A Brief History Of Breathwork

The practice of circular breathing to experience higher states of consciousness was practiced in the ancient cultures of India, China, and Tibet.

In the self-awareness era of the late 1960s and early 1970s, two main styles of Breathwork re-emerged in Western Culture: Rebirthing and Holotropic Breathwork.

Rebirthing was discovered and developed by Leonard Orr. He was sitting in a hot tub experimenting with ‘conscious connected breathing’ when he experienced his own birth. Leonard credited Shri Mahavatar Babaji for inspiring him at his Ashram in the Himalayas.

One of Leonard’s first clients was Sandra Ray,  who went on to teach Rebirthing worldwide. Sandra is often referred to as the ‘Mother of Rebirthing.’ 

Leonard wrote on his website about Rebirthing sessions:

“People experienced the peace that surpasses all understanding,” 

Stanislav Grof founded Holotropic Breathwork. Dr. Grof had worked with many people therapeutically using LSD before it became classified as an illegal drug. In these psychedelic sessions, Grof noted the breathing pattern, especially at the end of the session,  prolonged the influence of the drug. Stan and his wife Christina began to research breath and breathing patterns and found that achieving non-ordinary states of mind with the breath was deeply and profoundly healing.

“In 1974, at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, my late wife Christina and I developed a new breathing method of self-exploration and psychotherapy. Because it was based on the healing effect of the holotropic state of consciousness, we called it holotropic Breathwork. The most frequent question that our workshop participants ask me how we discovered holotropic Breathwork. It is difficult to respond with one sentence; I would respond similarly as Albert Hofmann answered the same question about his discovery of LSD-25: “A serendipity and lucky chance.”

 – From the Grof® Legacy Training Website

There are many styles and schools of Breathwork now, so it is easy to find a practitioner and practice that resonates with you.

Clarity Breathwork was the first Breathwork training I received. Even after experiencing many other schools and breathwork practitioners,  I still feel it is the most powerful format to facilitate for my clients. That said, the woman I breathe with regularly is a Transformational Breathworker and studied with Dr. Judith Kravitz. 

Breathwork is my number one life-centering practice.  There is nothing more exciting and satisfying than sharing this healing with others.

Jeri Lawson has a full-time healing practice in Oakland, California. She is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork  Monday through Friday.    510-601-9632   jerilawson@mac.com

Client Comments After Clarity Breathwork

“This is better than Ayahuasca!”

 – Client after her first session.

“It was such a treat to work with you.  It was one of the most profound and healing moments in my life. Thank you.”

– Client after first session

“Jeri! Thanks to you breathwork is a huge part of my life and has helped me feel and accept my feelings and receive guidance and just plain love and validation.”

  • – Client after several sessions

“You reminded me over and over again how there was so much support around me, how held I was, how loved I was.  I could feel it.  My chest, my heart feel open.  It astounds me sometimes how deeply every piece of my being trusts you, but it is also the most beautiful thing.  For the first time in weeks, I am cautiously optimistic looking forward.”

 – Client after many, many breathes.

Jeri Lawson has a full-time Reiki, Healing Touch, and Clarity Breathwork practice in Oakland, California. She is available for in-person and distance healing sessions. 510-601-0632 jerilawson@mac.com

Report From A Breath Session

“So much of the breathe is a blur.  In some ways, it felt long, it felt the full 50 minutes.  In others, I did not want it to end because it was lovely.  I did manage to focus on my breath.  I did manage to float.  That’s what it felt like—I would float.  Detach completely.  I was conscious of it—the coming and going.  I’d leave my body and come back.  I’d feel the breath as I came back.  I was very conscious of coming back into my body and then slowly feeling myself float off again.  It was gentle, light.  There was a LOT of light too, so much light.  The whole room held all this light almost the whole time.”
– Client after her Breathe
Every Breathwork session is different and gives you exactly what you need in that moment. I have witnessed so many people release stress and tension, resolve childhood trauma, and connect to their own healing energy.
Clarity Breathwork changed my life and my own sessions continue to give me access to my own deeper guidance.  Sharing Breathwork with other people, especially in these times, is such a joy.

Jeri Lawson has a full-time healing practice in Oakland, California. She is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork Monday through Friday.



Clarity Breathwork: Different Varieties Of AMAZING

I always get a little excited when I try to describe a Clarity Breathwork session. It still amazes me how every breathe is so different. I have been breathing privately and in small circles for over thirteen years, and I have never had the same experience twice.

I want to thank the person that took the time to write such a wonderful testimonial, although I have to say, I do believe meditation is worth the effort. 🙂

“Initially I chuckled at Jeri’s enthusiastic promises that the breath session we were about to experience would be the “Best thing that we ever experienced.” I chalked her words up to desire to support participants and assuage any anxiety, along with her genuine love of the work. But by my 4th group session, I knew she spoke from truth!  Every breath session I had with Jeri WAS the most amazing experience I’d ever had. All just different varieties of AMAZING.

Nothing has gotten me out of my head and into a state of trust and connection to LIFE/Universe/DIVINE than her clarity breathwork sessions. I think AMAZING things happen because Jeri is a MASTER at holding a supportive space and allowing miracles to happen. Forget the efforting of meditating or investing money in drug-induced states and just go breathe!”

The  next circle is Sunday, October 27th, 2019 at 10 am to  12:30 pm, at Back to Life Physical Therapy, 403 49th Street, Oakland, California. This is a small intimate circle, limited to six people – a perfect way to experience Breathwork for the first time. You can sign up here: https://backtolife.net/event/clarity-breathwork-circle-6/

Jeri Lawson has a full-time healing practice in Oakland, California. She is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork Monday through Friday. 510-601-9632


Clarity Breathwork: The Practice Of Connected Breathing

This week I thought I would write about my Clarity Breathwork sessions. Several people have recently asked me about Breathwork and several clients have had significant breakthroughs during their sessions in the last few weeks.

Breathwork is amazing.


Clarity Breathwork is the practice of circular, connected breathing for healing and attaining higher states of consciousness. In a breathwork session, you lie comfortably and fully clothed on a massage table and breath deeply for fifty minutes. As oxygen fills the body and raises your physical vibration, anything of a lower vibration falls away.

This includes old emotions, past trauma, unconscious beliefs, and habitual physical patterns in your body. I am fully present and at your side throughout the session to guide you through the breathing process. I may ask you questions to help you clarify any emotions, thoughts, and energy that may come up. I may also, with your prior agreement, gently touch your legs and feet to help you stay grounded and focused on your inhale.

Clarity Breathwork is the perfect tool for releasing unconscious imprints held in the mental, emotional, and physical levels of the being. Clarity Breathwork connects you with a higher aspect of yourself so you can let go of shame and blame, and move into self-acceptance, compassion, and love. I have found Breathwork to be an incredibly powerful tool to access and release pain, trauma, and chronic conditions in the physical body.

Are you ready to make some changes, yet don’t even know what those changes are?  Clarity Breathwork may be the perfect way to expand your consciousness and open to new possibilities in your life.

“I feel whole and energized again. I had no idea how much fear and hopelessness I was carrying inside.”

-Client after her Breathwork Session

Jeri Lawson has a full-time healing practice in Oakland, California. She is available for Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday. 



Orthopedic Breathwork

Last Monday, I went to my first Physical Therapy appointment for my grade three left acomioclavicular joint dislocation and my fractured right wrist. Even though my Physical Therapist looked like she was twelve years old, she was very present and knowledgeable. I found out grade three is one grade away from surgery, so I guess it was a fairly serious injury.

When she asked me how I was doing, I showed her my range of motion by waving my arms around me like windmills – pretty much 100% in both shoulders. I still can’t put weight on my left shoulder in certain positions or carry anything very heavy with my left arm.

She looked a little startled as I was waving my arms around, and at the end of the appointment said she had never seen anyone heal so fast.  I had been a little worried I was moving my shoulder too much, but so far, so good.

I feel Breathwork is the number one reason I am healing so quickly and have not lost mobility.  I have realized Breathwork is a powerful modality for orthopedic injuries. Whenever my shoulder or body feels tight, I take the first 20 minutes available, do a short breathe, and my whole body releases. It’s fascinating to be experiencing the healing from the inside out so tangibly. There have been days when I find don’t need to breathe, and other days when I do two or three breath sessions.

Reiki treatments and meditations have helped me stay centered emotionally. Having a cast on my arm is claustrophobic for me, and Reiki helps me stay grounded as the panicky feeling moves through.

Last Friday the cast came off, and now I have a splint that I can take on and off. I rented a hot tub right away. I am still in a state of gratitude. The right wrist has some more healing to do, and it will still be a while before I can drive.

Still, I feel so grateful. I have had so much support and healing, and have learned so much.


Jeri Lawson has a full-time healing practice in Oakland, California. She is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork Monday through Friday. 510-601-9632


Breathwork And The Radical Commitment To Live With An Open Heart

We are living in interesting times.

Setting the intention to live with an open heart and stay grounded in our daily life is now a radical act.  This requires a fierce commitment, and constant recommitment, to self-care and energetic balance.  When we are energetically aligned, we are in the greatest service to our family, our community, and the planet. We can manifest and act from our highest wisdom. This is the greatest gift we can give the world.

Do you feel safe enough to keep your heart open? Safe in your body, secure in your life? Do you feel emotionally stuck or shut down?

What brings you peace? What resets your nervous system? A walk in the woods? Being with family?  Time alone? Meditation? Liking everything Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez posts on Facebook? Exercise? Massage?  Spending time with your dog? A hot bath?  Do you need a few days in nature?

Do whatever it takes. When we create space in our life to stay connected to our internal goodness, it is much easier to move toward the light, rather than fight the darkness.

Now is the time for radical self-care. One way to dive deep and reconnect with your inner light is a Clarity Breathwork session.

“I feel whole and energized again. I had no idea how much fear and hopelessness I was carrying inside.”

-Client after her Breathwork Session

Breathwork is a gift in these interesting times.

Jeri Lawson has a full-time healing practice in Oakland, California. She is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork Monday through Friday. 510-601-9632


Breathwork: The Experience Of Sky


“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.”

― Pema Chödrön

Clarity Breathwork is the experience of sky.

Jeri Lawson has a full-time healing practice in the Temescal Area of Oakland, California. She is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, and Clarity Breathwork Monday through Friday. 510-601-9632  jerilawson@mac.com

Clarity Breathwork Circles In Oakland, California

Back To Life 403 49th Street Oakland, CA 94609

On Sunday mornings August 26th and September 23rd, I will be facilitating two small, powerful Breath Circles at Back to Life Physical Therapy (403 49th St, Oakland, CA 94609) from 10am to 12:30 pm. They are limited to six people.

This is a perfect venue to experience Clarity Breathwork for the first time, yet these circles have also proven to greatly support experienced breathers. Breathing in community brings new energy to your breath practice and creates powerful portals of energy that can help you break through all areas of your life where you feel stuck and uninspired.

Come join us.

These are the times in which we need to gather in community and connect with each other in more expanded states of consciousness. This is the place where you can release feelings of overwhelming anxiety and hopelessness. This is where you can breathe into the abundance and the profound aliveness of the present moment. Reconnect with your highest wisdom and your true self.

Register through Back to Life by clicking the links below:

For August 26th: https://backtolife.net/event/clarity-breathwork-circle-august-2018/

For September 23rd: https://backtolife.net/event/clarity-breathwork-circle-september/

These circles fill up quickly so sign up as soon as possible. See you there!

.Jeri Lawson has a full-time healing practice in Oakland, California. 
She is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, Distance Healings and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm. 

Manifesting With Breathwork

I worked out of my home for the first eighteen years of my business. This worked really well until a shift occurred in my personal life, and the energy in my house changed. I knew it was time to move my practice outside my living space.
The ideal office opened up one block from my house. It was practically soundproof, with a beautiful garden outside, a creative community of friends and artists, and very, very good energy. It was perfect.
However, as soon as the possibility of moving my healing business became real, my limiting beliefs surrounding money and abundance hit me like a ton of bricks. I couldn’t believe how much fear surfaced. I could not get grounded and was even having mild panic attacks at night.
Could I afford it? Did I really want to create more financial stress in my life? Would my clients like the new office? There were so many emotional blocks I couldn’t even think coherently. Why the distress: wasn’t this the healing space that I always wanted? Isn’t my business grounded and flourishing?
I was desperate to clear my fear. I needed to say yes to the new healing space quickly, so I booked five consecutive days of Breathwork sessions for myself.  Four private sessions and one day-long Saturday workshop with two breathes. By doing this, I created a mini-retreat for myself, focused on clearing all emotional and mental blocks that were keeping me from moving forward.
I could feel the “rightness” of renting the office in my first breathe. During the breathe I was in an abundant creative state connected to my highest wisdom. Yet, this clarity only lasted for a few hours after my first three sessions. Several hours after the session a deeper level of emotional blocks would re-surface, and I would then contract back into the fear.
It wasn’t until my fourth daily breathe that I could completely embody my new level of consciousness and hold the confidence to rent the space. The rest of the breath sessions further helped me embody this new level of consciousness.
The day I started moving to into my healing space, it was so obvious I made the right move. I felt fantastic. What a transformation! I released so much old programming. It was a new beginning, and I felt so much lighter. I swear, creating change in my life has been so much easier since. I let go of some deep limiting beliefs.  This shift was so much more significant for me than just getting an office.
The next time you need to manifest the next level of your dream, try scheduling yourself a mini-breath retreat.
Clarity Breathwork is for letting go of what limits you from manifesting!
Jeri Lawson has a full-time healing practice in Oakland, California. 
She is available for Healing Touch, Reiki, Distance Healings and Clarity Breathwork sessions Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm. 
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