Who we have helped
'My pain hasn't disappeared; but I've learned to respond with kindness to the mental stress and anxiety that goes with living with physical pain. Breathworks
helped me turn my life around when I thought it was over.'
Sue who lives with Paget's Disease
’I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2010. Since that time my condition has progressed, and I have transitioned from a fit and active marathon runner to struggling to climb the stairs. This has caused me a lot of emotional distress, accompanying the physical discomfort which my condition also presents. Despite this, I have learned how to react creatively in these challenging circumstances, from despair and despondency to acceptance and self-compassion. I credit this in no small part to the Breathworks approach.
I’m on benefits and access to the bursary fund to commence my teacher training was a big deal for me. I felt enabled and empowered - for the first time in a long time! I was able to embark on the training pathway to not only take my discovery deeper but also to enable others to do the same.
I started in February 2018 after finishing full-time employment and am looking forward to completing the programme within the year. I’m excited about what the future may bring!’
“I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, a complex, multi-systemic illness. I have lived in constant pain since I was 12 years old. My Breathworks mindfulness practice is the reason I am still here…and smiling! It helps me physically, mentally and emotionally. I have had to come to terms with a great deal of loss and compassionately accept uncertainty and increasing pain and limitations. That said, my Breathworks practice really does enable me to live well with pain and illness.
I became an accredited Breathworks teacher in December 2017
I would not have been able to train with Breathworks were it not for their bursary scheme and I will always be grateful for the help I received. I hope to find a sustainable way to teach from a place of authenticity in order to help myself and others. In a world where disabled people are often disenfranchised and feel like second class citizens, Breathworks has given me a new, compassionate and engaged way to live.’’
“My diagnosis of Functional Neurological Disorder turned my life upside. I found myself hospitalized with severe physical symptoms as well as a huge amount of emotional pain as the life I had known dissolved around me. I had to find a new way forward, a way to live, a way to be, and my journey with Breathworks has been central to that.
Breathworks has opened my world. It has given me vital tools to self-manage my condition and has helped me to regain my sense of self and self-confidence, feeling a valued member of society once again. The courses, retreats and teacher training I have participated in have brought meaning and purpose back into my life and a renewed sense of hope for the future. All this has been possible thanks to the bursaries I have received. I am sincerely grateful.’’
'Since I attended the training part on living well with chronic pain, I can manage my Sjogren's syndrome, rheumatoid arthitis and fibromyalgia much better, even when the pain is strong, I also feel grateful and happier. So as a coordinator of a sufferers' group in London I would like to introduce this method to the rest of some 30 sufferers and would be asking your for the possibility of paying a teacher for us all.'
"I am grateful to Breathworks because the bursary helped me to expand my own practice, complete the teacher training to be able to teach Mindfulness in Brazil and to lead my doctoral research!"
Daniela from Brazil