About Our Guest- Jen Broyles: Raise Your Vibration with SOMA Breathwork & Essential Oils
Jen Broyles is a Holistic Health Coach, SOMA Breathwork Instructor, Essential Oils Coach, and founder of the Sacred Breath Community who helps individuals restore and optimize their health by calming the nervous system and addressing the root cause of their symptoms. Jen focuses on the impact of chronic stress, gut health, and emotional imprints that may keep someone stuck in their current condition. She recognizes that an over-stimulated nervous system, compromised digestion, and suppressed emotions lead to imbalances throughout the mind, body, and spirit. She combines breathwork, essential oils, nutrition, and other holistic modalities to help clients create a lifestyle of health, vitality and freedom. Her personal story is what inspired her to educate and guide others. She dealt with digestive issues, anxiety, and hormone imbalances for years and was unable to find relief from conventional medicine. She left her career in pharmaceutical sales and returned to school to study integrative nutrition followed by training in essential oils and breathwork. She believes that nourishing the mind, body, and soul with healing foods, proper breathing, self-love, and healthy emotional processing leads to a transformative healing experience. You can visit her website for wellness resources, breathing techniques, and essential oil guidance at www.jenbroyles.com. Click here to learn more about the Sacred Breath Community.
Full Podcast Transcription
Diva Nagula 00:02
Hello, everyone and welcome to another episode of From Doctor to Patient. I have Jen Broyles joining us. She is a holistic coach, a SOMA breathwork instructor, essential oils coach and founder of The Sacred Breath Community who helps individuals restore and optimize their health by calming the nervous system, addressing the root cause of their symptoms. Jen focuses on the impact of chronic stress, gut health, and emotional imprints that may keep someone stuck in their current condition. She recognizes that an overstimulated nervous system compromised digestion, and suppressed emotions lead to imbalances throughout the mind, body and spirit. She combines breathwork essential oils, nutrition, and other holistic modalities to help clients create a lifestyle of health, vitality and freedom. Her personal story is what inspired her to educate and guide others. she dealt with digestive issues, anxiety and hormone imbalances for years and was unable to find relief from conventional medicine. She left her career in pharmaceutical sales and returned to school to study integrative nutrition, followed by training in essential oils and breathwork. She believes that nourishing the mind, body and soul with healing foods, proper breathing, self love and healthy emotional processing leads to a transformative healing experience. You can visit her website for wellness resources, breathing techniques and essential oil guidance at www.JenBroyles.com – Jen, how are you today?
Jen Broyles 00:02
Especially if you’re someone listening and you’re not a fan of meditation because you think it’s too hard or you can’t get into that place. This breathwork will get you there you’ll go into a deep meditative state you can start to begin to reprogram imprints that might be holding you back from being your best self. I’m great. Dr. Diva, how are you?
Diva Nagula 01:13
I’m fantastic. You know, after reading your bio out loud, and it’s just like we’re aligned on the same frequency. And it’s such a pleasure to meet someone that is passionate about the exact same things that I’m passionate about.
Jen Broyles 01:22
Yes, I totally agree. I think we’re gonna have a good conversation.
Diva Nagula 01:24
So I’d love to hear more about your story. You know, how you got into being a holistic health coach. And what’s even fascinating is you actually left the pharmaceutical sales industry. Wow, that is like, kudos to you.
Jen Broyles 02:26
Thank you. Thank you. Yes. You know, I, I think like so many of us that end up as practitioners in the world of natural health, it usually stems out of our own personal health journey, or that of a loved one and seeking answers. And that was the case for me. And yeah, at the time, I was working in pharmaceutical sales. I grew up in a very conventionally minded home in terms of health care, and you go to the doctor, you get a prescription, and you get better. And that’s, that’s what I knew to be true. And I started experiencing some digestive issues in my early 20s. And I never really said anything about it or told anyone about it. Because mainly because I was embarrassed about it. And I just didn’t talk about it. And I thought eventually it would go away and things would go back to normal, and they didn’t and, and over the course of my 20s, things seem to progressively get worse. And I found myself having other symptoms as well like anxiety and hormone imbalances and skin issues. And I was seeing all of these different specialists for each of these different issues and getting prescribed all of these different medications and doing a bunch of different tests, and nothing was solving the problem and nothing was coming back as like an actual you know, diagnosis of anything. Um, and so I was really frustrated because I was on different medications for digestive stuff, and then I was on skin medications, and I was on antidepressants and birth control and all these things, not even knowing the side effects of them all because again, I thought medications were totally fine. I just didn’t like being on them and they weren’t helping me. And so that’s when I started to do my own reading and my own research, and I started with nutrition because I thought I knew something about nutrition, and then it turned out I really didn’t. And so I started reading more and more about nutrition and that led me down this path of integrative medicine and functional medicine and holistic health. And I started realizing, gosh, like, I’m selling some of these drugs that I’m now learning are really solving the problem, they’re masking a symptom and causing other side effects in the process. And I saw it firsthand to in the doctor’s offices and talking to the doctors and patients weren’t getting better, they just kept having to add medications or change the dose and there was a huge missing piece that wasn’t being addressed. And that’s when I decided to go back to school and study integrative nutrition, and become a health coach. And then through that, you know, I worked with a lot of clients, specifically in the areas of gut health, and adrenal fatigue. And, and then over the course of doing that, I expanded my knowledge, my training into essential oils, and then breathwork. And breathwork was like, for me a huge missing piece to healing on all levels.
Diva Nagula 06:06
It’s interesting, it’s a good it’s a very integrative approach, which is what is essential to me in healing someone, you just can’t attack their physical symptoms and mask it with a band aid, pharmaceutical or some other modality. And it’s just you have to really attack it from all sides using the mind, body and spirit.
Jen Broyles 06:24 For sure.
Diva Nagula 06:25
It’s interesting. So ultimately, like, what happened with your health? What was the transition point where you started to see changes? Was it specifically one modality that you were using to help fix your ailments and get you to improved wellbeing?
Jen Broyles 06:40
Yeah, and that’s a great question. So, you know, I started with cleaning up my diet. I was eating like the standard American diet. And I remember at the time, I had this belief that, low fat, low calorie, was the way to go. So I was doing a lot of fat free, processed foods, a lot of artificial sweeteners. And that was just adding fuel to the fire, right? And so I completely changed the way I was eating, I cut out gluten, I cut out dairy. And then I played around over several years with a lot of different types of protocols, if you will, I don’t like the word diet, I don’t like the idea of restriction and deprivation, I want something to be a lifestyle. That feels good. And so I tried a lot of different ways of eating and kind of found the broadest option that worked for me that allowed, the most amounts of healing foods that that I tolerated well, but it was really just cutting out the processed foods and all the refined sugar and bringing in like, full food. You know?
Diva Nagula 07:58 Yea, it’s like real food.
Jen Broyles 07:59
Yeah, common sense, right. But, you know, it’s, it’s a change of habits, because you’re getting away from the convenience foods and bringing in real food. And so I did that, and I noticed some benefits. And I got on some supplement protocols. And noticed a few benefits here and there. Like I noticed certain things got better, like my skin got better. And my hormones started getting and more balanced and regulated. And I was able to come off of a lot of medications.
Diva Nagula 08:34
What about brain fog? Did you have brain fog as well? Like did that get better?
Jen Broyles 08:39
Brain fog was not like one of the biggest issues. I’ve had it I’m sure I had it to some degree where I just wasn’t clear and focused and stuff. But the other things kind of trump that. To where if I had it, I just wasn’t aware of it. Maybe that was brain fog? I wasn’t aware. So yea I noticed small improvements but it got to the point where I was like, I’m eating the cleanest diet of anyone I know. I’m taking all the supplements, I’m following all the rules. Why am I at this like plateau? And I finally realized, it took me years to realize, one I wasn’t addressing stress. I was working at the time in a corporate wellness job, super, super stressful. I didn’t enjoy it. I wasn’t happy. And I was more stressed out than I had ever been. And that was making me really sick, even though I was doing all the right things from a nutrition perspective. And so I left that job and really focused on healing and just taking some time to like really prioritize my health like more than I had done before, and that really helped, but then again, it was like this plateau like, okay, I’ve done all these things like, but there’s still something missing. And I think for me, it was, and still to be honest, something that, there’s work to be done in is the emotional healing. Releasing a lot of suppressed emotions that and emotional imprints and traumas that we all have to some degree, a lot of them are formed in early childhood, and even in the womb, and birth, an early childhood. And oftentimes, we don’t even know they’re there, because they’re stored in our subconscious. But really tapping into that and starting to do some therapies that involve just like emotional release and emotional healing. And even just the healing journey, the physical healing journey, and seeing so many different doctors and doing so many different tests and being put on a bunch of different protocols and not seeing the results that you want. Like that is traumatic as well. So there’s just a lot of stuff that I had to release and let go, that was really affecting me on a physical level.
Diva Nagula 11:14
And I’m assuming this is a perfect segue into what our topic is, and that’s breathwork. So I’m assuming that’s what really made that transition to well being essentially is the utilization of breath work? And interestingly, I’ve done a podcast on it with a gentleman early in my first five or six episodes, and he’s based in Bali, actually. And we connected and he was amazing in terms of what he does, and how he heals people that have trauma through different types of styles of breathwork. But you practice a specific style of breathwork called SOMA, can you go into what that is and how its utilized?
Jen Broyles 11:53
Yeah, absolutely. So SOMA breath is, it’s rooted in ancient techniques like yoga and pranayama. So it’s breathing techniques that have been used for 1000s of years, by these ancient traditions, and they knew at the time how beneficial they were, right? But now we have the science to support some of these benefits. And, and what I like about SOMA is that we combine it with this beat driven music, and, and affirmations and visualization techniques to really create an incredible experience. And so you’re right, like there’s a lot of different forms of breathwork out there, and they can all be beneficial in their own way. And depending on what you’re looking to, to accomplish. What I do like about SOMA breath work at it is that the breathing technique and the breathing style is something that you can do on a daily basis, there’s some forms of breath work that are pretty intense, and the way you’re breathing and more of like a hyperventilation, style of breathing, you don’t necessarily want to practice every day, because it’s really activating the stress response and the fight or flight response in your body. So not really something you want to do on a regular basis, but there is a time and a place for it. So the SOMA we’re really we’re breathing in a way that is calming the nervous system, balancing the nervous system, getting you in a state where your body can heal, it can process emotions, and reduce anxiety and depression and things like that. So you’re really getting a healing modality on a spiritual level, a mental and emotional level and a physical level. So it really addresses all these components. And I think with breath, like, we can speak to it from both a scientific and spiritual perspective, because breathwork really supports all of it from like, the the scientific healing that goes on in the body, and then the spiritual healing and connection that we can experience through the breath.
Diva Nagula 14:00
Right. And it’s interesting. So I’m very familiar with breathwork. I’ve actually been taught several exercises through repenting, I’m a teacher. And I actually have also been taught holotropic breathwork. And I actually incorporate these techniques when I am seeing clients or patients. And it’s interesting, when you were talking about how some specific techniques, it’s not the best idea to incorporate in a daily lifestyle practice. And I agree holotropic is one of those techniques. It’s absolutely, unbelievably transformative. But I tried to do this on my own. And it’s like, it’s so hard. You really need someone mentoring you and coaching you while you go through it. And it’s not something that you should, you probably could do it on your own, but I have a hard time doing this on my own. So I stick to like typical breathing exercises that I have incorporated into my meditation practices. But what specifically what’s so different about SOMA than other styles of breath work like holotropic and other types of breathing techniques.
Jen Broyles 15:02
Yeah, exactly. And so like you mentioned holotropic, breathwork transformational breath, work some of these other forms of breath work. They’re amazing. And there’s a time and a place for them. And I’ve done them all and have just had incredible experiences with all of them. But those styles of breath work they are they’re more of that really rapid pace, breathing, hyperventilation, style of breathing, in and out through the mouth. And you’re activating your sympathetic nervous system, the fight or flight response, it’s an amazing tool for releasing and healing emotional trauma. But also, like you said, it’s one of those techniques, where it’s really important, especially if it’s your first time to do it with a guide, because stuff comes up. And it may be scary, it may be difficult, it may be anxiety provoking, and it’s helpful to have someone there to just like, be there with you and say, lean into it, it’s okay, it’s gonna pass you’re processing stuff, this is energy moving through. But it can be really intense. And so again, it’s also something if you were to do it every day, it would burn you out pretty quickly. So with SOMA breath, we’re breathing in a slower rhythmic style of breathing. And we’re using nostril breathing. And so we’re breathing in through the nose, and out through the mouth. And there are so many benefits to nostril breathing, in fact, how you’re breathing on a regular daily basis, you should be breathing in and out through the nose, okay, and most of us find that if we really were to take a look and tune into our breath, and just become aware of our breath, at any given point during the day, we may find that we are breathing really shallow, really fast, we’re breathing in and out through the mouth, where our chest or shoulders are rising and falling, as opposed to our belly expanding and contracting, all these different things. And so and that is just perpetuating the stress response and stress in your life. So we want to be breathing in and out through the nose on a regular basis. And with SOMA, we’re breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth. And this nostril breathing is really important. Because breathing through the nostrils, cleans and filters the air that you’re breathing in, it warms and moisturizes the air, so you’re breathing higher quality air into your lungs. And also nostril breathing aids in the production of nitric oxide and nitric oxide is produced in the paranasal sinuses just above the nose, and is secreted continuously during the inhale reaching down into the lungs. And this nitric oxide aids and relaxing the pathways to the alveoli, and alveoli themselves, which allows for greater transfer of oxygen to the blood. And the other thing that low about nitric oxide is that it’s highly effective in defending against pathogens like bacteria, fungus viruses and parasites. So really, when you’re breathing in through the nose, you are you’re breathing in a very healthy way. You’re fighting off pathogens, and you’re breathing and cleaner air. And then also in the way that we’re breathing with this deep rhythmic diaphragmatic breathing. We’re balancing the nervous system versus activating the stress response through that rapid, fast paced mouth breathing. So we’re calming the nervous system, we are activating the parasympathetic nervous system, we are getting the body in a state where it can actually heal, it can bring the rhythms of the body back into harmony. So with rhythmic breathing, it helps harmonize all the other rhythms and functions in your body. So you might you can think of all the different functions in the body that work in a rhythm, right? Your circadian rhythm, your heart rate, your blood pressure, your digestion. So it starts to rebalance and harmonize all of these functions so they work better and and so that’s the benefit of the rhythmic breathing in the soma breath. Then we also incorporate intermittent hypoxia. And so what that is that is breath retention. So we’re doing some breath holds. And this intermittent hypoxic training has actually been used over the years to treat a range of disorders such as high blood pressure and diabetes and Parkinson’s and emotional disorders. It was used by the Yogi’s 1000s of years ago, they knew the benefits about it. Now we have the science to support it. But what we’re doing here is we are creating a low oxygen environment in the body for a very brief period of time. Your body adapts to having less oxygen and starts to be more efficient in producing energy. And this is where we are putting a very brief positive stress response on the body to help make you more resilient to stressful situations. And it’s also a time where you can access your subconscious mind because during these breath holds, you go into a very deep meditative state. It’s amazing, especially if you’re someone listening that that you’re not a fan of meditation because you think it’s too hard or you can’t get into that place. This breathwork will get you there, you’ll go into a deep meditative state, you can start to begin to reprogram imprints that might be holding you back from being your best self. And so this has a lot of benefits from a physical health standpoint, such as anti aging properties and supporting better blood flow and helping with different chronic conditions to really helping you tap into your subconscious mind and start to reprogram and rewire the brain.
Diva Nagula 21:03
So for this specific breath retention, and intermittent hypoxia, is that part of the SOMA breathwork? Or is something that you do in addition to SOMA breathwork?
Jen Broyles 21:12 It is part of it.
Diva Nagula 21:14 Ah, I got it.
Jen Broyles 21:14
Yep, so there’s three main phases of SOMA. And so most of it, what we’re doing is a rhythmic breathing in through the nose out through the mouth, to beats of music. And so we’re breathing to the beats, and usually we will breathe in different counts. So you know, a lot of times I’ll guide people to breeze, breathe in for four and out for four and four, four and out for four, sometimes we’ll speed it up in for two and out for two, or it might be in for two and out for four. So we’re we’re doing different beats and different rhythms throughout a session. And then at the end of each phase of that rhythmic breathing, we go into a breath retention phase. So we hold our breath for a period of time. And then, we start back with the rhythmic breathing, we’ll do usually three to four rounds of that.
Diva Nagula 22:03
How long do you typically have someone holding their breath for?
Jen Broyles 22:06 As long as they can!
Diva Nagula 22:08 Really? Wow.
Jen Broyles 22:08
So yeah in the beginning, a lot of people find that they might be able to hold their breath for a minute. And the more you practice it, the longer you can hold your breath. And also a lot of times, people’s minds, kind of like… you start to get fearful before you actually really need to breathe, right? Because your mind is trying to protect you. And it’s like, okay, we haven’t breathed in a while it’s time to breathe. And so sometimes, like, especially in the beginning, you breathe before you really need to because there’s there there might be a level of like… Yea like, oh my god, am I holding breath too long? But to really trigger the positive stress response that brings the positive health benefits of this breath retention. The goal is to hold your breath for around 90 seconds or more, and reach an oxygen saturation around 85% or less.
Diva Nagula 22:44 Fear response? Oh wow.
Jen Broyles 23:07
Yep and you can measure that with one of those pulse oximeters if you really wanted to see what your oxygen saturation was getting down to, but I help people kind of build up to that. So even during a breath retention phase, I’ll instruct people, if you really feel the need to breathe, take a quick breath in and out and continue to hold your breath. Because even when you do that, and take just a really quick sip of air in and let it out again and continue with the breath hold, you’re still able to stay in that deep state of meditation, even if you’re not able to hold your breath for a really long period of time.
Diva Nagula 23:48
So you would do a couple rounds. How long is one round?
Jen Broyles 23:52
Yeah, so one round is generally you know, about 7 to 10 minutes. I get asked this question a lot like, what would a daily practice look like? And I tell people for daily practice, you can get the benefits of breath work with 10, 15, or 20 minutes. And so that maybe that’s one or two rounds of this breathing pattern. But in in an actual class that I’m teaching, whether it’s online or in person, if I’m doing a breathwork class, that’s going to be around 45 minutes of this breathing. So we’ll do three to four rounds.
Diva Nagula 24:32
Oh, wow, that’s a good number of rounds.
Jen Broyles 24:34
Yeah, and that’s when you can go really, really deep and people have had deep spiritual connections and this deep sense of oneness with everything or some people have experienced like they have an out of body experience or you know, people have compared it to a psychedelic experience. So, this is where you can really enter those altered states or expanded states of consciousness.
Diva Nagula 25:01
Yeah that’s fascinating. And it’s for me, I use that as a form of meditation, breathwork exercises, and I do my own type of breathing exercises. But for me, I’ve always been in a state of fight or flight and I’ve always been a chest breather. And it was only recently, when I started to learn a little bit about pranayama, that I learned to breathe from my diaphragm. And it’s amazing, when you really have been a chest breather for so long. You’re constantly in that fight or flight state, and when I first experienced diaphragmatic breathing, it was within minutes, that I felt this huge sense of relief. And it was unknown to me, because I didn’t know what that felt like. The way I lived my life was like, pretty much like, when you’re constantly on a caffeine bus, that’s how I lived, because that’s all that was familiar to me. And when I was able to have that relaxation phase, it was just so much relief for me, because I was able to really breathe in and use my diaphragm. And from that point on, it has really transformed me and in the sense of promoting breathwork, teaching clients/patients breathwork and implementing it for myself, and I tried to do it, you know, seven to 10 minutes a day, even twice a day, if I can really do it, and I’m really stressed and pressed for time, then I’ll sit there and try and do like, a minute or two minutes, you know, three or four times a day, and anybody can get that kind of work in throughout their day, if you’re sitting in an elevator, you have a minute to get to the top floor. Or if you’re walking to a garage where your car is parked, you can do it on the way there. I mean, it’s just very versatile in how you can use it as a daily practice, you don’t have to necessarily sit in home at home on a couch where it’s comfortable, and dedicate 10 minutes to do that, or 20 minutes. You can really incorporate that throughout the day.
Jen Broyles 26:58
You can, you can! I’m so glad you bring that up because that is another question I get asked like, what about people who are just totally pressed for time? From the minute they wake up to the minute they get home from work. I got the question asked in relation to health care professionals who were from one patient to the next, to the next, to the next. I said exactly what you said, in between clients take two minutes, and do some rhythmic diaphragmatic breathing, just tune in. And the more you practice rhythmic diaphragmatic breathing, breathing in through your nose, breathing in through your diaphragm, slowing your breath, the more you practice it, the more you’re going to start to change that habit of chest breathing. We should be breathing, five to six breaths per minute, and most of us are breathing over 10 or over 15. We’re breathing, like probably double that. And so really starting to practice just slowing your breath down and breathing in a rhythm from the diaphragm, one minute here, two minutes there, three minutes there… that can really start to change things, and you’ll start to see that shift. And it takes time. I’ve even thought, when when did my breath, kind of get out of whack? When did the Stress Stress cycle start to hijack my breath? I think back to as a kid, I was a competitive gymnast. And if all of your muscles were not tight and contracted, then that was risk for injury. And for the most part I was contracting my stomach muscles all the time, like keeping a tight abdomen, and you just can’t breathe correctly when you’re doing that. And that will lead to shallow chest breathing. So really learning how to relax the belly and breathe, breathe deep from the diaphragm. But it is a process like these habits were probably formed decades ago so it’s the change isn’t gonna happen overnight. But when you can do a little bit at a time and really start to become aware of it, you can change the way you breathe.
Diva Nagula 29:20
That’s fantastic and it’s interesting about breathing from a from a medical perspective. Breathing is the one function of our body that we can do consciously and unconsciously and it’s imperative that we use that breath to control oour situations, stressful responses, and learn how to do so in a way where it can be healing. And so I’m a big proponent of that and interesting enough, you’re also a big believer in proponent of essential oils, and I did a podcast with an essential oil experts early on, and since then, I’ve been an essential oils junkie, I literally diffuse it on in my room, my bedroom in the main living area, and then I apply it on my body. And since that podcast, it’s something that I do religiously, and I believe in it and it’s healing and it’s better to use essential oils as a first line of defense versus the other options that are promoted by traditional medicine.
Jen Broyles 30:29
For sure, yes, I am a huge fan of essential oils.
Diva Nagula 30:35
How do you use that and incorporate that into your breathwork practice?
Jen Broyles 30:41
I’ve been using essential oils for for many years now and have experienced great results from a physical, mental and emotional standpoint, but bringing them into the breathwork practice, I just feel like it’s such a perfect pairing. Especially from an emotional standpoint and a stress reduction and and mood boosting standpoint. So in breathwork, we’re raising our vibrational energy and we are using our breath to get out of a low vibration state of lack, depression, victimhood, blame, comparison, frustration, stress, and into a higher vibration of gratitude, abundance, love, unlimited possibilities and healing. And the cool thing about essential oils is that they raise the vibration of the physical body. So you know, everything has a frequency or vibration and essential oils have a very high frequency. And as the body lives in higher vibrations, than lower energies, such as suppressed emotions become unbearable, and the body wants to release these feelings. And so they come up, and then you can learn how to lean into it and let them go. And this can this can happen really well in breathwork. So stagnant anger, sadness, grief judgment, low self worth, cannot exist in an environment of balance and peace, which essential oils, as well as breathwork helped to create. So emotional healing occurs as old feelings start to surface and then release. But the important thing to remember here is that essential oils don’t do the work for us. They simply foster the right environment by raising our vibrational energy. And so breathwork is the tool that’s what helps us do the work. So that’s why combining essential oils with a technique like breathwork can be so powerful and so I’ll use different oils with different sessions based on what the goal is or what the intention is. So if I’m doing a breathwork session that is really for boosting energy and vitality, and boosting mood and creating excitement and that those sorts of feelings, then I’m going to use a very energizing oil. And so diffusing the oil, if I’m doing an in person session, diffusing the oil. Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of online sessions. And so I will encourage the people that are on the session, like if you use essential oils, grab your favorite essential oil, and let’s put some in the palm of our hands. And just take a few deep breaths and breathe it in. And as we go into the breathwork, or put it on the bottom of your feet or have a diffuser by you. So if we’re if we’re really wanting to create an energizing, uplifting, positive environment, then I may recommend essential oils that have those properties like citrus oil; lemon, orange, lime, grapefruit. The citrus oils are very uplifting and promote positivity. Peppermint is a very energizing oil. So mints are another good one. But if I’m doing a breathwork session at night, and the intention is rest and relaxation, or maybe the intention is like healing, right? Then then we may use some more calming or grounding oils. So floral oils, like lavender, or Ylang Ylang or Roman chamomile, which are super calming and relaxing to the mind and body are going to help just enhance the whole experience around that intention. Or oils like Frankincense that are super grounding, are going to help enhance that experience. So using essential oils in those ways, whether it’s diffusing the oil or applying it topically during the breathwork session can just enhance the whole experience.
Diva Nagula 34:38
It’s fantastic and it’s interesting, we were talking earlier offline before we got in the show on that you were listening to a podcast that was with my friend who’s a shaman and he has put together a blend of various essential oils. And each oil that he produces is chakra based. So each has its own frequency, and it literally works after applying it I mean, you can smell the essential oil after running it on your palms and it actually changes your vibrational frequency and shifts you almost immediately and then applying that same oil to the specific chakra that is imbalanced or close can actually open it back up. And it’s fantastic. And I’ve been using that a lot on my clients to and they’re feeling that using that along with breathwork sessions, it really can activate their chakras in just a few minutes. They know that their their chakras are balanced and they feel more whole again, and whatever was an issue that was that was causing them problems before the session is gone and resolved. And it’s amazing how you pair the tw. It’s so powerful and I just did this intuitively, I didn’t realize that. That’s what you were supposed to do is to do the two together, but it makes sense. And and why that works. So well.
Jen Broyles 36:05
Yeah, I love that. That’s so beautiful. I love the idea of like having chakra blends, like that’s so perfect. So yeah, I mean we have these tools in our toolbox, right of natural, natural healing modalities. And so many of them work well when used together and you just get exponential benefit with it. And so those two things I love individually and combined.
Diva Nagula 36:50
And in regards to other things that you’re doing for clients, I mean, I know you’re incorporating, you have a health coach practice and so you’re incorporating these modalities, what types of people come to you? Can you talk about the amazing results they’re getting from your work?
Jen Broyles 37:54
Yeah, absolutely. So I have a lot of people coming to me with just anxiety, emotional things that they want to work on like just chronic anxiety or chronic stress. And oftentimes that has resulted in some physical ailments as well. Gut issues, adrenal fatigue, hormone imbalances, sleep issues, those are a lot of the things that I see. And so from a breathwork standpoint, like I do private breathwork coaching, as well as group classes, and most of the people in there are coming really to calm their nervous system to rebalance their nervous system, because stress is at the root of so many ailments. So once we recognize that, then we can start to incorporate things like breathwork, to start to bring the body back into balance and get it in a place where it can actually start to heal because like I shared in my story, you can do everything by the book and hit this plateau because you’re living in survival mode all the time and your body is not focused on healing. It’s focused on surviving, and so I’ll work with a lot of clients for that from a from a health coaching standpoint. It’s a lot of the same people. I see a lot of women that are in that life stage where hormones are changing, they are feeling fatigued during the day, they’re not sleeping at night. They feel pulled in a million different directions and haven’t taken the time to really focus on themselves. And now they are so we’re prioritizing their health and making some tweaks in what they’re eating. A lot of them come to me already doing pretty well from a food standpoint. But again, there’s these other components that we need to bring and essential oils and breath work and stress management techniques and just setting aside time for them to like, focus on themselves for a little bit.
Diva Nagula 40:10
That’s awesome. And I just wanted to get your thoughts on how you’re seeing this technique and you’re coaching in this whole COVID era? For me, it’s like, it’s all about vibrational frequency, and viruses, bacteria, bad thoughts, and fear and anger all resonate on a very low frequency. And in my opinion, it’s a spiritual belief, but I feel if we’re able to raise our energies and vibrational frequency that above the virus, then we’ll be fine.
Jen Broyles 40:45
Yeah, I totally agree with you. 100%. And I have to say, since since COVID, the breathwork part of my practice has grown tremendously. I think, when people were home more often, and so they had time to invest in things that maybe they hadn’t tried before. And so I started doing a lot of online breathwork classes, and I can’t tell you like, after every session, people were just expressing so much gratitude, saying this is exactly what they needed, they’ve been feeling so emotional, or so stressed, or so fearful and high anxiety with everything going on. And now they finally feel a sense of peace and calm and relaxation and liberation. And like, they can actually have a new perspective and think more clearly and not be so activated by the fear, that is everywhere, and they can take time to respond rather than react and so I think that is huge. And I feel like anything we can do, like you said, that is going to get us out of fear and get us out of anxiety and into more calm, more peace, more gratitude, more abundance, that level of thinking that level of mindset, then we are going to be more resilient to any sort of threat. And so, definitely cleaning up your diet, you know, fueling yourself with real food that is going to nourish you that’s going to support your immune system, support your overall health, support your mind. But then also investing in, in tools that are going to really help shut off stress, reduce fear, reduce anxiety, and help you vibrate at a higher level of more positive emotions and a more positive outlook. That’s going to ultimately boost your immune system as well and make you more resilient to threats to so I think doing all the things from eating clean to prioritizing sleep and getting really good quality sleep to implementing tools that are going to reduce stress and reduce anxiety. And cutting things out like not watching the news as much and all these other things that can really quickly get you back into that that survival mode. So incorporating just healing healing practices throughout your day can make all the difference.
Diva Nagula 43:33
I couldn’t have said that any better. For our listeners, where can they find more information
about you, your community and even sign up for your classes?
Jen Broyles 43:43
Yeah, absolutely. So you can find me at my website, which is my name, www.JenBroyles.com and if you go to my website, you can learn about my breathwork coaching and online classes and I also have a community called the Sacred Breath Community. And that link is www.JenBroyles.com/sacred-breath and this is an online community for anyone who wants to learn more about breathwork and how to do it and how to incorporate a breathwork practice into your life and get the right support tools and accountability and so you get access to all the online classes I do every month. Those are included. as being a member of the community. You also get downloadable audio breathwork, meditations and instructional videos for different breathing techniques. I also have an expert speaker series that as part of this community, so I bring on different holistic health practitioners that share their knowledge and wisdom in their area of specialty. So that’s something else you can check out and I’m on social media on all the major platforms. Instagram is @JenBroylesHealthCoach and then on Facebook, if you search Jen Broyles, you can find me as well.
Diva Nagula 45:04
Fantastic. Jen, it was great chatting with you today. And I look forward to having this podcast out. And I’m sharing it with you. And we’d love to take your classes and see what SOMA breathwork is all about.
Jen Broyles 45:16
Yes, that’d be incredible. I would love that. And thank you again for having me on your show.
This has been wonderful.
Diva Nagula 45:22 Thanks. Take care.