#28 Oliver James Pt 1/2 – It Is Within The Pauses In Life That We Grow.

The Pursuit of Enhancement Podcast Episode 28


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Welcome to Episode 28 of  The Pursuit of Enhancement Podcast.

My name is Peter Ledwidge and I am your host.

Each week I sit down to talk in-depth with guests that push the boundaries of conventional living, driven by the singular pursuit of being on an unrelenting quest to continually expand the horizons of their body, mind and spirit.

The aim is to learn more about them and from them; their story, the work they are doing, the highs, the lows, the triumphs, the heartaches and everything in between.

The hope is that these conversations might spark something within you that gives you cause for self-reflection, inspires you to embark on your own journey of self-discovery or gives you the courage to take a chance and go after your goals.

Oliver James


oliver pt 1.3This week I’m very grateful to be joined from the U.K by Oliver James.

Oliver is a Body Led Psychotherapist, Pilates Instructor, Masseur and Healer. These tools are weaved and integrated into his work with clients and groups around the world. He has been working within Health and Wellness since 2003.

He is also the author of The Big Book of Breath.

His Journey

Since 2003, Oliver James has experienced over 400 different breaths and breathing techniques. They formed part of his own journey to recover from the chronic physical health issues presenting in his 20s. Along the way he has met the most incredible individuals who have helped him personally and inspired a journey of a lifetime.

There appeared to be a breath for everything, with effects ranging from the gentle to the oliver pt1.2powerful, the familiar to the remarkable. The Big Book of Breath was sparked, in part, by these experiences.


A question arose… if the benefits of regular breath work is indisputably effective… why does the world not know about them?

The Big Book of Breath draws on cultural, spiritual and scientific wisdom and offers a unique way to understand and practice life changing breathing techniques.

This Week

In today’s episode we talk about

  • The chronic pain he experience, anxiety, high dependency on prescription medication, and how that impacted his life, his relationships and how it lead him to his journey to breathwork.
  • His healing journey, recovery from trauma, breakthroughs, realisations, surrendering and focussing on experience rather than achievement.
  • Relationships and setting healthy boundaries, connecting with our shadow self, the part of us that perhaps we don’t like.
  • Connecting with breath to connect with yourself, the environment and also to connect with those around us.
  • His book, The Big Book of Breath, the content and the process

Oli also takes us through a quick breathing session at the start. Infused throughout the conversation are little nuggets of how we can become more aware of our breath and how to better utilise our breath to our advantage. I hope you enjoy this exchange and look forward to hearing your thoughts at the end, so take a deep breath, relax and let’s go into part 1 with Oliver James.




oliver pt 1.1

Connect with Oliver

You can find him on Instagram 

Via his website

Resources Mentioned

Dahn yoga


Core energetics

Holotropic breath


transformational breath


End of  the Episode

And that brings us to the end of today’s episode.

I hope you enjoyed it, what came up or came through for you? did it make you more conscious of your breath? Did it cause you to reflect on times when you may not be breathing properly or consciously? Did it inspire you to be more mindful of your breath? 

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As always, I am so so grateful to everyone that tuned in today. There and so many things you could be doing with your time so that fact that you choose to give it to me is such an honour. Thank you.

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I’m Peter Ledwidge, this is the Pursuit of Enhancement podcast and I will catch you next week..

In the mean time remember to

Be kind

Work hard

Stay humble

And smile often.

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