About The Film
Filmmaker Tiffany Bellinger explores the teachings of community healers, educators and mindfulness practitioners who provide a more holistic approach to heal from trauma, addiction and the stressors of everyday life.
Stop Breathe Let Go mixes elements of animation, interviews and live footage to bring the story together. The audience is introduced to a loose animation of a young man, struggling with addiction, who makes the decision to begin his journey towards recovery and healing. One class at a time, he explores Yoga 12 Step Recovery, Pranayama Breathwork, Qigong, and Dancing Mindfulness. In each class, the interviewees reveal their insights on how their practice can aid with healing.
Stop Breathe Let Go also explores mindfulness in schools. We learn how a high school counselor and a local nonprofit designed mindfulness programs to help students relieve stress and gain a sense of balance in their life.
Nikki Myers is the founder of Yoga 12 Step Recovery – a relapse prevention program that combines the wisdom of yoga with the practical tools of 12 – step programs. She launched Yoga of 12-Step Recovery in 2004 based on her own personal struggles with addiction.
Taganyahu Swaby has a life long experience in Qi gong and Tai Qi Chuan, two forms of internal martial arts that, along with acupuncture, share the principle of “qi,” or life force, as their foundation. His experience of cultivating “qi” inspired him to learn more about its healing applications.
Jordan Pagán facilitates monthly full moon Pranayama Breathwork circles at MINKA Brooklyn. Jordan has studied with renowned healers Ari Roberts, Pamela Miles, Padma Gonzalez, and David Elliot. It has been her greatest honor and joy to carry on these healing traditions.
Atman Smith is a Co-founder of the Holistic Life Foundation. Since 2001, he has been teaching yoga and mindfulness to a diverse population including underserved and high-risk youth in Baltimore City Public Schools, drug treatment centers, wellness centers, and colleges.
Nick Boyiatzis is a certified mindful schools instructor and a high school counselor in New York City Public Schools. He offers a semester-based mindfulness course to students and facilitates professional development for staff.
Dr. Jamie Marich is the author of “Dancing Mindfulness – a creative path to healing and transformation.” Jamie’s friends and colleagues describe her as a renaissance woman. A dancer, musician, performer, writer, clinical counselor, and registered expressive arts therapist, Marich unites these elements of her experience to achieve an ultimate mission: bringing the art and joy of healing to others.