Trained instructors deliver the Breathe SMART Program in 12 hours spread over 4 days. The Breathe SMART program produces results from the very first session. For the full benefit of the training, participants are expected to commit to attend all sessions. The training is given in groups, with no maximum number of participants.
During the training, participants are instructed in a personal practice that can be used on a daily basis to further the benefits of the training. The cornerstone of the program, the powerful breathing technique, Sudarshan Kriya, is a rhythmic breathing technique that harmonizes the body, mind and emotions. They can be supported through weekly follow-up sessions to reinforce the effects of the training. By combining the instructor led course with the daily personal practice and weekly follow-up sessions, the benefits are sustainable in the long term.
The program teaches individuals to deal more constructively with their often deep-rooted feelings of fear, guilt, depression, despair and revenge.Feelings such as rage, aggression and frustration make way for enthusiasm and a positive frame of mind. Breathe SMART provides a basis for self-management, increases self-confidence, strengthens human values and reduces reliance on addictive substances. Moreover, it improves sleep, promotes greater accountability for ones own actions, and increases ones ability to resolve conflicts.
A stable and continuous Breathe SMART practice can effectively influence change in those who are tired of repeating their own destructive patterns, and therefore motivated to change.
Course participants learn skills to deal with future conflict and stressful situations successfully. The Breathe SMART program cuts through the cycle of violence as individuals become more conscious of the consequences of their actions, take responsibility, and search for the solutions to their problems within themselves rather than in the outside world. As such, the course becomes an opportunity for self-reflection and the program lays the foundation for genuine rehabilitation and reintegration into society. The participants can make use of the knowledge and the set of techniques that they learn during the training for the rest of their lives.
The effective contribution of Breathe SMART to a more humane probation climate depends on the participation of the greatest possible number of people who are directly or indirectly involved in the system. More specifically, the training of all individuals concerned can create a strong synergetic effect.