Podcast 31: Conscious Breathing and Its Amazing Health Benefits


When you get emotional, do you take deep breaths?  Or do you hyperventilate?  Perhaps you stop breathing?  Breathing is something very simple and essential for life, but sometimes we forget to do it properly. In this episode of Modern Aging, we are joined by licensed acupuncturist physician and conscious breathing practitioner, Dr. Réquel Lopes to teach us conscious ways to breathe to feel better, work out tension, emotions, anxiety and calm our nerves. As a coach, Dr. Lopes walks us through various deep breathing techniques like circular breathing and box breathing. If you struggle with insomnia, pain, or emotions, you may be surprised that simply learning how to breathe may relieve your symptoms. This is because when we breathe deeply, all of our tensed up energy gets released. Breathing is a way to reset your mind to be present right now.

What’s In This Episode

0:00 What’s in this episode

1:04 Meet Acupuncture Physician Réquel Lopes 

1:40 Anxiety and Covid

3:04 What is deep breathing?

3:57 Breathing through distress

5:27 Breathing techniques 

6:30 Why should we think about breathing?

8:10 Connected breathing

9:45 What to do during connected breathing?

10:55 Getting emotions out

12:38 Types of breathing

13:32 Setting intention for breath

14:37 Breathing to heal

15:53 Definition of breathing

16:08 Being with ourselves

17:30 Breathing in relation to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

18:00 Why is breathing so important?

18:40 Where to find certified breath workers?

19:09 Group breathwork sessions

20:26 Exercise for beginners

21:45 A tingling sensation 

22:30 Breathing through the mouse or the nose.

24:33 Online and in-person breathwork sessions

25:35 Music and breathing

26:07 How long should we practice breathing?

27:04 What can breath help with pain 

29:30 Taking the baby steps

30:11 Takeaways

About Dr. Réquel Lopes

Dr. Réquel Lopes, AP is the owner and healing practitioner at Dragonfly Wellness in Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale, FL.  She earned her graduate degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from the prestigious AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, in Austin, Texas.  She is a licensed acupuncture physician in the state of Florida and board certified by the National Certification of Oriental Medicine Diplomat of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in Oriental Medicine. She obtained her undergraduate degree at Barnard College of Columbia University in Psychology.  She is a member of Florida State Oriental Medical Association.

She has been treating patients for the past 10 years.  As a licensed Acupuncture Physician, she brings her extensive experience to her patients by using an integrative care approach.  She uses various modalities in combination, to best address her patient’s needs. This comprehensive approach may include acupuncture, cupping therapy, Chinese herbal formulations, as well as lifestyle counseling to restore balance and promote optimal health for the body, mind, and spirit.  She incorporates various styles and techniques with her gentle needling treatments –Traditional Chinese Medicine, Five Element, Esoteric Acupuncture (Sankey Acupuncture), Master Tung Style, Dr. Tan’s Balance method, and Neuro-acupuncture from Dr. Hao.

Dr. Lopes treats successfully a wide variety of pain, insomnia, emotional, digestive issues, headaches, gynecological and fertility challenges, insomnia and emotional issues. She is fueled by her passion to help people to truly take hold of their health and wellness. She is successful because she listens and empowers each one to reach their goals.

Dr. Lopes give back to her community in many ways. She participates in health fairs, fundraising events and she is the chair of the HIV Planning Council and a board member of The Poverello Center, one of the largest food banks in Broward County.  She is a firm believe in a holistic approach to healthcare, which includes personal and community healing.

Read more at Dragonfly Wellness


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