BUTEYKO INSTRUCTORS – NEW YORK
Ciaran McKeown BA, MA Counselling & Psychotherapy, FBPI
Ciaran McKeown learnt Buteyko in the early 2000s as a way of managing his asthma and anxiety. Impressed by the efficacy of the method he worked with his brother Patrick McKeown to incorporate it into his breathwork training and therapy sessions for over 15 years. During this time he has taught students with a diverse range of abilities and needs through voluntary and paid classes.
A registered counsellor and Samaritans volunteer, Ciaran believes that to be a good teacher, personal experience matters just as much as professional proficiency. He says that both are what enable you to relate to your students and find solutions that fit them.
For new students to the Buteyko method, particularly those who suffer from anxiety, he advises that they experiment with the exercises and treat the techniques as being a way to discover their breath rather than be overly demanding of themselves. At least for the first couple of weeks. This is why he prescribes every student with a unique plan.
Bud Weiss is a retired high school social worker who trained under Jennifer Stark. Since 1995, he has consistently promoted the Buteyko technique in New York. Over the past fifteen years, Bud has worked tirelessly by organizing workshops and participating in regular radio shows to create more awareness around the importance of correct breathing using the Buteyko Method.
Barnett J. Weiss, MA, LCSW
Brooklyn and Manhattan areas
James Alexander, LMT
James works as a licensed medical massage therapist practicing in New York City and Yonkers, New York. He received his certificate (diploma) for the Buteyko Breathing Therapy from Patrick McKeown. In addition, James is certified in Myoskeletal Alignment, and Myokinesthethic System for massage therapy. He has been certified to teach Naam Yoga, and the Harmonyum healing modality, and as a kettlebell instructor and personal trainer.
Anna Yashayeva, RN – New Paltz area, New York
Anna is a registered nurse, practicing in New York, USA. She’s been always interested in alterative methods of healing. After seeing amazing healing transformations that Buteyko Breathing Method brought to her family, she studied with Patrick McKeown and became a certified instructor.
Email: [email protected]
Nancy H. Rothstein, MBA, The Sleep Ambassador®, Director of Circadian® Corporate Sleep Programs
As The Sleep Ambassador®, Nancy is on a global quest to raise awareness, educate and provide strategies for sustainable sleep optimization and optimal health. As Director of CIRCADIAN® Corporate Sleep Programs™, Nancy is a leader in bringing customized consulting services and research-based solutions to address the issue of Sleep Wellness for all levels of a corporation or organization’s workforce. In her consulting and trainings, Nancy focuses on the importance of proper breathing for sleep and waking hours, integrating Buteyko principles and teachings. Her services are customized to meet the needs of you and your organization.
Nancy serves as a member of the NIH’s Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board, the Advisory Board of the Academy of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy, a Board member of the Foundation for Airway Health and as a member of the Steering Committee of Myapnea.org, as well as working with other organizations that foster sleep health. Nancy is the author of My Daddy Snores; published by Scholastic, it has sold over 400,000 copies. Nancy has a B.A. from The University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Juan Disla is a Certified Personal Trainer with the National Academy of Sports medicine, Functional Patterns Instructor and Martial Artist. He came to realize that many of his clients were hyperventilating after studying Patrick McKeown’s Oxygen Advantage. By putting the Breath Reduction into practice together with strategic training regimens we are seeing incredible results!
“I would like more people to experience the feeling of Breathing and Moving with good Biomechanics. After we begin to address these root dysfunctions, I believe we will be much closer to filling our human potential. For me personally, that is the goal.”
Juan Disla lives in Westbury, NY and works with clients in Hicksville, NY.
Matthew Flaherty, MS, CSCS is the founder of Stafford Strength. He is one of New York City’s most sought after Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCS). With a Master’s Degree in Exercise & Health Promotion, Matthew has helped hundreds of people turn their lives around and achieve their fitness and life goals.
Matthew began competing in Martial Arts and earned his 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo. He was an athlete in high school before ultimately pursuing exercise and health in higher education. Along the way he has tried a wide range of techniques for achieving optimal fitness. He has found particular success working with powerlifting and kettlebell training. Matthew also specializes in sport specific training, for example golf performance. He is also a certified nutrition coach through Precision Nutrition. The principles he has learned can be applied to virtually any sport or fitness goal. After 13 years as a personal trainer in the fitness industry, Matthew is still a student of strength and looks for new ways to help his clients achieve their goals.
Ann Lalezarian, RDH, MS, QOM – Long Island, Manhattan, New York
Ann Lalezarian, RDH, MS, QOM has been practicing as a registered dental hygienist for 29 years.She received her B.S in Dental Hygiene from University of Orebro, Sweden. After moving to the United States, she earned a Dental Hygiene degree from Farmingdale State College, a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health from SUNY at Old Westbury. Her graduate studies at SUNY Stony Brook were in Hospital Administration and Finance. Ann has also earned advanced certificates in both Hospital Administration Management and OroFacial Myofunctional Therapy.
Ann has authored and taught courses in Dental Pain Management and International Oral Health at NYU and has been a clinical Adjunct Associate Dental Hygiene Professor at Farmingdale State College for the past 27 years.
Ann has coordinated several Dental missions to Ecuador providing dental care to the underprivileged and underserved. Ann’s passion is to provide OroFacial Myofunctional Therapy and Buteyko Breathing techniques to Adults and children of all ages on Long Island, Manhattan and surrounding communities.
Karmyn Tyler – Manhattan, New York
Karmyn Tyler has been teaching private voice and diction since 1998. She has two fine arts degrees in Music and Theatre from Texarkana College. She trained in opera performance at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana, and graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor in Applied Arts & Sciences.
Karmyn is a professional singer/songwriter/actress and a voting member of the Screen Actors Guild/AFTRA, Actors Equity, BMI, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (The Grammy’s), the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and lifetime member of Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity.
She is currently a graduate student at NYU Steinhardt’s Communicative Sciences and Disorders program studying Speech-Language Pathology.
Karmyn became interesting in breathing disorders and treatments when her father was diagnosed with COPD.
She found the Buteyko technique after traditional breathing techniques did not work for her asthma. She accredits the Buteyko technique for significantly reducing her need for asthma inhalers and for helping minimize anxiety.
She enjoys working will all ages and, in particular, clients who have asthma, COPD, chronic hoarse voice, anxiety, and hyperventilation.
She currently lives in Manhattan and balances graduate work with her private practice.
You can contact her through her studio website: www.ktvocalstudio.com.
Dara Coleman – New York City
Dara is based in New York. He is an experienced actor with a demonstrated history of working in the performing arts industry.
After a car crash in 2012, on the path to heal, he began researching meditation and various types of breathing methods. From the Tibetan breath of Fire, Yogis and Pranayama, Wim Hof to Stan Grof’s Holotropic breathing method, he began to understand how extraordinary and powerful the breath really is.
He sought specific training and became a certified practitioner under Patrick McKeown of The Buteyko Clinic International. In Dara’s teaching and practice, he aims at adapting breathing techniques and patterns that suit the need of each person he works with, whether it’s one on one or in small groups.
He is open to working with children and adults. He is interested in many conditions such as PTSD, ADHD, trauma, panic and mania, anxiety, stress and insomnia. He is available for teaching sessions through Zoom and FaceTime and in person when possible. Every single day and night, the better you breathe, the better your whole life will be.
Email: [email protected]
Dina Ezagui MS, CCC-SLP, TSHH, QOM, MS-Ed SBL/SDL – Brooklyn, New York City
Dina is a New York State licensed and certified Speech Language Pathologist. She is also a New York State certified School Building Leader and School District Leader.
Dina has focused her clinical skills on treating children with problems such as:
- Communication delays
- Feeding difficulties
- Swallowing Disorders
- Oral sensory aversions
- Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders
- Speech Sound Disorders
Dina also has received specialized training in:
- Beckman Oral Motor Techniques
- Oral Placement Disorders
- Tethered Oral Tissues
- Orofacial Myofunctional Disorders
Dina specialized education through Neo Health where she became a Qualified Orofacial Myologist (QOM).
She is currently pursuing the IAOM certification as an Orofacial Myologist.
Dina believes a holistic approach is needed to identify and address underlying factors impacting the child’s oral and facial functional health.
Her goal is to help every patient restore healthy function by employing a collaborative medical model and building a team of medical professionals to help each patient achieve optimal health.
Julia Yarovoy, RDH – New York City
Julia Yarovoy, RDH, founder of Happy Myo, a holistic and evolutionary approach to bettering functions such as breathing, sleeping and overall energy level. She lives and work in New York City.
In her practice, Julia integrates Buteyko breathing methods with myofunctional therapy and sleep coaching to improve her patients’ lives. Julia works with children and adults and has a special interest in women’s breathing related to hormonal fluctuations.
After the COVID-19 lockdown, it has become standard practice to communicate with her patients via Zoom video sessions. As an added benefit, video sessions allow for access to patients across the country and not just those in New York City.
Utilizing Buteyko methods to help with breathing and sleeping issues is the way to go; It is a drug free and holistic approach to a healthier and happier you.
Kecskes Marton Adorjan
After struggling for 23 years with seasonal depression, social anxiety, allergies, frequent colds that would turn into full blown asthma attacks followed by hospitalization and having conventional symptomatic treatment (inhalers, steroids) Mr. Ady first learnt about the Buteyko Method in Hungary in 2013. It was a lifechanging experience. It was the first time ever he regained control of his health, became asthma free and could manage more easily his anxiety and depression. Regaining his health, finishing his Masters studies in Music & Education he embarked on a global journey and became a digital nomad. After dedicating 1000s of hours and several years learning informally about human behavior (one of his passions), traveling/working/living in more than 55 countries and further refining his own Buteyko Self-Practice with other elements (Clinical Dietary Protocols) he decided to become an accredited and certified Buteyko Clinic Practitioner in 2020. His dedicated self-practice allowed him to achieve great results (4-6 hour sleep, 30-40 sec MCP/BOLT score). He is mostly based in Asia with occasional relocations to Europe & the Americas. Aside from his dedicated profession he is also interested in languages (being fluent in 4), cultures (continues to travel), personality psychology (to tailor & customize his services, Big5) and the latest cancer research (PKD, metabolic health) and on a broader scale about lifestyle disease in general.
To make the Buteyko Method more accessible in Asia he provides online instruction at very low cost!!!
Michael Flanell – New York area
Michael Flanell, RDH, MBA, is a Certified Sleep Apnea clinician from the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines, a Myofunctional Therapist, and a certified Buteyko breathing coach.
She is a professor to the Department of Healthcare Management at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, New York, where her responsibilities include designing and teaching healthcare administration online.
Previously, she taught at Briarcliff College in the Dental Hygiene and Healthcare Management Department. Presently, she was an Operations Manager at Sleepwell Orthotics and a clinical consultant at Advanced Dental Sleep Consultants.
I presently teach the Buteyko methods of breathing to adults, children, and athletes. I am available to anyone in the New York area.
Natalia Plaza – Brooklyn, New York City
Natalia Plaza works as a licensed registered dental hygienist in Brooklyn, New York, where she also practices orofacial myofunctional therapy and breathing reeducation.
Natalia graduated from Daytona State College in Daytona Beach, FL in 2010.
Her passions include mindfulness, osteopathy, functional dentistry and the body’s inherent ability to create deep lasting change via neuroplasticity. Natalia has trained with Buteyko Clinic International, the International Association of Orofacial Myology, the Academy of Myofunctional Therapy, the Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration – MNRI® Method, and is currently completing courses with the ALF Educational Institute.
Natalia is in Quantum ALF treatment herself and regularly helps in augmenting cranial motion by restoring correct myofunction and breathing in patients in functional dental appliances and/or those with tethered oral tissues and oral breathing.
She sees patients of all ages and levels of need including performers and public speakers. She is also the creator of the practical approach to spirituality workshop, Turn Crisis into Co-creation, on which more information can be found at www.nataliaplaza.com/enroll.
To work with Natalia on breathing reeducation or myofunctional therapy, please visit www.myofunctionalme.org.
Ana Ilijeska – New York City
My name is Ana Ilijeska. I am a physical therapist with one decade of experience in an acute care hospital in New York City.
I have worked with patients with various medical conditions including orthopedics, neurological, surgical, oncology, geriatrics, cardiac, and pulmonary. In the past three years, I have been working in the Outpatient Cardio-Pulmonary rehabilitation treating patients with various cardiac or medical conditions.
After taking this course, I am realizing and noticing that most of my patients at work are mouth breathers. I started educating my patients on the importance of nose breathing and its benefits.
I am excited to continue educating my future patients, clients, friends, and family on the benefits of functional breathing. Thank you for this wonderful course!
Amra Đumišić – New York City
Amra’s journey into the world of breath began several years ago, when she started researching and reading scientific publications about breathing techniques and their positive effects on physical and mental health, and on athletic performance.
She is an avid practitioner of Wim Hof Method. She has certified in the Oxygen Advantage and Buteyko methods, recognizing how they can be used simply and safely by people of all ages, including people with chronic health conditions. Both methods have provided her both with practical knowledge in terms of breathing exercises and with a strong theoretical understanding of the effects of these exercises have on our physiology.
Her belief that functional breathing can improve quality of life by optimizing mental and physical health motivates her to share this very widely. She is passionate about helping others become more aware of their breathing patterns and to learn to adopt simple breathing exercises into daily life, in order to lead happier and healthier lives. She is particularly interested in helping people suffering from PTSD, anxiety, insomnia, asthma, and stress as well as anyone interested in improving their sports performance, mental resilience, immune system, and concentration.
Email: [email protected]
A self help Buteyko Breathing course is available on DVD. The Buteyko DVD is the complete instruction as presented by Buteyko instructor and author Patrick McKeown. During the two hour DVD, Patrick instructs five adults and two children how to sucessfully apply the Buteyko Breathing Therapy.
The DVD Buteyko set includes 2 hour DVD, a detailed training book, CD and follow up support. The total cost of Buteyko DVD which includes shipping to anywhere in the USD or Canada is 50 US dollars. For further information including some free video segments is available from www.ButeykoDVD.com