Clarity Breathwork uses breath as a powerful medicine, which releases the trapped trauma energy and psychic pain that is stored in your body - without having to talk or think much about it.
Every private appointment is initially 2 hours, then follow up sessions are about 1 1/2 to 2 hours - depending on each person's unique experience.Learn More
Small, intimate group Clarity Breathwork workshops and weekend retreats are another wonderful way to experience this powerful healing modality.Learn More
What People Are Saying About Clarity Breathwork...
"The breathwork was blissful and so relaxing. I felt very emotional and felt some of the heaviness come off my back and neck through the experience. You are so kind and inspire me with your passion for what you do." - Jeremy B
Upcoming Events TBA & You Can Create Your Own
Group Introduction to 'Clarity Breathwork and the Healing Power of Breath' workshops and Retreats can include the Femme! Experience of healing emotion in motion, yoga and other luscious transformational activities.
PRIVATE 'REBIRTH YOURSELF' SESSIONS: Private sessions are my VIP packages. They enable me to be with you every breath and step of the way - you will have 100 % of my full attention. Every private appointment is initially 2 hours, then follow up sessions are about 1 1/2 to 2 hours - depending on each person's unique experience. The initial session we review and discuss your intake form, which combines a deep exploration of your past and current life situations, areas of difficulty and hardships - questions will include what you know about your birth, your childhood and teen-age years, family patterns and issues that impact you, important relationship issues, and how they may be impacting your life. This is followed by a personally guided and supported bodily experience, initiated by conscious, full, circular and continuous breathing for approximately an hour - often with an intention or focus on what you want to change, release or heal from, and encouragement to stay present and allow for sensations to occur. The inhalation is full and enthusiastic into the upper chest and heart space, while the exhalation is automatic, relaxed and releasing, not controlled. Music and gentle supportive touch may be used to enhance your healing. An hour of breathing in this way is followed by a period of sharing, and reflection, helpful suggestions. Suggestions can include a take home practice which is intended to enhance the process of self discovery and healing, and support you in integrating back into your daily life. The subsequent sessions tend to be shorter as we only need to talk about how you are doing and feeling, since the last session and get right to the breathwork; depending on the extent of pain and trauma you have experienced, your actual time doing and integrating the breathwork may take longer. I want to allow the body do what it needs to do to heal and not interfere with this incredible process while it takes its course.
As a midwife I help people birth; I have an understanding of how exquisitely sensitive fetuses, newborns, babies and children are, and how their experience of their world can impact their adult lives. I trust the wisdom of the birthing process and the body's incredible capacity to heal. I am also skilled at supporting people at the most vulnerable, intense, transformative times of their lives, and empowering people to climb mountains that feel too big to climb. I witness miracles daily. As a Clarity Breathwork practitioner, I help people rebirth themselves. I am a professionally certified Clarity Breathwork facilitator, who guides your breathing and experience to enable your own transformational healing process to occur, within a safe, supported, loving, non - judgemental space. I am trained to support you through processing the various thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations you may encounter during the session. We will work together to help you recognize and connect complicated issues and patterns in your life to their earliest roots, your subconscious and your sympathetic nervous system's reactions to trauma. My knowledge and skills as a yoga practitioner and teacher enable me to enhance your session. I embrace a holistic deep perspective of human beings, in which I see the mind, body, heart and spirit as intricately connected, I respect the power of energy within you and the need for it to flow freely for your health and well-being, and I trust your body's wisdom and ability to heal. Simple relaxation and mindfulness techniques and gentle hands on assistance will be used to support your journey.
A minimum of a series of 10 PRIVATE REBIRTH YOURSELF sessions is recommended. This is called the Rebirth Yourself VIP Package. Sessions are usually weekly or every other week. Sessions can be further apart if needed, but frequent and regular sessions are ideal. The purpose of committing to a series of 10 sessions is to build a relationship of trust and to delve deeply into the process long enough to experience the most beneficial, richest results. It is possible to try one session before committing to 10, but know the commitment to yourself and the series of regular sessions brings results that are the most long term and life transforming. Should you decide to then go for the package, the cost of the first session can be credited towards cost of program. The sessions can take place in my yoga and breathwork studio in Nyack NY; but powerful sessions can be done in water supported on your back, or face down, using nose plugs and a snorkel in a tub, in the calm waters of nature, or in a beautiful soothing place outdoors where you can feel private, safe, and uninhibited. There is also a virtual option as well.
GROUP 'REBIRTH YOURSELF' SESSIONS: Small, intimate group Clarity Breathwork workshops and weekend retreats are another wonderful way to experience this powerful healing modality. While they do not replace the private sessions, there is an incredible power and energy unique to doing the breathwork and associated exercises, in community; and you can still benefit from CB's tremendously rich experiences. My own most profound healing was in group Breathwork workshops, supplemented by private sessions.
Group sessions are facilitated by me, and my trained assistants as needed, depending on group size. They are about 3 hours or a bit longer depending on the needs of people in the group, and also include The full healing Femme! Experience with live African drumming, to freely express and move emotions, and create joy; there are other delicious experiential activities as well, to enhance personal growth, vitality and real connection to yourself and others. Group workshops are powerful not only for your own transformation, but also to connect more deeply with others in community. Together we journey to explore and return to ourselves, experience profound healing, and pure elation - while also being held by one another is a sacred safe space. You will leave with effective, inspiring and uplifting tools to take home and incorporate into your daily life to support your journey. You can try one session, but a commitment to a series of regular sessions in a group package is recommended, to experience the full benefits of these incredible healing modalities.
While groups do not include the initial one-on-one discussion, and you do not get the same individualized, undivided attention and coaching guidance as you would during a private session, there is authentic group sharing, nurturing touch and wonderful opportunities for connection, and you do get some support during the breathwork experience by me and my team, as well as the supportive energy of the group itself. It is truly an amazing experience, like no other.
Group online and local sessions occur regularly virtually and live. The virtual group meets 2 hours weekly at various schedules depending on your assigned group. Feel free to try one, but a commitment to the Rebirth Yourself Group Package of 10 sessions is recommended, to experience the full benefits. Location is Nyack NY, at a local studio or wellness center, depending on group size. Fill out form below to inquire about scheduling and registration.
I do home visits for both private and group REBIRTH YOURSELF sessions, but there is an additional fee for travel, plus parking (for example in NYC); the travel fee is waived for all if you refer others who register for sessions in your area or location on the same day in succession, or together in a group.
What is The Femme! Experience:
Femme! is an experience not to be missed! It allows you to explore movement for self-expression, healing and empowerment; it allows you to experience your body with pleasure, free from judgement, and honors the sexy soulfulness of the human spirit.
It takes you on a luscious, invigorating and restorative journey through movement, and is for both women and men.
It is a passionate fusion of dance, sensual motion, meditation and celebration of our emotional being, designed by Dance, Health & Fitness Expert, Bernadette Pleasant. Using a variety of movement and musical styles including live African drumming, Femme! interweaves the influences of Free Dance, Healing and Sensual Arts into a multisensory experience that expresses the entire body.
It creates sacred, safe space for all to feel more alive and live fully as human beings; to move in innocent sensual ways, to explore and release emotions, to transform or release self-limiting false beliefs, and to unapologetically be your unique self and love your body just as it is!
It invites you to reclaim your power and to boldly display that power as you move freely and fabulously throughout the world; it entices you to radiate your magnificence through your entire being, in every aspect of your life - in full connection to yourself and the Divine.
What is Clarity Breathwork?
According to International Breathwork Foundation "breathwork is a dynamic body-mind practice using conscious connected breathing techniques for inner peace, enhanced well-being and personal transformation. Breathing, beyond the basic need for survival, acts as a bridge between spirit, mind, and body; between the conscious and the subconscious. “Conscious breathing is one of the quickest ways to open the heart and energize the body. When used in specific ways, breathing allows us to release and resolve emotions, belief systems, stresses and memories which are often inaccessible through the more conventional talking therapies."
Clarity Breathwork, previously known as Rebirthing, is a safe, easily accessible and all natural, but powerfully effective process of healing, growth and transformation that is not usually achieved with traditional therapy and modalities that only involve the logical mind. CB enables you to tap into your body's tremendous capacity to rebalance and heal. It increases oxygen and energy flow in the body, helps gently release toxins, negative thoughts, inner tension and stress, suppressed wounds, painful emotions and trapped trauma within you. It leads to greater clarity, a deeper sense of knowing and profound insights into your core life's issues. This work, and its life coaching aspects, can also bring awareness to habitual dysfunctional subconscious beliefs, repetitive patterns and conditioning, as well as remove blocks and a sense of feeling stuck, that limit you from living the life you want. It allows for spontaneous completion and resolution, invites you to develop the courage to cultivate acceptance, understanding, reconciliation and even gratitude for past hurts. It enhances love, compassion, and forgiveness of yourself and others, and inspires you to take responsibility for your life, embrace what is, and let go of trying to control what cannot be controlled. What is amazing is how it can bring consciousness to your subconscious - which dictates much of your bodily functions, emotional responses and behavior. CB can even connect you to the spiritual realm within and around you, to reveal the true magnificence of who you are and heal a mistaken sense of separation from these essential components of life. The process creates an incredible feeling of relief, aliveness, enhanced well-being, and joy. Wonderful inner change creates outer changes in your well-being, your life, your direction and sense of purpose, and your relationships.
How Does Clarity Breathwork Work?
In everyday life, most of us are using only about 20-30 % of our lung capacity. Breath is what gives us life, needed fuel, energy and oxygen; exhaling is the most effective natural detoxification. Clarity Breathwork invites you to breathe at 100 % of your lung's capacity, which enables your cells to get get fully oxygenated and energized, as well as release toxins, so that your entire body can work better and operate more efficiently. Breathwork literally empowers the body to reset, recalibrate, rebalance and heal itself. Breath is also intricately involved in our emotional responses. When we are relaxed, we breathe more slowly and deeply. When we encounter a stressor, our bodies are hard wired to go into the fight or flight stress response. Sometimes this can be lifesaving. But if there is no imminent danger, we still experience all the symptoms and effects of the stress hormones which become harmful over time, and often we are without the ability to fully process it all - especially if the stress is chronic or severe; we momentarily hold our breath, then breathe more rapidly and shallow, and the unprocessed emotions felt at the time get subconsciously repressed, and stored as trapped energy within the body, without our knowing. Many people in the modern world operate almost continuously in the fight or fight mode even though there is no actual danger from which to flee, wrecking havoc with their health. All animals shake off trauma energy, after they escape a threat, and return to their normal relaxed state of being - they move on without being impacted by the trauma experience; the energy of the trauma is not suppressed, it does not build up and cause dis-ease as it does in humans. Humans tend to walk around carrying baggage of past wounds, hurts, pains and traumas. Clarity Breathwork puts the breather in a semiconscious state, so the body naturally releases this baggage of past trauma energy, and when it is released we feel better emotionally as well as physically; we are in a more optimal state of health and well-being. It is incredible to feel and to witness the immense relief that follows.
Around the world in many cultures and religions, breath is associated with spirit, the G-d of your own understanding, the infinite and eternal - from all biblical religions where G-d is described as breathing life into the first human, to the yogic traditions describing prana (breath) as spiritual life force. Clarity Breathwork has no association with any religion or spiritual dogma, but it sure has spiritual benefits; it enables us to explore, feel deeper into, and connect to the essence of who we are, that which is sublime and so very there, but not directly discernible through our five senses. Clarity Breathwork can lead to transcendental and divine mystical experiences. If you are literally taking in all this breath, inhaling the spiritual life force fully into your being, especially with the intention to heal, the healing that takes place is all the more profound; this not only makes this modality even more compelling, but also it provides such an incredible tool, that you can access at your own will.
What is the History of Clarity Breathwork?
Breath and different types of breathing have been used around the globe in many cultures for thousands of years, to access higher states of consciousness for transformation and healing. For example, in the East, many different yogic breathing techniques such as Pranayama emphasized the importance of conscious breathing to achieve a variety of desired results for optimal well-being along journey to enlightenment.
Clarity Breathwork evolved out of ancient practices, as well as Rebirthing, founded by Leonard Orr in the 1970’s and taught worldwide by both Leonard Orr and Sondra Ray. In 1999, the founders of Clarity Breathwork decided to differentiate their work from Rebirthing, and call it Clarity Breathwork. They did this for several reasons. They found the term “Rebirthing” limiting in its implication that the purpose of this work was solely to address re-experiencing and healing our own birth trauma. Although they acknowledge all aspects of birth, which includes womb time, conception and delivery to be very powerful, they also wanted the name of their work to encompass the much wider range of issues that can emerge through practicing conscious, connected breathing. These may stem from later wounds and trauma, childhood, teen-aged years, schooling and education, livelihood and money, family, sexuality, relationships, religion, societal conditioning, emotional energy and behavior patterns passed down from family and its ancestry, death and dying, and so on. They also wanted to embrace and meet the impermanent nature of physical reality, as well as the eternal reality of spirit. Their focus is more on learning to be more fully alive and present in our current lives moment by moment. Facilitating Clarity Breathwork, like midwifery, includes both art and science, as well as wisdom from experience and training in other complimentary healing modalities from the East and the West.
Clarity Breathwork is the most empowering, transformative experience I’ve ever been through in my entire life.
In dealing with my personal experiences of childhood and teenage abuse, severe stress, emotional pain, physical pain, tragedy, and birth trauma, unconsciously over the years it became habitual to repress and bury my experiences and feelings. It finally started to catch up with me. I felt something was very wrong. I tried various types of therapy and so many different holistic modalities to heal like herbs, supplements, osteopathy, homeopathy, hypnotherapy, acupuncture, reiki, and more. Although these things were helpful, none worked permanently or completely.
I knew I was carrying around this awful emotional stuff in my body; but I didn’t have access to it and I wanted it out. Talk therapy never helped me; it made me feel worse. I found Clarity Breathwork by 'accident' - I overheard someone talking about the profound healing experience she had with it during a yoga retreat. I made an appointment that changed my life. My sessions of breathwork led to the complete relief and healing I'd been searching for. I found gold and I had to share it. I took extensive training to become a practitioner myself, so that I could help guide others through it. I attended and assisted at many group retreats, workshops and certifications; this enabled me to develop skills at facilitation of group as well as private sessions, using a variety of complimentary healing modalities.
If you’ve experienced intense stress, emotional pain or any type of trauma, this modality is a must - it represents true hope. Clarity Breathwork uses breath as a powerful medicine, which releases the trapped trauma energy and psychic pain that is stored in your body - without having to talk or think much about it.
This form of Breathwork is such an effective healing tool to compliment my practice as a certified nurse midwife. I guide women to birth their babies into the world and themselves as moms. I also guide people to birth themselves as healthy and whole human beings capable of immense joy and inner peace. With over two decades experience of guiding families through the most intense and challenging moments of their lives, I use my wisdom and intuitive understanding to meet each person's unique needs; I am fully comfortable holding safe, loving space to guide you through whatever issues or experiences arise, and will be at your side, responding to your breath every step of the way.
Is This You...
- You have physical or emotional symptoms that modern medicine and other modalities cannot diagnose or heal
- You experienced trauma, emotional pain and/or stress that impacts your life today
- You feel stuck in your life, or have emotional blocks, habitual thoughts or behaviors that are limiting you
- Increased energy and vitality (to feel like yourself again- or even better!)
- Healthy, holistic and natural ways to reduce stress in a way that lasts
- More ease, flow and joy in your life and relationships
Clarity Breathwork resets your nervous system stuck in overdrive or trauma of any kind. It shakes up and releases trapped trauma and pain in the body, catalyzing permanent deep healing - a modality that is easier, simpler, quicker, and more effective than other methods out there. I am in awe of it every time. It empowers the body to heal itself physically and emotionally, and connects you to the less tangible more spiritual aspects of who we are. Over a series of sessions I will guide you how to release and heal from inner stress, current or repressed emotional pain, and trauma. I will guide you to remove what feels like immovable blocks that stand in your way to living the life you want. It can seem impossible to recover from traumatic or emotional events - all of which cause so much suffering, dis-ease and illness, as well as harm lives, and relationships. But it can be done - this is the most powerful healing method I have ever experienced and witnessed.
PRIVATE REBIRTH YOURSELF SESSIONS (in person or Skype)
- VIP Rebirth Yourself 1:1 package of 10 private sessions.
- A package of 5 1:1 private sessions, although 10 sessions are recommended for optimal results.
- A single 1:1 two hour Breathwork session, credited to usual cost of package if you decide to buy a Rebirth Yourself Package.
VIRTUAL GROUP REBIRTH YOURSELF - 10 Two hour sessions.
LIVE GROUP REBIRTH YOURSELF - 5 (ideally 10) Two and a half hour sessions.
INTRODUCTORY LIVE REBIRTH YOURSELF - 1 three hour workshop.
SPECIAL WEEKEND RETREATS
Given the demand for Breathwork Sessions, full payment is charged per my cancelation policy, if appointments are canceled within 48 business day hours of your appointment - unless there is an emergency.
If you are interested in the upcoming seasonal retreats, online private, group local or virtual packages let me know! For scheduling VIP private or group REBIRTH YOURSELF Packages, please submit payment by clicking the button below, and fill out form below for inquiry of dates and availability. Registration must be in advance due to limited space and intimate nature of the group.
Stay tuned for more upcoming virtual and local private and group Rebirth Yourself Programs! Contact us to get on our list and find out about these and other programs!
FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY!!
SPECIAL REDUCED PRICE LOCAL GROUP EVENTS: A Monthly Evening of Clarity Breathwork, Transformational Femme! Dance and Community
Join us for a special, experiential, and provocative workshop of incredible healing, deep connection, great fun and celebration! There will be opportunity to share, dance and experience guided meditation and breathwork, followed by integration, inspiration and more sharing - all within a loving supportive environment.
Clarity Breathwork invites you to access your own inner healing and wisdom. It empowers the body to heal and reset back to optimum health. It enables you to safely feel all emotions fully, then permanently liberate old wounds, past traumas, emotional pain, and inner stress trapped in your body. It leaves you with an incredible sense of long lasting well-being.
Learn how to embody and express yourself without words, a mirror or judgement, process and move emotion, create joy, enhance your vitality, let your playful self free, and turn on vibrantly ... using natural, intuitive freestyle movement and evocative music that touches the soul.
The group workshop is offered monthly. Regular attendance is encouraged to get the most benefits. Space is limited, registration is required. Group sessions are facilitated by me, and my trained assistants as needed. Location is currently in Nyack, NY but may change depending on group size; if so, you will be notified via the email you provide. We also travel and conduct group sessions in your space. Email to arrange.
All you need is an open mind and heart, a willingness to connect with yourself and others, to desire to let go of limiting inhibitions and set yourself free, an interest in exploring the infinite possibilities of transformation and creating a life you love.
A package of at least 5 (ideally 10) is recommended for optimal results. If you want to try a single session, it will be credited to your group package if you decide to purchase it. You can inquire and register by filling out the form just above this text. There are no refunds for no shows, but credit can be applied to another session.
Looking forward to a wonderful journey together!!