosted by Niraj Naik

According to Dr. Belisa Vranich, feeling out of breath when moving may be the first time people think about breath. Usually, the uncomfortable sensation of being out of breath comes at a time when we want to move faster or go for longer distances. We are the only beings who are able to change the breath and not be tethered to our movements.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • Breathing can help your movement
  • Old sports injuries can be affecting your breathing
  • A practice for stretching and dance
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Dr. Belisa Vranich

Founder, The Breathing Class

Dr. Belisa Vranich is a clinical psychologist and founder of The Breathing Class. She's also a former director of breathing science at the Ash Center for Comprehensive Medicine in New York City, and former director of public education at the Mental Health Association of NYC. She taught at New York University, a consultant at the National Mental Health Association in Washington, DC, and directed an outpatient clinic at Jacobi Hospital Center in the Bronx. Dr. Vranich was also a school psychologist in the South Bronx, and part of the Brooklyn AIDS Task Force, supporting parolees and their families. Dr. Belisa received her graduate degree at NYU, completed her internship at Bellevue Hospital, and completed her undergraduate degree at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Dr. Vranich has extensive experience working with first responders including firefighters, military, and law enforcement personnel — for topics related to endurance, stress reduction, precision, pain reduction, and PTSD. A firm believer in the importance of giving back, she volunteers and supports numerous organizations related to veterans and animal rescue organizations. Dr. Vranich is an outspoken advocate of organ donation and dedicated her first book to She currently resides in San Diego, Ca. 

Dr. Belisa Vranich