The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is an activity within the framework of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

BreatheSMART

Published on July 7, 2014 um 17:55

Name of Enterprise

BreatheSMART

Location

Hartland Drive 96
HA8 8RH Edgware
Create Britain

Your title/position

Program Trainer

Type of Enterprise

informal program/project

Enterprise has a positive impact on

peace-building, education , health, cultural diversity, empowerment of women, youth, other: Well-being

Year the enterprise was founded

2014

Website

Summary of your enterprise

BreatheSMART is a practical, effective stress management program initiating positive individual development. The program teaches techniques providing a basis for self management, increasing confidence, the ability to resolve conflicts, strengthening human values, reducing aggression, anxiety and dependence on addictive substances. The techniques are mainly based on physical yoga exercises, dynamic breathing techniques, meditation and an introduction to knowledge points/life keys that, through reflection, work to help deal with their own feelings, thoughts and life circumstances. Participants are given the opportunity to tap into the BreatheSMART social community, which facilitates the knowledge points, keys and strategies taught on the course. The benefits of the program extend to society as a whole. The benefits are validated by feedback from course participants, those who work with them, and from a number of studies which have been carried out. Trained instructors deliver the BreatheSMART Program in 12hrs over 4 days. BreatheSMART produces results from the very first session. The training is given in groups, with no maximum number of participants. During the training, participants are instructed in a personal practice that is used on a daily basis to further the benefits of training. The cornerstone of the program, powerful breathing technique, Sudarshan Kriya, is a rhythmic breathing technique harmonizing the body, mind and emotions. They can be supported through weekly follow-up sessions to reinforce the effects of the training. By combining the instructor led course with the daily practice and weekly follow-up sessions, the benefits are sustainable in the long term. The program teaches individuals to deal more constructively with their often deep-rooted feelings of fear, guilt, depression, despair and revenge. Feelings such as rage, aggression and frustration make way for enthusiasm and a positive frame of mind. Moreover, it improves sleep, promotes greater accountability for ones own actions.

Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development

Often, people with personal & social problems of abuse, criminal & violent behaviour engage in activities where substance use/crime is the main element. The destructive practice is typically associated with the perception of fun, fellowship & community, & drug intake can be seen as a prerequisite for engagement. BreatheSMART stimulates participants senses giving the experience of inclusion, community & closeness, without being affected by such substances. BreatheSMART graduates network together, engaged in shared activities and support all important steps to encourage cohesive communities. Stronger participants are encouraged to be involved in prevention outreach programs, assisting future BreatheSMART courses & training. Course participants learn skills to deal with future conflict and stressful situations successfully. BreatheSMART reduces the cycle of violence as individuals become more conscious of the consequences of their actions, searching for the solutions to their problems within themselves rather than in the outside world. As such, the course becomes an opportunity for self-reflection, laying the foundation for genuine rehabilitation & reintegration into society. The participants make use of the knowledge and techniques that they learn during the training for the rest of their lives. The effective contribution of BreatheSMART to a more humane probation climate depends on the participation of the greatest possible number of people who are directly or indirectly involved in the system. More specifically, the training of all individuals concerned can create a strong synergetic, sustainable effect. Participants fill out pre- and post-course assessment forms reposting the following positive medical and psychological effects: Normalised sleep patterns Reduced depression/anxiety Decreased reliance on medication and drugs Increased energy Increased focus, clarity of mind Increased resilience to daily stressors of life Increased self-esteem/confidence Decreased interpersonal conflicts Decreased destructive behaviour Improved immunity / physical well-being Freedom from traumatic scars of the past Greater positive outlook on the future

Sustainability and future plans

Using a business model canvas, we have been applying for funding from various national and international sources to support the launch and continuation of BreatheSMART. We have recently secured funding from Hackney council which is an important step for us receiving confirmation of support of the intervention within the Hackney community. We also do private fundraising, sponsored events, apply for grants and funds from various donors and use crowdfunding methods to engage community. Eventually we aim to launch BreatheSMART in other areas of London engaging the wider population, and then the whole of the UK. We currently run the BreatheSMART program every 6 weeks in London for up to 10 participants, but we would like this to increase either in frequency or course size, supporting the growing BreatheSMART community with more like-minded individuals willing to experience the benefits and be pioneers for meaningful change within their communities.

Your profile as an entrepreneur

My name is Nicolai I spent 25 years on this planet... In my shoort time I have been through so many aspects of life from organised crime to volunteer work around the world, at the age if 21 I was involved in a episode of domestic violence witch made me realize that what had once been my strengths had now become my weakness. Eager to change my life style I came in contact with the breathe smart program, in Copenhagen, after some time it was only natural to share my experience of explosive transformation with the world and help other people in similar situations. So here I am, setting it up in London, dedicated to bring hope and light in to the hearts of those who need it the most.

Nicolai Sorensen

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April 29, 2015 11:05

Great!

August 1, 2014 14:35

Excellent and most needed in UK. I was there for 1 year and saw that government is spending millions for rehabilitation of gangs in London. Such programs will achieve the cause

July 30, 2014 21:46

Art Of Living Prison Smart UK.

July 30, 2014 19:08

Amazing work done!! Hats off !!!!!

July 30, 2014 16:18

Let's breathing and empower youth power on positive roads. Ya~~~~

July 30, 2014 14:48

Excellent programme !