How To Become A Breathwork Facilitator (Ultimate Guide) – Part 1

Breathwork is a powerful practice that has gained immense popularity in recent years due to its ability to promote relaxation, reduce stress and enhance overall well-being.

As interest in breathwork continues to grow, so does the demand for qualified Breathwork Facilitators who can guide individuals through transformative breathing experiences.

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably thought about becoming a Breathwork Facilitator yourself.

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably thought about becoming a Breathwork Facilitator yourself.

Maybe you’ve read a few resources on breathwork. Maybe you’re practising breathwork techniques yourself. Perhaps you’ve even signed up for a breathwork course.

No matter where you are on your breathwork journey, there’s a reason why you’re here now 😊

In this article, we’ll explore exactly what you need to know to be a Breathwork Facilitator, the benefits of pursuing this path, the potential earnings, and a step-by-step roadmap to becoming a Certified Breathwork Facilitator.

We’ll also share our personal journey of how we became Breathwork Facilitators at Breathless, offering insights and inspiration for aspiring facilitators.

What is a Breathwork Facilitator? (or instructor)

A Breathwork Facilitator is a trained professional who guides people through various breathing techniques and exercises to achieve specific therapeutic or transformative outcomes.

Breathwork Facilitators create a safe and supportive environment for participants to explore their breath, emotions and inner experiences.

They may use different breathwork modalities such as:

  • Conscious connected breathing,
  • Rhythmic breathing
  • Pranayama techniques

All to help individuals release tension, access deeper states of consciousness, and promote healing on physical, mental and emotional levels.

Breathwork Facilitator Training

The role of a Breathwork Facilitator is based on achieving four key things for people:

  1. Creating a safe space for people to explore their emotions. Breathing is emotional and spiritual – not just physical. A good Breathwork Facilitator will establish a safe and non-judgmental environment where participants feel comfortable exploring their breath and emotions. This often involves setting intentions, establishing guidelines and fostering trust within the group.
  2. Educating & guiding people to enhance their breathwork. Breathwork Facilitators usually work through structured breathwork sessions, offering verbal cues, guidance on breathing patterns and support throughout the experience. They may adjust techniques based on individual needs and responses.
  3. Helping people discover their deepest sense of self. The reason why breathwork is so powerful is because it can help us discover who we are as individuals. Breathwork promotes self-awareness, mindfulness, and inner connection. The best Breathwork Facilitator will empower individuals to navigate life’s challenges with greater resilience, clarity, and emotional balance. The transformative effects of breathwork often extend beyond the session, as participants integrate their experiences, insights, and newfound awareness into their daily lives.
  4. Encouraging continual learning and growth. Breathwork Facilitators don’t just run courses and leave people there the best facilitators engage in ongoing education, professional development, and self-reflection to refine their skills. They deepen people’s understanding of breathwork principles and help them stay informed about emerging practices and research.

Why become a Breathwork Facilitator?

Becoming a breathwork facilitator is a deeply fulfilling and meaningful path that attracts people from all walks of life for a variety of reasons.
Here are just a few reasons why we see Breathwork Facilitators enter into this wonderful line of work.

You’ve been personally transformed yourself.

Many people are drawn to becoming a facilitators themselves because they have personally experienced profound transformations through breathwork practices.

Maybe you’ve done a course and you feel like the universe is calling out to you.

You’ve changed, and so you can help others now too.

Whether it’s overcoming anxiety, healing from past traumas, or finding inner peace, the power of conscious breathing has a profound impact on personal growth and well-being.

Becoming a facilitator allows individuals to share these life-changing benefits with others and contribute to their healing journey.

You have a passion for healing and wellness

Breathwork is recognised for its therapeutic benefits, including stress reduction, emotional release and increased vitality.
Healing Breathwork

Facilitators are passionate about promoting holistic wellness and helping others achieve physical, mental and emotional balance through breathwork techniques.

Their work is driven by a desire to support healing and empower individuals to lead healthier, more fulfilling lives.

You have a strong desire to help others.

Breathwork Facilitators have a strong sense of service and compassion for others – which is often what gets them motivated to become a certified facilitator.

Ultimately, they’re fiercely dedicated to creating safe, nurturing spaces where people can explore their inner landscape, process emotions and cultivate self-awareness.

Facilitators don’t just do the role because it pays well (see below).
They take joy in witnessing the positive transformations and growth experienced by their students, knowing that they have played a role in facilitating healing and personal empowerment.

You want to feel empowered.

Guiding others through breathwork sessions can be incredibly empowering for facilitators.

They witness first-hand the resilience, courage and inner strength exhibited by their clients as they navigate challenges, release limitations and embrace their full potential.

Facilitators empower individuals to take ownership of their well-being and make positive changes in their lives.

You’re a passionate mental health advocate.

Breathwork is an incredibly valuable tool for mental health support. People who are passionate about mental health will often consider breathwork as a career.

Facilitators play a crucial role in addressing issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and emotional imbalances.

They aren’t therapists, but they do provide therapeutic breathwork sessions that promote relaxation, emotional release, and inner peace.

Ultimately, facilitators are crucial to the science because they contribute to the growing field of integrative and holistic approaches to mental health care.

You want to expand your career potential.

Holistic wellness is expanding, creating diverse career opportunities for breathwork facilitators.

If you’re a certified facilitator, you could gain opportunities to work in wellness centres, yoga studios, retreats, corporate settings through holding private workshops and events or, healthcare facilities or private practice.

How much can Breathwork Facilitators make?

Breathwork improves lives, with creativity the possibilities are endless. Breathwork instructors can create multiple streams of income through the generation of programs, classes, courses, workshops and individualised support. 

As a breathwork instructor, there are so many options!  You may like to choose breathwork as a hobby, a part-time gig or go full-time as a Breathwork Facilitator.  Another great option; with creativity is to build the delivery of breathwork into a complementary service to enhance and expand your current offerings.

Breathwork Facilitators can expect to earn anything from $25 per week to $6000 and beyond, depending on their offerings, time, creativity and commitment.

Learn more in this article about How Much Can You Earn As A Breathwork Instructor.

How to become a Breathwork Facilitator (the step-by-step process)

You can’t just learn a few tips about breathwork and call yourself a facilitator.

It’s a deeply personal journey to becoming one.

1. Become a master of breathing

Start by immersing yourself in the practice of conscious breathing – and become an expert.

Explore various breathwork techniques, such as diaphragmatic breathing, circular breathing, alternate nostril breathing, and transformational breathwork.

Attend workshops, classes, and retreats led by experienced facilitators to deepen your understanding and experience of breathwork.

You’ll want to develop a daily breathwork practice to cultivate self-awareness, relaxation and inner connection. You’ll also want to experiment with different breathing patterns, rhythms, and intentions to explore the diverse effects of breathwork on your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

2. Find yourself a mentor

You don’t have to go through the journey alone.

You’ll want to seek guidance and mentorship from seasoned breathwork facilitators who embody the qualities and skills you aspire to develop.

A mentor can offer invaluable insights, feedback, and support as you navigate your journey as a facilitator. They can share their wisdom, techniques, and experiences, helping you refine your approach, overcome challenges, and deepen your impact.

This means you’ll want to attend mentorship programs, workshops, or one-on-one sessions with trusted mentors who resonate with your values and goals.

You’ll want to learn from their expertise, observe their facilitation style, and integrate their teachings into your own practice and facilitation techniques.

3. Join a community of breathwork enthusiasts

No one is more excited about breathwork than us!  When one grows, we all grow!  Being a leader in Breathwork might feel like a solo gig, but with Breathless, you are far from alone. 

At Breathless we, pride ourselves on community and connection.  We have an ever-growing tribe of Breathwork enthusiasts that come together regularly to share knowledge, practice skills, problem-solve and play!

4. Learn the science of breathwork

Breathwork is the place where science meets spirit. If you are reading this, you have more than likely experienced the power of breathwork.  But how does it all work?  

Understanding the science behind breathwork gives you credibility and confidence in an ever-growing industry, it allows you to customise breathwork in a way that is specific for your client to create the life-changing results that you would like to see in a safe and supported environment.  

Understanding and applying the science of breathwork to your sessions places you as a leader in the industry.  It elevates your client’s trust in you, empowering them to continue a journey that not only feels good but is scientifically proven to improve both their physical and mental well-being.

At Breathless we pride ourselves on being at the forefront of science and education.  We are actively involved with Australian University research, bringing the science of breathwork to public awareness and continuing to evolve, empower and educate our instructors to deliver this on a larger scale.

5. Find your unique teaching style

You are unique and this is what makes you amazing. Teaching breathwork allows you to teach from a place of authenticity and freedom once you master the science behind it.  Understanding the science of breathwork, allows you to apply these concepts in a way that shines from within you naturally. 

There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to breathwork and the way that it is delivered, this is one of the reasons that it is so powerful.  Finding your unique style allows you to deliver breathwork with creativity and confidence. 

Breathwork can be delivered in small groups, large groups, or individualised sessions, depending on your goals.

6. Get certified

Certification generates credibility in the industry and confidence within you to provide breathwork in a way that is safe and effective.

Becoming a Certified Breathwork Instructor allows you to work as part of a wider team of complementary therapists to support the health of your clients. Breathless is a leader in research and education for breathwork. 

As the research evolves, so do we.  As a certified Breathless Instructor, you have access to ongoing monthly evidence-based webinars, mentoring opportunities and face-to-face upskilling events to continually expand your skills, knowledge & confidence.

7. Patience and enjoy the process

Becoming a skilled practitioner is an evolution and takes time.  The beauty of this is there is never an end goal, just a continuum of growth and exploration as you experiment and implement skills, walking the path towards mastery.   

Breathwork is a rich and multifaceted practice with much to explore and learn.  By approaching training with patience and openness, you allow yourself time and space to deepen your understanding of the techniques, theory and application of breathwork.

Learning to become a breathwork instructor is a rewarding and fulfilling experience.  By finding joy in the process of learning and growing, you cultivate a positive mindset that fuels your enthusiasm and commitment to your journey.  

As a breathwork instructor you don’t just improve the lives of others, these skills learned become deeply ingrained within you, to create profound and lasting changes in your own life. 

Rebekah’s Story Of Becoming A Breathwork Facilitator

“It’s not until we can’t breathe, that we pay attention to how important breath truly is.  Becoming overwhelmed, having a panic attack, and losing control of my breath, is where my journey into breathwork began.

Like many of us, I have lived my whole life in my head.  As an athlete, I was always very aware of my body, however, over time, had learned that to perform at high levels, I had to ignore and shut down the messages that it was sending. Although I was healthy, I always felt like something was missing; there was a sense of un-ease, a burbling sense of anxiety and an inability to switch off.  I was driven to move, not because I wanted to, but because to be able to sit inside my body, I had to. This could only go one way…  I would pendulate between having mountains of energy and wanting to be social, to locking the doors and staying in my room, not wanting to see the world.  

One day it all became too much, I crumpled on the floor, panicked, broken and unable to catch my breath.  This experience brought with it so many dark thoughts, that until this moment were foreign and incredibly frightening.

As fate would have it, the very next day, I was booked into my first breath and ice and workshop.  As I allowed my body to breathe, for the first time, I felt like I had landed on the ground in my body.  My mind stopped.  Silence.  Nothing.  Not a thought.  For the first time in my life, there was peace.

I walked out of that workshop dumbfounded and determined.  Determined to find out more about breathwork.  Breath was the missing piece.  The more I learned, the more obsessed I became.  I studied many different breathwork courses and began to implement my learnings into my naturopathic clinic.  I discovered through testing, that my clients suffering from a variation of health conditions, all had the same thing in common.  They had dysregulated breathing.  The more my clients focused on their breathing, the better the results they achieved from their treatment.  Breathwork gave me a tool to empower my clients to put their health back into their own hands.

Training with Breathless changed my life.  It integrated science with tradition, it gave me action steps.  It gave me accountability, structure and tools.  As my breathing improved, my life improved.  That burbling sense of anxiety dissolved as my body began to regulate itself through breath.  

Naturopathy is a blend of science and tradition.  Breathwork has been the bridge.

As a hairdresser, my staff members used to laugh and say that my clients were only coming to see me for their therapy sessions and the hair was a bonus or a by-product. I always loved helping others.

I met my husband in 2015, and he opened up and expressed to me that he had struggled with his mental health. He shared his story of how he was travelling Europe in his early 20’s with friends when after a few partying nights, he completely lost touch with reality.  He checked himself into a psych ward in Spain and resided there for a week until a family member flew over to bring him home

After returning to Australia, he was diagnosed with drug-induced psychosis. He was heavily medicated with anti-psychotics, anti-anxiety and anti-depressants. He struggled with severe social anxiety, night terrors and daily panic attacks.  Ross could barely leave the front door of his house for 2 years. 

I tried to help him by teaching him the basic breathwork techniques I knew at the time; box breathing and deep belly breathing.  Every time he started to have a panic attack, he would utilise his breathing techniques which helped his body to calm down.  Watching his progress, I was astounded by how over the course of 6 months, using these techniques coupled with regular exercise and mindfulness, he completely weaned off all his medications and had never been happier. The panic attacks stopped, his confidence grew, and the night terrors also ceased.

This showed me the power of breathwork and motivated me to learn more!  The fact that I witnessed this first-hand and saw his transformation left me speechless. Here was someone who could barely leave the front door for nearly two years, to someone who now stands up and runs workshops and presents to hundreds of people. 

I am truly amazed by the power of breathwork”

– Rebekah Nutter
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Johannes’s inspiring life journey is punctuated by seeking the positives in every situation, a thirst for self-discovery and a love for unconventional experiences.

Despite a challenging childhood, he discovered something unexpected that would alter the direction of his life forever – controlled breathing.

Breathwork immediately resonated with Johannes, and he relentlessly cultivated knowledge on the subject from brilliant minds such as Wim Hof, Laird Hamilton etc and acquired more than ten breathwork certifications.

His holistic wellness brand, Breathless Expeditions, has led the breathwork movement in Australia and inspired thousands of people across the globe since 2018.

With world-renowned clientele such as David Goggins, Ludovico Einaudi, A-League Sports Teams, and some of Australia’s largest companies including PwC’s The Outside event flipping professional development, team building and life reslience experiences on its head, the future is brighter than ever for Johannes and Breathless.

For additional inspiration visit his youtube channel.

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