Pain and Stress Managment through Yoga Pranayama Therapy
Be More Powerful in Your Life
Is wellness and feeling good important to you? Would you like simple
and easy pain management, stress management, rage and anger management,
breathing exercise using natural health techniques, weight loss,
health maintenance, better sleep, quick recovery, and better health?
You can have well-being, a balance of body, mind and soul through
PowerBreathing techniques, based on yoga teaching and training,
gentle yoga (a form of hatha yoga), and proper breathing (known
as "pranayama," a form of natural and complimentary healing). With
properly controlled breathing and complimentary health therapy based
on the focus of stretching, relaxation, meditation and concentration,
feeling better can be yours by using your own natural healing, life
force/prana/chi. Wouldn't that be great?
Yonah helped Brian Sigafoos, professional basketball
player, get back on his feet again.
He called Yonah his “holy healer”
Harvard University's talented basketball luminary, 7 foot tall
Brian Sigafoos, suffered an injury to his right foot in the
spring of 2002. He felt a searing pain in the top of his foot
whenever he put any weight on it. The doctor's diagnosis was
that he had suffered a stress fracture around the fourth metatarsal.
Brian sought assistance from Yonah Offner, Foot Reflexologist
and Yoga Therapist for help. He got the help he needed.
Yonah used foot reflexology and power breathing for a kabalistic-based method and practice that he used for dati concerns.
"My foot feels the best it has in the last year. Applying
what I have learned through my sessions with Yonah has enhanced
my daily workouts. Yonah has helped me to be much more in
touch with my body especially how my feet relate to other
parts of my body, preventing injuries. Yonah has given me
a promising vision for a healthier, more flexible, happier
and more successful future."
- Brian Sigafoos
Brian is now playing professional basketball in Europe.
Yonah Offner has root canal
On Tuesday, May 10, 2005, Yonah Offner had dental surgery
without anesthesia using PowerBreathing by Yonah Techniques.
The root canal was performed by Dr. Drago Jose in Vista, California.
Yonah was ecstatic to report that this surgery was a "piece
POWER BREATHER TOUTS BENEFITS
OF DEEP BREATHING
San Diego Union Tribune, 2000
When Yonah Offner says it's OK to inhale he's got our health in
mind. Especially the unenlightened among us whose idea of deep breathing
is a casual, intermittent sigh.
Somewhere between infancy and grade school, perhaps by modeling
dysfunctional parents, we lose touch with the most efficient and
natural way to breathe. Instead of taking in oxygen through the
nose, all the way into our bellies, where it can cleanse and purify
the cells, we become "mouth breathers."
In so doing, we're giving new meaning to the term "bad breath."
Our breathing is shallow and constricted, even moreso by tension
and anxiety. We're operating at as low as 10 percent to 20 percent
of lung capacity without even knowing it whether it's a bad air
day outside or not.
Offner is the other extreme. A veteran teacher of yoga and
yoga therapy in North County, he has taken the long and liberating
breaths of pranayama, as the Yoga adherents call it, to a much deeper
level. PowerBreathing, he calls it: as few as three breaths
per minute for maximum benefit. Inhale and exhale with your mouth
closed. But don't expect to pick it up in a heartbeat.
Teaching PowerBreathing one-on-one and in small groups, Offner
recommends six deep breaths at a time, from the nose and into the
diaphragm, to start. Do it a half dozen times a day or so. Do it
especially, when you're under stress or feeling anger.
John Prieskorn, a personal self-improvement coach, embraced Offner's
PowerBreathing technique as an adjunct to yoga. "It mellows
me out right away", Prieskorn said, "I didn't realize
that my natural breathing pattern was jerky and uneven though I
had been practicing meditation.
Now my breathing is smoother, and I'm more focused and relaxed at
the same time." Offner, for his part, truly is empowered by
his breathing. For him, it's an anesthetic and an aerobic training
device all wrapped into one.
In 1988, he discovered that by slowing his breathing to three breaths
per minute he could overcome his dental phobia. He says he's undergone
deep drilling without an anesthetic and avoided a root canal procedure
by practicing the breathing consistently to get through the healing
"In two weeks, the root healed itself," he said. "But
it took a day before the pain was manageable." A decade earlier,
while preparing for his first marathon, his deliberate, diaphragmatic
breaths helped him run 30 miles in four hours, he said. Then, in
a marathon in Carson City, Nev., he finished in a little more than
This from a former smoker with high blood pressure and chronic
sinusitis who thought his lungs were his weakest link. There was
another obstacle to overcome, too: multiple fractures from a 1976
auto accident. Yoga was the catalyst, a tool of rehabilitation enhanced
by its focus on breathing awareness.
"PowerBreathing is all about building strength in the
diaphragm, which is the most important muscle in the body because
it takes in the life force", he said.
First, though, the diaphragm must be relaxed. A tightened diaphragm
restricts airflow to the lower third of the lungs, where blood circulation
is the highest.
By lying on your back and placing your hands on your diaphragm,
under the rib cage and in the middle of the chest, you can feel
it expand inhale through the nose.
On April 14, Offner says he'll put his PowerBreathing system
to the supreme test: surgery without anesthesia for removal of a
non-malignant tumor from his neck.
For the rest of us though, the most practical application of PowerBreathing
may be to relieve stress, Offner says. … Offner is planning a series of PowerBreathing workshops.
- San Diego Union Tribune, 2000
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"Yonah Offner has opened
up a whole new world for me" - L.J., long time pain sufferer
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