I was born in Southern California where I spent the first eight years of my life moving from town to town with my parents, going to different schools, making new friends and packing up to go to the next city. When I was 8 years old, I moved from Huntington Beach to Cincinnati, OH, in the dead of winter. Quite a shock for a kid who lived on the beach and in the ocean. That lasted almost two years until we picked up and moved to Houston, TX for a few years. My father was a traveling salesman, but not like Willie Loman. He was climbing the corporate ladder at record pace. At the age of 13 we moved to the SF Bay Area, where I went to high school, learned about sex, drugs and rock & roll, and everything else in between. I moved around a little bit more, myself, after high school, living up and down the coast of California, surfing as much as possible, and trying to figure out this thing called life. I went to SF State University, where I got my BA in Liberal Arts, and started my career in Sales with Xerox Corp. I decided Sales wasn't for me, so I moved to Los Angeles to be an actor. So, of course, I was a waiter, among other things. I had some success, but decided that I actually didn't have the resiliency to continue, and that was ok. I began working in drug and alcohol treatment, where I am today, and I am always diving into new projects, new ways of approaching the field and new methods for helping others to fight this unbelievably devastating dis-ease.
When I first did Breathwork I had no idea what I was getting into! I just thought it would be a form of meditation and I might be able to get rid of some stress. I also thought that I was gonna be with a bunch of new age hippies, burning sage and fending off evil spirits. Believe me, I went through a little phase of that, but it's not really my lifestyle. Little did I know that I would accessing some of my deepest emotions and core belief systems and that I would be challenged to face these things head on. This experience led me to continue practicing Breathwork and train to facilitate classes. I have experienced profound joy through this experience and truly believe that I have been called to help others experience their own personal transformation through this practice. That is why I started offering Breathwork in Agoura Hills.
I have been on a journey of self-discovery through my own struggles with alcohol and drug addiction. When I was 26 years old, I got sober and thought that my life would just fall into place and I would get married, have kids, get rich and live the good life. What I didn't know was that I was about to embark on the most challenging...and rewarding experience of my life. Now, almost 24 years later, I have realized that the journey continues. I have had multiple careers, had my heart broken, made money, lost money, had "success" and "failure". I also got married and had a child, and those two things are all that matter to me today! I have discovered that there is no final destination and that change is constant. It's how I deal with changes that is most important. Breathwork is the vehicle that works for me to assist in handling adversity and dealing with life on life's terms. I have gotten the most clarity through my practice, so I choose to do my own personal work this way. I don't think Breathwork is the only way to find healing from our past, I just think it has been the most profound and transformational experience for me; and it is working very well for a lot of people around me.
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This work is extremely personal and unique for each individual. It really doesn't matter what I tell you or what your best friend says about it. You just need to come try it for yourself.