Change Your Breath, Change Your Life with Ava Johanna
While searching for healing and working to shift pain into purpose—that’s when she found her mission…
…and it’s going global! ????
Ava Johanna survived homelessness at 16 and spent her early 20’s managing uncomfortable emotions by erasing night after night with alcohol. She knows the weight our histories can hold…and how it can be lifted through our breath.
“The very first night someone came to teach breathwork…and from that point forward, I was absolutely hooked!”
Ava is the founder of an international breathwork and meditation school called The Academy of Breath, and has worked with top brands in the wellness space like Alo Yoga, Mindbodygreen, and Yoga Journal.
Her mission is simple: to make the power of breathwork and meditation accessible to everyone by highlighting the neuroscience behind it!
Ava is breathing life into the world and teaching you how to harness its power.
Things got real personal for this one! We’re talking:
???? Shifting PAIN into PURPOSE : How Ava’s experience of homelessness led her to a greater purpose
???? Breathwork tools and strategies – The neuroscience behind breathwork
???? Intuition or logic (which one should you listen to?)
???? Breathwork practices you can do today to support anxiety, clarity and calm
???? And…My very first experience with breathwork (and a BIG decision it’s helping me explore!)
Ready to dive in?!
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR: OPEN
If you know me, you know that meditation is a key pillar of my wellness routine in addition to movement and more recently breathwork, which is why I was so excited when my friend T introduced me to Open this past summer. Open offers meditation, breathwork and movement like yoga and pilates to help support you in reaching a whole new level of mind-body wellness. You can access classes live or pre-recorded right from your device in whatever space feels most comfortable for you.
Exercises are anywhere from 5 minutes to 45-minutes and are paired with the sounds of award-winning musicians which just takes everything to the next level.
All the teachers ooze this supportive, nurturing and transcendent vibe. I swear I finish Manoj’s meditations and feel like a whole new person. The sound of his voice and his guiding words seem to sweep away fear and overthinking so that I can tap into a softer way of being. Ally is this force with the incredible capacity to hold space for you just as you are while also calling you forward into your greatest strength.
All the teachers are great. The platform is brilliant. These are the tools I talk about on the podcast and social day-in and day out and Open has kindly offered to give each of you 30-days of access for free when you use the CODE RBT. 30 days. TOTALLY FREE. Open up your phone right now and visit www.open-together.com/RBT to sign up! Join Open with 30 days free using my code.
RESOURCES & LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:
Website: avajohanna.com and academyofbreath.org
- Mind, Body, Heart Scan: https://rawbeauty.co/free-mind-body-heart-scan/
SHORT ON TIME? Here are some key topics we covered…
0:00 – My newest breath-work & meditation app obsession – OPEN
1:50 – A Raw Intro
6:15 – How Ava began her journey with breathwork
10:00 – My newest animal obsession – SHAMELESS PETS
12:00 – Ava talks about the time in her life when she became homeless
16:00 – Shifting PAIN into PURPOSE
18:00 – How to get out of a funk
25:25 – Other fav podcasts we are loving right now
26:30 – Breathwork: Ava’s first experience with it
31:00 – Breathwork practices you can do today to support anxiety, clarity and calm
35:30 – Making big decisions : when to follow intuition vs. the thinking mind – Erin’s personal story & big decisions
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