"All of life is Yoga." - Sri Aurobindo
I'm a breathworker, philosopher, and practitioner of yoga.
Breathing is fundamental to the human experience. It's one of the first things we do when we come into the world and one of the last things we do as we leave. It's also a powerful catalyst for transformation and growth.
I know what its like to take my last breath. In 2007, I experienced death first-hand and flat-lined for fifteen minutes before being revived. I spent the last 15 years of my life attempting to understand that experience and it inspires everything I do today.
My path started with gaining a better understanding psychological trauma and then bridged into breathwork and yoga.
My work in trauma can pretty much summed up in a book, a TEDx talk, and a master's degree. I published The Beauty of a Darker Soul: Overcoming Trauma Through the Power of Human Connection in 2018 and recently wrote Chapter 10 of an anthology on moral trauma titled Moral Injury and the Humanities: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Cohen & McClymond, 2023).
Over the last few years, my focus began to shift into understanding consciousness. My sense was that trauma was outgrowing the field of psychology. What I was seeking was something more existential and spiritual, so I joined the Philosophy, Consciousness, and Cosmology program at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
I'm currently completing a Ph.D. at CIIS (expected completion 2025) focusing on understanding how non-ordinary states of consciousness (specifically, breathwork, yoga, and near-death experiences) can lead to healing and growth and reduce fear of death.
I live in Las Vegas where I work with people digitally and in-person, both privately and in small groups or workshops. I'm a trained breathworker and yoga teacher and focus heavily on pranayama, pratyahara, meditation, and the spiritual philosophy underlying the ancient practice of yoga.
Please contact me if you're interested in learning more. -Josh