We had the good fortune of connecting with Jen Broyles and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jen, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
I feel like the holistic wellness path found me. The timing was right and I was open to being guided down this path. I ventured into the world of natural health while I was searching for answers to some health challenges I was facing at the time. My previous career was in pharmaceutical sales and I believed that when you get sick you take a prescription and get better. But that didn’t work for me. I found myself seeing a number of different specialists, undergoing a ton of tests, and taking a bunch of prescription drugs and not feeling better. So I took matters into my own hands and began reading lots of books and doing a lot of research. I started with nutrition and realized that everything I thought I knew about nutrition was false. I went back to school to study integrative nutrition, then my journey unfolded into plant medicines like essential oils and therapies like breathwork. Breathwork has transformed my life and I wasn’t really seeking it out. It started coming up in conversations and after a few different people suggested trying breathwork, I knew I needed to listen. I was traveling in Southern California, and in that single trip had the opportunity to experience several types of breathwork; one of them being SOMA Breath. I loved it so much that I dove into a daily personal practice. It was during these breathwork sessions in a deep meditative state that I felt an inner calling to become an instructor and share this technique with the world.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I’m Jen Broyles and I’m a breathwork instructor, holistic health coach and essential oils specialist. Many people aren’t familiar with the term breathwork or why it’s important, but this practice has been around for thousands of years. Breathwork involves consciously breathing in a certain pattern that influences the mind and body in certain ways. Most people don’t think about their breath. We just assume that if we’re breathing, we’re good. But it’s not that simple. We weren’t given a manual on how to breathe and most of us breathe in a way that perpetuates the stress response and leads to imbalances and illness in the mind and body. Tune into your breath right now and observe how you’re breathing. Are you breathing slow or fast? Are you inhaling through your nose or mouth? Are you holding your breath? Fast, shallow chest breathing through the mouth is very common, but it’s incorrect and overtime can be harmful. It perpetuates stress and anxiety, raises blood pressure, and makes you more susceptible to colds and infections. I also talk to many people who find that they’re holding their breath without even realizing it! If this becomes habitual, it can lead to health challenges as well. I teach a form of breathwork called SOMA Breath. SOMA Breath takes fundamental Pranayama techniques put into a sequence that combines rhythmic breathing to beat-driven music, for therapeutic function. These techniques are designed to be practiced regularly and they lead to improvements in every area of your life. And the beauty is that you can experience the beneficial effects after just one session. And while it’s great for physical health, it’s also wonderful for mental and emotional wellbeing. Breathwork has been such a transformative tool for me to shift my perspective, awaken to my true self, and begin to reprogram my subconscious mind and limiting beliefs. It’s been so supportive in my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness and growth. And the responses from my clients have been the same. It’s incredible how healing a breathwork practice can be.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Clean, healthy food is super important to me. We have a handful of restaurants that we frequent because the ingredients are clean and fresh. My husband and I love brunch at Origin Kitchen. They serve healthy food that tastes delicious. Everything is organic, local, clean ingredients. They also have awesome coffee and mimosas!! I love their sweet potato hash bowl. So good! We enjoy many dinners at True Food Kitchen, Flower Child, and HG SPLY as well. I’m all about healthy food that tastes good. And a fun atmosphere is a bonus. I love being outside when the weather is nice, so walking on the Katy Trail or hanging out at a local park is enjoyable.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people, experiences, and books that have played a role in my journey. I’m so thankful for my husband Ben for being so supportive of me leaving my career in pharma and starting my own business in holistic health. My parents for always telling me I can do and be anything I set my mind to. Julia Nicholson for being an incredible friend and wonderful mentor in my essential oils business. Steven Whitney and Niraj Naik for being amazing mentors and teachers of SOMA Breathwork. Stacy Claxton for being a beautiful friend who encourages my personal growth and expansion. My Uplevel Together Dallas Mastermind Group for support and accountability. Favorite books include Becoming Supernatural by Joe Dispenza, Limitless by Jim Kwik, The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown, Spiritual Liberation by Michael Beckwith, Untethered Soul by Michael Singer.