Conscious Breathing for Trauma Recovery (CBTR)

A simple and safe self-help programme teaching conscious breathing to anyone suffering from trauma, anxiety, burnout and/or depression.

The CBTR programme provides free online conscious breathing education to all, through:

  • giving practical instructions for developing an awareness of current breathing habits
  • teaching specific breathing exercises to recalibrate the autonomic nervous system
  • introducing the IBF breathing App to support regular practice.

Benefits of Conscious Breathing:                                                                                               

  • Recalibrates the sympathetic & parasympathetic systems (fight/flight versus rest/digest)
  • Restores calmness and inner security
  • Increases optimism, motivation and hope
  • Builds up resilience (physical, emotional, psychological)

Can improve conditions such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • High blood pressure
  • Depression
  • Bed wetting

The Conscious Breathing for Trauma Recovery programme was developed by my friend and colleague Judee Gee and myself over the last few years within the International Breathwork Foundation. It was first conceived in 2017 to bring relief to the refugees, migrants, victims of natural disasters, as well as to the locally affected populations and associated relief organisation staff. It was then piloted over a twelve-month period (2018) in Athens, where it was delivered in direct liaison with local NGO’s providing on-the ground support for refugees. We were ready to finalize it with the production of a video at the GIC in Sweden in 2019, when the world pandemic had us changed our plans radically.

Looking at what people all over the world were going through, it became evident that our programme needed to be made readily available to a much wider population. We therefore decided to expand it to include anyone suffering from trauma, anxiety, burnout and depression.

Our CBTR programee is simple and safe and was always meant to be facilitated by non-breathworkers as well as breathworkers, so we are now making it available FOR FREE to everyone through a series of videos (in English) and, soon be available, its accompaigning scripts (in French, Spanish, Dutch, Arabic and German – for the time being).

Links to the CBTR training:




Play list “IBF CBTR: Conscious Breathing for Trauma Recovery”:

You are hence invited to:

  • use the CBTR programme (or part of it) with your clients
  • teach it to individuals or support groups in your community
  • teach it to your students if you run a breathwork training
  • contact local refugee support group and introduce them to the CBTR programme
  • share it widely 😊

In doing so, you will be contributing to the Goal 3 of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, which is to “Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”.

You must however take full responsibility for your work and abide by the disclaimer below:


The information in this training is designed to provide helpful instructions for transcending trauma and reinforcing natural resiliency. It is not intended to be used to diagnose or treat any medical conditions. IBF, the publisher and authors are not responsible for any specific health needs that may require medical supervision and are not liable for any damages or negative consequences from any actions or applications by any person following the information in this training programme. References are provided for informational purposes only and do not constitute endorsement of any websites or sources. Participants should be aware that the resources and websites listed are subject to change.


Should you be offering the CBTR programme for a fee, we invite you to consider donating part of your profit to the IBF Breathwork Development Fund to support the creation of further programmes.

For the IBF Breathwork Development Fund go to:


The breathing technique we teach in our Conscious breathing for Trauma Recovery (CBTR) programme is called Coherent Breathing and was developed by Stephen Elliott (The New Science of Breath – We are grateful to Stephen for allowing us to use this technique.

Judee and I had originally planned to create the videos together at the Breathwork conference in Sweden in 2019, but it got cancelled and I am very grateful to Judee Gee and her colleagues in France  for the production of the CBTR video series.

And finally, Judee and I are very grateful to the IBF Breathwork Development Fund for financing our 3 trips to Athens and to the IBF Executive Team for their support and allowing us to create this programme within the organisation.

May we all breathe freely and be happy,

Brigitte Martin Powell

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