Samuel Jakob Kirschner
Samuel Jakob Kirschner is a healing artist, meditation teacher, and a certified Breath-Body-Mind teacher. Samuel developed The BREAZE, a five-step moving-meditation-transformational-journey to the heart. As an emotional healer, he ascribes to the perspective that “healing emotions (Energy in MOTION) is honoring the feelings, and transforming the story we tell ourselves about it with the compassion of the breath & the joy of the soul you were born with.”
(“I’m a breath with a story, practicing not becoming a story without a breath…” )
He creatively combines natural movement, dance, restorative breathing and humor, using body and breath to allow you to experience your Being, both in action and in stillness. This practice is enjoyed by people of all ages, and can be shared with friends and family to keep you connected to the breath in everyday life. It can help you find relief and heal from emotional trauma, stress, anxiety, depression, loss and grief.
Samuel collaborated with psychiatrists Drs. Gerbarg and Brown by offering The Breaze in 2013, at a year-long study of utilizing the breath for schizophrenic patients at a New York hospital & at Gilda’s Club New York City in 2014. At a Long Island high schools in 2013. For trauma & PTSD survivors in South Sudan in 2015, and for Syrian refugees in Berlin in 2016. Samuel presents The Breaze during the annual B-B-M Teachers’ Training. He presented The Breaze at The Resilient Child Workshop held at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, in October 2014.
In 1985-1990 Samuel facilitated The New York Healing Circle for people with HIV & AIDS, and from 2000-2017 he taught The Breaze at Friends In Deed NYC.
Samuel works with people of all ages, facilitating them to develop a breathing practice they can utilize on a daily basis to continue and maintain their process of healing.
Samuel’s comments on his own healing journey: At some point in my struggle with anxiety and depression, I was inspired by working with Dr. Richard Brown to accept that my condition may never fully go away, and that healing it could become my resilient life path. At all times, I try paying heart-felt attention and partner my life with the breath. I notice when I get triggered by anxiety, tell the truth of my experience, open my heart to the breath and connect to the joy I was born with. I am a passionate believer in conscious & daily practice. “It works if you work it, so work it, you’re worth it.” I can help you develop a daily practice of The BREAZE and celebrate your JoieDeVivre - joy, oxygen and ease. Be empowered to choose being the victor of your present breath, rather than the victim of post traumatic stress.
“Samuel is an amazing healer and teacher, with phenomenal experience. He especially masters helping students become one with the breath, in stillness and movement.” Dr. Richard P. Brown
bio: I was born in a displaced people’s camp in Germany. I was one year old when my parents immigrated to the newly established state of Israel in 1948. While I was born with incredible joy, I could just as intensely feel the pain of the world, and the deep grief and loss in my family, lose myself and deny my right to exist. Like many seekers, I have weathered bouts of anxiety and depression which spurred me to dig ever so deeper, to find the truth of my Being, and the meaning of my life. On my path to self-healing, I studied body-centered psychotherapy, yoga, Qigong, Kabbalah, Zen & Vipassana meditation with some amazing teachers. Through my work with the AIDS community in the New York Healing Circle in the1980's, I witnessed first hand, the potent resilience of our inner-joy, dance and sacred-celebration even in times of catastrophic events and life-challenging circumstances. Practicing mindfulness has taught me the power of compassionate witnessing of the present moment. Conscious breathing techniques led me to the source of healing, calm and joy within. I discovered the healing power of the breath and learned how to connect to the breath inside fear-based thoughts and move through negative feelings. Moment-by-moment, breath-by-breath, you can connect to joy in your breath, and breathe-as-one with loved ones, dead or alive. I am eternally grateful to life as the only teacher, and to the courageous souls I have encountered, who taught me the power of kindness & compassion, and who continue to inspire and guide me on my journey to love all the way and healing.
Samuel J. Kirschner,
founder of The B R E A Z E
(Healer, Teacher, Counselor, Author, Recording artist)