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Meet Jackson Lynch

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jackson Lynch.

Jackson, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Let’s start with what’s going on right now and spice it up with some historical highlights along the way. So currently I spend my days helping stressed-out people become calm so they can relax and be more of whatever they’re intent on becoming. It’s that simple and unsurprisingly I was exactly like the people I’m helping these days – A stressed-out, anxious, frenetic, chaotic, multitasking NYC branding, marketing & creative exec who nearly checked himself into a month’s long rehab stint to escape the stress that was giving me panic attacks, heart palpitations and sabotaging my work and relationships. Then I was introduced to yoga, mindfulness, meditation and breathing practices through a series of what I call “timely interventions” by a number of amazing mentors and guides. Through those years of practice and study I’ve honed a series of easy-to-implement tools that have put me in the driver’s seat of my nervous system rather than allowing my environment to be at the helm of my mind and body. So what’s saved me has become my mission. It’s no secret that anxiety, depression and a host of stress-related diseases are sharply on the rise. Our challenge as human beings is that we’re all walking around with a 50,000-year-old brain that’s never received a firmware or software update while everything around us is getting bigger, faster and seemingly more immediate. Our systems are overloaded and the resulting stress is stealing our health, productivity, happiness, creativity and compromising our personal and professional relationships. Fortunately, the antidote is really uncomplicated and now there’s a wealth of validated scientific research that supports the efficacy of these portable, easy to master practices. Bottom line, you don’t have to feel stretched to the breaking point, not enjoying your life, your work, your friends and family. It just doesn’t have to be that way and it starts with re-learning how to breathe.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Oh, it’s by no means been a smooth road, but I’m certain I’d never want it to be that way. It’s interesting, in all of the previous incarnations of myself – as a professional athlete, a communications, marketing, branding and design professional for some big global brands, an independent journalist & photographer – I felt the pressure to perform and the constant “muscular flex” to achieve. When I realized I was breaking down and help found me, I started peeling away the protective armor I’d constructed to prop up my ego. That process invited me to actually feel and hear my deeper instincts. I don’t have to push or force my way into things anymore. I’m not looking for the path. The way just continues to reveal itself as I breathe and allow that to lead me. It feels like the underbrush is parting with every step forward. These days I’m doing a lot less and being far more focused, creative, productive and content. So, I guess the answer is, I used to struggle until I released my grip on the reins and started listening. A good example is recently, completely out of the blue, I was contacted by the owners of Palais Amani, a gorgeous five-star hotel in Fez, Morocco. They offered me a two-month teaching residency starting in mid-December. Who could say “no” to that, right? So I’ll be spending part of the winter in one of the oldest and most beautiful hubs of ancient culture and learning sharing a practice every day to an eager audience in another part of the world. The people I work with stateside are bummed I’ll be away, but they understand that intelligence needs change and my newfound perspectives will help me grow and be more present for them when I return. Besides, with Skype, Zoom and other remote face-to-face technology, I won’t be that far away.

Tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others. What do you do? What do you specialize in?
I teach people how to breathe the way they were born to breathe – Consciously with Ease. From there whatever combination of modalities we employ – Yoga, Mindfulness, Meditation, Stretching – the foundation is always the breath. It brings us into our bodies and back to the present moment. Our breath and the earth are our two “life partners.” They’re the two things that are always with us as long as we’re alive, so that’s where we always start, getting in touch with your breath and connecting to a source of stability. I’ve been told that I’m sort of the opposite of the Dean Winters’ Allstate Insurance anxiety-inducing character “Mayhem” who’s constantly wreaking havoc. Those campaigns are a prime example of business capitalizing on our survival instinct being on constant alert for negativity and danger. I help people dial that down and access the parts of their brain that create calm and connection.

What are you known for?
I think what people notice first about me is that I have a soothing voice. Which in all honesty is a solid asset if you’re going to be in my line of work.

What are you most proud of?
I’d say I’m most proud of the fact that I found my way in life just in time to have a positive impact on myself, my partner, my teenager, friends and colleagues and hopefully before I’m done at least a little segment of the world. My father, who recently passed away, was a child of the Great Depression. His father left when he was a baby and his stepfather was away in the military. My Dad was head of house by the time he was 13 years old and he lived his entire life scared and in survival mode. That mentality shaped my early life and carried on for many years until my internal evolution began to crack all the armor I’d constructed to facilitate my own “survival.” I’ve noticed that the more calm I’ve become, the more calm people around me have become. Everything we do ripples out far beyond our own sight lines and I hope my ripples continue to reach further and further.

What sets you apart from others?
In a nutshell, I’m able to relate to nearly every person I encounter. Growing up in Oakland in a time of significant social upheaval with the Hell’s Angels & The Black Panthers, Hippies all in close proximity to one another, I learned to move fluidly between all of them. I believe my upbringing, travel, education and experience allows me to see people in a very clear, human, compassionate way. I’ve gone thru’ a lot, so I empathize with the struggles and silent battles we all wage with ourselves on a moment-by-moment basis. In my teaching, I keep it simple and light. Life’s so heavy much of the time. It’s just good to share the experience in a way that’s more open, kind and compassionate.

How do you personally define success?
I believe success in life is developing a kind, loving relationship with yourself. That’s the foundation of any other healthy relationship we might have. At the end of the day, it’s connection – first with ourselves and then with others – that creates a sense of abundance and fulfillment. All of the “things” we insulate ourselves with that prop up the personas we want to present to the world don’t really matter. As humans, it’s connection we really crave, so for me, it’s continually stripping away the unnecessary and superfluous to stay present.

What’s your criteria, the markers you’re looking out for, etc?
My biggest criteria is staying rooted in the ever-changing new “NOW” moment of life and the easiest way I’ve found to do that is continuously noticing my breath. Here’s an interesting thought – on average each of us takes about 20,000 breaths each day. If we’re able to boost our breathing efficiency by just 5% each breath by the end of every day, we’d each have about 600 gallons more oxygen to nourish our cells, tissues and organs. That’s the equivalent of 120 five-gallon jugs of air. How much more calm, creative, productive, patient and easy to get along with would we be if we weren’t stressed out and starving ourselves of this one indispensable element? And 5% is easy. That’s just getting started. Anyone can achieve that in no time.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Because modern life has become so complicated and frenetic, I definitely feel what I’m sharing with people is reaching a tipping point. I’ve been preparing myself to venture farther and reach more people. And as I mentioned earlier, the way keeps opening up for me as I remain in the present, continue to keep it simple and be receptive to growing opportunities to share with a bigger audience. Everyone deserves to know how to calm themselves and fulfill their own dreams and destiny in a peaceful way. Calm people are peaceful people. So I guess the big, break out plan is creating a more peaceful world by teaching people how to relax on purpose one breath at a time.

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1 Comment

  1. Lisa

    December 7, 2019 at 05:39

    Wow wow wow. Jackson you are as amazing on the screen as you are in yoga at Shanti Hot Yoga, Yogaworks, The Pretender’s Studio, at home and in LIFE!!!! So proud and awed by you and your clarity & beautiful energy. Congrats to the man with the voice that soothes the world!!!

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