Feeling stressed? Stuck? Tired of telling yourself the same old story?
Narrative Breathwork combines the calming effects of a guided meditation technique known as breathwork along with the transformative power of story— in order to relieve stress and illuminate answers to questions in your life. The secret weapon? Unlocking your body’s two most powerful tools-- your breath and your imagination. Plus, there’s music, laughter, and journaling. The result is calming, cathartic, emotional and, well, pretty damn cool.
Want to know more? Read this article about Narrative Breathwork in Genius Recovery.
Developed by David Nadelberg-- a leader in the storytelling community who has spent 16+ years helping people unlock their life stories as the founder of Mortified-- the practice uses personal storytelling to enhance a guided meditation that has been around for centuries. For nearly two decades, Nadelberg has been on a mission to harness the power of personal stories. Today, that mission continues through Narrative Breathwork, a powerful tool that helps unclutter the mind and illuminate goals by channeling memory. If you are feeling stuck, stressed out, or simply enjoy entering trippy headspaces while listening to awesome music, Narrative Breathwork is ideal for you.
Is it weird? Yes. Is it safe? Totally. Is it spiritual? That’s up to you. Will you like it? Find out why many are already obsessed.
WHAT TO BRING
Bring a blanket or yoga mat, a bottle of water, and yourself. No special attire required--just be comfortable.
THIS IS AN AWESOME TOOL FOR
No experience is necessary. Be real. Be vulnerable.
IS THIS LIKE OTHER KINDS OF BREATHWORK?
Breathwork tends to be a broad term that means radically different things to yogis, actors, singers and meditators. My approach is a slight variation on three-part breathing techniques (sometimes called "ecstatic breath") designed to encourage you to think about your life through a narrative lens.
WHO IS THIS IDEAL FOR?
This is great for anyone--but especially actors, writers and entrepreneurs as a tool for creative or personal clarity.
While open to all, those with respiratory conditions or pregnancies are simply encouraged to go at a pace that matches their comfort level.
WHERE HAS THIS BEEN EXPERIENCED
Events have been held around the US for individuals as well as organizations that include: Wanderlust Hollywood, Light Hustler recovery retreats, Arkansas State University, and The XX Project.
“I was blown away by the way our retreat participants responded to this workshop. Several came up to me afterwards and told me that hour changed their lives and many listed it in the surveys afterwards as their favorite part of the entire weekend, which was packed with activities. The breathwork, combined with Dave’s natural charm, made the nearly impossible happen: our guests were able to unearth incredibly difficult memories and experiences, and they told me about it while smiling.”
- Anna David, NYT Bestselling Author, Founder of Light Hustler (Writing & Recovery Retreat)
As a storyteller, producer and breathwork facilitator based in Los Angeles, Dave Nadelberg has spent his career on a mission to help people change their relationship to shame, vulnerability and empathy through laughter. Best known as the creator of Mortified, an international storytelling project that helps people transform awkward memories into comedic monologues, his work has reached millions worldwide through acclaimed live events, books, TV shows, film, podcast, radio and beyond. His work has been celebrated by All Things Considered, The Today Show, This American Life, Time, Entertainment Weekly and Newsweek, the latter which hailed it as “a cultural phenomenon.” His mission continues through a passion for breathwork. In his spare time, he is a terrible but enthusiastic piano player.
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