IOC Roundtable Learning Event - DC

October 14, 2022 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm


I invite you to join us on Friday, October 14th for Together at Home, a free monthly, one hour, live virtual meeting with the intention to explore our experience and to connect with each other and ourselves. This month, we will explore: Breathwork.

For the month of October, Together at Home will be taking a break from our normal routine of meditation and self inquiry around a topic and we’ll be exploring a new form of self experience, Pranayama Yoga or Breathwork.

What will we be doing?

We’ll be doing a form of self-exploration called pranayama yoga, or breathwork. Breathwork is an active meditation using two-part breathing (through the mouth) that will shift your body into its parasympathetic nervous system. This can create deep relaxation and move energy through the body, allowing you to reflect deeply, release stuck emotions, and gain added clarity.

How do I prepare?

You can do the following to prepare for the TAH breathwork session:

  • Come with an idea of what you’d like to work through
  • Refrain from eating for at least an hour before the session
  • Arrive on time. (Entry will not be allowed after the first 5 minutes)
  • Have within reach:
    • An eye pillow
    • A pillow
    • A yoga mat (or you can just line on the floor or a bed)
    • Water
    • Your journal and pen
What Can You Experience during Breathwork?

Breathwork activates the hypothalamus and the body’s parasympathetic nervous system. Like other types of meditation, it can take the self-referencing default mode network of the brain offline and allow you to access and integrate other regions of the brain.

Most people experience tingling and energy in the hands, arms, feet, legs, and throughout the body. Some people may feel lightheaded or dizzy (which is why it’s performed lying down). Some people get “tetany” or cramping of the hands. If either happens, you are encouraged to breathe through your nose until you are less dizzy and/or your hands are more relaxed. Breathwork is safe for almost everyone and if you have any concerns about the safety of performing breathwork, consult your physician before engaging in it.

These monthly Zoom events are an opportunity for coaches to create connections with each other and are hosted by the Institute of Coaching DC Area Roundtable.

Each live virtual meeting will include:
  • Grounding meditation
  • Brief introduction of the theme for the month
  • Small group discussion, exploration, and connection
  • Closing meditation


What Else You Should Know:
  • Space is limited
  • This is a live, interactive Zoom gathering
  • The event will NOT be recorded because the exchanges are personal
  • Videos on the live, Zoom event will be on
  • This is not a webinar - it is intended to be interactive, personal and engaging
  • No CEUs are provided, though you may learn something!
  • The content is what we all bring
  • Register to join us on time and to participate in the full 60 minutes

Meet Our CoHosts

Alison Whitmire is the President of Learning in Action, a company committed to revealing derailing blind spots and creating awareness resulting in breakthroughs. She is an authority in the Emotional and Relational Intelligence, which focuses on our innate capacity to be in relationship with others, even in times of conflict and how we can develop that capacity through conscious awareness and intention. Alison is a Professional Certified Coach, a Master EQ Practitioner and a Certified Narrative Coach. She has thousands of hours of experience coaching CEOs and business owners. She is certified as a 200 RYT Yoga Teacher and is currently enrolled in a Mindfulness Meditation Teacher training program. Alison is a TEDx speaker and a 3 time TEDx Conference organizer.  Prior to Learning in Action, Alison was a Chair for Vistage International, one of the world’s largest CEO membership organizations, for 8 years, running CEO roundtables. Prior to that, she worked in a series of Fortune 500 companies, running business units inside those companies. In the early years of her career, Alison practiced as a CPA with Ernst and Young. She has an MBA from the University of Chicago and BBAs in Accounting and Finance from Texas Tech University.

Jan Rybeck - Cultivating champions, teams, and talent to meet the demands of complex change is at the core of Jan’s work. As the Mission Enablement Practice Lead with Digital Mobilizations, an enterprise engineering firm, Jan rallies a team of 30 seasoned coaches and consultants to partner with clients in adapting coaching methodologies to drive and support large scale change. A Master Certified Coach, Jan has been coaching since 1995 and a Fellow with the Institute of Coaching (IOC) since 2012. Her webinar, articles, and CoachX video on Vertical Development are available through the IOC. She has led Executive Coaching business lines for several consulting firms, designed and delivered leadership development programs for government, healthcare, and private sector firms, and taught on faculty with Harvard’s Psychology of Leadership Course. As a leader herself within complex, mission focused organizations, Jan gets the boots-on-the-ground realities of applying theory to practice.  Her approach is both aspirational and pragmatic, reaching for what’s possible while building on what works.