My story

My name is Catherine.

Catherine Man Breathwork

I help people use conscious breathing as a starting point and as the vehicle to bring about change…change in how they see themselves, in what could be possible, and in the ways they experience spirit, body and life.

A beginning…

I had my first breathwork session about 10 years ago. It was a Rebirthing Breathwork session, and true to its name, this healing modality helped to set off a new trajectory for decisions I made about how I wanted to live, and how to realize my vision.

The breathwork helped me feel energy in my body as palpable experiences; often I felt sensation right where I once had a physical injury. The body stores memories of injuries, both physical and emotional, in the depths of its cells.

By learning to work with my breath, I learned to trust my body again and was finally able to move through emotions that I had long locked down…the cause of my panic attacks and a distorted, unhealthy perception of myself. It allowed me to safely confront and release the energetic blocks created by past experiences. It also helped me to recover from a physical condition that was exacerbated (or even caused) by ongoing stress.

An opening…

Breathwork creates an opening like the light shining through the forest

The breath brought me back to awareness of a healing energy reunited from within and outside the human body. The flow of energies meet in the nose, the mouth, the heart, and the mind.

The energy in each inhale has the potential to reinvigorate our aliveness; each exhale has the potential to release old stories and patterns saved in the cells in the body. Some memories plant a belief in our subconscious that becomes an obstacle to having the life we desire, or manifest in our bodies in a painful way. When we release these blocks, we enjoy a new experience of freedom.


With breathwork, a space opened up for me to expand into a new experience of being…one that was determined not by my past, but by authentic choice. I continued my development in private sessions, professional training at the Philadelphia and New York Rebirthing Center, as well as other breathwork workshops. I learned to support myself and others through a growth and transformational process.

Today I help people use their breath to tap into the mind-body connection and their own sense of spirituality, to practice mindfulness, and to manage the stresses of daily living as well as that of extraordinary crises.

This is now

Breathwork in NYC

I lead breathwork workshops, and work with people one-on-one to create change, whether they are coping with depression, anxiety, or stagnation. With breathwork, I’ve taught stress management to techies at the Flatiron School, as well as emotional support to cancer patients and their caregivers at Gilda’s Club New York City. I am also working closely with specialists to design technology that will support an individual’s goal to use breathwork for self care.

I teach people to breathe fully into their bodies and to change thinking patterns. I help them rediscover magical thinking and reconstruct their sense of self worth. The way we see our world inevitably impacts the future we create…and we do have the power to create. Each day, we self actualize.

Looking for a teacher?

If you are interested in having me teach at your company or organization, please send me a message. I design breathwork courses that target different needs and audiences.