Essential Breathing... 

Level I Breathing Training-by Individual Appointment.

Level II  & Level III-Workshops

(See registration & tuition info below)

What if you are just 3 breaths away 

from a stress-free day?


719.548.8823




Breath is energy & energy is life.  


Reclaim the natural, full and free breath you were born with, and gain practical tools for using the breath to:

 

Relieve fatigue and chronic pain, and restore physical vitality


Reduce anxiety, stress and depression, and restore emotional calm


Counter mental fogginess and confusion,  and restore mental clarity


End the creative drought and 'in the box' solutions, and restore intuitive insight.


AND  


One of the biggest benefits of learning to manage your breath is because 


your breath is your foundation of support in life, and it will always give you what you need--


when you know how to access it.  


Breath is energy and energy is life. Our breath is our most vital life-sustaining function from our first breath to our last. Yet, due to our stress-laden lifestyles today, restricted breathing is now epidemic, contributing to a host of stress-related health issues. An estimated 87% of Americans are shallow breathers—as young as first graders.


Scroll down and take the QUIZ  to see how YOU could benefit from Essential Breathing.

(Fees and Discounted Packages Listed Below Quiz.)

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What is Essential Breathing™?

Essential Breathing™ is an educational training program with the goal of providing information and practical tools that anyone can use to enhance well-being by gently re-establishing and sustaining the free & natural breath you were born with.

Through cultivating inner awareness & attention to your breathing, you learn to recognize your internal stress response signals that constrict your breathing, & consciously interrupt this fight, flee or freeze response by altering your breathing. In doing so, you intentionally activate your relaxation response and become empowered to respond to stressful events in a centered, calm, clear and insightful manner.  As you connect more deeply with yourself through the practice of Essential Breathing, you reclaim personal power to more effectively manage your life activities, & experience increased well-being.

Although singers and speakers absolutely must engage in healthy breathing practices, EVERYONE can benefit by a 'tune up' of the breath system.  The hectic pace of our lives these days compromises our well-being on every level.  Learning simple, yet powerful, techniques to intentionally open up your breathing in just 3 to 10 breaths can mean the difference between a stressful day and a satisfying day.


Essential Breathing is an educational training program. It is not medical advice, treatment or a therapeutic program. EB is safe, simple, non-invasive, gives immediate results, does not have negative side effects, and can be done anywhere and by almost anyone.  If you have medical restrictions or concerns, you are encouraged to discuss this information with your doctor.


SPECIAL NOTE TO SINGERS & SPEAKERS...

A free, full-body breath is essential to maintaining vocal health and proper support for anyone who experiences high vocal use on a regular basis, whether speaking or singing.  Singers must understand the breath and utilize it correctly for good pitch,  navigating phrases successfully, developing a pleasant full-bodied 'color' (timbre) to the voice, demonstrating vocal power... and more!  

Breath is the foundation of speaking & singing as well as of life.


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ESSENTIAL BREATHING QUIZ  


Are you a serious SINGER or SPEAKER, or in a profession with high vocal demands?

Do you frequently feel tired and depleted, and experience bouts of depression?
 
Do you ever feel like you 'can't catch your breath' or suffer from chronic respiratory problems (asthma, allergies, bronchitis) ?
 
Do you often feel anxious and stressed out?

Do you frequently feel the need to clear your throat?

Do you find yourself holding your breath?
 
Do you catch yourself frequently sighing, yawning or taking in a gasping-like breath?
 
Do you frequently feel 'fuzzy-headed', confused or unfocused, and experience difficulty concentrating?
 
Do you suffer from chronic headaches, body aches, pains and muscle tension?
 
Are you involved in an addiction recovery program (i.e. stop smoking, AA, OA) ?

Do people complain that they can't hear you and ask you to speak up, 
or complain that you talk too fast and ask you repeat what you've said?

Do you experience difficulty going to sleep, staying asleep or other sleep disorders?

Do you frequently appear pale, with dark circles under your eyes?

Do you experience frequent constipation and/or digestive problems? 

Are you experiencing menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, racing heart?
 
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Essential Breathing TM for Optimal Well-Being


LEVEL I ...PRIVATE SESSIONS... one hour

Essential Breathing sessions are available to gently assist you in learning to re-establish the natural, free, full-body breath you were born with. Essential Breathing facilitates healing and alleviation of stress-related conditions, and the experience of increased well-being in a series of 1-hour sessions where the client receives in depth assessment of current breathing patterns; instruction to restore the Essential Breath; strategies to release distortions; & specific tools to activate the body’s relaxation response & gain freedom from the stress response. The client is introduced to a variety of breathing patterns to become competent in intentionally utilizing the breath to neutralize stress & increase physical vitality, emotional calm, mental clarity & intuitive insight.

Individual sessions, rather than the workshops, are strongly suggested for anyone who is dealing with specific breathing issues.

(3-6 sessions are recommended for optimal training and integration.)


One-hour Session....$60 

Package of 3 One-hour Sessions...$150 ($50/session)


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KEYNOTE PRESENTATION…20-30 minutes

Connie would love to share an overview of the benefits & principles of Essential Breathing™ with your organization.  Activities include a lively demonstration of common breath distortions, and a 'first step strategy' your participants can implement in any moment to immediately enhance their well-being. This presentation provides an interactive & informative introduction to the importance of freeing the breath for optimal well-being. 

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ESSENTIAL BREATHING WORKSHOPS... 3 hours   (minimum 6 participants)

LEVEL II WORKSHOP... 3 hours

This follow-up workshop for individuals who have completed Level I, provides the opportunity to measure gains and changes in your breathing and well-being since Level I, and to expand your understanding of how to use your breath to support your well-being in 3 specific areas:  

  • during stressful events 
  • during exercise/fitness activities
  • as a means of accessing your intuitive insight

You will practice deepening self-awareness to recognize internal stress response signals and interrupt that response by altering your breathing pattern to activate your relaxation response and empower yourself to respond to stressors in a calm, clear and insightful manner.

Do you feel overwhelmed at work, at home or at school?  Struggle with fatigue, depression, anxiety or chronic pain?  Have trouble staying focused on the never-ending list of things you need to accomplish?  Dread having to interact with that ‘difficult’ person in your life?  Feel uninspired and unable to come up with solutions and creative ideas?  Ever notice friends, colleagues or family members dealing with these same issues and wonder why so many people seem to be struggling?

As you connect more deeply with yourself through the practice of Essential Breathing, you reclaim personal power to more effectively manage your life activities, and experience increased well-being.


LEVEL III WORKSHOP... 3 hours

If you have taken Level I and II, you are eligible to enroll in Level 3 training.  This is a unique workshop consisting of 'SPECIAL TOPICS' related to breathing/breathwork.  Contact Connie for more information.

Special Note:

Although Essential Breathing is a gentle process of deep breathing (without vigorous, trance-inducing or breath holding properties), deep breathing practices are not currently recommended for individuals who have the following conditions:

Advanced Congestive Heart Failure          Glaucoma                  Cancer       Advanced Pulmonary Hypertension          End-stage COPD

Recent chest or abdominal Surgery          Epilepsy/Seizures      Pregnancy     Diabetic Ketoacidosis                           Advanced liver problems

Mental illness-Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Paranoid Personality Disorder, Borderline Personality

Connie holds an Advanced Certification in  Breath Therapy TM  with over 120 hours of classroom study in addition to over 200 individual sessions and group workshops.  She is available for individual sessions, group Essential Breathing workshops, and as a speaker to share with others the vital importance of learning to breathe intentionally/consciously to reclaim their natural, full and free breath.


WHAT ESSENTIAL BREATHING CLIENTS SAY...


I will use EB to decrease anxiety and be able to calm myself down in times of a stressful event. I flet this was a very worthwhile technique to learn. I would recommend it to anyone.

I. Murphy, Colorado Springs, 2015

Two weeks before emergency hospital personnel told me I had insufficient oxygen to the brain, from some problem they could not determine, Connie Castro told me in a preliminary breathing therapy session that I had not enough oxygen reaching my lungs and body, and the reason was because I wasn't breathing properly! I have been coming to her for “essential” breathing therapy over the three months since. She has taught me how to deep breath using nose, mouth, and total body inhalation, and I am eternally grateful to her for knowing and sharing what no doctor was able to prescribe.
T. White, Colorado Springs, 2015


Connie brings her sensitivity and observation skills to guide her clients to use breath as a tool for well-being in everyday life, as well as in singing.
G. Hearten, Colorado Springs, 2014


Right away, I felt more relaxed. But, now, I am moving from relaxation to confidence and focus. Connie had taught me how to use my breath to improve my performance. Her teaching is transformational.
K. Sherwood, Colorado Springs, 2013