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Breathe the Change / Laurie Ellis Young

January 25 - February 1, 2020

Learn to harness “The Power of Breath” and share it with others!
“Breath is everything.  Yoga will change your body but the breath will change your life.” -Seane Corn

You are invited to the magical, Mayan beauty of Lake Atitlan to explore how your ordinary breathing is both AN ART AND A SCIENCE, while harnessing its extraordinary power to transform, individually and collectively.

For many of us, the world seems crazy right now and there is nothing we can really do about it. Yet masters have always told us that if we want to change the world we must begin with ourselves. How we breathe is core to who we are.

700_0004How we breathe is how we act out in the world.

This training teaches “Breath Literacy” for your personal and professional lives.

Learn it. Embody it. Teach it.

I feel the “Power of Breath” workshop is special and unique. I have been honing this workshop for over twenty-five years, learning how to reach yoga teachers, yoga students, medical personnel, patients, educators, elders, students from K-post grad, homemakers, executives, office workers, UN personnel, girls rescued from brothels, peace workers, veterans, etc. and people stressed out everywhere. Every time I taught it, I would tweak it, learning how to stay with its integrity but also learning to adapt it to diverse populations, specific needs, and varying time allotments. In each circumstance, keeping in mind, in order for participants to harness the power in their breath, what are the most important things they need to know and how is this information best conveyed?

I want to pass on how to share maximum amount of information (that can change people’s breath and people’s lives) in the minimum amount of time. This information is given throughout your training manual, and every aspect of presenting a workshop (from preparing the room, to music, performance of all practices with scripts, reflection questions, possible deviations, and closure) is detailed specifically. You will leave with the basic template of Teaching a ‘Power of Breath’ workshop from A-Z , to use, exactly as is, or depending upon your own experiences and knowledge, adapted, to reflect who you are personally while serving diverse students and circumstances.


The Brain /The Heart / Our Nervous System / STRESS! / The Vagus Nerve / Telomeres / Executive Functions / Anxiety / Emotions such as grief, despair and shame / Graceful Aging /Anger Management / Depression / Low Energy / Lack of Concentration and Focus / Relationship Issues / Compassion / Caregiving / Kindness / Forgiveness / ADD and ADHD / Sleep Issues / Trauma / Weight / Hospice Care / The Buddhist Tonglen Meditation / Breathing in specific yoga postures / Cancer and other illnesses / COPD / Peace / Marketing a workshop


1. Why the “Breath is everything”

a. The Brain, the Breath & the Heart & Our Nervous System

What is optimal well-being? / Exploring stress / ANS, PNS & SNS

2. Cultivating Body Presence

a. Simple Breath Awareness

Watching the breath / Breathing with gentle movement / Following the flow

b. Mindfulness & MBSR Core Practices

Mindful walking in exquisite beauty / Mindful eating / Cultivating the “Attitudes” with breath / Map of Consciousness

c. Practices to Enjoy Inhabiting Our Bodies

Focus on Posture & Grounding / Shaking practice / Various forms of mindful movement / Dancing / Yoga / Qigong

3. Mechanics of Optimal Breathing & Pranayama

a. Anatomy, Physiology, Neuroscience

The lung cavities / Nose vs. mouth / neti pot / Alignment / Chakra System / Liberating & Manifesting Currents / Executive Functions / Negativity Bias

b. Diaphragmatic/Belly Breathing

Laughter Yoga / Rosa-mystica Meditation / Kapalabhati—Fire breathing / Singing & Chanting / Creative license

c. Complete Breath Breathing

Breath Geometry / Square Breath / Rectangle Breath / Triangle Breaths / Relaxation Breath / Breath as “Seasons”

4. Deepening the “Power of Breath”

a. Additional Breathing Practices

Alternate Nostril Routines / Emotional Breathing Practices / / Locks (Bandhas) / Heart Breath / Tonglen

b. Reflections

Breath as connector / Who & How do we want to Be in the world as an individual and a collective

laurieLaurie Ellis-Young, MTC, SYT (Senior Yoga Teacher, UK Yoga Alliance) is a global citizen, eternal student, and avid adventurer who has traveled to over 80 countries and facilitated groups to 20+ countries.  Leading treks in the Nepal Himalayas first impressed Laurie with our breath’s magnitude.  Experiences working with diverse populations on five continents convinced her that breath practices transform people’s lives.  As founding director of Breathe The Change LLC and co-founder of the non-profit BreathLogic®, Laurie has pioneered breath literacy as an empowering, peace-building and healing modality for over two decades.

A speaker, author, yoga teacher, MBSR instructor, Shift Peace Ambassador and co-creator with photographer Nancy Chakrin, of the traveling exhibit “Yoga: On and Off the Wall, she nurtures the heartfelt vision and mission of helping implement breath practices worldwide. Finding that people everywhere are hungry for knowledge about their breath, Laurie has taught or presented in wellness centers, hospitals, clinics, community centers, corporations, schools, universities, governmental and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and at conferences about arts and heathcare, brain injury, cancer, conflict resolution, education, kindness, leadership, and holistic nursing, among others.

Laurie teaches with an eclectic, fun, meditative approach drawing from over forty years of study and practice. Her book, Breath is Life, and children’s book, Breathe in the Sky, Breathe in the Sun will be published in 2020.  Knowing trees are the lungs of the planet, Laurie is impassioned with preserving rainforests and planting trees. She and her husband, George, (although currently based in Kiev, Ukraine) maintain a small reforestation project on Lake Atitlan. 

Price: $2,400 with $500 non-refundable deposit (In case of unforeseen emergencies $250 may be applied to other trainings)
(Scholarship discounts may be available)

Please inquire about an optional add-on to Antigua and Tikal Feb 1-5

For further information and to register contact Laurie at

What’s included:

  • All practices, teachings, routines and the “Power of Breath” comprehensive teaching manual
  • Gentle and Vigorous Yoga, “The Five Tibetans” and “The Lotus Practice”
  • One personal session for individual consultation
  • Completion certificate
  • Double accommodations (triple accommodations may be available for a discount & super-luxury accommodations for an extra fee)
  • Transportation to and from GUA
  • 3 Scrumptiously delicious vegetarian meals a day (fish or chicken may be requested for an additional fee)
  • Sacred Mayan rituals
  • Hiking
  • Special connections with locals
  • Serendipitous surprises
  • One lake excursion
  • All taxes and tips
  • Unlimited tea and water
Not included:
  • Round trip airfare to GUA
  • Specialty drinks or snacks
  • Spa services
  • Internet
  • Shopping 
“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” – Jim Rohn
FORWARD… Message from Laurie:

Welcome to a training that will change your lives.  And also help you to help others change and improve their lives.  Why do I say this?  BREATH IS LIFE! When you transform your breath, you transform you life: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Over the years I have continued to be so impassioned by how the breath —awareness of the breath and breath practices —  have transformed my own life and hundreds of thousands of others all over the globe.  I surmise that you are in this training because you have similar feelings and you desire to be part of an outreach to millions.  Everywhere, people in all walks of life are hungry for this knowledge that used to be kept secret and now is accessible.  There is a modern science of breath that is substantiating the ancient science of breath by exploring and validating the vast healing potential of our human respiratory system.  Our aim is to educate about this science and teach a way to breathe and be that will cultivate greater peace, harmony, health and wellbeing for everyone.

Regardless of our race, religion, age, gender, politics, strength or flexibility, we all breathe. What is so ideal is that we are breathing all the time.  So just by learning to become aware of our breathing and to breathe in a more optimal way we expand our capacity for life-force to flow more freely in our bodies.  We gain more energy, vitality, passion, courage, patience, focus and peace.  We become more lighthearted and laugh easier.  Thus we enhance and empower our lives.  We take this out into our relationships, our work places and into the world at large.

thumbnail_457_Standing_Bow_Pulling_crp_scWhat we do with our breath can seem so insignificant but actually its significance is monumental.  As in the microcosm so in the macrocosm; it is inner peace that leads to outer peace.  Ultimately being at peace, in our minds and with one another is the most important state we can achieve as individuals and as a race – the Human Race.  We leave the “rat race” behind.

In a sense you are embarking on a journey and an adventure.  This training will offer you the tools to travel deeper within yourself and to then accompany and aid others to experience their own journeys and adventures.  What is the destination?  An ever deepening awareness, of who we are as human beings; as individuals and as a collective; empowered and connected – consciously creating peace and wellbeing for ourselves, and others.  We are “breathing the change” we wish to see in the world.

With heartfelt gratitude for your collaboration,



I have expanded my understanding of breath and I will be forever changed  – retreatP1090790

You are magical.  Our trip was so amazing – again! – and filled with such special experiences each and every day…… I am already using Heart Breath with preschoolers, adults and Seniors.  I can’t thank you enough for everything – Retreat

You are a gifted and passionate speaker with such valuable information to share. This was the best-attended training we’ve had. Corporate workshop

I am grateful beyond words for your work with us.  You covered an amazing amount of territory, so I applaud your courage and strength.  I feel today that  a large amount of density lifted physically, mentally and emotionally.   And that process will continue for awhile.  You are a gifted facilitator for deep transformational change.  – Workshop 

The Love I experienced was beautiful.  The Love I felt for every soul present was incredible.  The Love continues, always. – Retreat

I am beginning to realize how important the breath is to a healthy, radiant life – thank you once again. Workshop

“One of the most moving experiences I have ever had!”  Retreat

“I have taken many workshops over the years, but experiencing Laurie’s breathworkshop was THE VERY best! Workshop

Laurie was so inspirational!  From the embodiment of her ‘being’ and philosophy of her practice, I learned of a deep, spiritual respect for the art of breathing correctly and how it benefits both the body and soul. Workshop

Her presentation style is with grace, peacefulness and humor. I have never experienced anything like her before. Workshop

After the class I headed to the Boundary Waters with 15 women on a canoe trip and with great enthusiasm I shared the breathwork practices that I learned. After a long portage we again stood quietly, connected ourselves to a tree and the ground and did breathwork together.  I am anxious for Laurie to return this Fall so I can share her workshop with all my camping friends. Workshop

Laurie Thank you for a “slice of heaven”!  Retreat

I appreciate my new “tools” and the adventurous experiences.

I feel expanded and more connected with all!

Thanks again …Shine on….Laugh it Off!   SM Retreat

What a marvelous afternoon.  You are an amazing and inspirational teacher.  I learned so much at your workshop and was so happy I came.  You far exceeded my expectations.  You taught in such a way that I remembered just about everything you said, and that is unusual for me.  Your handouts are great and very helpful.  I would highly recommend this to everyone. Workshop

Laurie’s breath workshop was one of the most profound experiences of my life. I have been a student of the spiritual all of my life and have explored many avenues in my quest. Laurie’s workshop was one of the most profound consciousness raising experiences I have had. When I saw her demonstrate the incredible physical expansion of her belly during the breathing, it was clear that she had something undeniably unique to offer. Workshop

While I only planned to attend the morning workshop, I was so inspired with her teachings that I stayed for the full day. It was the second half of the workshop that totally blew the top off for me. It was through her fun-loving and open-hearted approach to the breath work and an outdoor nature meditation walk that she opened me into the consciousness from which she was teaching. —  I plan to take a refresher workshop in the near future.  I have been in the healthcare field for decades and appreciate the incredible scope of her knowledge and teachings.” Workshop

Testimonial from NESA Educational Conference in Athens:
The Breath workshop exceeded my expectation in so many ways and I wanted to share some feedback about this with you using a basic framework that we use for IB lesson planning and delivery.  The framework is called KUD – as in Knowledge, Understanding and Doing (Skills).


I found the depth of your knowledge about biology, physiology, human anatomy, and logic, enticing and fascinating.  Your theoretical and technical knowledge of the human body was used most effectively to supplement your anecdotal, and often funny, background in breathing and yoga.


From the start of the workshop, you incorporated practice and demonstration into our learning as participants.  Rather than talk only, you preferred to demonstrate, and encouraged us to experience the impact/effects of proper breathing techniques on our daily lives.  This method of delivery allowed us to embed the practices into our lives in a seamless manner.  Your experiential approach enabled me to overcome my own inhibitions about breathing incorrectly and in front of others.


What was apparent from the opening activity of the workshop, was your deep understanding of the many ways in which breathing techniques were transferable to participants.  As we practiced the techniques and the skills, our understanding deepened.  Through the fusion of real world applications (your stories) and your ethnographic research (your life experiences), we were able to appreciate your passion and your authentic approach to the mantra of “breath is life”.

Thank you Laurie for your energy and your compassion, and for teaching us that breath is not only life but that it is also empathy.

Dwane Harris

Associate Principal Secondary