About Samuel Jakob Kirschner
There is a simple joy we're born with - the joy of being alive, being ourSelf, and belonging to life. When we lose that joy, we lose our humanity, our connection with God, with love, and with the soul. That loss results in a depression of the life force, and a numbing of the intelligence of the heart, breath & soul. Having lost that joy several time in my life, and trying to end my life twice, I was blessed ten years ago with discovering a practice that keeps returning me to the present of my soul and the joy I was born with, with The five steps of the Breaze.
It took me four decades of searching, self-healing and recovery, to learn that everything about our human experience deserves compassion. It’s our job as adults to take care of ourselves, and give ourselves the loving attention, kindness and compassion we expect from others, especially to the parts in us that feel unlovable, damaged and lost.
When you open your heart, Breathe-Love, and have a heart for now, you can find the truth of your being, access the wisdom, joy & beauty of your soul, and be free to be Love. You can celebrate your life and be happy with yourself at any age, against the odds of what you were taught or expected.
Life is a spectacular gift and an amazing journey. It takes time and skills to learn to be happy and at ease with yourself. Don’t sell your life short. Take care of yourself and remember who you are. BreatheSelfJove, honor your loss and make space, celebrate and heal. Your experience is unique and sacred. Practice daily being curious and growing spiritually. Release negative emotions and lighten up. Discover your magnificent being! You can be more graceful and more beautiful in your soul, as you grow older in time. Be a force of nature, and a chuckle in the breath of the universe :)
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.”
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 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 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. For Long Island high schools in 2013. For trauma & PTSD survivors in South Sudan in 2015. 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.
Samuel works with patients 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 Jakob Kirschner 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 MOJOE - joy, oxygen and ease. Be empowered to choose being the victor of your present breath, rather than the victim of historical 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
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 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 and the sacred celebration even in times of catastrophic event and life-challenging circumstance. Practicing mindfulness has taught me the power of compassionate witnessing 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 compassion, and who continue to inspire and guide me on my journey to love all the way and healing.
“Each moment, life as it is - the only teacher. Being just this moment - compassion’s way.”
Have a heart for yourself. Open your heart to the breath. Follow your joy, oxygen and ease. Celebrate the sacredness of the present moment.”
Samuel Jakob Kirschner
Founder of The BREAZE
Teacher, counselor, author, recording artist
I’m an artist of living, a self-healer, and a mentch, part of the human race. I was born in a displaced people’s camp in Germany, and was one year old when my parents immigrated to the newly found state of Israel in 1948.
I was born with incredible joy, but at the same time, I could feel the overwhelming grief and loss in my family, but it was not to be discussed. As I was growing up, I often doubted my right to exist and feel the joy I was born with, without feeling guilty that I was abandoning my family. Like many survivors with post traumatic stress, I have weathered severe bouts of fear, anxiety and depression, which spurred me to dig ever so deeper to find the truth of my being and the meaning of my life. When I thought of what I would do when I would grow up, the most important thing was being a descent human being, or a mensch as it was called in my family.
On my journey to find who I am, I studied and practiced Psychology and Philosophy, Body-Centered Psychotherapy, Massage-therapy, Yoga, Qi-Gong, Kabalistic, Zen, Sufi and Vipassana meditation. I served in the Israeli army in the mid 60's, worked for the Israeli airlines and travelled the world in late sixties, and moved to Paris in the early seventies to live with my first male partner, who was a famous dancer and choreographer. I moved to NYC in 1974 to work for a movie company and pursue a career in the movie industry.
A year after moving to NYC I had my first bout of severe depression that lasted a year. I never experienced such pain & despair before. While trying psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, I came out of the depression almost a year later, a month after finding & practicing yoga and meditation in Tel-Aviv Israel. In 1975 I began my spiritual path of self-healing, meditation and transformation. I vowed to follow life as my teacher, rather than my EFM (ego fear mind). Through my work with people with AIDS in the 1980’s, I witnessed firsthand the power of Self-love, acceptance, inner joy and celebration, even in times of crisis, catastrophic events, and in the process of dying. Through recovery work I learned how to connect to the breath as my higher power, and allow it to wash clear fear-based beliefs, heal trauma and release negative emotions. But it was through the loss of my partner Stan and my struggle with the unbearable pain of depression, that I found the healing power of self-compassion, sacred celebration, and loving all the way.
Moment-by-moment, breath- by-breath, you can follow the unconditional love in your breath, breathe compassion to your challenges, love, celebrate and heal. You can breathe, connect and dance with your loved ones, dead or alive, in person and long distance. I am grateful to the beautiful and courageous souls who inspire and guide me on my journey to healing and love. “Each moment life as it is – the only teacher. Being just this moment, compassion’s way”. (Jocko Beck)
Samuel J. Kirschner,
founder of B R E A Z E
(Teacher, counselor, author, recording artist)