The Breathe Project
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Breathe Project is an independent health promotion initiative, empowering youth, schools and communities with one simple breathing technique. The main focus is on providing public schools with free workshops as well as supplying resources to support integration and ensure sustainability. Breath Project founders Bodhi and Kat Whitaker teach the students followed by the teachers on how to practically use this technique and integrate it into the classroom for 3-minutes each day.
Breath Project Founder, Bodhi Whitaker took the time to chat to us about the project after hosting the interactive yoga classes at this year's Surfing World Camp.
CW: How did the Breathe Project come about?
BW: I saw it all unfold during the fifth day of a ten day silent Vipassana retreat. The whole vision finally became clear, and I saw Kat and I standing in front of 500 kids, sharing the power of breathing correctly, in a fresh and interactive way. With a banner behind us, saying "from the community, for the community".
I called up Kat (she was in India) and I told her about my vision. I was super nervous for her response as for Breathe Project to come to life it needed both of us. She replied with, "Wow that's funny as I wrote something similar to that, just the other day..." from that moment it was ON!
CW: What's your vision for the future development of youth around the world?
BW: I want youth to be connected within. Choosing subjects, jobs, friends, activities and opportunities based upon their own alignment and the feeling it brings. Focusing on 'what makes them come alive' and not caring about what other people will think. Knowing that they can develop their own mind. Develop their own opinion and that too can change. Just imagine, a world of people living a life that brings them peace, joy, and aliveness. Inspiring others comes naturally from this place, so the whole world can lift up and continue to evolve! One line that has always helped me connect within is "Listen to all, follow none". The breath helps us tune in.
CW: What's the plan surrounding the upcoming tour?
BW: Our plan is to revolutionise the old school. We all know it needs to change and we're ready to smash stress and anxiety (and the label it has). This East Coast Tour is all about spreading breath awareness and workshops with youth, schools and communities as we strip our lives back to simplicity and life in a van! It has been fully fuelled by our Crowd Funding campaign https://www.chuffed.org/project/breathe-project which makes it free for all public schools! We have 11 weeks on the road, aiming to reach 50 schools and support the teachers to then integrate this simple breathing technique for 3 minutes each morning. What a way to start the day aye?
CW: How can the community get involved?
BW: We just need parents and students to say these simple words; "WE NEED THIS IN OUR SCHOOL." We don't approach any schools. The power is in the people; parents and teachers. So if you are somewhere between Gold Coast and Lorne in Victoria, you have an opportunity to be the voice.
Registration is done through our website and emailing or handing in the Breathe Project info Pack to the school. From there we follow up with the schools and make magic happen! This approach has helped us through many barriers and is proving to be super successful. 29 schools on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland have already become part of the movement.
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