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...Sometimes, when life squeezes you into lonely crevices, you may have to decide between survival and breaking apart. The banished self from an earlier time of life remains within you waiting to be released and integrated. The soul has its own logic of loyalty and concealment. Ironically, it is usually in the most awkward rooms that the special blessings and healing are locked away."
~ John O'Donohue
"Aletheia" is a Greek word, meaning "truth" or "disclosure": “the state of not being hidden; the state of being evident.”
"Breathwork" is a form of pranayama, which in this therapeutic context, can take us beyond our conditioned state of mind, to what is referred to as a "non-ordinary" state. Humans have gathered together to drum, and dance and breath & sing for this purpose, for healing and bonding and integration for thousands of years. Aletheia Breathwork is a practice that empowers us to access our inner hearler.
Aletheia Breathwork is an gentle yet powerful alternative healing modality that utilizes conscious, connected breathing in an intentional way. The breath itself is the main guide on our journey - the shaman, guru, and healer. You are encouraged to relax into the wisdom & flow of the breath, which over time will allow any undigested or unintegrated experiences, unfelt emotions to be finally met, felt and integrated. As your facilitator, I hold space for you to undertake this process in your own unique way. You may feel joy or sadness, bliss and union, or have more difficult feelings arise to be processed. All is energy needing to be met to facilitate a return to wholeness - all is welcome in this context of a healing circle. I offer tools to help you stay focused, gentle acupressure to bring attention to areas of holding, affirmations, encourage release through sound (toning) & movement when appropriate. Your own willingness to trust and let go into the wisdom of your body & breath allows a release of stress, tension & past trauma, integration of emotional content, and an increased capacity to open to life.
It is common after a breathwork session for participants to feel more relaxed and present, freer to express themselves and more able to access the well of creativity, joy & love that is the essence of our true nature.
A Conscious, Connected Breathing practice tends to:
• Give you more energy
• Help detoxify, restore, balance and oxygenate the cells
• Resolve repressed emotions allowing the release of negativity and limiting beliefs
• Accelerate spiritual growth through expanded awareness
Aletheia Breathwork is best learned in a series of individual sessions, in small groups with a skilled practitioner, or a combination of both. The group work is done in a safe, confidential and intentional environment and utilizes the power of the group to effect deep, personal change. The individual work is ideal in deepening personal awareness, identifying core patterns and anchoring an open, healthy breath in the body over the long term. Ideally, both approaches are used to fully incorporate the power of this amazing tool, which can transform our lives and our relationship to the outside world.
As we become familiar with the process over the course of a session, and increasingly, through repeated sessions, we are able to relax and trust the process more, releasing deeper emotional and mental beliefs and patterns.
As the word "Aletheia" reveals, we aren't creating a better version of ourselves, but releasing what obscures who we really are. We gently uncover that which may be hidden by conditioned thoughts, feelings, and beliefs, allowing what no longer serves us to drop away. All of this by intentional aligning with the wisdom of the breath, the wisdom of life as it moves through us.
“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”
~Thich Nhat Hanh
Please contact me if you would like to book a session or attend a workshop. ** The next workshop in Victoria will be Sunday September 16th, 1-3/3:30 pm.
**FOR CURRENT SCHEDULED BREATHWORK SESSIONS IN VICTORIA, BC, CLICK **HERE
Feedback about Aletheia Breathwork with Cedar:
Cedar, thank you for your skillful space-holding and graceful, caring presence, and for sharing this powerful work so masterfully! So grateful for the deep dive and the renewal and inspiration I feel!
Feeling awed and renewed by my experience of breathwork with Cedar. Her grounded, graceful and caring presence and space-holding, combined with this powerful work allowed for a deep dive and embodiment of my intention. I wholeheartedly recommend this work to anyone!
~ Kimberly Snider
Aletheia Breathwork is potent medicine! I've now experienced both private and group sessions with Cedar Sorensen and she is a super skillful medicine woman. Her depth of support and space holding foster healing and deep journeying. Highly recommended by me.
Cedar - thank you so much for another amazing session yesterday - the breathwork was truly remarkable - I woke up feeling alive, soooo happy, and positive - like I was reborn! Can I please sign up for the July 6 session as well? "
~ Per Sekhon, Breathwork Participant
“Breathwork has helped me to develop a life practice that balances mind, body, and spirit so that I may enjoy the gifts of peace, love, and serenity that are available to us all.” – Peter Naitove
"Aletheia Transformational Breathwork is an opportunity to engage the incredibly clarifying power of your primary life force… breath. Through your own breath and willingness, you reveal your Self - a revealing that can have profound impact
on your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well being."
- Trevor Yelich, Aletheia Breathwork Facilitator & Trainer