Two years ago Steve (@Stivka3 on Instagram), a breathwork instructor from Australia, hurt his lungs badly doing the WHM exercise…the very wrong way, without being aware of it. Steve gave me permission to share this story. In his own words, at the end of his breath hold, he experienced the most painful thing he'd ever felt, and every gasping breath he took was followed by an excruciating blood-drenched cough.
The nurses at the hospital were worried, he felt he may not make it, was kept in observation and released 4 days later with this diagnosis: ruptured alveoli. Neither the doctors at the hospital nor anyone in his breathwork entourage could explain how this happened.
Until I reached out to him, Steve was left with mere assumptions as to what could have caused such a dramatic incident. When I talked to him, instead of asking him questions I described to him what had happened:
"First you hyperventilated, then...
In late 2021 and early 2022, Erwan held seven live, online BreathHoldWork Meditation Programs. Hundreds of students from all over the world signed up and attended, with dozens writing testimonials praising the BreathHoldWork method and Erwan's teaching. (Read them on our testimonial page.)
We were recently contacted by one alumnus of the program, Andrew Johnson, whose BreathHoldWork testimonial stood out from the crowd. Andrew was a student in Erwan's program in April of 2022. Below is his story:
"To be frank, BreathHoldWork Meditation saved my life.
For the past six years, I've been dealing with debilitating health issues that took me from a vibrant and healthy young man with passions and dreams to a burned-out, broken shadow of a person struggling to walk up the single flight of stairs to my apartment. Literally. I was so exhausted that I dreaded getting home every day and having to walk up to my apartment, or God forbid doing such demanding tasks as taking out...