The Breath SPACE serves to transform health by providing individual sessions, group workshops, corporate wellness programs, and practitioner education and certifications. Through this process, you learn new ways to respond to the world around you that foster peace, balance and well-being.
Breathing is an excellent mirror of your individual orienting pattern.
Is your breathing affecting your mental, emotional and physical health? Download the questionnaire below to see. Free 20-minute consultations are available to see if this approach might benefit you.
While people often seek help for a particular diagnosis (anxiety, depression, trauma, hypertension, IBS, etc.), my process-oriented, mindfulness-based approach focuses on helping you discover new ways to fully engage or "breathe into life" to cultivate a sense of meaning and purpose. The mind-body approaches used can be thought of as training to "rewire your nervous system" in a direction towards health.
This work is collaborative where you actively engage and participate in your care. Together we set goals, identify assessment strategies, and determine practices to move you towards resiliency. Home practices such as journaling, breathwork, mindfulness meditation, therapeutic exercises and yoga are vital to growth and development. The more you practice outside of sessions, the better the results.
Weekly session are recommended for new patients with the first appointment consisting of comprehensive evaluation and assessment (1.5 hours). Subsequent appointments are 50 minutes. Additional appointments can be scheduled as needed.
In-person, phone, Skype or FaceTime appointments available.
I am not contracted with any insurance companies, yet I can provide an invoice for you to submit a claim to your insurance carrier for reimbursement, if they cover out-of-network providers.
Sliding scale is available as needed. Please inquire.
Group workshops cover a wide array of topics, teaching mind-body approaches for stress-reduction, self-regulation and resiliency. The benefit of the group process is that it provides a safe and supportive environment for you to learn and share with others. Group workshops are offered in a variety of formats: weekly session, weekend seminars, and online webinars.
Interested in bringing stress-reduction and resiliency training to your group? Want to learn more about a particular mind-body modality? Contact me to discuss the possibilities.
A growing body of research shows that mind-body approaches, like mindfulness training, helps reduce stress, stimulate creativity, and increase productivity at work. Corporate wellness programs allow companies to provide this valuable health benefit to their employees and has been shown to reduce overall healthcare costs. I have worked with several companies to design wellness programs specifically for their needs, as well as provided ongoing mindfulness-based stress reduction groups.
For details about any of these programs
or to schedule a workshop or training for your group,
please contact Dr. Brad.
Saturday & Sunday
September 9th & 10th, 2017
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM PST
4204 Leary Way NW
Seattle WA 98107
$125 per person /
$175 per couple
Compassion & Acceptance
Holding on to the past is a lot of work and demands a great deal of our life energy. Holding on to the past prevents us from living fully in the present moment, and blocks our expressions of joy and gratitude. We are resistant to compassion and acceptance when we fear that if we do we will loose our drive, forget what has happened, or excuse other’s behaviors. Yet, compassion and acceptance neither condemns or condones. Compassion and acceptance focuses on making peace with our past so we can move on with living. Though simple in process, compassion and acceptance are far from easy, and requires commitment and practice.
Breathing Your Way to Compassion & Acceptance is a two- day journey into the process of letting go of the past, and focusing on how we wish to live our lives. Combining the art and wisdom of breathwork, meditation, biofeedback and compassion & acceptance practices, participants will learn about the following concepts and practices:
Rudimentary introduction to the nervous system and how early experiences hardwire us to either hold on to the past or to accept and move forward
Basic biomechanical, biochemical, neurological and psychological factors of breathing, how breathing postures and patterns can influence the heart and balances the nervous system
Functional versus dysfunctional breathing patterns
Basic steps to compassion and acceptance and how to blame less and take life events less personally
Compassion and acceptance practices to increase resiliency and freedom
Starting October 5th, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:45 PM PST
4204 Leary Way NW
Seattle WA 98107
Introductory 4 - Week Series: $140
October 5, 12, 19, & 26
Introductory Series + Advanced Practices: $180
October 5, 12, 19, 26 + November 2 & 9
Drop - In: $40 per session
On average, you breathe around 28,000 times per day, yet how often do you think about your breath as a way to promote your health? Breathwork is a simple and free way to integrate mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health, and has been shown to reduce blood pressure, improve sleep, regulate hormones, create mental alertness, help with focus, improve performance, and decrease stress.
In this experiential series,you will learn about the biochemistry, physiology and psychology of breathing, symptoms associated with dysfunctional breathing, and easy ways (both modern and traditional) to restore balance through effortless, innate breathing.
No expertise is required, just your lungs!
Week 1: Breathing Basics - Finding Your Innate Breath
This session reviews the basic science of breathing: how biomechanical, biochemical, neurological and psychological factors influence functional, effortless breathing. You will begin to develop a mindful presence of your body’s innate breathing rhythms and patterns, and reconnect with your internal resources.
Week 2: Posture & Breath
How we sit, stand and walk changes our breathing and hence changes our health. This session plays with posture and body shapes to created freedom in your spine, extremities and muscles to cultivate free, flowing breathing.
Week 3: Timing is Everything - Coherent Breathing
Life is full of rhythms. Adjusting the timing of your breath can alter the rhythms of cardiovascular system, improving its function. In this session you will experiment with breathing rates and timing and observe the impact on your mental, emotional and physical states.
Week 4: Sound & Breath
Toning, chanting and singing are practices used in a wide variety of healing traditions. Several studies have shown that chanting can improve respiratory conditions, increase focus and concentration and strengthen cardiovascular health. In this session you will play with sound as a vehicle to alter the breath and increase health and resiliency.
Advanced Practice Week 5: Five-Element & Taoist Breathing Practices
The Chinese five elements (Earth, Metal, Water, Wood and Fire) provide a template to describe all natural phenomena as it relates to energy. Each element is also linked to different physiological processes. In this session, you will practice breath patterns, shapes and sounds to induce the healing power of each element.
Advanced Practice Week 6: Breathing to Produce Transpersonal States
Breathing practice throughout the centuries have used acute hyperventilation to induce transpersonal, non-ordinary states (Pranayama, Reirbthing, Holotropic, Wim Hof). This intense experiential session dives into controlled and sustained breathing in order to awaken higher levels of consciousness.
June 25, 2017
July 23, 2017
September 24, 2017
October 29, 2017
November 19, 2017
December 17, 2017
January 28, 2018
February 25, 2018
March 25, 2018
April 22, 2018
A Monthly Series of Conversations
Sundays, June 25, 2017 - April 22, 2018
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM PST
3902 Woodland Park Ave N
Seattle WA 98103
We all have a terminal illness called life. Yet, despite our best efforts to put it off or avoid it, death remains inevitable, and we all will confront it eventually. Till then, how do you engage with death, and how do your attitudes about it affect the life you are living today?
Death – A Journey of a Lifetime is a monthly series of open-ended conversations that provide participants the opportunity to take an honest look at their beliefs and behaviors about death and dying. Anyone willing to engage in these conversations authentically and honestly, with deep respect for the opinions of others, some of whom might hold differing and diverging opinions, is invited to participate. While these conversation are serious, they need not to be taken so seriously. Learning to embrace the topic of death, while acknowledging discomfort or fear, provides space for humor and ease to return to the discussion.
These Death conversations will be facilitated by Dr. Brad Lichtenstein who has hosted dozens of death cafes at a wide variety of venues, such as the Bastyr Center for Natural Health, and various hospice agencies throughout Seattle. Dr. Lichtenstein has worked in end-of-life care for over twenty years, and continues consult with patients and their families about end-of-life wishes and advanced care planning. Participating in a joint research study between University of Washington and Bastyr University, he has conducted over 500 bedside guided meditations in hospice, which frequently evolved into deeper and meaningful conversations about the patient’s imminent death.
January 26, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM PST
3902 Woodland Park Ave N
Seattle WA 98103
Like it or not, you're gonna die. What's going to happen to you after that? Spend a couple hours with us pondering your mortality with Seattle-based designer Katrina Spade, the mastermind behind the Urban Death Project, and Brad S. Lichtenstein, ND BCB, faculty member at Bastyr Center for Natural Health and facilitator of Bastyr's Death and Cupcake events.
In true Seattle fashion, Spade's Urban Death Project is a plan to take compost to the next level: recycling ourselves. Spade will walk us through her plans for the Urban Death Project's Recomposition Center, planned to open by 2023. You'll learn about the science of how the center will process our bodies, what families can expect in their visit to the center, and why Spade is proposing a new alternative to traditional death practices in the first place. Then, Lichtenstein will guide you through an honest discussion of your own death, and how to plan and prepare for the inevitable.
A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Urban Death Project.
Not recommended for children under 15, or those especially squeamish about their own mortality.
Questions? Email ShinYu.Pai@atlasobscura.com.
2016 Dates for Bastyr Center for Natural Health:
January 14th, February 18th , March 17th
Bastyr Center for Natural Health
Join me at Bastyr Center for Natural Health in Wallingford for our ongoing coversation series called Death & Cupcakes. These "cafes" are opportunities for people to gather together to drink tea, eat cake (gluten-free) and discuss death. During these open, honest, free-flowing conversations, participants share and discuss their feelings, attitudes, fears, concerns, etc. regarding death. This is not an educational seminar, rather a opportunity to siti in the company of others and engage in interactive discussions. All we ask is that you keep an open mind and a kind heart.