Join me for a week-long luxury retreat in Bali this October and learn to meditate amidst the beauty and spirit of Bali – go to lilab.life/baliretreat to learn more!
In 2010, Emma Ferris had what she describes as her ‘handbrake moment’. It was a moment that would make her question everything she believed she knew as a clinical physiotherapist and wellbeing practitioner. And on a personal level, it nearly brought her to her knees. The discovery and learning that Emma undertook to get through some very tough times would lead her to discover what true wellness looks like and the critical link between effective breathing and health and happiness.
Today, Emma Ferris is the trailblazer behind The Butterfly Effect. She is a wellness architect, a breath geek and someone who is truly, madly, deeply committed to teaching the world to breathe effectively. Emma is the creator of The Big Exhale breathing course, a public speaker, an acupuncturist, a Pilates instructor and a registered physiotherapist with over 12 years’ clinical experience. Emma’s straightforward, yet empathetic approach has seen her help people around the globe realise the power of effective breathing. Emma has helped patients recover from dysfunctional breathing patterns, injury, stress, chronic fatigue, hyperventilation, depression and chronic neck and back pain.
I joined Emma in her hometown ofbreath-basedNew Zealand a small isolated town at the end of a road and at the top of a lake.
We talk about the stages of life we work towards and expect to occur and the stress and drive we can put ourselves through in order to achieve success. Often it is only when something extreme happens that we consider and look for another way to live.
For Emma, this was suffering Hyperemesis gravidarum during the pregnancies of her two children. A severe and debilitating form of morning sickness.
Emma is my first guest to not be a meditation teacher or student of Ascension meditation and we discuss the differences between various styles of meditation and I share with Emma a bit about how Ascension works.
Emma shares how for her it was through focusing on a breath based practice that she was able to find calm, by focusing on calming her body first it then allowed her to calm her mind and we discuss in more depth the mind-body connection.
We discuss the myth that meditation needs to require a form of suffering which must be broken through in order to experience peace found on the other side.
Emma shares how the breath and poor breathing patterns take a toll on the body’s blood chemistry. And how it is possible to breathe your way into joy!
“If you can harness the power of your breath, you can harness a life of vibrant health and happiness.” Emma Ferris
The Butterfly Effect provides breathing training (and retraining) to transform physical and mental wellbeing.
We talk about ecstatic dance and the energy and meditative effect that dance can have and our own experiences with it - including my tendency to get angry when dancing! And then also another time when I was so Zenned out from dancing that I drove my scooter into a fence in Bali!
Finally Emma shares a simple secret for happiness - SMILING!
If you would like to try Emma’s program to discover more calm, focus and joy through better breathing, you can sign up to her 30-day program The Big Exhale - www.thebigexhale.com
The first 5 days are free and then you can use the promo code: LilaB to get $30 off the rest of the course - Thank you, Emma, for that beautiful gift!