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Functional Breathing Sciences

Our breath is learning from the moment of our birth, and throughout every moment of our lives. Our breath directly and profoundly affects and reflects our health, performance, and consciousness. Our breathing impacts everything: our thoughts, emotions, physiology, behavior, and internal chemistry. Our breathing is directly connected to our pH balance, electrolyte balance, blood flow, oxygen distribution, and our autonomic nervous system. When our breathing changes, numerous body systems immediately change as well.


Breathing habits are ways that we have learned to breathe. These habits are often developed unconsciously to keep ourselves safe. They typically involve taking control of our breath in some way. Some habits are life-giving, while others, if sustained, can have profoundly detrimental impacts on our health and well-being.


Functional breathing sciences helps us become aware of breathing habits we have learned, and teaches us how to return to an open, healthy breath. 

BBA does not employ prescriptive breath techniques. Instead, we place self-discovery at center stage as we identify, unlearn, and replace unhelpful breathing habitsWe learn to allow our breath rather than control it. 


The journey back to our natural breath can bring about profound self-awareness, emotional regulation, trauma integration, reduction or elimination of a wide range of symptoms and deficits, and greatly improved overall well-being.

Signs and Symptoms of

Dysfunctional Breathing Habits


pain, tension, headaches, chest discomfort, blurred vision, brain fog, tetany, tingling, dizziness, fainting, confusion, nausea, numbness, sudden temperature changes, trembling, twitching


shifts in personality, issues with self-esteem, dissociation, experiencing altered states


reduced coordination time, reaction time, balance, perceptual judgment, endurance, and muscle function


asthma symptoms, shortness of breath, feeling of not enough oxygen (air hunger), airway resistance 


challenges with taking tests and/or public speaking


all of the symptoms of stress, acute fatigue, chronic fatigue


sudden mood changes, anger, anxiety, phobias, fear, panic, worry, crying


reduced attention, memory, and/or concentration


difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, bloating, digestive issues

Functional Breathing Sessions

Breathing sessions are educational, experiential, trauma-sensitive, and highly personalized. During our initial breathing habit assessment session, we will discover how your breathing habits are impacting your health and wellbeing. Over a series of learning sessions, we will identify how these breathing habits impact your mind, emotions, body, and what symptoms and deficits they mediate. We will unlearn unhelpful breathing habits while learning breathing patterns consistent with good respiration and regulated physiology.

Sessions employ a combination of behavioral analysis, behavior modification, cognitive learning, biofeedback, phenomenological exploration and awareness skills in the context of self-discovery and self-regulation. 

During our sessions, we use biofeedback technology, as relevant, including: educational capnometry (measuring CO2), EMG (measuring muscle activity), HRV (measuring heart rate variability), and oximetry (measuring O2) as relevant, in addition to body-mind integrative therapies as relevant. 

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