Breath~Body~Mind™ Teacher Training, Prerequisites, and Follow-up

Teacher Training New 3 Level Program

This year Breath-Body-Mind Teacher Training will provide 3 Levels. Please read below for the details of these exciting changes.

Breath-Body-Mind practices can be incorporated into many different work settings by a wide range of care providers from classroom teachers to disaster relief workers to mental health professionals and yoga therapists.

This training approach means that trainees may develop different sets of skills, depending upon their backgrounds and professional work settings. For example, Sarah, an experienced yoga teacher, is comfortable teaching yoga classes. She adds Breath-Body-Mind to the repertoire of techniques she offers her students in classes. Melanie is a PhD psychologist who works one-on-one with trauma survivors. She learns how to use breathing to reduce anxiety and other trauma-related symptoms in her patients during therapy sessions and she teaches them to use the same techniques outside of therapy to both reduce symptoms and normalize their stress response system. She may also learn about ways to use Breath-Body-Mind techniques to resolve trauma issues. However, she would not be comfortable or proficient in teaching large groups. Roger is a counselor who works with veterans. He learns how to teach Breath-Body-Mind for relief of combat-related stress to individuals as well as small groups of 10-15 veterans. Ann has taught her high school juniors Coherent Breathing. They love it, especially for stress relief before exams and standardized testing. They are begging for more breathwork. The second graders in Fiona’s class settle down with “Ragdoll” and Coherent Breathing.

Level-1 Teacher Training

Prerequisites:

  1. Completion of at least one Breath-Body-Mind Workshop
  2. Regular practice of Coherent Breathing at least 20 minutes a day at least 5 days a week (preferably 7 days). Ability to perform Coherent Breathing correctly with comfort and ease.
  3. Complete reading and study of The Healing Power of the Breath book and CD by RP Brown & PL Gerbarg (Shambhala 2012).

Description:

Level-1 Teacher Training is an intensive one-week (Sunday evening to Friday noon) program offered once a year in July or August at Kripalu Yoga Institute in Lenox Mass.

Level-1 Breath-Body-Mind Training provides the basic tools for teaching simple but powerful breathing, visualization and relaxation practices. Trainees bring their own experience and prior education in psychology, medicine, yoga, rehabilitation, and many other disciplines. We encourage trainees to creatively integrate Breath-Body-Mind techniques into their work. Graduates often share with us the fruits of this integration, reporting that Breath-Body-Mind enriches their work and brings even better results with deeper healing to their clients.

Following Level-1 Teacher Training:

We encourage Level-1 Breath-Body-Mind Teachers to continue developing their skills through practice and additional training, which can occur in several forms. It is difficult for many graduates to absorb all that is offered the first time they participate in Level-1 Teacher Training. Here are a few of the ways to learn more.

  1. Continue practicing and teaching Breath-Body-Mind leads to deeper experiences and learning.
  2. Continue attending Breath-Body-Mind workshops. Every time you attend a workshop you learn more.
  3. Volunteer to assist at Breath-Body-Mind Workshops. This gives you an opportunity to observe how Dr. Brown teaches, how participants respond, and how Dr. Gerbarg coaches. Trainees who volunteer are given one-on-one mentoring with hands-on coaching experience during workshops. This experience is invaluable for learning how to work with more challenging workshop participants.
  4. Keep track of upcoming workshops so that you do not miss opportunities to volunteer.
  5. Share your progress in adapting Breath-Body-Mind techniques in your own work settings. Tell us what you are doing with the techniques, how your clients and students are responding, what new discoveries you have made, and discuss further enhancements for your work.
  6. Develop your knowledge and skills by attending Level-2 Teacher Training or by repeating Level-1.

Level-2 Teacher Training

Prerequisites:

  1. Completion of Level-1 BBM Teacher Training.
  2. Regular practice of Coherent Breathing and other techniques for at least 20 min a day at least 5 days per week (preferably 7).
  3. Experience teaching Coherent Breathing in a work setting.

Description:

Many BBM trainees found the Level-1 curriculum to be so dense, that they could not absorb it all in 5 days. Also, limited time allowed participants to master only the most basic practices.

Level-2 Teacher Training is an intensive one-week (Sunday evening to Friday noon) program offered once a year in March or April at Kripalu Yoga Institute in Lenox Mass.

Level-2 Breath-Body-Mind Training provides additional skills with practice teaching breath with movements (Four Golden Wheels, Great Harmonizer of Breath, 4-4-6-2, and Energy Ball); additional breath practices (Resistance Breathing, Ujjayi, more Breath Moving circuits). Updates on scientific developments and discussions about incorporating breath practices into psychotherapy, school programs, disaster relief, military, hospitals, and other settings will be provided.

Following Level-2 Teacher Training:

Level-2 graduates will be listed on the BBM Teacher page and will be invited to create their own page as a “Featured Teacher” for the Breath-Body-Mind Website.

We encourage Level-2 Breath-Body-Mind Teachers to continue developing their skills through practice and additional training, which can occur in several forms.

Continue practicing and teaching Breath-Body-Mind leads to deeper experiences and learning.

  1. Continue attending Breath-Body-Mind workshops. Every time you attend a workshop you learn more.
  2. Take the initiative to volunteer to assist at Breath-Body-Mind Workshops. Observe how Dr. Brown teaches, how participants respond, and how Dr. Gerbarg and the other advanced teachers coach. Trainees who volunteer are given one-on-one mentoring with hands-on coaching experience during workshops. This experience is invaluable for learning how to work with more challenging workshop participants. Learn the practical details of how to run a workshop.
  3. Keep track of upcoming workshops by checking the schedule page so that you do not miss opportunities to volunteer.
  4. Take the initiative to introduce BBM in your work. Share your progress in adapting Breath-Body-Mind techniques in your own work settings. Tell us what you are doing with the techniques, how your clients and students are responding, what new discoveries you have made, and discuss further enhancements for your work.
  5. Develop your knowledge and skills by attending Level-3 Teacher Training or by repeating Level-1 or Level-2.

Level-3 Teacher Training

Prerequisites:

  1. Completion of Level-2 BBM Teacher Training
  2. Regular practice of Coherent Breathing and other techniques for at least 20 min a day at least 5 days per week referable 7).
  3. Experience teaching Coherent Breathing and other BBM movement and breathing techniques in the work setting.
  4. Demonstration of innovative use of Breath-Body-Mind, developing programs using Breath-Body-Mind, initiating the use of B-B-M in work settings, participating in research on breath techniques, or exceptional efforts to volunteer and assist at workshops.

Description:

Level-3 Teacher Training is an intensive one-week (Sunday evening to Friday noon) program offered once a year in July or August at Kripalu Yoga Institute in Lenox Mass.

The purpose of Level-3 is to help participants become able to train others in how to teach Coherent Breathing and other practices.

Candidates for Level-3 attend the same workshop as students for Level-1. During this training, the Level-3 candidates assist in training the Level-1 students. Level-3 candidates lead parts of the training and receive feedback on their teaching techniques.

Level-3 candidates will be invited to participate in more advanced techniques with Dr. Brown. Those who are interested in using breathwork in psychotherapy will be invited to meet with Dr. Gerbarg.

We work with each candidate to develop the skills needed to become leaders in training others and in developing programs in their areas of interest.

Level-3 Teachers should be able to explain the basic scientific principles for the effects of breathing practices on stress response, sympatho-vagal balance, heart rate variability, anxiety, social engagement, bonding, inflammation, and respiratory function.

Level-3 Teachers will create and maintain a set of resource materials including manuals, research articles, lecture notes and possibly slides. They will update these regularly.

Following Level-3 Teacher Training:

Level-3 graduates will be listed on the BBM Teacher page and will be invited to create or update their own page as a “Featured Teacher” for the Breath-Body-Mind Website. Photographs, audio recordings or video clips can be used to enhance the description of your professional interests, work, training, and offerings.

  1. Continue attending and assisting at Breath-Body-Mind workshops. Every time you participate in a workshop you learn more.
  2. Participate in Advanced Breath-Body-Mind workshops and trainings.
  3. Take the initiative to volunteer to assist at Breath-Body-Mind Workshops. Observe how Dr. Brown teaches, how participants respond, and how Dr. Gerbarg and the other advanced teachers coach. Train other volunteers as a one-on-one mentor with hands-on coaching experience during workshops. Take responsibility for helping with practical aspects of running workshops.
  4. Keep track of upcoming workshops by checking the schedule page so that you do not miss opportunities to volunteer.
  5. Take the initiative to introduce BBM in your work. Share your progress in adapting Breath-Body-Mind techniques in your own work settings. Tell us what you are doing with the techniques, how your clients and students are responding, what new discoveries you have made, and discuss further enhancements for your work.
  6. Become a Breath-Body-Mind Mentor. Level-3 teachers who are qualified may arrange to provide mentoring for other teachers in training at agreed upon fees. Mentoring may be done in person or by SKYPE.
  7. Develop knowledge and skills by attending Level-3 Teacher Training or by repeating Level-1 or Level-2.