Dr. Belisa Vranich
Clinical Psychologist, Founder of The Breathing Class

Dr. Belisa Vranich is a renowned clinical psychologist, public speaker, and the author of Breathe: The Simple, Revolutionary 14-Day Program to Improve your Mental and Physical Health. Belisa is also the Director of Breathing Science at The Ash Center for Comprehensive Medicine in New York City.


As founder of The Breathing Class™, Dr. Belisa has taught and lectured nationwide on topics related to dysfunctional breathing patterns and stress. Unique in its straightforward approach, The Breathing Class addresses both physical and psychological problems related to oxygenation that is out of balance, and teaching people to breathe in an anatomically congruous way that maximizes balanced inhales and exhales.


Dr. Belisa has taught workshops that cater to a wide audience, from the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in Rhinebeck, NY, to staff and clinicians at the San Diego Marine Base. She regularly works with corporations and hospitals throughout the U.S., including The Young Presidents Organization; Jump Trading; Flotek, Inc.; UCLA; Sony Music; Coty Inc.; Soho House, New York City; and the U.S. Department of Justice.


The Breathing Class™ has been reviewed by a wide variety of publications including O The Oprah MagazineThe Wall Street JournalDetails MagazineW MagazineMen’s JournalMen’s Health and FitnessThe New York ObserverJiu Jitsu Magazine, and Du Jour Magazine.


Dr. Belisa was previously the Health and Sex Editor at Men’s Fitness Magazine, a relationship expert for Men’s Health, and an advice columnist for the New York Daily News, Foxnews.com, and Spin Magazine. Dr. Belisa has been interviewed as an expert in numerous publications, including The Los Angeles TimesThe Wall Street JournalCosmopolitanSpinAARPSeventeenGood Housekeeping, and Parenting. Dr. Belisa has also served as an advisor for the Fitness Institute for Gold’s Gym and Shape magazine.


She is a regular guest on national television including CNN, Fox News, the Today Show, Good Morning America, Inside Edition, and VH1, and has been interviewed by Anderson Cooper, Soledad O’Brien, Joy Behar, Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira, Juju Chang, Bill O’Reilly, Nancy Grace, and Alisyn Camerota. Dr. Oz has recognized her as one of the top US doctors in her field. She recently appeared as an expert guest on Cesar Millan’s new show, Cesar 911.


After fifteen years of experience in private practice Dr. Belisa Vranich is recognized as a leading expert in topics that range from health and fitness, stress reduction, nutrition, relationships, to trauma and addiction. Previously, she was the Director of Public Education at the Mental Health Association of NYC; she cotaught Personality Assessment and Projective Techniques at New York University, she was a consultant at the National Mental Health Association in Washington, DC; director of an outpatient clinic at Jacobi Hospital Center, Bronx, NY; a school psychologist in the South Bronx; and part of the Brooklyn Aids Task Force supporting parolees and their families. A public speaker in the areas of health and mental health, Dr. Belisa has a decade of experience in developing educational campaigns, presenting, and lecturing nationwide.


An outspoken advocate for women’s health issues and veterans’ rights, Dr. Belisa also volunteers with several animal rescue organizations in New York City and Los Angeles. She is an advisory board member of Philosophy’s Hope and Grace Mental Health Campaign.


Dr. Belisa Vranich received her doctorate degree in Psychology from New York University and completed an internship at Bellevue Hospital with specialization in neuropsychology, psychiatric consultation and liaison, and bilingual treatment. She is a current member of Global Breathwork Practitioners. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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BREATHEThe Simple, Revolutionary 14-Day Program to Improve Your Mental and Physical Health
St. Martin’s Griffin

In a fascinating, straightforward, jargon-free exploration of how our bodies were meant to breathe, Dr. Belisa Vranich delves into the ins and outs of breathing. In the first book of its kind, Breathe offers readers an intuitive correcting of a widespread health issue.


Stress Reduction: The Ultimate Natural Cure for Stress In this workshop, participants identify their own dysfunctional breathing patterns and benefit immediately from applicable exercises. The Breathing Class teaches participants to breathe in an anatomically congruous way that maximizes inhales and exhales and expands lung capacity ribcage flexibility. It ends with instruction in a dynamic, effective way to meditate that reduces stress. Employees report feeling relaxed, refreshed, invigorated, and supported by management.


Active Meditation through Breathwork

Breathing for Endurance and Accuracy in Sports

The Mental Game in Sports: Breathing

Meditation for People Who Can’t Meditate

Better Breathing for a Better Brain: Enhancing Creativity, Flexibility, Performance

Dr. Belisa explains why people love the way their partner smells

Crain’s runs a profile about Dr. Belisa and her corporate workshops

Dr. Belisa explores ways to reduce stress in a piece for The New York Observer

Jiu -Jitsu magazine takes an inside look at Dr. Belisa’s The Breathing Class

Dr. Belisa provides some advice about some of our breathing mistakes in an article for Prevention magazine

Shape magazine features some get fit tips from Dr. Belisa

The Breathing Class is blurbed in a recent issue of Allure

Dr. Belisa provides tips for breathing correctly in an article for Men’s Fitness

Praise for Dr. Belisa Vranich and the Breathing Class:

"With her remarkable talent for making important health information poignant and practical, Dr. Belisa is a wealth of information like no other."
—Lisa Oz, Radio and television personality, six-time New York Times Bestselling Author

"Innovative and effective stress relief. Amazing experience. It made such a difference in my clarity and energy. Just spectacular!"
—Dr. Mathew Reid, Capt., US Army Medical Corps, Emergency Dept., Atlanta GA

"I left Dr. Belisa’s feeling like I was walking on air."
—Drew Grant, New York Observer

"A lightheaded, blissed-out state that, for some, borders on hallucinogenic. Even Xanax can’t compare."
—Katie Becker, W Magazine

"Successful, long-term weight loss needs you to address your stress/cortisol levels as cortisol causes your body to hold on to fat. Breathwork and meditation is the most successful way to do this, and Dr. Belisa teaches this in an easy, fast way. Many of my clients have worked directly with Dr. Belisa and see immediate results in not just their waistline but in their overall happiness! Bravo, Belisa, for showing us how!"
—Lyn-Genet, author of New York Times bestseller The Plan: Eliminate the Surprising “Healthy” Foods That Are Making You Fat – and Lose Weight Fast

"This was the most effective class I’ve ever taken. It changed the way I felt instantaneously."
—Julia Edelstein, Real Simple, Staff Health Editor

“My YPO group is still practicing the fabulous breathing techniques that Dr. Vranich taught us. The techniques for reducing stress and increasing energy are invaluable."
—Young Presidents Organization, New York

“Groundbreaking in her summary of the importance of oxygen and breathing, Dr. Belisa tackles the deleterious effects of modern stress, boundless energy and intuition.”
—Martin Lindstrom, Time Magazine's "World's 100 Most Influential People" 2009

“Dr. Belisa has mastered breathing techniques for controlling stress, improving lung health, and boosting performance.”
—Juan Verde, Senior Partner of Mapa Group and former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe at the United States Department of Commerce

"We have brought Dr. Belisa into our office numerous times for group sessions. The the feedback from everyone is always the same: her class is life changing."
—Karine Shahar, HR Director, Media Arts Lab - top ten ranked global advertising network

"Belisa has a logical approach and strong scientific background to the breathing (…) that works very well in a corporate environment, where [management] needs validity and practical reassurance to bring in something new or that's more creative."
—Douglas Drummond, SoHo House U.S. regional spa manager