Dec 032017
 

Learn to hold your breath for 2-3 times longer than with the Wim Hof method, with similar stress reduction and wellness benefits. Workshops in Kona, Bali, and other tropical locales. Yoga, great local food, yoga sessions, and more.

Optional: apply these learnings to underwater meditation like this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rlee at codex dot stanford dot edu

fl0wstate.com/robert

Jul 302017
 

Join me and Professor Kevin Yackle at UCSF Mission Bay for a seminar on breath work and intro to freediving, 4:30-6:30 on Th Aug 10, 2017. Limited spots available (including by video). Please RSVP to me, rlee at codex.stanford.edu

http://yacklelab.ucsf.edu/

4:30-5:15 Breath Work

5:15-6:30 Apnea (up to 3 minutes)

Conference Room: Genentech Hall S261.

Google Hangout: meet.google.com/ogq-ajhc-mbu

If you are not familiar with UCSF campus, I suggest you meet me at The Pub at 4PM so I can take you to the conference room. There is free parking several blocks away at/near 16th Street. Otherwise use the meters or parking garage. Some of us may get dinner after.

The Pub, 1675 Owens St, San Francisco, CA 94158

More info here: http://fl0wstate.com/robert

And here: https://blog.bulletproof.com/robert-lee-breathing-for-performance-focus-freediving-185/

Here is a prologue to the seminar:

ZERO What Scared the Fearless Woman?

“What Scared the Fearless Woman?” was a 2013 story on NPR’s Science Friday. The story described a paper in Nature Neuoroscience that studied patients with a condition that causes atrophy of the brain’s amygdala center. The amygdala is a corpus that mediates fear and other emotions in humans. Thus it was believed that these patients had lost the ability to feel fear. An article in The Guardian describes the same study:

The patient known as S.M. has not experienced fear since she was a child, and has fascinated brain researchers for many years. In 2010, one team noted that she makes risky financial decisions in experimental economics games, because she isn’t afraid of losing money. Another tried everything they could to frighten the life out of her – but failed. They showed her clips from some of the scariest horror films ever made, asked her to handle large spiders and snakes, and took her to a haunted house. On no occasion did she show the smallest sign of fear, even when faced with traumatic events and potentially life-threatening threats.

The experimenters placed the patient on a breathing mask that simulated suffocation. Within seconds, S.M. started to waive and scream. To the surprise of the experimenters, and S.M. herself, it turns out that she was capable of experiencing fear, even outright panic, but only with respect to this one stimulus.

Upshot— the drive to breathe in humans is so fundamental and atavistic that it invokes an entirely different, and more basic pathway of fear than other stimuli associated with danger. And this is why exploring the nature of breathing and learning to “breathe better”, as we will do in this document, can be a unique and profoundly powerful way of managing fear and anxiety. At the end, we will also explore the challenge of learning to arrest that breathing— that is, holding our breath. Should you choose to try this extended breath holding (called voluntary apnea), you will experience a unique challenge that can result in powerful benefits for your confidence, literally on an existential level, and your peace of mind.

Jun 282017
 

room_cropI have rooms for rent in my brand new house 22 miles S of San Jose airport, right off the 101. It is also close to the Morgan Hill Caltrain station, where the Google and Apple buses pick up.

Why you would want to live here:

Pristine, new house in a beautiful neighborhood near the necessities – Trader Joe’s, Target …

No lease commitment, but cheap, $250/week. Perfect if you are new to town for school, and want a place to crash while looking for a permanent place (though you are welcome to stay long term). $25 extra for private bathroom.

Easy parking.

There is also a converted library (big and cozy, but near the kitchen) available for $200/week.

Why you would NOT want to live here:

A bit of a drive to San Jose (you will want to have a car unless you are prepared for a long bike / bus ride).

The house is in a town (Morgan Hill), not a city.

The house has only the basics. It is a new and clean, but I don’t have a couch, TV, living room. This is a place to sleep, study, and is best suited for those who work long hours and/or spend their leisure time out of the house.

The housing complex does have a pool, hot tub, basketball court, outdoor grill, tables with a view for eating outside when the weather is good. I often cook and eat outside.

Additional:

My house is directly across the street from this Starbucks, open from 5:30am to 9pm. It is right next to an open field, not a concrete jungle. I work from there a lot.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Starbucks/@37.1440569,-121.6643677,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x8c45f19d33c3d67c!8m2!3d37.1440569!4d-121.6643677

I am pretty well connected in the Silicon Valley ecosystem: Google, VC firms, Stanford.

Please email me at rlee at codex dot stanford dot edu. I don’t check the comments below.

Your room looks like the above picture. Here is a virtual tour of a model of the home (mine is not furnished like this).

http://www.modelhomephotos.com/tours/taylormorrison/madrone_plaza/unit_A/flash/index.html

A little info about me:

fl0wstate.com/robert

Thanks!

Robert

Jun 162017
 

room_cropI have rooms for rent in my brand new house 22 miles S of San Jose airport, right off the 101. It is also close to the Morgan Hill Caltrain station, where the Google and Apple buses pick up.

Why you would want to live here:

Pristine, new house in a beautiful neighborhood near the necessities – Trader Joe’s, Target …

No lease commitment, but cheap, $200/week. Perfect if you are new to town for school, and want a place to crash while looking for a permanent place (though you are welcome to stay long term).

Why you would NOT want to live here:

A bit of a drive to San Jose (you will want to have a car unless you are prepared for a long bike / bus ride).

The house is in a town (Morgan Hill), not a city.

The house has only the basics. It is a new and clean, but I don’t have a couch, TV, living room. This is a place to sleep, study, and is best suited for those who work long hours and/or spend their leisure time out of the house.

Additional:

My house is directly across the street from this Starbucks, open from 5:30am to 9pm. It is right next to an open field, not a concrete jungle. I work from there a lot.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Starbucks/@37.1440569,-121.6643677,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x8c45f19d33c3d67c!8m2!3d37.1440569!4d-121.6643677

I am pretty well connected in the Silicon Valley ecosystem: Google, VC firms, Stanford.

Please email me at rlee at codex dot stanford dot edu. I don’t check the comments below.

Your room looks like the above picture. Here is a virtual tour of a model of the home (mine is not furnished like this).

http://www.modelhomephotos.com/tours/taylormorrison/madrone_plaza/unit_A/flash/index.html

A little info about me:

fl0wstate.com/robert

Thanks!

Robert

Apr 042016
 

Introduction to Breathing Skills for Surf Survival and Freediving

On May 11, I will be doing a lecture introduction to breathing skills and freediving. We will build up to a three-minute breath hold.

The curriculum will follow these materials

For those of you who don’t know me, here is my bio and podcast

Three-Part Seminar
1: Breathing Skills for Stress Management & Performance
2: Introduction to Breathhold
3: Introduction to Bay Area Diving (equipment, classes available, abalone diving)

You are welcome to bring drink and snacks, but don’t eat a large meal beforehand, because breath holds are difficult on a full stomach.

Price: $120 ($100 after $20 deposit)
Group of two : $110 each ($200 after $20 deposit)

$20 deposit payable here, which gives you an easy-to-read pdf version of the above document to review before class (optional)

Pay the balance in cash on site. Add $20 to each spot if paying the by Venmo, Check, or Credit Card

One Embarcadero Center, 4th Floor
SF 94111, Clay & Battery, 94111

Take escalator to the business lobby. Turn left at the guard desk, go to the fourth floor, text me at (510) 427-2049 and I will let you in. Class starts at 6:15, but you should aim to arrive before 6 so you don’t have to check in with the guard. You will save significant time an hassle by arriving before 6.

You can also attend by Google hangout!

Join video call

My SkypeID is buriedmirror

My # is five one oh 427 2049
Email is rlee at codex dot stanford dot edu

And finally, follow my Facebook Page for trips and adventures

Apr 042016
 

The 12 Second Meditation: Mindful Breathing for Stress Management & Performance

Available for free across multiple web pages. Start here

Breath Holding: Getting to 3 Minutes

These products do not qualify you to carry out or supervise breath holds in water, but give you an introduction to short breath holds on land. I do not provide breath hold info for free online so as to create a gateway to warn of the risks.

***

Some Freediving Videos

(1) My favorite freediving video

Kirk Krack chilling underwater and perfect bubble rings. Freediving not as extreme competitive sport, but meditative, contemplative way of enjoying the ocean. Filmed by Ren Chapman.

(2) Freefall

The most viewed freediving video of all time.

(3) GoPro’s Whale Fantasia

Mandy, Erin, and Ashleigh also chilling underwater, with humpback whales

(4) Blackout

The video ends abruptly because the cameraman had to rescue the diver! Also filmed by Ren Chapman.

Plus, my video podcast from the 2014 Bulletproof Conference.

Some great photographers who specialize in freediving

(1) Joakim Hjelm

(2) Courtney Platt

(3) Logan Mock-Bunting

Freediving schools certified by Performance Freediving

Garo Hachigian’s California Freedive Academy & Shell Eisenberg’s Hawaii Classes

Ted Harty’s Immersion Freediving

May 072015
 

This is an updated version of a post I did in 2014 for Erin Magee’s Freediveblog.com.

I’m sitting here in our condos with Andrew Hogan on Monday, May 19, 2013, two days after the end of Deja Blue V. We’re the stragglers, tying up some loose ends before heading off for SF and Vancouver.

Deja Blue was a great experience as always. Deja Blue III in 2012 featured Ashley’s world records and Erin’s national records, as well as the national records of our late friend Nic. Logan Mock-Bunting published a fantastic photo essay about the competition on CNN. This year’s competition didn’t feature as many deep dives, but was still a great success.

Part of my own personal approach to freediving is represented in this photo.

40.5 crop

On any given day, after we prepare the diving rig for competition, we have some time do our own warmups. Depending on the day, we may have time to do a couple of deep dives.

The dive recorded on this watch expresses, quite succinctly, my approach, philosophy, and skills with respect to this sport. It says 40.5m (133ft) and 4 minutes, 5 seconds, which was my longest warmup free immersion dive in Cayman this year.

The reason I enjoy teaching freediving and doing safety work is because they are forms of functional freediving. I’ve never been able to dive super deep— I have some equalizing issues that make it difficult for me to easily get beyond 40m. While I’m sure I could dive deeper than my PB of 50m, it would take quite a bit of work for limited reward. These sorts of issues are not uncommon. People have different physical idiosyncracies, and equalizing/ear issues are foremost among them.

However, I do have the capacity to dive 30-40m meters in a very useful way. I can go to those depth and carry out tasks such as tying off a line or supervising a student with ease. I’m especially known for being able to dive to 30m at the drop of a hat, and did so at Deja Blue III up to a dozen times a day. I can also equalize without pinching my nose to that depth, which makes it easier to carry objects such as a camera, or to dive fast to catch a dropped object.

As I passed this photo around at Deja Blue, I was surprised by how impressed people were by it. Even national record holders who have gone 80m+, were uncertain that they could do the same. I think they probably could, but the fact that they thought it was more than trivial was gratifying.

We freedivers know that pretty much most of the general population has the capacity to dive hundreds of feet and to hold their breath for several minutes. So while many people could learn to dive 40 meters for 4 minutes, I guess I can safely say that very few actually have. Someday I may try solve a Rubik’s Cube down there.

Along these lines, my favorite freediving video of all time is the one Ren Chapman filmed two years ago, of Kirk Krack blowing bubble rings, very casually, at 20m. It shows that freediving doesn’t have to be an extreme sport. It can just be graceful and intimate way of exploring the ocean.

And that is what appeals to me about this sport. The experience of learning to operate comfortably in a seemingly alien environment is immensely rewarding. It’s the closest thing to a space walk that I’ll ever experience. I am grateful to be able to share this experience with other people, and to use my skills to make students and dive competitors feel safe and attended to.

Apr 272015
 

(1) $2: The 12 Second Meditation pdf, https://gum.co/iuVY

If you wish to purchase any breath-holding products below, you must first review, agree to and comply with this document: Assumption of Risk 2015. This document is also included in the purchase packages, but if you want to review it before purchase, you can do it at the link.

These products do not qualify you to carry out or supervise breath holds in water, but give you an introduction to short breath holds on land. I do not provide breath hold info for free online so as to create a gateway to warn of the risks.

Purchase of these products is limited to a one-person digital license, to ensure that each user understands, agrees to and complies as such.

(2) $39: The 12 Second Meditation pdf + webinar, https://gum.co/iuVY

(2) $39: The 12 Second Meditation pdf + webinar, https://gum.co/iuVY

(3) $17: Breath Holding: Getting to 3 Minutes pdf includes (1), https://gum.co/xXFP

(4) $96:Breath Holding: Getting to 3 Minutes pdf includes (2),  + https://gum.co/xXFP

***

Some Freediving Videos

(1) My favorite freediving video

Kirk Krack chilling underwater and perfect bubble rings. Freediving not as extreme competitive sport, but meditative, contemplative way of enjoying the ocean. Filmed by Ren Chapman.

(2) Freefall

The most viewed freediving video of all time.

(3) GoPro’s Whale Fantasia

Mandy, Erin, and Ashleigh also chilling underwater, with humpback whales

(4) Blackout

The video ends abruptly because the cameraman had to go any rescue the diver! Also filmed by Ren Chapman.

Plus, my video podcast from the 2014 Bulletproof Conference.

Some great photographers who specialize in freediving

(1) Joakim Hjelm

(2) Courtney Platt

(3) Logan Mock-Bunting

Freediving schools certified by Performance Freediving

Garo Hachigian’s California Freedive Academy & Shell Eisenberg’s Hawaii Classes

Ted Harty’s Immersion Freediving

Apr 242015
 

Thank you so much for taking time to read this document! I hope the content will serve you well. The materials in this document are available in webinar form at www.fl0wstate.com/book. You can also find materials there on Breath Holds for Surf Survival and Freediving: Getting to Three Minutes. Thank you again, and remember to breathe mindfully!

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