Our Winter 2021/22 issue has gone to print. In this issue, we look at the Josef Steiner method on breathwork – dive on in for a sneak peek!
Josef Steiner On Breathwork
by Aisling Cronin
If you’ve ever wanted to know more about breathwork, Josef Steiner is the man to ask. Josef is a breathwork teacher and craniosacral therapist, with a background in martial arts and a deep passion for all things holistic. Originally from Austria, he trained in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) in the Karuna Institute, England, under the direction of acclaimed practitioner Franklyn Sills.
He now co-runs a busy breathwork and BCST practice at Naduir Centre for Holistic Health in Furbo, Co. Galway. His partner, yoga teacher Ciara Ni Dhiomasaigh, manages the centre alongside him. The two have successfully created an oasis of deep healing and peace at Naduir. Between Ciara and Josef, they offer the following therapies: Craniosacral Therapy, Massage, Aikido, Yoga, Soma Breath, and a two-year practitioner training qualification in BCST. Other therapies available in Naduir are acupuncture, nutrition, naturopathy, psychotherapy, reflexology, and homeopathy.
Breathwork is one of Josef’s abiding passions. He is a certified Wim Hof Method (WHM) instructor, and regularly holds WHM Fundamentals Workshops. This is a powerful system developed by famed international breathwork educator Wim Hof, that makes use of breath, mindset, and controlled exposure to cold, with the aim of optimising body and mind, and creating resilience. “I’ve always been interested in breathwork as a self- development tool,” Josef shares, “and my work in this area has involved exploring it from a very experiential perspective. How does our mind, our body and our physiological state change when our breath changes? How can we regulate those changes within ourselves? This led me to become curious about other people’s explorations of those same questions, which, in turn, led me to the work of Wim Hof.”
“We believe in a truly holistic idea of approaching your health from multiple angles.”
As he delved further into breathwork, Josef knew he had found the holistic modality he had been looking for: a practical, easily implementable method, that would offer people a direct experience of positive change. Each one of us breathes all the time, whether we’re conscious of it or not. When we take the time to bring awareness to our breathing and consciously control it – even by taking one slow, deep breath – we immediately feel the benefits. “The fundamental structure of the Wim Hof Method I teach is breathing, meditation and mindset,” Josef explains. “This is followed by a two-minute ice bath experience! There is a great sense of community between people who take part in the workshop. Connection to oneself, connection to other people, and connection to nature: those are the most important elements of the experience.”