The Power of Awareness: A Journey Through Breathing

Every year or two I get a cold which turns into a cough which turns into bronchitis.  Until it hurts to breathe, I don’t pay much attention to my breathing on a day to day basis.  Same is true for most people …  Unless it affects our quality of life, we take breathing for granted.  Yet we do it– inhale and exhale—20,000 or so times a day. I found that figure astonishing when I first read about it.  Is there anything else we do that frequently, ever? …Approximately 70 percent of our body’s waste is excreted through our lungs, breathing affects all sorts of physical conditions from Renaud’s disease to blood pressure and breathing expands inner awareness to the point where it becomes a form of psychotherapy. Read more about the power of our breath in The Power of Awareness – A Journey Through Breathing in Sibyl Magazine May edition.


Body and Breath: Two Gateways to Healing

Two of the most powerful and effective tools of healing are the ones the client brings to the therapy session themselves:  their body and their breath…Two modalities that put the body or the breath as an equal partner with the emotions and the mind are Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Rebirthing Psychotherapy (breathwork).  Read about how body awareness and breathing can transform therapy sessions and help people move through difficulties quickly and safely.  Body and Breath:  Two Gateways to Healing by Catherine Dowling and Brenda Doherty in Inside Out, the journal of the Irish Association for Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy.

Rebirthing: Breathwork For Transformation


Yoga Therapy Ireland Issue 52

Yoga Therapy Ireland Issue 52

Article on breathwork for personal development published in Yoga Therapy Ireland.  Scroll down to page 12.  Rebirthing:  Breathwork for Transformation in Yoga Therapy Ireland

Rebirthing: Psychotherapy Through Breathing

Printed on the website of the International Breathwork Foundation

It’s something we all do! In fact we do it up to 20,000 times a day, waking or sleeping, from the moment of our birth until the moment of our death. It nourishes every cell in our body and at the same time it also very efficiently and unobtrusively removes 70% of the toxins those cells produce. It is the most essential of all bodily functions. We credit it with our physical survival and doctors are beginning to connect it with the subtler aspects of our physical health and well-being, but breathing as a form of psychotherapy is a concept still alien to most western minds.

This has not been the case in other cultures. In India and China breathing practices have been used for thousands of years to promote physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Breathing as therapy is as old as Chinese and Aurvedic medicine of not older, and has always been a vital ingredient in the practice of yoga. Rebirthing is a form of breathwork that has its roots in these ancient traditions, but the technique itself was discovered in the USA in the late 1960’s by Leonard Orr. Like many people at that time, Orr was experimenting with various ways of altering his state of consciousness. He discovered that changing his pattern of breathing could bring about such altered states, and as his first experience in this breathwork induced state was to remember his birth, he called the technique rebirthing. Read more

Rebirthing: The Micro and Macro Levels of Integration

Printed in:

The Healing Breath: A Journal of Breathwork Practice, Psychology and Spirituality, Vol.6, No. 1.

Inside Out: The Journal of the Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy Association



Rebirthing breathwork provides an experience of profound integration on the ‘micro’ level (i.e. within the client, the psychological, physical, spiritual and emotional are affected as one) and on the ‘macro’ level (it combines with approaches from almost any other school of psychotherapy). I will discuss both levels of integration showing the relationship between rebirthing and other psychotherapeutic approaches as it occurs in practice.


The form of psychotherapy I practice is Rebirthing. The name Rebirthing can be misleading because it implies a sole focus on the re-experiencing of birth and is often associated with forms of regression therapy that bear the same name. Rebirthing, in the context of this article, is a deep breathing technique, a form of breathwork. When I use the word Rebirthing in this paper, I am referring to this technique and not to a process of re-experiencing birth, although this can and does happen during Rebirthing. Read more

Rebirthing and Domestic Abuse

Printed in The Healing Breath: A Journal of Breathwork Practice, Psychology and Spirituality, Vol.1, No. 3.


Between 18% and 25% of relationships are abusive1 and the vast majority of this abuse is perpetrated by men against women. This does not mean that women are incapable of this kind of behavior. Women do abuse men and the rate of abuse is the same in lesbian relationships as it is in heterosexual relationships. Women also abuse children. But the way society is structured today, the fact remains that the majority of domestic abuse is by men against women. This is why, throughout this paper, I will be referring to women as the recipients and men as the perpetrators.

All my domestic abuse clients have been women. I’ve worked extensively in various settings with those women. I’ve also worked in rebirthing with the adult children of abusive relationships. But because the subject of adult children is so large and because I’ve never worked with abusers, this paper will be confined to suggestions for rebirthing the female recipients of domestic abuse. Read more