Steven Whitney is one of SOMA Breath’s Master Instructors and one of the most experienced facilitators and coaches. Steven teaches students how to use their breath to tap into their true potential, relax their minds, release limiting beliefs and how to optimize their physical and mental health.
After Steven dove deep into the power of pranayama and meditation he discovered how life transformational it really is. From deep depression to alive he awakened to his true potential. After guiding others to awaken to their true power he discovered his soul's purpose, to share this with the world.
Steven has spent the last 2 years training on a holistic island in Thailand that specializes in bringing the best teachers from around the world for yoga, meditation, pranayama and tantra. It is now time for Steven to come back to America and share this powerful technique!
The breath is with us every minute of our lives as a silent witness to our existence, but it is also an intuitive guide that can take you on an inner-journey of self-discovery, transformation and profound healing.
The best part of breathwork is that it is SIMPLE. You can stop looking outside of yourself for the answers. Everything you seek is waiting to be awakened within you and the breath is a simple tool that can activate this inner remembrance when you are ready.
Are you ready to say YES to life and start breathing?
The Legend Of Soma
The legend of Soma tells of a sacred ritual that the ancient Rishis would indulge in during the Golden Age of the Vedic tradition. In this time period the population was much smaller and resources were more abundant. Communities lived peacefully and harmoniously.
This legendary ritual is said to have involved the ingestion of a psychedelic plant; the identity of which has still not been confirmed by historians. Apparently, this was a mysterious and magical ritual that would allow the Rishis to commune with the Gods and have direct divine downloads of wisdom that would aid the betterment of society. It is also thought to be the same ritual that would allow the Rishis to create superhuman powers, overcome death, and lead to immortality.
This sounds like a myth, however new emerging science is beginning to back up many of the claims held in our spiritual past.
Substance To Spirit
These inspirational visions would go on to inspire the verses of the Rig Veda, an ancient text that forms the origins of yoga, ayurveda, tantra, Hinduism and Buddhism. However, according to the legend, Soma eventually ran out. This forced communities to go inward in order to seek new ways to create to the same ecstatic states that allows connection to the divine.
Another result of this long process for the Rishis was the realisation that we all possess our own version of every single drug or medication that exists in nature and that breath control is the method that awakens our “inner pharmacy”.
Scientifically, Soma could be described as a molecule that gives the same result as ingesting a quantity of DMT and other psychoactive chemicals when it is released in the body. It sustains itself long enough inside the brain to produce visual and psychedelic effects when we activate it with our breath.
This molecule is found in very small amounts in our bodies. We also naturally produce tryptamines like melatonin and serotonin, which are structurally very similar. It has been hypothesised that either DMT or a combination of tryptamines are released both when we dream and just before we die. This explains the reason for the vivid dream-like hallucinations and “near death” experiences you get after consuming DMT in larger amounts. This is why DMT is also referred to as the “spirit molecule”.
Spirit To Science
Breathing practices are important to yoga, tantra, and shamanic cultures. The word “Spiritual” has its roots in the Latin “Spirare”, which means “to breathe”. The word “Conspire” (Latin “Conspirare”) means “to breathe together”. In fact, the original rituals of modern day organized religions have a breathwork component to them as they are believed to lead us closer to God or the divine (just like the Rishis).
An ancient pranayama breathwork technique called Nisshesha Rechaka Kumbhaka, or, holding your breath beyond the comfort zone for a short period of time, creates a physiological state known as intermittent hypoxia that induces brief periods of lower-than-normal blood oxygen levels.
If practiced correctly according to legend, this breathwork ritual will lead to eternal youth and immortality by producing Amrita, also known as the nectar of Gods.
Perhaps Amrita is in fact the movement of somatic stem cells around the body. Stem cells have the ability to turn into any other cell and are found in greatest numbers when you are in the womb as an embryo, a time when you literally exist in a state of hypoxia, where the oxygen levels inside the womb are about 10% of the outside world. Once you are born, the stem cells hide away in places of low oxygen such as bone marrow. New treatments are emerging that extract stem cells from your body, in hope that one day they can be used to recreate organs. This can cost upwards of $20,000.
However, new research shows that intermittent hypoxic training in which you create brief periods of low blood oxygen levels, can produce results almost instantly by stimulating stem cells to come out of hiding and move around the body to places where they can heal and regenerate healthy cells for your organs.
This form of therapy has been used by Russian doctors for decades to treat diseases such as coronary heart disease, and to improve recovery time from injury and athletic training. Stamina and endurance is also improved as intermittent hypoxia stimulates the production of new muscle tissue, red blood cells, and even blood vessels.
Using a combination of scientifically proven breathwork techniques, rhythmical and euphoric music, guided meditation, and imagery Niraj Naik has developed a remarkable process for reaching heightened states of consciousness and ecstatic bliss. It has even been described as a “psychedelic orgasm on DMT” by a modern shaman.
Through a more therapeutic variation of this same process, the layers of your mask peel away and reveal your true nature. You cannot help but become your authentic self. You connect deeply to who you truly are. Through this awareness comes the path to truth. Through this profound truth you learn exactly the difference between what is good for you and what no longer serves you. You can remove negativity and attachment to the past, fully embrace the present, and be at your very best every single day.
This is evolution of SOMA Breath.
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