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What is Breathwork with Dominiece Clifton

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This episode of the Quit Playing Small Podcast is brought to you by I quit playing, where you can get your copy of a quit playing small companion book to this pod. It's filled with daily inspiration you didn't know. You needed Hello, most awesome one. I'm Ahyiana Angel, and you are listening to the Quit Playing Small podcast.

Your space for inspired thinking, encouragement, and goodness. I hope you are doing and feeling well today. Let's get into our topic. On this episode, we'll be joined by Dominique Clifton, the founder of Move and Still she's a certified yoga instructor, nutrition and wellness coach Anne. She's also the host of the School of Healing podcast.

In addition, Dom is a certified trauma informed breath work and meditation facilitator, and today she's gonna give us more insight on the wellness practice called Breath. I am really grateful for you all to have this opportunity to hear from Dom and for me to have the opportunity to speak with her about her work and for you to learn more about the practice of breath work.

If you recall in a previous episode, Dom is the practitioner that I mentioned in the Breathe Into It episode where I shared my experience with breath work. I wanna start with the basics. So let's get a general understanding of what breath work

actually is. So the easiest way that I can describe breath work is that right now as we're having this conversation, the two of us are breathing automatically.

It's something that we never have to think about. Our bodies just, we just, they just do it. And that's really beautiful. Breath work is the act of conscious breathing. So breath work is participating in a conscious breathing pattern. So you're focused on how you're inhaling and how. Inhaling. There are many different patterns that you can participate in, or it can be as simple as taking your breath in through the nose and out through the mouth and just like allowing your nervous system to calm down the benefits of breath work.

A few of them are that it calms the, the nervous system, so if you're feeling triggered, stress, you know, anxious, any of those. Things, it can help to deregulate the nervous system. It is also really helpful for releasing, uh, stress and trauma that you might be holding onto the body. And one of the most beautiful things that I love about breath work is that it helps you to tap into your intuition more.

So sometimes it can be really challenging to hear from our, you know, whatever you call your soul, your inner being, your higher self self. But breath work is like quieting the mind, all the mental chatter that we're used to and letting you drop into your. And you can hear the answers a lot more clearly, as Dom is

breaking everything down for me, I get curious and ask Dom about body-centered

approaches to healing.

So a lot of times when we think about healing, when we think about mental health, when we think about any of those conversations, we are only thinking about it from a cognitive or a talk. Which is great. Like many of us now, especially millennials, everybody has a therapist. But typically in the Western world, we only think about healing from, again, the mental left side of the brain.

So, Trauma is actually stored in the right part of our brain and we don't approach and tap into that trauma by just having conversations about it. It can be helpful to talk to your therapist and, you know, kind of relive what happened and make sense of the things that happened to you. But you're just talking through it.

You're not releasing it. In order to release the storage, stress, trauma, memories, you have to tap into the, the right part of the brain and allow yourself to release those memories so you know those, those visceral experiences that your body is holding onto. So the whole point of my work is educating people, number one on that, cuz many of us don't know that and we think that.

Just by going to therapy, we are doing the work and yes, we are doing the work, but there's a whole component of it that we're leaving out of the conversation or leaving out of the picture, which is the body. So somatic or body-centered approaches is like bringing the body to the table as well, and there are many different ways that we can do that.

Breath work, just being one of them. Meditation is another beautiful way. Doing like physical activity is another way, but it's important for us to move our bodies and allow ourselves to move energy that the body is holding on to release the stress and trauma. What's coming

up in conversation a lot more for people now is that meditation doesn't have to mean you sitting still.

What are your thoughts on that and how has that been showing up in your

space? I think that people have to start with where they are. So if you are new to meditation and you have never. Sad, or you're just starting to sit and hold space to meditate. It's gonna be hard nine times outta 10 because you're not used to doing it.

And your mind is so used to going all the time that the idea of sitting still and not thinking and not doing anything. For some people it's really, really challenging and it can be frightening as well. And then you feel like, oh, I'm not doing this right, like I'm not gonna keep doing this. I want people to understand that number one, meditation is not necessarily about quieting the mind.

Meditation is about holding space for wherever you are in that. Some days I sit down and meditate and my mind is going, and it's going and it's going, and it's just being with where you are and letting yourself just be right without feeling guilty because you haven't done it right. However, You can move the body, so you can do walking meditation, you can do yoga.

That's also a sort of meditative practice. You can move the body if that's comfortable. So if sitting is uncomfortable for you in the beginning especially, you can move the body and like bring the body into the meditative practice going on a walk. And nature's really great being outside in the sun.

Again, doing yoga is a really helpful practice. And also know that just the same way when you start out at the gym, if you've never gone to the gym or maybe you're restarting your health journey. The first day or the first week or the first month that you go, it's gonna be hard cuz you haven't done it before.

And you gotta build those muscles. So lifting it might be challenging. You're gonna be sore. It's going to take you building up to a process, building that strength up in your physical body. And we have to think about training our minds that same way. So if you sit down to meditate and the first couple of times you sit down, weeks, months, whatever, your mind is constantly going.

Think about that mind muscle that now has to be the be trained because it's not used to being still. And so I always tell people, instead of sitting down and meditating for 20 or 30 minutes, if it's not something that you're familiar with, just sit down for three minutes or just sit down for five minutes.

But try to do that every day because the repetition, the habit building the habit is what really allows you to, to learn to control the mind and quiet the. .

Mm-hmm. . So with meditation that can be done solo or in a group. I know my first introduction to breath work was with you in a session. And so how do you look at introducing people to breath work?

Do you suggest that they do a guided breathwork session to get them started, or is it something that you feel like they can dive into it on their.

If you have access to being guided by someone, and I recognize that we are all at different spaces and places and financial, you know, access is different. If you have the ability to be guided by someone, especially in the beginning, it can be helpful because breath work is the act of moving energy.

And when we move energy, that can cause physical sensations in our body, but it can also cause emotional responses, um, to happen with us. And so sometimes you can move emotions and shake, shake things up a little bit and it can be uncomfortable and it can be helpful to have someone there with you holding space in case something comes up.

And not that I'm a therapist, cuz that's not my role, but I have been, as a certified breath work facilitator, I have been trained in the act of holding space for other people. And so even if it's just like something comes up and it triggers you and you begin to. Freak out about it, or, you know, you're scared because it's a memory that maybe you've buried and you haven't thought about.

I am trained in how to like, help you to calm the nervous system and bring you down from that. And then the next step would be, hey, if something came up that was really uncomfortable, maybe you should see, talk to your therapist about this, or talk to a, a trusted family member or friend about this or, you know, so, so you don't have to be guided by someone, but it's always helpful.

To have someone to hold space for you in that capacity. But on the same token, you can do breath work just to help. Like if you're feeling stressed or overwhelmed, maybe your boss says something to you at work and you wanna go off and you're like, I need to calm down right before you know, you jump into a meeting or something and you can do two or three minutes of breath work.

Now, obviously that doesn't have to be guided. You can do that on your own. So I would say it's helpful to have someone to hold space for you, but breath work can also be such a beautiful practice that you can just do on your own to help regulate your body and your. If you don't have that one-on-one or small group ability, how can we take our

power back through breathing?

Many of us have been trained to give our power away, and that looks like external validation. So we seek external validation from the people outside of us who, when we were young as children, it started out with our parents and we wanted to please them and make them happy. And then we started school and it became our teachers and our peers around us.

And then we got older and it became our friends as teenagers. And then, you know, Get older and it becomes our partners or whomever, our coworkers, our boss, like we are constantly taught to seek answers, to seek approval, to seek, uh, praise from the outside world. And we are not taught to go inward and lean on ourselves and to find the answers that we need internally.

And as cliche as it sounds, we really do have everything we need inside of us. It's about remembering that truth and allowing yourself to tap into your intuition, and then trusting that when it comes up. Because if you have not been used to hearing from that voice, when you first start to tune back into that voice, it can be confusing or misleading, or maybe the mind is like challenging you, which happens with me a lot.

Uh, a nudge from my heart and my mind is like, hold on, that doesn't make sense. Like, we don't have the money to do that. You shouldn't do that. And then like, you're confused. So there's a process of learning to trust that voice, but you take back your power by tuning inward because you're, you're inner being soul, whatever you wanna call it.

It has like the blueprint for this lifetime. And many of us, like we have just. So far off maybe from what we were supposed to be doing. And we have like a, a feeling of not being in alignment and things feeling off and not feeling happy, but we just keep going right? With the autopilot and ignoring that.

And so for me, I will say that breath work has been beautiful because it has allowed me to trust myself and to tune into my intuition for guidance. And not that I don. Seek guidance externally, cuz sometimes a mentor or a therapist or coach, you know, those sorts of people can be helpful. But I am learning to trust myself first before I trust anyone else, before I seek answers from anyone else.

And that's a relationship like any other that is built over time. But you take back your power by building that relationship and learning to trust. So when you get those nudges and your intuition says, do this, or go that way, or let this go, or that person's not good for you, or This job is not good for you, like whatever it is, it's about letting yourself be guided and really trusting that voice.

And if you do that over time, you look up a year, two years, like however long, it could even be a matter of months. Your life is looking and feeling completely different because you decided to take back your power.

Ooh, Dom just shared so much goodness with us, and I don't know about you, but I'm ready to lean into more breath work.

Of course, I was not going to leave you all without a true breath work experience. Dom was kind enough. To record a mini session for us. So if you keep listening, you'll have access to that session. I don't know, I'm suggesting that maybe you get yourself in a comfortable space and maybe even pause and hold this for later if you're not really in a position to relax and to do the breath work with Dom right now.

But you know, hopefully you are in that space, and if you are, let's get into it. And thank you as always. For hanging out with me and I hope that you enjoy. For some of you, what may be your first introduction to a session of breath


Hello everyone. I'm Dominique Clifton, the founder of Move and still a certified breathwork facilitator and a yoga instructor. Thank you so much for trusting me to guide you through a quick breathwork session today. This is going to be a quick three minute breathwork practice that is focused on finding inner peace.

As a quick disclaimer, please don't practice breath work while pregnant driving or in water. Now we are going to be doing. Halo active breath today, which is breathing in through the nose

and then exhaling out from the mouth. And so it sounds like


As we breathe, I will be guiding you and you get to control the pace of the breath so you can speed the breath up and it'll be more activating in your body, or you can slow. But down, and

it will be more grounding

when you exhale from the mouth. Try to take long, slow exhales to really down regulate the nervous system.

So without further ado, go ahead and sit comfortably. You can place the feet flat on the floor. You

can place the palms on the lap and just rest your hands. Allow your body to soften.

Close the

eyes if that feels comfortable, or take a soft gaze.

And we're gonna start with taking a big breath in

through the nose

and out through the mouth,

and just continue to. At a pace that feels comfortable in your body as you breathe, know that you are safe and supported

and you are held in this moment. And sometimes life can feel overwhelming, like

there's too much to manage. Or we can be afraid because we feel like we aren't adequate to handle the things that are coming our way.


as we breathe, we are just telling our nervous

system, telling our bodies that it is safe.

So just allow yourself to inhale in peace and tranquility and exhale out any fear or anxiety that you might be feeling.

Continuing to dig deep and trust your body, letting your body release

any emotions that it is holding onto

that is no longer serving you. Again,

breathing in peace.


it. Keep going.

Just allowing yourself to settle to feel safe, to experience your emotions. And just to welcome in more peace, more calm, more trust as

you breathe.

That's it. Beautiful.

Affirming to yourself that you are safe in this moment, knowing that you are held, knowing that you are not alone on the journey

in through the nose and out through the mouth.

Again, breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth.

Taking your last few

breaths here,

calling in more inner peace.

As you inhale and as you release.


To close out, we're gonna take a hold at the

top. So take a big breath in through the nose and hold the breath at the top. Holding the breath

for as long as your body wants to hold it and releasing when you are ready

to release.

Beautiful. And once you release, just allow yourself to feel into the stillness, to feel into the piece,

you can release the breath pattern and just

breathe naturally. And just allow yourself to stay here for as long as you can in this moment of peace, in this moment of calm. Thank you and have an amazing day.

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