How to Breathe! To Activate the Calm Response in Your Body


“No matter what you eat, how much you exercise, how skinny or young or wise you are, none of it matters if you’re not breathing properly. There is nothing more essential to our health and well-being than breathing: take air in, let it out, repeat 25,000 times a day. Yet, as a species, humans have lost the ability to breathe correctly, with grave consequences.”

– James Nestor, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

How to Breathe! To Activate the Calm Response in Your Body is a video presentation by Melissa Holland Mansika. Melissa is a stay-at-home mom, homeschool teacher and career and life transition specialist from Boulder, Colorado. She has a background in teaching graduate psychology students career counselling, life transitions and positive psychology. It is a pleasure to learn from and alongside her as one of my peers in the Self-Reg Facilitator’s Program course!

As a result of her curiosity on the breath and breathing, she created and shared this video presentation about a way of breathing that can activate the calm response in the body. Upon request, after watching her presentation, Melissa kindly gave me permission to share it. In this video, she shares traps and tips of breathing, the anatomy of the breath, and the difference between nasal and mouth breathing. Thank you, Melissa, for expanding my understanding on the breath and breathing, and for allowing your knowledge on this topic to be shared with others!

“Taking some time to learn about the complexity of the breath in the human body, can result in greatly reduced hidden stressors.”

– Melissa Holland Mansika

For Career and Life Transition Coaching, connect with Melissa Holland Mansika by visiting her WayFinders website.

How to Breathe! To Activate the Calm Response in Your Body by Melissa Holland Mansika

Additional Resources on Breathing

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, by James Nestor

How to Maximize the Power of Your Breath (The Goop Podcast with James Nestor)

Conscious Breathing: Discover the Power of your Breath, by Anders Olsson

Calming Down a Stressed Brain Through Conscious Breathing with Anders Olsson

The Oxygen Advantage, by Patrick McKeown

Shut Your Mouth to Change Your Life with Patrick McKeown


This website is provided only for informational purposes and not intended to be used to replace professional advice, treatment or professional care. Always speak to your physician, healthcare provider or pediatrician if you have concerns about your own health or the health of a child.

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