My Journey From Corporate Sleeping to Awake and Coaching
My corporate job brought me into states of stress, drinking, drugs and mood swings. After I got out I fell into a deep state of depression. Check out how I healed myself and what tools I learned to live the life of my dreams!
My Corporate Job
At age 23 I moved to Denver Colorado and started a business as a property manager and building engineer. I had no idea what I was doing or even how to do it! After 6 years I had built a business that was bringing in over 6 figures and I thought I was the shit! I had a penthouse apt, big fancy truck, drank good scotch, smoked cigars, played golf and was mega stressed out! Through this time I thought I was happy and I had reached success. I later found out what success really meant to me and this was definitely not it! I worked 60-70 hrs a week and had many moments where I would leave dinner with my fiance and rush to work to take care of something. I thought I was proactive but really I was just stressed and afraid.
When The Shit Hit The Fan
After about 5 years of business something traumatic happened. My Mom passed away. She had diabetes and her passing was completely unexpected. I was very close to my Mom and she was my rock! Now I had a reason to drink and this is really where I went down hill. At this point I had a reason to drink and do drugs and so I did! I gained over 50 lbs and became very unhealthy! I was really just killing myself slowly.
One year later things get even worse! My fiance has a heart attack! I thought to myself seriously what the F**K! At this point I knew I needed to make some changes. My fiance went to Thailand to try and find an alternative way to heal her heart. A week into her retreat she called me and said she wanted to move to Thailand. I was blown away. I thought to myself why the hell not! I was still drinking at the time and when she was gone I had one too many and got pulled over and got a DUI. HOLY SHIT! I had been praying to my Mother to help me out but I didn't think it was going to come in this form! I knew right then and there that I needed to get my shit together! So I quit drinking, got cleaned up, the case got dismissed and 4 months later we were on a plane to Thailand.
Lost My "Identity" and The Depression Kicks In
So at this point I have not drank in over 4 months, I lost weight and was feeling great! I had no idea what I was in for though. When we arrived in Thailand I started to get anxiety. We were living on a small island called Koh Phangan that specialized in attracting world renowned teachers in yoga, meditation, energy work etc. I saw everyone around me being happy and where doing yoga and meditation and I was so envious of them. The feelings of anxiety and dark depression where really starting to set in. I enrolled in a 30 day Yoga Teacher Training Program. The depression got worse! I went through a meditation training program. The depression got worse. I did 5-7 day detox programs and even nutrition. I tried everything but the feelings got stronger and stronger. At this point I am starting to have Suicidal Thoughts.
My Breath Saved My Life
One night my fiance and I were going out to dinner and I felt like crap. Just low and angry. She talks me into going to a Mulit Sensory Meditation. It was the last thing I wanted to do but she made me. This is the point that I got introduced to SOMA Breath and Niraj Naik the founder. I did the breathwork meditation and HOLY SHIT! For the first time in 5 months I finally got a glimpse into happiness. I knew it was inside me but I had really lost hope! I felt so amazing that I had to learn more. I talked to Niraj after the session to learn more. A week later he hosted the very first SOMA Breath Teacher Training! Of course I took it! My life changed right before my eyes! I dealth with alot of anger, sadness and doubt but with a group of amazing people they helped me to keep on going! I was so in love with the modality and I was training in the Science of Breath which I found fascinating! I knew right then and there that I had found my calling. I had found my purpose! For the next year I dedicated several hours everyday to study and learn more about how your breath has direct effects over your physiology, biochemistry and neurology. My life just kept getting better and better and I was blown away!
Where Am I Now
Fast forward 3 years later and I am now one of SOMA Breath's Master Instructors. I have taught thousands of people from around the world. I have taught almost 500 students in online breathwork programs. I have been featured at 8 different festivals and have held hundreds and hundreds of workshops! It has come time for me to take what I have learned and apply it to my old life. I now am coaching people to become the best versions of themselves through the science of breath and how you can use it to optimize your physical and mental health. Stress and Anxiety where so strong for me and I want people with the same challenges to know that they are ot alone and that they too can overcome the weight. I believe that I went through all this hardship so that I could coach people from a place of experience and not fluff. I have been through so much and I want to help others to not have to go through what I did. It is my souls purpose to help people take their power back! To live the life of their dreams and to know that they can do it! If you shift your inner world than you will shift your outer world!
Breathe With Steve
My name is Steve Whitney. I am a SOMA Breath Master Instuctor, Certified Vinyasa Yoga Teacher, Trained in Vipassana, Buddist and Guided forms of Meditation. For the last 3 years I have dedicated every waking moment to studying in the science of breathwork and how to hack your physiology.
Thousands Taught In Person
The science of our breath facinated me so much that I made it my soul's mission to share the power of SOMA breath to as many people as possible. I have had the true pleasure of reaching thousands of people in my reach to spread awareness of breathwork and the science behind it.
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