Changing the world through the power of breath
by teaching people how to breathe together and better
BreathLogic is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to global Breath Literacy and world peace.
GEORGE T. ELLIS, PsyD
George T. Ellis holds a diplomate in school neuropsychology, certificate in traumatic stress studies from the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute and MBSR certification from Mindful Academy.
A proponent of breath awareness and breath practices, Dr. Ellis has an eclectic background of setting up and running mental health programs on four continents. A clinical psychologist with a quest for knowledge and love of helping others, he has set up and directed diverse programs for “Project Pathfinder” in St. Paul, MN; Caritas; The Godchild Project and Commonhope in Guatemala; the United Nations in Kosovo; U.S. AID, Veteran’s International in Cambodia; KAUST (King Abdullah’s University for Science & Technology) in Saudi Arabia and OSCE (Organization for Security & Cooperation in Europe) in Ukraine.
Bonnie Berquam often surprises us with her creativity and self-expression. As a graduate of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and a passionate performance artist, she dwells comfortably in both business and creative worlds.
Bonnie’s business career included marketing and technical communications in financial services and banking. Now retired, she still puts her technical and marketing writing, editing and project management skills to good use in support of BreathLogic. She shared her passion for dance with a performance and offering at the 2019 fundraiser gala.
When Bonnie met Laurie Ellis-Young in 1998, they became fast friends and she has been studying breath practices with Laurie ever since. Bonnie completed the Power of Breath instructor training in early 2020, taught by Laurie in Guatemala. Her love of learning has recently expanded from dance into studies with an improvisational performance art theater group, Nose to Nose, based in the UK.
We always look forward to learning of new adventures in Bonnie’s creativity!
Melissa Kalal is the Principal of Modern Culture, a consulting firm that works with for-profit and non-profit organizations that wish to build a culture of excellence. The work results in the co-creation of strategic goals, a solid brand vision, efficient workflows, inspiring marketing that gives a competitive edge, effective operations and people management, and the right tools and technology.
SUSAN YOUNG, MA
Susan Young is currently retired and living in Minneapolis after 43 years in education. Combining her passion for teaching and traveling, she worked for 3 years as an elementary teacher and 24 years as elementary principal in American schools abroad.
Her travels took her to Lima, Peru, Cairo, Egypt, New Delhi, India, and London, England. Additionally she served as elementary principal at the French Immersion School in Edina, MN.
Susan earned her B.A. from Moorhead State University in Moorhead, MN, a Master of Education in Literacy/Bilingual Education and an M.A. in Elementary Administration from the University of MN in Minneapolis.
A recipient of the International Principal of the Year Award, beloved leader and advocate for children, Susan is a supporter of breath awareness and practices being part of school curriculum.
SUGANYA SANTHA KUMAR, ND
DR. RAJIB ROYBISWIS
Suganya Santha Kumar is a naturopath with a post-graduate Diploma in Yoga from Bihar University in Muzaffarpur, India.
Rajib Roybiswis, RYT 500, also earned a doctorate diploma in yoga from Svyasa Yoga University in Bangalore, India.
Having embraced yoga as their life paths and careers, Dr. Kumar and Dr. Roybiswis travelled extensively across India, Asia and the Middle East teaching various styles of yoga to children and adults, conducting workshops on personality development for children, corporate stress management courses, and classes in Pranayama (The Yogic Science of Breath). They are the founding directors of Animaa Yoga Ashram in Siliguri, India where their students honor and love them for their expertise and inspiration in bringing alive ancient wisdom.
Positive energy. Combine that with a passion for fitness, a gregarious personality and a sense of compassion, you begin to understand why the group exercise program at The Marsh is so successful. In her role as Studio Director, a position she has held since 2000, Liz manages a program that includes more than 30 group exercise instructors that deliver more than 50 group exercise classes each week to Marsh members and guests. She herself is trained to teach more than 15 classes, including Kripalu yoga, Nia, BodyPump, Cardio Dance, Tai Chi Fit, Flo Motion, Barre, and willPower & grace and Yoga LEVEL I.
Liz loves to bring her Kripalu Yoga philosophy into all that she teaches and guides: be compassionate with yourself. Listen to your body and invite your breath in to guide you through your movements whether it be lifting weights, creating your own Tai Chi Moves or dancing your heart out.
Liz is a lifelong learner and is honored to share the treasures of life she learns both on and off her yoga mat. Liz finds the joy of dance, the practice of yoga and finding quiet time surrounded in nature, including meditations, are a few gifts she loves to share with others.
Sally Dames promotes, teaches and advocates breath awareness for optimal health, relaxation and mind clarity. She uses her experience in organizational and Nonviolent Communication to bring focus and peace of mind to help bridge & mediate relationship between self and others. She is known for asking What is Alive and Seeking Expression in You?
Sally has gathered in over 400 community circles studying with peacemaker Jalaja Bonheim of Circle Work and Marshall Rosenberg with the Center for Nonviolent Communications. She earned her B.A. degree from U.C. Santa Barbara in Communications. She obtained a coaching certification with Leadership That Works and has been in the field for over two decades working with children, adults and elders. Most recently, Sally completed the Chopra Center PMS Primordial Sound Meditation Certificate (Carlsbad, California).
Sally is passionate about living life in balance and believes self-discipline is our true freedom. She serves on the BreathLogic Advisory Board and is a consultant for K-Bid Auction On-line Auctions. She lives in both Minnesota and Vermont. Sally enjoys piano, singing, kayaking, waterskiing and writing.
KELLY BROUWER, DPT
Kelly Brouwer is a licensed physical therapist and athletic trainer with over 10 years of experience practicing in outpatient orthopedics. She received her education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and The University of Iowa earning her B.S. in Athletic training in 2006, and Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2009, respectively. She has taken advanced coursework through Functional Movement Systems, Kinetacore, Graston Technique, The Institute of Physical Art, The University of St. Augustine, Northeast Seminars, and Kineso University. She holds a level II certification in Functional Dry Needling and is M1 level Graston Technique trained.
Her education and clinical experience have taught her the importance of evaluating and retraining breathing as a foundational movement pattern. Since altered or inefficient breath patterns can both result in or be the cause of injury and pain, breath education and training is a staple of physical therapy practice.
KATHY FLAMINIO, LGSW, MSW, E-R-YT-200
Kathy Flaminio, LGSW, MSW, E-RYT-200 is the founder of 1000 Petals LLC, a training and consulting company working with the science and practice of mindfulness, movement and social/emotional learning. She is the creator of Move Mindfully® workshops, products and curriculum that teach trauma-responsive, yoga-based sequences for self-regulation, focus and overall well-being. Kathy holds a master’s degree in social work and is adjunct faculty for Saint Mary’s University. Kathy has trained over 30,000 professionals in yoga-based movement, mindfulness, and social/emotional skills strategies for use in classrooms, hospitals, home care, juvenile service centers and therapeutic settings. She is co-author of Moving Mountains, a recently released book for parents, therapists, and educators.
Over the past 12 years, Kathy has partnered with Jim and Lynea Gillen, founders of Yoga Calm®, to offer Yoga Calm and Move Mindfully training and certification. She has also partnered with the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's hospital to provide trauma-responsive yoga-based movement for the child/adolescent mental health and dual diagnosis units. She co-authored the Teen Resiliency Program with Dr. Henry Emmons as well as other physicians and psychologists. Kathy is a frequent keynote speaker and presenter to a variety of Professional Education and Healthcare Associations.
Kathy has co-facilitated retreats with Laurie Ellis-Young in Guatemala and Peru and is excited to affiliate Move Mindfully with BreathLogic.
KARYN FULTON, CYT, CHTP
Karyn Fulton CYT, CHTP is a certified yoga teacher and Healing Touch Practitioner. During 2013, while taking a U of MN Center, Spirituality and Healing course, she met classmate Nancy Chakrin, co-founder of BreathLogic.
This friendship led Karyn to participate in the “Power of Breath” workshops and wellness retreats to Guatemala & Lake Superior. Then she become a participant in the BreathLogic Level l, ll “Optimal Breath Literacy” Leadership program developed by Laurie.
Karyn has taught several classes around the Twin Cities for BreathLogic. Karyn believes that the gentler we are with our bodies, the more readily they will respond and heal. “Since beginning my work with the breath, I have much less pain, more energy and a better outlook on life!"
PAMELA TOOL, PhD
Pam’s lifelong professional passion is to foster a new generation of innovative, ethical, compassionate, and emotionally skilled youth leaders. She believes that young people need to be given the opportunity to be of value and make a difference in their communities. Pam is a national pioneer in the fields of peer helping and service-learning, and is the recipient, along with her husband, of the International Alec Dickson Servant Leader Award.
Pamela is currently the vice-president of Compass Institute, and her career has included working in a k-12 school district in California, being a senior fellow in the department of Youth Studies and Social Work at the Univ. of Minnesota and coordinating the professional development department for the National Youth Leadership Project (NYLC) in Minnesota. Through NYLC, Pam helped create the original model of PeaceJam, an international peace education project that brings Nobel Peace Prize winners together with high school and college youth.
Pam is co-author of the book, Sustaining the Soul that Serves, and she trains trainers in highly diverse organizations throughout the United States, piloting diversity and equity research within the Service-Learning field. Pamela loves to spend time with her husband, daughter and their two dogs out in nature and close to water or mountains.
SARAH SKAHAN, MS, CCC-SLP
Sarah Skahan is a Speech-Language Pathologist at Westview Elementary School in Apple Valley, MN. Her professional interests include culturally and linguistically responsive teaching, mindful leadership, and social justice.
Sarah has journeyed to Guatemala on three transformative retreats with Laurie Ellis-Young and Kathy Flaminio in which she experienced and studied the abundantly positive outcomes associated with breathwork and mindfulness practices. Sarah is passionate about incorporating breathwork and mindfulness practices into speech-language lessons and educator team meetings.
Sarah completed both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She holds a graduate certificate in Culturally Responsive Teaching from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.
Andrea Smith is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, Certified Yoga Teacher, health & wellness specialist and educator. She supports youth, parents, and community members with their health & wellness related needs through her work. She is a passionate advocate for health equity in underserved communities and works to bring accessible resources to those who need them most.
Andrea currently works as the Health & Wellness Specialist for The Power of People Leadership Institute and as the Holistic Health Coach for The Vision Investment. She specializes in group facilitation and 1:1 support; using the Motivational Interviewing approach in her work.
BreathLogic's mission is to teach Breath Literacy locally and globally, alleviate suffering
and expand world peace.
BreathLogic's vision is for humanity
to breathe together and create a
world of wellness and peace for all.