Lead by example.
“I’m laying on the floor then” Andrew Maeer declared and slid off his chair onto the carpet.
“Do you need something for your head?”
With the blinds down and music loud, we worked through four rounds of Wim Hof Method breathwork, akin to tummo breathing without the fire visualisations.
His team followed him.
With long hyperventilative phases and extended breathholds, they experienced energy generation, open-mindedness, buzzing and “floating.” We auditioned personal and professional successes in the month ahead, firing the neurotransmitter dopamine, inclining us towards positive change. All with the breath.
They experienced more than this. They shared a moment with the boss as an equal, committed to his own development as much as invested in theirs.
I have taught breathwork in many businesses and often wish they were better attended. Not because a small group is any less effective; I wish that as many people as possible understand and develop the health benefits of breathwork.
Why is it then that a company of 1200 people, for example, having invested money for my time, have less than 100% attendance?
Firstly classes are often opt in, not opt out. When this is the approach, so much investment in wellbeing is being under-utilised or not taken up at all.
Secondly, leaders and managers are often the first to say they’re too busy and unavailable to attend the very thing they paid for to optimise performance, unlock creativity or address burnout, stress or anxiety. This creates a culture within which their behaviours are followed by their teams. Inexperienced team members will look for clues from their peers and those senior to them. See them eating lunch at their desks rather than spending an hour with some breathwork guy?
“That’s what I’m meant to do then.”
Budget, intention, wellness, meet drain.
If you lead, get involved in your wellbeing or coaching programme. Be at the front, on your back, breathing it all in. Then, when you next address your team and suggest you care, they’ll know you mean it.
Lead by example. You’ll enjoy it.
If you’d like me to come to your company and teach your team about the power of breathwork, please email me and we can talk about the details.