New Frontiers of Breathwork: Translating the Language of the Breath & Cultivating Nervous System Resilience with Ed Dangerfield

"I guide people to feel at home in their body through breathing ~ when we breathe dynamically, fully, deeply, we live the same way." – Edward Dangerfield, Nervous System Specialist

In this episode, Edward Dangerfield and I do a deep dive on a new modality of breathwork, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Facilitated Breath Repatterning ~ or FBR for short ~ will be globally recognised in 4-5 years' time and that the research that is beginning here in Bali will go on to make some significant discoveries about the connection between breathing patterns + patterns of behaviour.

As you'll hear in this conversation, what I believe is truly unique about this mode of breathwork ~ is that it is both scientific in its approach, involving the practitioner 'reading the breath' of the client, and then making facilitations that often elicit profound shifts. I'll also add that my capacity to hold myself through intense experiences and feel comfortable expressing emotions has been transformed by this work.

Since recording the initial conversation with Ed (link) I completed a 400hr training with him and the team here in Bali. But despite having literally hundreds of hours of conversations with him, I learnt so many new things myself from this conversation.

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Some of the highlights were:

πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ    Ed describes what I consider to be his superpower for paying attention to subtle cues that he's noticing and tracking in clients ~ like a real-life Sherlock Holmes ~ everything from their posture to their tone of voice and the words they choose ~ which then allows him to make generally highly accurate hypotheses about their breathing patterns and how this shows up in their lives.

🫁 He walks us through an imaginary breath translation ~ so that you as a listener will get a sense for this art of reading and interpreting the language of breath. I also loved hearing him articulate the connection between capacity for dynamic breathing and dynamic thinking ~ the very tangible effects on health and lived experience of having Maladaptive breathing patterns.

πŸš€  And finally some of his bold ideas for the broader impact that this emerging modality of FBR might have ~ running large-scale studies, working with leaders of organisations to move them from moving overachievers to high achievers & an idea to design a breathwork-specific wearable device that could enable self-guided journeys to be run safely.

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🫁 Episode Sponsor // NSM

This episode of Curious Humans is once again sponsored by Nervous System Mastery ~ and the second experimental cohort that I will be running later this year. If you are even curious enough about this work to begin listening to a podcast episode titled 'New Frontiers of Breathwork' ~ then my sense is that you would be a great fit for the upcoming cohort of Nervous System Mastery that I'll be running in the Autumn (or Fall as Americans like to say) later this year.

This is where I'm pouring the majority of my creative energy these days and I'm proud of the way it's coming together.  You can find more details about the unique curriculum here >> nsmastery.com <<
 
β€œNervous System Mastery is the most powerful thing I've ever done for personal growth. I had previously explored breathwork, meditation, therapy, and other approaches, but always felt like something was missing..." – Sam Sager, NSM Alumni

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πŸ”—  Resources & Links

πŸŽ™οΈ  Listen to my first conversation with Ed back in 2019 (link)
πŸ“š  'Nurturing Resilience' by Kathy Kain (link)
πŸ“Έ  Ed's Instagram: @edwarddangerfield
πŸ–₯️  Breathwork Bali Website (link)
πŸŽ™οΈ  Related conversation on Functional Breathwork with Conni Biesalski (link)


🌎  Recommended International Breathwork Practitioners

SF/Bay Area – Jonny Miller (link)
Bali – Multiple Practitioners (link)
London – Jamie Clements (link)
New Frontiers of Breathwork: Translating the Language of the Breath & Cultivating Nervous System Resilience with Ed Dangerfield
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