Practitioners Training Overview

Optimal Breathing® Practitioner Curriculum Overview

Leading Edge Touch and Non-Touch Methods to Rapidly Develop Natural Mechanical Breathing Function

"There are no new fundamentals." Vince Lombardi

"It's the same with breathing." Michael Grant White

Become expert in a field few health professionals clearly understand. Put the whole back in holistic. Learn simple measurements, senses, and insights to powers of observation then extremely useful techniques. Exercises and tools for fast, safe and lasting results.

This Breathingwork Training and Certification Program is for anyone who wants to apply Breathing Development and  Awareness as a tool for health, growth and integration of spirit, mind and body. The training can be taken simply as an advanced training for one’s own personal development. And health professionals, yoga, Tai Chi, or Qigong instructors, coaches and counselors who want to integrate Optimal Breathing work into their existing practice.


It is estimated that 10 to 25 percent of the US population have unwittingly learned breathing habits that compromise physiology and psychology in ways that trigger, perpetuate, and cause severe symptoms and deficits of all kinds. This enormous problem, only superficially addressed by the treatment-oriented professional community, requires a solution that is interdisciplinary, client-centered, and learning-oriented.  Our program addresses this solution by training practitioners, consultants, and educators from diverse disciplines to offer breathing learning services to their clients and patients.


Unfortunately, practitioners from around the world, who make breathing training a part of their profession, are rarely trained to identify dysfunctional breathing habits and their patterns, much less how to help their clients learn new practices consistent with good physical and mental health.  All too often focus is on symptoms rather than causes and parroting other's mistakes .  

This program seeks to remedy this shortcoming by teaching student-colleagues how to apply the principles of behavior analysis and behavior modification to dysfunctional breathing including its physiology, effects, origins, causes, triggers, motivations, sustaining factors, and self-regulation learning solutions.


  1. Eliminating low back pain forever. 
  2. How to take someone into deepest calm in a few seconds to minutes. 
  3. How to develop abs without restricting breathing. 
  4. Safely integrating vocal power for speaking, singing and breathing.
  5. Breathing and sleeping or power napping.
  6. Ways deeper breathing can restrict easy breathing.
  7. The Optimal Breathing Window for measuring and preventing shallow breathing. 
  8. Developing a rock solid parasympathetic breathing pattern and why.
  9. Expanding the breathing volume in a few short sessions while simultaneously balancing the breathing patterns. 
  10. Strengthening the diaphragm without restricting the breathing.
  11. Reducing or eliminating UDB factors

Group Training Dates; Cabo San Lucas Baja Bio Sana Mexico February 2021

"Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing." - Albert Schweitzer

"To teach others to breathe optimally you must first learn yourself."  -Michael Grant White

Private one on one training's with Mike in Charlotte, Skype/zoom or locally ........

Optimal Breathing® is a develop-able skill. When you approach breathing as a skill, you can learn critical ways that tell you if your or YOUR students are feeling better momentarily or have something lasting occurred?

"Greetings Mike, Thank you for committing to enlighten and educate on the art and science of Breathing.

I am a certified Yoga and Pranayama Instructor. The classical Yoga breathing techniques I teach are common in most yoga and Hindu wellness traditions, and I have studied yoga and Pranayama in India and the United States.  Although I have been teaching Pranayama for three years, I have often felt I do not have any foundation in the mechanics of breathing.

I have known for some time I need to offer my students more than just techniques, but a foundation on which to apply the breathing practices.  Therefore, I began praying and visualizing for the manifestation of a Master in the mechanics of breathing to broaden my knowledge of the benefits of conscious breathing and the mechanics of the flow of breath through the body.

It is also my desire to become aware of my own breathing patterns, increase my confidence as a pranayama leader, and establish myself as a resource on breathing / Pranayama in various wellness communities.   I am very interested in the optimal breathing development specialist apprentice training you offer, and would like to explore options to participate in a training this year."  xxxx

Breathing Exercises? Optimal Breathing is not so much about breathing exercises. We employ a few, but we have found that "breathing exercises" mean many things to many people and as a grouping is a poupouri of good, mediocre, bad, confusing and outright dangerously unhealthy ways for using the breath and breathing.  We carefully choose what breathing exercises we DO employ based upon physical function, form, and the health, vitality, peak performance, self-expression, emotional balance and life extension goals of our students.

Benefits of our training:

Improved oxygenation; improved cellular oxygen uptake; decreased or eliminated hyperventilation/over breathing reduction or elimination; UDB reduced or eliminated; pain reduction; pregnancy and birthing ease; improved sleep; enhanced sports performance; improved stress management; weight loss; increased odds at stopping smoking; improved speaking and singing; much, much more. Safe, fast, easy, painless.

Dear Mike, After taking the online breathing test, watching your video DVD2, and beginning to read your Secrets of Optimal Natural Breathing, I continue to see such potential in your approach! I have begun to feel some changes in my breathing after just a few practice sessions, and questions keep coming to me. I am a nurse-nutritionist and believe that your approach could easily become the heart of my professional practice. Could you send some details regarding your certification process, including cost? I am interested in the upcoming initial training in June, for starters. Thank you very much! Joelle H

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Non-health professionals

The OBDSA and OBDS training are designed around anyone interested in improving the way they breathe. Caregivers as well.

Health Professionals and others who will benefit from this training

Massage Therapists*, Naturopaths, Occupational Therapists, Bodyworkers, Personal Trainers, Medical Doctors, Nurses, Nursing Assistants, Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Physical therapists, Psychotherapists, Respiratory Therapists, Speech therapists, Speech pathologists, Voice and singing teachers, Transformational breathworkers including Reichian, Rebirthing, Radiance, Hypnotherapists, Radix, & Holotropic; Yoga, Chi kung (Qi Gong) teachers and students, Hard and soft style martial artists, Alexander work, Feldenkrais, Butoh, Pilates (aka Pilates), Tai Chi &  Kinesiology & anyone who can breathe.  Even those just getting out of a school for respiratory therapy can gain huge benefits by actively being involved in our breathing development techniques and exercises.

These workshops are
for psychs, physios, OT, SP, OMT DC, MD, PA and dental health professionals helping people who suffer from anxiety, PTSD, breathing difficulties, pain conditions, or airway and sleep disorders. 

Breathing skills to down-regulate the stress response and re-establish calm, easy, silent, grounded nose-breathing into all aspects of daily life.

You learn the process for delivering effective breathing retraining programs, including ways of going deeper into theory, practice and application, and includes personal experience of breathing retraining and Optimal Breathing techniques and Exercises.

All followed by a 2 hour per person over time mentoring period with optional session increases.

Additional Coaching/Training/Health Professionals and others who can benefit from this training

Massage Therapists

Most massage therapists are well aware of the breathing issues of many of their clients and many admit to needing working knowledge as to how to best address breathing development.

Medical Doctors

Please note that our Optimal Breathing Development System increases blood oxygen; improves blood chemistry; increases vital capacity (VC) and tidal volume (TV), decreases Reserve Volume (RV).  It decreases lung dead spaces, restores many salvageable but presently non-functional alveoli; improves breathing coordination; reduces or eliminates breathing pattern disorder, dyspnea, and dynamic hyperinflation. It facilitates increased oxygen uptake/utilization (QO2) and strengthens or restores breathing proprioception and kinesthetics.

In other words, this translates into improved alveolar ventilation, lessened work of breathing, improved dyspnea management, adequate respiratory rest.

A few keywords: corticodiaphragmatic pathway, diaphragm kinetics, dyspnea, hypocapnia, COPD, emphysema, thoracic insufficiency syndrome, chronic fatigue, pulmonary hypoplasia, gastroesophageal reflux, diaphragmatic hernia, diaphragmatic impairment, respiratory pathway, noninvasive ventilation, spirometry.

There are several variations of advanced training levels being added to this page related to Personal Trainers, Singers & Speakers, Specific Modality Requirements, Qigong masters and more.  ALL will begin at the OBDSA and then to OBDS. Advance training levels are in process of being created.

Optimal Breathing teachers must speak from experience. There is no other way. This a VERY experiential training. We use audio and video (including cadaver DVDs)  examples for illustration, live demonstration of techniques, newly developed awareness exercises and personal guidance by the instructors, all designed to enhance each student's breathing development.

All attendees will learn to breathe better, and ways of facilitation in others. They will earn a certification as an Optimal Breathing Development Apprentice, then Specialist using touch and non-touch methods for quickly, safely, painlessly improving breathing, volume, ease, balance, reserve capacity, diaphragm size, singing/voice strength, coordination, and clarity.

Improve health professional skills to compete in an ever tighter market by positioning themselves to get better results than their competition.

Training Levels

OBDSA - Optimal Breathing Development Specialist Apprentice

OBDS - Optimal Breathing Development Specialist


The combined school core faculty has studied breathing for over 190 years. Its materials, workshops and personal breathing development coaching provide results and insights that are guaranteed to transform your life.

"To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!" Emerson

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