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3rd Generation Iowan Returns Home to Guide Breathwork Meditation Journey

3rd Generation Iowan Returns Home to Guide Breathwork Meditation Journey

Announcing BREATHWORK: DES MOINES with Ryan Williams

Des Moines, IA. – Former Greenwood, Callanan, and Roosevelt student Ryan Williams is bringing Breathwork to the Des Moines community with the inaugural BREATHWORK: DES MOINES on April 16 at the Oakridge Neighborhood Greenspace, at 10:00 a.m

Hosted in partnership with Des Moines’ own meditation and integration studio, Inner Space, the Breathwork students will lie on their backs while Williams plays music and guides them through an hour-long breathing practice. Students are encouraged to bring a yoga mat or blanket. Tickets are $35; Sign-up at INNER SPACE. 20% of the proceeds will go to the Oakridge Neighborhood to create pathways to success for Black and brown families by providing housing, education, and employment services.

Having worked in social media for Disney, Machinima, and global tech startups to help spread their stories, Williams has recently repurposed his skills to further a related mission: helping others heal. He’s honored to bring this practice back to his hometown of Des Moines.

“My role is to help support the loving community I grew-up in. I’ll be holding space, which means I’ll be facilitating the Breathwork class while participants do the work to help heal themselves. Whether it’s mental health, emotional fitness, physical relaxation, or calming the mind, breathwork is a medicine that can help soothe people’s bodies. Nothing makes me feel better than hearing that someone has an emotional, physical, or spiritual breakthrough after a class,” said Williams.

Williams is following his Grandparents’ Roger and Corene’s footsteps in a commitment to service and grief work. In the 1960s, they founded Williams Wilbert Burial Vault on SW 9th St., to help midwest families grieve their loved ones. Williams’ cousin Eric, Aunt Vicki, and parents John and Kathy carry on this compassionate work with memorials, cremation, and burials. 

“I am honoring my family’s Des Moines legacy by teaching people how to breathe, grieve, and love themselves through a spiritual Breathwork practice,” shared Williams.

We’ll gather together in the heart of Des Moines – the unceded land of the Báxoǰe (Bah Kho-je) or Ioway, Sauk (Sac), and Meskwaki (Fox) peoples – to celebrate the healing power of breathwork. Through the breath, we’ll help heal our minds, bodies, and souls from our individual and collective grief.

“With nearly 1 million people in our land transitioning from their bodies due to Covid-19 over the past two years, it’s time that we all cooperate together to grieve, heal, and have fun. I am excited to share my work of creating mystical experiences that help others breath more deeply, and find a more loving way to treat themselves,” said Williams. 

People of all ages can benefit from Breathwork; it can help with: 

  • Trauma recovery, emotional healing, and spiritual growth
  • Treating depression and anxiety
  • Sleeping more deeply with more vivid dreams
  • Calming down racing thoughts and overthinking

About Ryan Williams:

Ryan J. Williams

Ryan Williams’ life is divided into two life spans: Before Breathwork (BB), and After Breathwork (AB). Williams is a former digital marketer who is in recovery for Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD). To heal his C-PTSD Ryan worked with therapists, sought the wisdom of sound healers, and connected with some of the best breathworkers and meditation leaders in the world. Called to use sacred psychedelic plant-based medicine on the bleeding edge of mental health, Williams attended emotional balance workshops endorsed by the Dalai Lama, and met with modern-day shamans. He conversed with the legendary Buddhist trained monk Jack Kornfield, learned Vipassana meditation with Mingyur Rinpoche, studied Pranayama breathwork meditation under David Elliott, and worked with sound healers who liberated his body with Tibetan singing bowls. 

His first book, The Influencer Economy: How to Launch Your Idea, Share it With the World, and Thrive in the Digital Age, details the emerging economy of social media influencers that dominate our culture today. He has interviewed media personalities such as Larry King, Seth Godin, Jemele Hill, and Willie Geist. 



Ryan Williams