[Transcript] – 7 Minute Breathhold Instruction, Multi-Orgasmic Breathwork, DMT Activation, How He Rescued The Homeless With Breathing & Much More With Travis Steffens Of “The Breath Source” App.

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[00:00:00] Introduction

[00:00:45] Ben's experience with breathwork

[00:06:23] How did Travis Steffens get into breathwork practice?

[00:08:19] How Travis describes the physiological changes people feel when they start doing breathwork

[00:18:27] How Travis guides his students to increasing their breath hold time

[00:21:05] Step One: Heart-mind coherence breathing

[00:24:30] Step Two: Fire breathing breathwork

[00:26:13] Step Three: Kriya breathwork

[00:28:39] Step Four: DMT Alkaline breathwork

[00:32:48] The correlation between breathwork and sexual performance

[00:38:27] Ben's experience with combining breathwork and microdosing

[00:44:50] Travis's history in real estate and community development

[00:54:05] Where would be a good place to start with the Breath Source App?

[01:00:07] Travis's experience with breathing devices

[01:03:56] Closing the Podcast

[01:06:48] End of Podcast

[01:07:20] Legal Disclaimer

Ben:  My name is Ben Greenfield. And, on this episode of the Ben Greenfield Life podcast.

Travis:  They've taken people who were incapable of feeling fear because there was a portion of their brain that was shut down for that like Alex Honnold, the free climber and the soloist. And, when they inject them with carbon dioxide, they actually felt fear for the first time because it puts their system into such a fight or flight mechanism that it throws them over the top.

Ben:  Faith, family, fitness, health, performance, nutrition, longevity, ancestral living, biohacking and a whole lot more. Welcome to the show.

Well, folks, it's of course no secret that I am a fan of breathwork and have been a fan of breathwork for many years even unknowingly so since my triathlon and swimming days when I would work on rhythmic breathwork and breath holds and breath locks and eventually extended that after reading a book by Budd Coates about rhythmic running to running. And, that would include nasal breathing, exhales on the foot strike to avoid the inevitable side stitch that plagues many runners to again working on efficiency and long breath holds in the pool. And, of course, cold water swimming, which I thought at the time just allowed me to swim in a thinner wetsuit, but it turns out there's some benefits of that as well, which of course Wim Hof and other folks who are also breathwork practitioners have made pretty popular.

So anyways, I've been on the breathwork bandwagon for quite some time. I'm going to brag before it got hyper-trendy, so I dodged that bullet. But, one thing that I've talked about before on the podcast is that I also like to meditate. I like to pray. I like to read scripture and other encouraging religious texts. And I, for the longest time, felt as though I could be pairing my breathwork with those type of activities to allow me to enhance my spiritual practice become closer to God, memorize scriptures, pray, things of that nature, but I really was a little bit disillusioned with many of what appeared to be secular breathwork apps. 

And, they're still with a great message but affirmations; I'm good, I'm great, I'm wonderful, and gosh, darn it, people like me which is wonderful for picking you up in the morning or dwelling upon something you're grateful about which is fantastic as well. But, there's also, for me and my background as a Protestant Christian, there was a lot of third eye chakra stuff and connect with your higher self, and you really are purely good inside and you are consciousness and some of this stuff that that for me at least resulted in a little bit of a heebie-jeebie effect combined with a desire to be able to connect with God more deeply via some kind of breathwork app that had something that really appealed to me as a Christian.

So, in my searching for all this, I came across one app called the Breath Source. And, upon using it, I was actually pretty impressed. It has videos, downloadable breathwork sessions, and think of it as though you're walking into a gym and lined up in front of you are 20 personal trainers and one specializes in functional fitness and one specializes in cardio and one's the spin instructor, et cetera, and you just get to choose the instructor that is your flavor for the day depending on the type of workout that you want to do. And, that's kind of like what the Breath Source app is. You go in and you select which instructor you want to work with and you go through one of their sessions or you pick another on a different day and go through one of their sessions. And, I actually reached out to the company and asked them if maybe I could do some Christian sessions for my own section of the app that has things like breath prayer and praying on the armor of God and dwelling upon the fruits of the Holy Spirit, et cetera.

And, the gentleman who I dialogued with at the company about this was named Travis Steffens. And, it turns out that Travis was not only a seasoned breathwork practitioner himself but was also graciously open to the idea of me partnering with Breath Source to lay down some of these tracks to accompany many of the other breathwork sessions that they have within this app, which is fresh. I mean, it launched in the past four or five months or so. 

So, it's been incredible getting to know Travis and his team and also learning a little bit more about Travis's intriguing story as an entrepreneur, as a conscious capitalist, and as a breathwork practitioner and instructor himself. So, I thought, what the heck? I've got all these sessions in breathwork in the Breath Source app. Travis has a fantastic story. I should get this guy on the podcast and learn more about his journey with breathwork and teach you a lot more about how you can use some of these sessions within the Breath Source and elsewhere to enhance your own life.

So, Travis agreed and here we are and all the shownotes, you guys, including links to that app, the sessions that I talked about, everything, you can find at BenGreenfieldLife.com/BreathSourcePodcast, BenGreenfieldLife.com/BreathSourcePodcast.

Travis, welcome to the show, man.

Travis:  Ben, thank you so much. It's such an honor to be on your show. I have to admit I was a little nervous because you've been a hero of mine for a long time.

Ben:  Oh, geez, you're too kind man. And, it's kind of funny because I was just hanging out with you two weeks ago in Phoenix and just to express to people the power of the type of stuff you guys do, you had another guy who's a featured instructor within the Breath Source app, Dr.–I'm blanking on his name. Who was it that led that session?

Travis:  Sachin.

Ben:  Yeah, Sachin, Dr. Sachin. And, that's his first name, right? Sachin?

Travis:  Yes, yeah, Sachin Patel.

Ben:  Yeah, yeah, Sachin Patel. And, he led a session, people were weeping, crying, shaking, trembling, and we're all in this conference room with a bunch of health influencers over a hundred of us, super powerful breath source-esh, breathwork session and you were there helping out and helping to instruct and coach people and it was just fantastic and made me pretty excited about this podcast. And, I guess I'm just curious how you got into all this in the first place, man.

Travis:  Yeah. Thanks, Ben. So, I've been a seeker of self-development and biohacking for quite some time now and I was one of the guys that have to admit that Wim Hof is the one that dragged me into it. So, I saw this crazy guy diving in the ice and breathing. Where I lived at the time, there was a spa in our building and I would go down every morning to do my rituals. And, much like you, I was raised in the church and I was big on morning rituals and would go down and I decided to start practicing this Wim Hof stuff. And so, I just went at it one morning and without anything, there was nothing instructing me, I just knew that I needed to breathe a subset of 30 breaths and I knew I needed to do an exhale hold then an inhale hold and the tetany was so powerful in my hands and my feet that I felt they were going to blow off. And, tetany is when your pH level rises and your blood starts changing and so your tingling sensation of the outer part of the limbs kicks in and it's quite intense. So, I fell in love with it then.

And, there was a hot tub nearby that was a saltwater hot tub and so I would get in there and practice my inhale holds underwater and then I would practice my exhale holds outside and just really fell in love with breathwork at that time. So then, started my journey to look for what types of other modalities are out there, then I came across SOMA, then I came across pranayama with Michael Bijker and that's how the app kind of came to fruition is just following all of those guys. And, I'll get into the story of the app later, but my breathwork journey started at that time.

Ben:  Now, when you talk about the tetany just to jump straight into the physiology here briefly and the tingly sensation and you said the rise in pH, the rise in PH that causes that. Is that primarily because of the blowing off of the carbon dioxide or is it more nitric oxide related or how would you define that onset that so many people feel when they start doing breathwork?

Travis:  Yeah, it's blowing off of the carbon dioxide. And, every mL of carbon dioxide you blow off, these are little facts, but you lose 2% of your mental capacity and then your blood vessels start to constrict and it starts to raise the pH level in the blood because there's more carbon dioxide than oxygen. And, you're super oxygenating the body and there's less carbon dioxide and you're super oxygenating the blood but our tissues make carbon dioxide as you well know and it's pulling all of that carbon dioxide to the edge of the tissue, to the edge of the vascular system and it creates what we call tetany where your hands will start to curl, your feet will start to curl, and you might have been put on this tube, Ben, with your biology as well. But, that's what I understand about it.

Ben:  Yeah, yeah. And, that's really especially achieved during these longer or forceful exhales that you encounter with something like the Wim Hof breathwork or four-eight breathing or something along those lines. But, it's also interesting, I don't know if you've thought about this before, and I definitely do want to get back to your story of how you came to create the Breath Source app. But, my mind just loves to delve into these physiological rabbit holes. It is interesting how if you read a book like James Nestor's book “Breath” how some folks will use carbon dioxide inhalation or even machines like this that concentrate carbon dioxide for breathing in one called carbogen, I'm familiar with, to increase resilience to anxiety or stress-related scenarios. Have you heard about that before kind of rather than this concept of breeding off CO2 actually exposing the body to higher amounts of carbon dioxide for stress training?

Travis:  Yeah. I love that you brought that up because, in my opinion, one of the magics of breathwork is CO2 tolerance training. And, through the machine that you're talking about, they've taken people who were incapable of feeling fear because there was a portion of their brain that was shut down for that Alex Honnold, the free climber, and the soloist. And, when they injected them with carbon dioxide, they actually felt fear for the first time because it puts the system into such a fight or flight mechanism that it throws them over the top.

And so, as you know, when we don't have to–so, when we're in an inhale hold or an exhale hold, then the body starts to freak out, it's not because we need oxygen, it's because the carbon dioxide becomes “poisonous” to the body when it's used up and it needs to get out.

Ben:  Okay.

Travis:  And so, I love carbon dioxide training because I feel that that's where we can truly rewire the nervous system and create a new state of being by taking the mind back from the nervous system.

Ben:  Yeah. It's probably why similar to a cold plunge earlier in the day everything from a stress standpoint seems easier if you start off your day with a breathwork session that includes some of these long exhales, for example, where you're breathing up and then exhaling and staying in that state for an extended period of time, sometimes overriding that first urge to breathe. It's a little bit, and I would imagine if it's been slightly confusing to me, it might be a little confusing to some members of my audience. Well, if we're blowing off all this CO2 and we're CO2-deprived on the exhale, how then does that translate into CO2 tolerance training? You mentioned some of the breakdown products of CO2 being toxic, I believe. And so, is there something that's occurring in terms of a re-accumulation of CO2 or something like that that occurs on these exhales that then dictates we are in a CO2-rich state rather than a CO2-deprived state? Does that make sense?

Travis:  Yeah. That's such a good question, Ben. So, when we do an exhale hold, of course, we're emptying the lungs primarily on a Wim Hof or just a release. You're using up the oxygen that's in the body. So, what's cool about it is our body is a factory and the factory doesn't stop just because we stop beating and the factory is powered by this thing called our heart. And, every time our heart pumps, the entire lungs blood supply exits and enters. So, every time the heart beats, everything that has had any type of gas transfer in the alveoli leaves the lung sacs, the entire lungs, and it makes its way through the vascular system of the body to your 26 forever young foundational tissues, and the tissues are continually creating carbon dioxide whether we're breathing or not. So, the hemoglobin of the red blood cells is still capturing those carbon dioxide molecules and shuttling them back to the lungs. And, this is where carbon dioxide becomes so important is it starts pulling all that used carbon dioxide to the surface. And, in my opinion from what I've seen and studied a bit of is that it cleanses the body of the old carbon dioxide and it gets it all into the lungs.

Now, you're in an exhale hold, so what you'll notice in long exhale holds is that your lungs will actually start to fill up. You haven't breathed at all and you've exhaled completely on the exhale hold, but once you're two, two and a half, three minutes in, you can actually go and breathe out a fair amount of air used CO2. And so, that used CO2 is what's creating that tolerance. And, the longer you hold an exhale hold, the more is shuttled back to the lungs.

Ben:  You have just very elegantly described what has been a head-scratcher for me for a little while, which is why when I blow out all the air from my lungs and I swear I blew it all out, do I still have more that I can release after holding this for two minutes before the inhale? So, it's a re-accumulation of carbon dioxide and also a re-exposure of the body to that gas carbon dioxide that can then increase stress tolerance and stress resilience even though you've blown it all off. It builds up again and then the magic happens in terms of the stress resilience and tolerance training.

Travis:  Absolutely, correct. Yup. And, it's such a beautiful process because when you're — the longer you go on an exhale hold and over time, and this is over time and you and I have talked about this, I've been able to get my exhale holds up to six and a half minutes.

Ben:  Six and a half minutes, wow.

Travis:  Yeah. I've had some of my students have got over seven, but the body will react. And, what's cool about it is once you get the mind out of the body, meaning the thinking mind, the ego mind and you go inside, this is where the magic with breathwork, in my opinion, happens and I believe you find this too and I love your breathwork because of connecting to source to God. You actually get to go into that deep state of nothingness; no time, no space, no ego, no mind and you're gone and it allows the body to heal. And, it's doing it by just cleansing.

Ben:  Yeah, it's a very unique state. It's a very open and receptive state as well which is why I came up with that concept as you've probably heard in some of the scripture-based sessions I've made in the Breath Source app is I plant a new Bible verse in someone right before or during that exhale hold. And, for example, I've, just going through my own sessions, been able to memorize all the strength of the Lord sessions like, “He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. And, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me and he upholds me with His righteous right hand.” Each of those six different rounds in that session, for example, it's crazy how quickly you can memorize scripture. Same thing with the Fruits of The Spirit session, but most of it is done when someone is in that very receptive remarkably altered physiological and psychological state during the exhale holds. 

So, you're right, it's something that Stanislav Grof, for example, when he did holotropic breathwork invention, he was basically just looking for a way for the body to be in the type of state that something like LSD, a very powerful the lysergamide would normally produce and he wanted to be able to do that but be able to stand up and walk away from the breathwork session not be metabolizing an entheogen or psychedelic for the next six hours. And, it's actually quite remarkable how you can do that and within 10 minutes be upstairs eating breakfast or in the cold pool or something like that.

So yeah, it's a pretty cool state especially I would encourage people who haven't experimented with some of these long inhales and long exhales to do so because I find it to be transformative. When I have friends who are going through stress, through anxiety, I had a call with one of my buddies the other day who was having some issues with his parents, one of the first things that I told him to do was to start doing these breathwork sessions every day as a way to not only train the body to manage that stress and anxiety but also keep the body from wanting other things like antidepressants, alcohol, et cetera, and it's very, very effective as a way to what Wim Hof would say, “Get high on your own supply.” But, I would say tweak your physiology and alter your neurotransmitters and increase stress tolerance on your own supply for free.

And, you mentioned, Travis, six and a half minutes, seven minutes for some of your students. Let's pretend I'm one of your students which I feel I already am after having done some of your sessions in Breath Source, but right here live, let's pretend I'm one of your students. What type of protocol, practice, or system would I go through to actually get up to a six-and-a-half, seven-minute exhale? What's that actually look from a practical standpoint?

Travis:  Well, so that's a fun question. And, in my opinion, we're all after this thing “cold enlightenment” of some sorts. And, discipline in my opinion is the entry gate to that state. And so, being disciplined in your practice would be number one. And then, number two is stepping into your practice with no expectation. I think one of the most challenging things that people come up against is, “Travis, I can't get past a minute.” And, the first thing I ask them is, “What are your expectations going in and are you timing yourself?” Because if you're timing yourself, I guarantee you, you're less than half of what you can do at your current state. It's so important that we get to that place of and I'm going to quote Dr. Joe Dispenza here, “No time, no space, no ego, no mind, you have to become no thing to be able to come out of the thinking mind and let the body do what the body's capable of doing.”

And so, cannot time yourself, the only thing you can do is play a music or a track, for example. I love Dan Vadnais stuff. I've been yeah working with him for, gosh, five, six years now.

Ben:  He has some great sessions in there, by the way. I like his ideas that he has just a 12-minute euphoric session in there that if I don't have time for much else–that's a fantastic one.

Travis:  That's my favorite one, Natural Euphoria.

Ben:  Yeah, Natural Euphoria. Yeah.

Travis:  Yeah, he filmed that at the launch of the Breath Source. We were up in Sedona, Arizona, and that's where that was born.

Ben:  Okay, alright.

Travis:  I do that almost every morning.

Ben:  Got you.

Travis:  So, in the pattern of how to get to a long exhale hold, what you have to do is you have to have a build-up. So, I start with heart-mind coherence breathing, then I move into fire breathing and then I move into kriya breath, then I move into DMT alkaline, which is what we talked about with this natural euphoria.

Ben:  I want to slow you down for just a second. Can you go through what each of those are?

Travis:  Yeah, absolutely. So, HeartMath Institute came in with the heart-mind coherence breath. Now, every listener on here keep in mind this was all born from the ancients. Pranayama, it has been around since the dawn of time. So, I don't want to make it sound HeartMath invented anything, and Howard wouldn't say that. He's like, “We just put science behind it.” 

So, HeartMath Institute with the heart-mind coherence breath is placing your left hand over your heart left side of the body is the feminine side of the body. Placing your left hand over your heart, breathing in through the nose for four seconds, breathing out for five seconds. You can breathe in for five or out for six, on for four out for five, or you could breathe in for four out for four. Not to get confusing. But, the point is as you breathe in, you're tuning your breath into the heart and you're wrapping your heart with your breath. And, the point is your heart has 40,000 sensory neurites on it that are a hundred times more strong than the electromagnetism of the brain. And, what it's doing is it's activating your heart to connect to the field, which is the mind. So, you're creating a heart-mind coherence. And, it brings you into very beautiful parasympathetic state, which is your rest to rebuild state.

Ben:  Okay. And, by the way, just to throw in a quick anecdote, there's a book, I believe it's called “Coherence.” It's about that research that you were just discussing from HeartMath Institute and it's very interesting how it goes into the science behind the fact that every human being walking the face of the planet experiences an increase in HRV and typically a slight rise in parasympathetic rest and relax nervous system activity with anywhere from a four-second to a six-second inhale and/or exhale with the sweet spot landing right around five and a half seconds. 

So, interesting in fact that that book had a downloadable audio at the end of it that's a clock and a bell. It goes tick-tock, tick-tock, ding, tick-tock, tick-tock, ding. It's every five and a half seconds. And, for a month after reading that book, I would play it while replying to all my emails in the morning because I'm one of those people who had struggled with email apnea holding my breath when I'd go through emails, hold, hold, hold and then click Send and then take a breath and start in the next one. Subconsciously until the book went into the fact that many people do it identified I was and just that simple cue of five and a half in, five and a half out totally changed the amount of stress during the work day but via measurements. I was actually measuring my HRV at that time with the Hanu app. And, it was crazy how effective that is and possibly even crazier how it applies to every human being that that five-and-a-half-ish second scenario.

Travis:  Yeah, beautiful. I love that. So, yeah. And, I would recommend to any listener if you need any breathwork to combat anxiety, depression, just a quick fix, the heart-mind coherence breath in my opinion if you feel the same, Ben, but is the heart-mind coherence breath.

Ben:  Yeah, yeah. That's fantastic. So, that's step one of this type of session that you do for these long exhales. Then, what comes next?

Travis:  So, that gets me in coherence and in tune with my body. And then, what comes next is a fire breath or breath of fire. And, that's breathing rapidly in and out of the nose. Mouth is closed. You're sucking the belly. You're sucking the belly in rapidly, which is exhaling naturally out of the nose. So, when you pull the belly in, you picture your belly button coming into the spine and it force exhales out the nose and then you just let the belly relax and it comes back in, so. And, that's called breath of fire.

Ben:  You said that's the nose that you do that?

Travis:  Yes, sir. I do it out of the nose. You can do it in and out of the mouth as Sachin did when we were at CHS.

Ben:  Okay, okay. Is that different than the type of breath that I've come across in a few of the sessions where they tell you, “Do this through your nose, but if that's too difficult for you, open your mouth, stick your tongue out and pant a dog while you do it?” Is that a similar form of breathwork that breath of fire if your mouth is open panting like a dog?

Travis:  Well, my opinion is if your mouth is open and your tongue is out, it's a cooling breath.

Ben:  Okay, got it.

Travis:  Because you're running the air over the tongue and the sensors and the tongue is causing the body to cool.

Ben:  Okay.

Travis:  So, it is have some similarities but I feel it's fairly different because you're not getting the nitric oxide or the nasal oxide because you're not using your upper cavity of the nasal passageway.

Ben:  Okay, okay, that makes sense.

Travis:   And you're blowing up more carbon dioxide.

Ben:  Alright, got it. Okay. So, we've got the heart-mind coherence and then the breath of fire, and then what's the third style that you go into after that?

Travis:  So, at the end, I do 108 reps of breath of fire. And, on the 108th one, I take a final inhale in and I hold an inhale and I let the belly drop so that the diaphragm is able to drop down. Everything drops down putting pressure on the perineum. And then, I just let it sit for as long as I can hold, and then I exhale with the hum because that creates carbon dioxide up to 1,300X. And then, I go from that into kriya breath. And, kriya breath is a very ancient breath brought over by Yogananda and it's a very interesting breath and I won't do it on film because it'll freak people out. But, I roll the tongue into the back of the soft palate of the mouth and I inhale through the nose as I restrict the throat. So, it sounds this.

So, I restrict the throat, inhale in through the nose and I picture all the energy centers from the root to the crown lighting up, and [00:27:21] _____ of the spine all traveling up the spine. So, this is an activation energetic energy systems in the spine. And then, once I reach the crown, I hold, I pause and then I exhale out with a hum and I energize the centers as it — the breath comes down. I'm starting at the crown and I'm acknowledging each energy center as it comes down for the exhale out. And, the science behind this is the creation of nitric oxide and you're starting to get into carbon dioxide tolerance.

Ben:  Okay, got it, especially with that vibratory sound from what I understand that can actually result in due to some of the haptic sensations, the actual creation of nitric oxide so you get that vasodilatory substance when you're doing the humming or the audible inhale or exhale.

Travis:  That's correct. So, you're starting to dilate those blood vessels and you're getting–it's a hypocapnia response and you start to get that air hunger because you're breathing very slow and very low. I mean, we're talking one breath every two minutes kind of a thing.

Ben:  Okay.

Travis:  But, it's consistent and circular and it starts to become very challenging to the nervous system. So, once that's done, go into Dan Vadnais DMT alkaline breathing. And, his sets, as you probably know now, are a minute and a minute and a half. And so, I just pause it and I hold. And then, on the final one, I just let it run. And, what you can do is if you really want to get to where you know where you're sitting, you can start to get to where on the second set you don't pause it, you just let the third set run. And, there's a subset of time between the start of the second set and the end of the actual video. And, you can go back, find where you left off just mentally, and then you can time it. That's the best weight of time that I've found without using a timer.

Ben:  Okay, got it.

One other logistical question. You mentioned when you're doing the inhale hold that you kind of let your diaphragm drop and rest over your perineum, that soft tissue in the crotch area. Is that different than what you'll often hear coached on an inhale hold, which is to squeeze everything, squeeze the perineum like you're closing off the urinary sphincter, squeeze the fist, squeeze the jaws, scrunch up the forehead and shoot all the light out the top of the head? That's a lot of times what you'll hear as the instructions for an inhale hold. Are you doing something different when you're holding that inhale or locking that inhale?

Travis:  Yeah. So, an inhale lower belly hold and I feel like I might butcher this particular one, but you're letting the belly distend and you're letting the diaphragm drop and the lungs drop low and all of that weight carries down into the perineum but you're not actually squeezing the perineum and you're holding. And, it allows the blood to transfer down into the organs instead of being pressed up into the upper areas of the chest. And, you'll find that you can hold your inhale hold longer if you let everything relax down into the lower portions of the abdomen.

Ben:  Yeah. That's been my experience also although I like to, and you've probably heard I do this on some of the sessions I've recorded for the Breath Source app, squeeze everything, and contract on the inhale sometimes. For a couple of reasons, I've found that sometimes the relaxed exhale that occurs after that is similar to when you're doing let's say progressive neuromuscular relaxation to say achieve better sleep onset and you're squeezing the toes then relaxing them then squeezing the calves and relaxing. And, the post-contraction relaxation seems to be more pronounced than a relaxation without a contract action that occurred before it. And so, I sometimes find I can relax much more deeply into the exhale hold if it's followed by some kind of a rural intense contraction on the inhale hold. So, that's one reason.

The other reason is I have found there to be a direct transfer between focusing on and being aware of and contracting and relaxing the pelvic floor musculature including all the muscles around the perineum, the urinary sphincter, et cetera, and orgasmic quality. Meaning when I've gone through a period of time where, for example, recently I just got done with three months of daily breathwork while preparing for free diving and spearfishing trip and the side bonus of that was that for about the last two months, my orgasms have been extremely long, extremely powerful and obviously very pleasurable. And, I think that there's something to be said for the transfer between breathwork and sexual performance or particularly the activation of the pelvic floor muscles and some of those ejaculatory muscles for a guy. I would imagine someone the same could be said for women as well. But, have you ever looked into the transfer between breathwork and sexual performance?

Travis:  Yes. As far as the working of the perineum, his name is not on the top of my head at the moment, you probably know who he is, but he's a Japanese gentleman that teaches about–

Ben:  Yeah, Mantak.

Travis:  Mantak, yeah.

Ben:  The guy who wrote the “Multi-Orgasmic Male” same guy?

Travis:  Yes. Yup, same guy.

Ben:  Yeah, fantastic book, by the way.

Travis:  It is. And, he talks about getting masturbation up to the point of ejaculation but not allowing yourself to ejaculate and then doing it over and over and over and over. And, I've done that practice actually for 30 days to strengthen my perineum and also understand what he was talking about of retaining that energy. And so, the perineum and the sphincter muscles, what's cool about them, and this comes back to the orgasm so we'll get back to that. But, when you squeeze your perineum on an inhale hold, so you'll hear breathe in, pull the belly button into the spine, squeeze the perineum or root lock and it pushes the coccyx bone up into the cerebral spinal fluid, pushes the cerebral spinal fluid up the spine into the back of the brain stem, puts pressure on the pineal gland and the pineal gland holds what we know of as the god molecule, which is dimethyltryptamine. And, there's little rhombohedron crystals surrounding the pineal gland and crystals carry energy. Our entire body is made of tiny crystallines but there's special rhombohedron crystals on the pineal gland and they separate and they cause a piezoelectric effect when they come back together that allows it to leak ever so tiny little particulates of dimethyltryptamine.

And Ben, I've done a lot of plant medicine journeys. I think you have experimented with that too. And, we have to take two or three or four doses of ayahuasca because that dimethyltryptamine is not coded to our body, but the dimethyltryptamine that's in our body, in my opinion, is coded to our body that's why it takes such small amounts to have an absolute euphoric transition to that god molecule. And, I think that when we are working the perineum right during orgasm, we're activating some of that same power when we're in that ejaculatory state.

Ben:  Yeah, yeah, I agree. It's pretty powerful. I have a few thoughts based on what you said. First, do you guys yet have any couple's breathwork sessions in the Breath Source app? And, the reason I asked is my wife and I have a few 20, 30-minute-long ones that I have on my phone that we'll occasionally do kind of as foreplay or as a way to connect at the end of the day in a quiet place in the evenings, typically in the bedroom, legs intertwined or sitting close to each other's laps, breathing in and out of each other's mouths, noses, doing locks and holds together, et cetera. And, it's amazing as a partner practice, but I don't think I ever asked you if you guys have a couple sessions in the Breath Source app.

Travis:  We don't and we absolutely should. So, I'm going to have to recruit you and Jessa and start that for us.

Ben:  Yeah, yeah. I guess that's my one complaint about the coaching during such a session is you do feel a third person is there in the bedroom with you. And, I would apologize profusely for anyone who'd have to put up with my voice particularly while you're trying to get it on with your lover. So, I don't know how comfortable I'd be with that, but if it's just for coaching people and then they can break off and do it on their own, that's great. 

And then, the other thing you mentioned, the reduced ejaculation frequency for increased drive, aggressiveness, energy, et cetera in males, I don't think I talked with you about this, but gosh it's probably six or seven years ago now that Men's Health recruited me to do about a six-month foray into all the things that a man could do to improve his sexual performance both ancient and modern; stem cells and PRP into the nether regions, to gas station dick pills in all manner of different herbs, all the way down to the reduced ejaculation frequency. And, I also did a 30-day stint as part of the immersive journalistic aspect of that article, which they published entitled “New Year, New Dick.” It was their January edition.

And, I must say that the aggressiveness that you find when you're engaged in that practice is almost annoyingly high as far as your energy your drive. I mean, it works as promised but remember, we're not talking about not getting an erection or not having sex, we're literally talking about doing all of that but not ejaculating, which as many guys can probably imagine, can kind of leave you a little frustrated and pent up afterwards. I almost didn't like it. It was almost too much for me. I was just like, “Gosh, I got going to stop again,” but it definitely is an act in self-discipline and seems to cause that energy drive as well.

So, a third question that I had for you is a follow-up to what you were talking about with this breathwork practice that you do is, is there a session in the Breath Source app that walks people through everything that you've just described? Do you actually have this as a done-for-you session in the app already?

Travis:  I don't. And, what I'd be willing to do, I do have a lot of these in the app in my section, but after this, I'd be willing to put that in there as long as everybody promises me that they'll take it in strides because it's not about what you can do at this moment, it's about what you're willing to be disciplined over time to build yourself up to. So, I would be willing to do that.

Ben:  Alright, you heard it here first, folks. I'll hold you to it, Travis. So, go to BenGreenfieldLife.com/BreathSourcePodcast. And, if Travis does it, I'll put it in the shownotes and I'm going to hold you to it Travis because I didn't tell you this even before we started recording, I was up early this morning, it's Memorial Day, I had less work than anticipated. And so, I actually mapped out my next Breath Source session you and I were talking at that conference about how I wish I had one that was just I like. So, I've got anywhere from 10-minute breath prayer sessions all the way up to I think the Armor of God session is the longest and hardest at 42 minutes but I mapped out an entire session this morning that I'm probably going to record tonight, which is one of my favorite most powerful passages of all the Bible Romans 8 that is woven into about an hour of holotropic breathwork. And so, I'll do it if you do it. We'll hold each other accountable and both get each of our sessions done.

Travis:  Okay, that sounds good, man. I love it.

Ben:  Yeah. And, your choreographer, your team are fantastic in terms of putting this to music. If you're listening, you've got to try these sessions because they're super fun and especially with headphones, very powerful.

The last thing I was going to mention and then I actually want to go back to your story, Travis, because we didn't even finish about how the Breath Source app came to be is you mentioned DMT in the pineal gland, I spoke quite a bit about decalcification and support of the pineal gland when I interviewed another breathwork practitioner from Sedona, Anahata Ananda. And so, I'll link to that one in the shownotes if you want to listen to more about how to care for your pineal gland, which if cared for properly can really enhance not only sleep but also breathwork sessions. But then, even though I don't really do a lot of or any journeying like traditional journeying with plant medicine anymore for personal spiritual conviction reasons, I think it can be a dangerous place to go, I still use microdosing for creativity, for focus, et cetera, psilocybin or lysergamide like LSA or LSD, occasionally something like wachuma for connection and social events. And, I occasionally will use anywhere from 150 to 200 milligrams of oral microdose DMT about 30 to 60 minutes prior to the breathwork session. So essentially, you're flooding yourself with your own endogenous supply from the pineal gland, but then you have a little bit of extra exogenous DMT on board. And, for some of these longer sessions, I've found that to really enhance that state that you achieve during the exhale of receptivity relaxation kind of like that blissful near nothingness. And, I don't know if you've ever messed around with microdosing with DMT prior to breathwork, but it's super interesting.

Travis:  I haven't, but I have done breathwork on 5-MeO-DMT after a journey to return back into the journey. And, I've taught it during the sessions as well, and it's very, very powerful. It reactivates it rather quickly.

Ben:  Yeah, yeah, I agree. And, proceed at your own risk and under medical guidance. I don't want to turn my audience into a bunch of psychonauts, but a microdose of intranasal ketamine seems to also lower the heart rate, increase heart rate variability, and lower respiratory rate to the extent to where you can also get a little bit of a longer inhale and exhale and be a little bit more relaxed during the breathwork practice. That's another compound that seems to pair pretty well with breathwork.

Travis:  Yeah. And, the reminder on these holds is the magic and the discipline that comes around that has taken the mind back from the body. Our nervous system tells us all day every day, “Got to pee, got to eat, got to drink, got to get frustrated, got to worry about this, worry about that.” And, the nervous system as just being a cellular structure, the cells are retaining those memories and it's dictating our lives. And so, going into these breath session holds like Ben's talking about, what's so important is realizing that you're taking through that mastery. And, through that discipline, you're taking the mind back from the body and same thing with cold plunges and everything else to wear when an opportunity arises to be frustrated to be upset, to be anxious, to be depressed. You just watch it pass by like a cloud and you just keep moving forward with your joyful self.

Ben:  Yeah, yeah. And, I should also mention, by the way. I believe that humans are not inherently good. We're actually capable of great evil especially if we just let our minds go willy-nilly wherever they desire to go. And so, I should make sure I clarify when I say the state of nothingness or receptivity, my goal now in those states is not simply to sit back and wait for whatever the universe would bring to me, and this is why I intentionally created some of these more spiritual breathwork sessions within the Breath Source app, I use that as a time to connect with God, to pray, to dwell upon a certain passage of scripture and to fill my mind with the good things particularly from God that would keep any of the selfish evil tendencies or temptations from within me from rising up. So, that's my flavor in terms of my take on the nothingness of the exhales.

Travis:  Beautiful. Love it.

Ben:  And so, I want to go back to the breathwork app because if you run into you on the street, Travis, or even right now, folks are watching the video, you look like a lawyer or a real estate professional or something like that. You've always got a suit and your hair is nice and tidy and you're clean and you even smell good. I've given you a hug down there at CHS and then you're not some hippie dreadlock-wearing Patchouli donning stereotypical breathwork practitioner. Not that I have anything against hippies with dreadlocks, although I don't really fancy Patchouli too much, so from what I understand, you have a more of a professional corporate-ish business background that preceded this whole work in the breathwork sector. So, can you tell me about that transition?

Travis:  Yeah. And so, I started a real estate and I started my–I was born and raised on a ranch in Southwestern Colorado. We were homeschooled. It was a beautiful way to grow up. Started my first business when I was 18. Got married when I was 20 and started real estate investment company when I was 26 years old. Moved up to Denver, Colorado and we got into high-volume fix and flip houses between 2006, 2010. Then in 2010, we jumped into refurbishing multi-family projects all over Denver. And, we were buying some of the largest projects in Denver and they were very, very distressed. And, I was going into these slumlord conditions and seeing these individuals that were living in there and it just broke my heart. And so, my desire to set a new stage for conscious capitalism was born there.

And, as I grew as a company, we realized that we needed to go out of the state to find more deals like that. So, by 2014, we went national, and then by 2017, we had projects spanning across nine states and we were working in the toughest neighborhoods in the country. For instance, Ferguson, we were in Ferguson during the riots. We had a 787-unit townhome apartment complex there, 100 buildings on 40 acres and we had properties in Cincinnati and Indianapolis. And, they were all in the rough areas. They were so rough that we had to build our own security companies, so Archangels it was called, and we had to go in and we would take the crime out ourselves and the police force would work with us.

And so, we would suit and boot, and my little sister, Hannah, who runs a tactical company now her and I would have [00:47:29] _____ on our chest sidearms fully suited up. We do our own surveillance. We would go in. I didn't have to kick the door because I had the keys. We'd take the guys down, cuff them up, cops would come get them. And, we were doing this for months at a time just doing nothing but traveling cleaning up the properties.

And then, we had a property management company that we would use to love on the people that were left in the properties to be able to raise their financial consciousness. And then, we had a non-profit that would sit underneath that to help facilitate how to manage their money and how to take their lives back into their own hands. And then, we had a construction company to renovate the entirety of the property. And, most real estate investment companies come in by a place like that, clean it all out, push everybody out, redevelop it, gentrify the area. And, we are exactly the opposite. We wanted to raise the collective consciousness in that area by doing the right thing with the property empowering the individuals that lived in it and empowering the whole neighborhood through that.

So, the construction company, we would only hire homeless people. So, we would take them off the street in the area. We would house them in the project, give them the tools for the trade and we'd train them. We built a software company, built a software called Sidewinder and we have Dr. Joe Dispenza and Dr. Bruce Lipton's algorithms of falling in love with the future self and the biology of belief. And, this is where my love for biology really kicked in. I studied under Bruce Lipton for quite some time to really understand that people need to heal from the cellular level out. And, we reproduce the 694,000 cells a minute, and the reproduction of every one of those cells, a cell stops before it reproduces and it looks for new blueprints and new information. And, by taking these homeless people out of the environment that said they were homeless, putting them in a new environment with love, accountability, respect, the cells will automatically gravitate towards immortality. And so, we would allow them to understand their healing from the cellular level out.

So, we built the software that would combat self-sabotage and they would accidentally “succeed,” which was our goal. So, they were constantly in this succession and they were constantly getting those dopamines and those serotonins running of, “Wow, I actually did it, I actually just won. And then, they would win again, I actually won, won, won.”

Ben:  Wow.

Travis:  And, if we can get them to feel a sense of significance, we could get them to feel loved, cared for, and they would start to heal. So, through the healing process, breathwork was one of my key components. So, I would show up at the property in my suits and they would always see me and they would know that the next morning we were going to have a breathwork session. We'd get everybody out there laid out there. It would be 40 to 50 men and women who we had recently taken off the street and they would get high on their own supply as Wim says. And, they would come up afterwards and say, “Man, could I please get a video or something? That was the most amazing thing I've ever felt.” And, I could never get them a video, Ben. I couldn't text it. I couldn't email it. They didn't have Dropbox. It wasn't accessible. So, I'd end up giving them SOMA on YouTube, and a big fan of Niraj.

Ben:  Yeah. Niraj Naik, the SOMA breathwork. That was the very first breathwork course I ever took. So, his stuff is fantastic. He's also within the Breath Source app, right?

Travis:  He is, yeah. And, he loves you. So, I would text him a video, and then three and a half years ago, I was sitting at the Thanksgiving dinner table at my family's house and one of the individuals texted me and said, “Hey, having a tough time, could I please get one of your videos?” And so, I sent him again a SOMA video and a DMT video from Dan Vadnais. And, I just decided then and there, it was time to build an app. So, the universe sent me these amazing angels that I thought I was there for them and the whole time they were there for me. And, the app was born, so the Breath Source was born about three and a half years ago. And, the goal with the Breath Source was to create a co-creative platform where all the world's largest Breath Masters such as yourself could come together into one platform, bring a business like Ben Greenfield Fitness or bring an individual Dan Vadnais into the system and everybody cooperate and co-create instead of compete.

And, it took a minute to get everybody bought into that, but then the ball started rolling and everyone that really has any name in the breathwork community has joined aboard. And, it's been such an honor and such a beautiful thing to watch happen. We launched 10 weeks ago where over 15,000 downloads and we're in 52 countries now. And, as you, Ben, are one of the greatest guys on there, my mom wouldn't do breathwork, now she does breathwork with you every morning.

Ben:  That's super encouraging actually. That's fantastic because I get a little bit self-conscious because we have our family meditation at 7:30 a.m. most mornings and I'll sometimes just put on one of the breath prayer sessions. I'm always self-conscious, probably similar to how I would be self-conscious listening to myself, coach myself for sex breathwork, sitting there with my family listening to my own voice, it almost seems a little bit counterintuitive as though I should be just teaching it live myself right there. But, that's super encouraging to hear that there are people other than me who might want more of a Christian flavor of a breathwork session. And, perhaps more importantly Travis, that is one of the coolest creation stories for a technology or an app that I have ever heard. And, I can just imagine you out there with 40, 50 homeless people on their backs doing breathwork and allowing people to experience the same transformation that they might have otherwise sought out drugs or alcohol or unaffordable therapy to do and instead achieve through breathwork. So, I mean, that's a fantastic story, man.

Travis:  Thank you, brother. I appreciate it. It was one of the greatest gifts, and COVID hit us really hard and so we had to wind down. But, we'll be ramping back up when the market crashes and comes back around because that's where we thrive. But, it's one of the greatest gifts I've ever been given or is those angels in my world.

Ben:  Yeah, yeah. And, related to the Breath Source app, I actually wanted to ask you, you talked about Dan Vadnais' sessions, we've talked about mine a little bit, we talked about a few of yours.  I wanted to ask you just you being a seasoned breathwork practitioner and I should clarify I'm just a tinkerer who likes to make breathwork sessions, so I'm no certified, verified instructor or anything like that. But Travis, for you with as many different instructors as you've seen, et cetera, if someone were listening right now and they got the app, what do you think are some of the sessions that would be really good to get started with to really wrap your head around breathwork or to try one of the more unique flavors of breathwork within the app?

Travis:  Great question. So, Michael Maher, I want to give him a lot of credit. He owns “Take a Deep Breath,” which is the world's largest breath podcast and YouTube channel in the world and he is some of the best practical breathwork teacher that I've ever met. And, he's an incredible human being. He's also a partner in the app. Him and then you've got Michael Bijker for pranayama. Michael is such a beautiful individual. I'd highly recommend looking at his stuff. Ben Holt has beautiful stuff that's more connected spiritually. So, it kind of depends on what you're looking for. Oxygen advantage, I want to give a shout-out to Patrick McKeown. And Ben, I'm sure you've had run-ins with him. He's such an incredible profit of today that's just brought the knowledge of breathing through the nose. And, I want to say that while we're in this is the nose that's on your face is the most powerful tool we've been given biologically. Breathing is the first thing we do when we enter the planet. It's the last thing we do when we leave. And, if you could understand one thing about breath, understand why you breathe through the nose, understand why five and a half breaths a minute is optimal. And, Oxygen Advantage is probably some of the best tutelage in the world for understanding that. So, we have that on the app as well, which is with great cause.

Ben:  And, his book, by the way, is I think soup to nuts. his newest book, one of the best practical treatise of breathwork that's out there. I mean there are books like James Nestor's “Breath” and the book “Jaws,” which talks a little more about the mouth and the nose formation and several other good titles out there, but Patrick's book is very good in terms of a practical walkthrough of just about everything you'd ever want to know. I think it came out maybe three years ago or so. I forget the name of it. It might be called “The Oxygen Advantage.”

Travis:  Is it “Atomic?”

Ben:  I forget. I'll find it and link to in the shownotes.

Travis:  Yeah.

Ben:  It's Patrick's book.

Travis:  We have all of Patrick's books in the app in the shop as well. And then, Jesse Coomer who's also a very functional breathing practitioner is in the app as well. It's loaded with the world's leading practitioners, guys. And, gals we'd love to have you in there.

Ben:  Yeah, yeah. And, I was thinking at some point, I don't know if you ever thought about this much, do you do any spearfishing or free diving, Travis, or have you messed around with that at all?

Travis:  I have, yeah, yeah.

Ben:  Okay. Well, as you know, many free divers don't necessarily do a lot of this ancient pranayama, breath of fire, Wim Hof type of breathwork even though they do have some purging breaths to blow off CO2 at the surface before they dive, and typically a very relaxed two-second in, two-second hold, 10-second out, two-second hold for three to eight minutes before they'll actually do those purging breaths fold and dive so that they are blowing off CO2 and lowering the heart rate. But, a lot of free divers use apnea tables, O2 tables where you're doing breath ups with a shorter period of time in between each inhale or CO2 tables where you're doing exhale holds or shorter and shorter periods of recovery in between the exhale holds. And, you can obviously if you're listening in just google “free-diving static apnea tables” to see some examples. Have you ever thought about having a section or a series of sessions within the app that would be just that style of O2 and CO2 static apnea tables?

Travis:  Yeah. So, we just took on a gentleman, his name is Johannes Egberts. I want to make sure I didn't mess that up. And, he's a beautiful free diver as is Michael Bijker. And, we're going to be putting a diving app into the system. And so, I want to check on Johannes here. But, if you look in the app now, Johannes is sitting there with a pair of goggles on his face in a beautiful–

Ben:  Okay. I think I saw this one.

Travis:  Beautiful position. And, if you look him up, he is such a stud, man. Yeah, Johannes Egberts, E-G-B-E-R-T-S. And, he's an amazing free diver and he's just incredible. So, look up Johannes Egberts and he'll be in there and he'll be doing a lot of free diving stuff. And Ben, we'd love to have you in there teaching those tables as well. We're going to have a surfing section, which is somewhat of the same understanding so that guys can start doing breathwork before their heats. And then, we're going to have cycling section because all of it–and Ben, you know this better than anybody. Those types of biological breathing are so fundamental to daily life and becoming the best version of yourself in those sports and it's highly misunderstood.

Ben:  Yeah, that's fantastic. Dude, you're giving me so much more to explore within the app now. It's kind of like this never-ending bucket of instructors and these rabbit holes you can dive into with each one.

So, the other thing I was going to ask you is you mentioned, for example, the shopping section of the app and I've got books in there, but there's all these different devices like the Airofit and MMA instructor Bas Rutten has a device and there's the Nemstar and the Relaxator by Anders Olsson, and all these different devices you typically place in your mouth or over your face to do things like resist the exhale and increase diaphragmatic or inhalation and exhalation muscle strength or force one to breathe through one's nose or even devices like the Turbine and some people will, of course, use mouth taping for this for dilating some of the nasal passages. Do you ever use any of those in conjunction with breathwork or have you experimented with that at all?

Travis:  Yeah. So, the devices like Airofit or a breathing restricted mask which Oxygen Advantage sells, a lot of people sell them, and then Ben, I've seen you with the mouthpiece that you bite the rubber one.

Ben:  Yeah, the ones I have right now is I have the Relaxator from Anders Olsson who actually has a great book on breathwork as well that I'll hang around my neck sometimes when I walk. That one forces me to breathe through my nose and has a mild passive resistance on the exhale. And then, there's one that's a little bit more extreme that I use out in my gym on the Airdyne, that one's called the Nemstar, which is an adjustable, a flow valve that allows you to increase or decrease the resistance that you would experience upon exhale and also force you to breathe through your nose. And then, in my travel bag, I have one of those PowerLung devices. So, if I'm on an airplane and want to do some breath practice or just sitting around nothing to do and you don't want to fill my time, I'll do a PowerLung session. So yeah, I have a few scattered around my house and in my bag.

Travis:  Yeah. So, got to give credit, again, here to Oxygen Advantage, the hypocapnic training and its altitude training. And, just giving you that restriction of inhalation, which is causing the strengthening of the diaphragm, and then the restriction of the exhalation, which is causing the carbon dioxide tolerance. And, really what we're after and 99% of this is that carbon dioxide tolerance to get the nervous system to calm down.

Ben:  Yeah. And, I think that they're really useful. I actually don't like to use them during a breathwork session. I fancy them during a walk or an exercise session, but what there seems to be is a direct transfer into my overall lung capacity and inhale-on-exhale times when I'm actually doing the breathwork. So, I don't use them during the breathwork sessions but I use them apart from that typically during exercise or for a separate session. There's one actually founded at the Health Optimisation Summit last year in London called the Airofit. It even has an app that will coach you through different sessions while you're wearing the device. It got me thinking about maybe the Breath Source app could partner up with such a device and have a series of sessions within there on. Yeah, that actually use an external device to train the breath. So, all sorts of places you could go with this thing, man.

Travis:  Yeah. And, we did partner with Airofit, but that's a really good–so, they're in the store, but that's a really good idea to have a tile in there that is usable for devices. I would love to see that. That's a great idea, Ben.

Ben:  Yeah, yeah. And, for you listening in, when he says tile basically when you open up the app, there are squares that feature each different instructor or different sessions and you just click on that and it kind of opens up a whole collection of additional tiles that you then click on to view the session or listen to it through headphones or even download it. You guys added a download feature which I love because you can use it in offline mode. So, there's a lot in there and I'll put a link to it to all the books that we mentioned and other resources if you go to BenGreenfieldLife.com/BreathSourcePodcast.

I forget, Travis, you'll have to remind me. Do we have any special code or anything like that for people to get any kind of discount or a trial period or anything like that or is that just all automatically built in if they use my link for the app?

Travis:  Yes, sir. It's automatically built in if they use the link for the app. They'll get a free trial period, yup.

Ben:  Okay, I'll make sure I include that if you go to BenGreenfieldLife.com/BreathSourcePodcast. If you don't know how to spell any of those words, use GPT AI, Google, or your 8-year-old child.

So, Travis, dude, what a cool story. I've actually never heard the whole story unpacked about how this thing came to be, but man, you're doing a lot of good in the world with this thing and I'm grateful for you, man. It's pretty cool.

Travis:  Thank you, my brother. I'm grateful for you. You were with me the whole time. Whether you know it or not, I was studying everything you were doing and you were a North Star for me.

Ben:  Awesome. Well, I'm glad the stars aligned so to speak.

Travis:  Yeah, me too.

Ben:  So, folks, thank you so much for listening and check out the app. Let me know what you think. Go leave a comment or a question or some feedback in the shownotes. And also, if you have particularly from me, any particular session such as verses, favorite passages of the Bible, different spiritual practices that you would like to see me weave into my session, I'd be happy to do so. I forgot to say I do have that Spiritual Disciplines Journal and the most recent two sessions that we went live within the Breath Source app where the morning and the evening Spiritual Disciplines Journal sessions. And so, those are in there and so that's an example of something that includes meditation, gratitude, journaling, breathwork, et cetera. 

And then, if you go to the show notes and leave comments or questions or feedback, if there's other features that you think would be cool to include, let Travis and I know because I'd love to just hear what you guys want to see in the perfect breathwork app. And, it's pretty amazing what technology and some good developers and engineers can do these days. So, leave us all your comments. And Travis, thank you again for coming on the show and sharing all this with us.

Travis:  Oh, man, thank you so much. Yeah, be sure to check out Ben's Be Still My Soul, absolutely incredible. Love it.

Ben:  Oh, thanks, man. Thanks. That was a fun one.

Alright, folks. Well, BenGreenfieldLife.com/BreathSourcePodcast. I'm Ben Greenfield, Travis Steffens, if I can spit that out, signing out, have an amazing week.

Travis:  All the love, man. Take care.

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I’m a big fan of breathwork as a free and highly effective method to control your nervous system, performance, sleep, and much more.
The problem is (and perhaps you’ve noticed this) most breathwork apps are heavily secular, a touch “New Agey,” and tend to avoid encouragement of a deeper connection to God or Jesus Christ. In other words, they’re spiritual but not religious, bro.
And look, while I certainly use and enjoy such apps, I’ve always thought it odd that there were no good breathwork sessions or apps out there for Christians like me who want to connect more deeply with our Creator through meditation on Scripture, praying to God, or breathing with a focus on the presence of Jesus Christ.
…I’ve started to record my spiritually uplifting, Christian breathwork sessions that forthrightly focus on God and Jesus, meditation on the Bible, and prayer.
The good news is that these sessions – from the powerful, invigorating and challenging Armor of God, Fruits of the Spirit, and Strength of the Lord sessions to peaceful and soothing Jesus Prayer, Shepherd, and Love God sessions are now available on a very impressive new breathwork app I've partnered with called “The Breath Source.” The app has dozens of well-trained instructors and hundreds of beginner to advanced breathwork sessions, including a new section devoted to the Christian breath sessions I am creating.
The breathing sessions I designed can be used by anyone with any experience, anywhere (even if you’re not a Christian, I think you’ll enjoy them quite a bit).
My guest on today‘s show is Travis Steffens, the genius mind behind The Breath Source app.
Travis Steffens was born on a large working cattle Ranch in a tiny town in Colorado. Home Schooled and Working on the Ranch until building his first company at 18 years of age, married at 20, Travis’s love for business and life’s real journey began.
Selling his first company at the age of 26 and embarking on a lifelong adventure of real estate investing, Travis had no idea the enormity of the life lessons that lay ahead of him. The next 17 years would hold: divorce, investigations, 300 days a year of travel, fighting drug and sex traffic across the country, leading homeless healing, invitation to The State of The Union Address from the US President, recognition and speaking on stage with the US President, Covid pandemic, Chapter 11 bankruptcy, building two world changing tech companies, and the unfolding of the three words that Travis now holds so dear “know thy Self.”
“We lived in our first fix and flip house while we renovated it,” says Travis, “…sleeping on an air mattress and working 16 hours a day, five weeks later the home was done and we sold it within a few weeks. Thus the Real Estate Investment launch was on its way.”
Over four years Travis flipped nearly 300 homes and moved into a multi-family in 2010. Within a few years a full vertical real estate investment company was built and in full flow. As he moved across the country and worked in the roughest areas of the country his heart grew and vision expanded to make a Conscious Capitalist difference everywhere he did business.
Conscious Capitalism is now the flag Travis flies in the company.
His origin of this was through renovating slum lord properties in the roughest areas of the country, the forgotten shadows of those who have been swept under the rug. His mission was to clean up the crime, then empower and retain the residents that lives in these properties while he gave them a new renovated place to live. This is where his first nonprofit was born.
Travis's first stage of Conscious Capitalism was helping to minimize homelessness by keeping people in their homes through empowering them to take financial power of their lives. This stage involved his house construction company taking homeless off the streets, housing them, providing tools of the trade and training them to rejoin society as a contributing citizen. Through this process Travis had many healing modalities he used to help them heal from the cellular level out, and one of those modalities was breathwork.
Travis would fly around to projects all over the country and when the workers saw him they knew there would be a breath class the next morning. With 30-50 people in a room, breathwork classes would show these incredible individuals the power they held within their own body to get high on their own supply and heal through breath. So many of them asked for videos of these classes that the next call to action for Travis was to build an app that would hold all the breathwork instructions his crews could ever need. Thus…The Breath Source app was born….
Now three years later, Travis and team are at the precipice of this monumental launch of the World's first Breathwork Marketplace app. There is a full team in place and 18 of the world's leading Breath Masters partnered in the app, all with a Unified Vision of taking the gift of Breath to the world and continuing to Lead the world into Conscious Capitalism.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

-Ben's experience with breathwork…0:45

  • Runner's World Running on Air by Budd Coates
  • Cold water swimming and breathwork
  • Combining breathwork with scripture and prayer
  • Discovered The Breath Source app
    • Ben reached out to Travis Steffens of The Breath Source
      • Proposed creating breathwork sessions within a Christian framework
    • The breathwork session led by Dr. Sachin Patel that had people weeping

-How did Travis get into breathwork practice?…9:31

  • Involved in self-development and biohacking
  • Inspired by Wim Hof
  • Raised in the church and big on morning rituals
    • Began practicing Wim Hof method
    • Tetany increased in hands and feet
      • Practiced inhale holds under water and exhale holds outside
  • Discovered SOMA and Pranayama breathwork with Michaël Bijker

-How Travis describes the physiological changes people feel when they start doing breathwork…11:27

  • Blowing off of carbon dioxide causes blood vessels to constrict
    • Losing 2% of your mental capacity for every ml of CO2 you blow off
    • Raises pH level in blood
    • More CO2 than O2 in the blood
    • Pulls CO2 to the edge of the vascular system
      • Causes hands and feet to curl
  • Breath by James Nestor
  • Carbon dioxide inhalation to increase stress response
    • Free climber Alex Honnold felt fear for the first time after being injected with CO2
    • CO2 training can help rewire the nervous system
  • Body is a factory powered by our heart
    • Each heart beat causes the entire lungs blood supply to exit and enter
    • Cleanses body of old CO2
    • Long exhale holds causes lungs to fill up with used CO2
      • Increases stress tolerance and resilience
  • Creates a receptive state for healing, both physiologically and psychologically
    • Ben is able to memorize scripture more easily

-How Travis guides his students to increasing their breath hold time…21:40

  • First: Discipline
  • Second: Practice without expectation
  • Dr. Joe Dispenza: “No body, no one, no thing, no where, and in no time.”
  • Do not time yourself
    • Play music or a track
  • Buildup of exercises
    • Step One: Heart-mind coherence breathing
    • Step Two: Fire breathing breathwork
      • 108 reps
      • On 108th rep, holds last breath
      • Let's diaphragm drop
    • Step Three: Kriya breathwork
      • Restricts throat, inhale through the nose
      • Vibratory hum
      • Creates Nitric Oxide and dilates blood vessels
    • Step Four: DMT Alkaline breathwork

-The correlation between breathwork and sexual performance…37:00

  • Ben's practice of contracting on the inhale to enhance the post-contraction relaxation on the exhale
  • Contracting and relaxing the pelvic floor muscles has improved quality of Ben's orgasms
  • The Multi-Orgasmic Man by Douglas Abrams and Mantak Chia
  • Couples breathwork is a great way to connect with your partner

-Ben's experience with combining breathwork and microdosing…47:00

  • Uses microdosing to enhance creativity
  • 100-250 mg of oral DMT before a breathwork session
    • Improves relaxation and receptivity
  • Microdosing with intranasal ketamine increases inhalation and exhalation

-Travis's history in real estate and community development…51:25

-Where would be a good place to start with The Breath Source app?…59:53

-Travis's experience with breathing devices…65:30

-And much more…

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