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Newsletter — Vol. 4, No. 1

February 2020

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GREETINGS from Betsy Thomason

Meet Samantha — Sam — Brouillard. Our paths crossed in the office of chiropractor Randy Schaetzke in Quechee VT, where Sam is the administrator. While we were chatting, she mentioned that she is training in the martial art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. “Not your typical sport,” she said.


But then Sam is not your typical mid-twenties woman. She chose not to go to college. Instead, she’s says, “I’m in pursuit of being my best self — spiritually, physically, and mentally. My current life goals are to help those around me get through life’s madness, work on the family farm, and save money to build my own house.” And she adds, “be a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu,” which she says is more than a sport; it’s a lifestyle. “Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is not just self-defense training. It teaches patience, strength, critical thinking, and humility” 


Sam continues: “It’s important to be able to time and control your breathing because this deeply effects the body. In Brazilian Jiu Jitsu we want to be able to think and move our body with ease. We have a saying: slow is smooth, smooth is fast. Breathing is the main technique we use to stay smooth and calm of mind and body. This is not easy because training can be physically and mentally trying”

When I heard Sam say this, I knew that she would appreciate Just Breathe Out—Using Your Breath to Create a New, Healthier You.


Now months later, here’s her report: 

I’m always looking for ways to improve my game and find an edge, especially with people who are larger and stronger than me and more skilled. I started incorporating the BreatheOutDynamic system in my training in July 2019. I had my first competition on October 27, 2019. My intention was to do my best as a novice. 


To be honest, I wanted to take home 1st place in my division. And that is exactly what I did! 


I attribute this success to my trainers at 603 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in West Lebanon NH  and to my investment in the BreatheOutDynamic system. Thanks to my commitment to BODs training, I know I will be achieving my Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu goals and going farther than I ever dreamed. Thanks be to BODs. 

The BreatheOutDynamic System

Meets Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

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Sam on the mat for the first match of her first competition.

Sam on the winning podium with teammate Kevin. 

Photos by Sam

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Visit the Betsy Thomason Channel on YouTube. There you’ll find a 10-minute BODs tutorial designed to jump-start your learning process. It’s a visual version of Just Breathe Out, Chapter 3 — Learn the BreatheOutDynamic system: the Two-Step Basics. Many thanks to videographer Abbi Coyne, the 7th grader in Townshend VT, who helped Betsy navigate the technical world.

Do You Like to Learn from VIDEOS?

  • YouTube

Cambridge MA: A self-care book club is reading Just Breathe Out. In April, Betsy joins their gathering to share her knowledge and learn from her readership.

Do you belong to a book club?

Betsy would love to connect in person or remotely.

Contact her at 551-265-7561 or

Calling All Book Clubs!

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Book Club

Tuesday March 24, 2020, 7:30 to 8:30 pm, Betsy speaks at the Springfield VT Town Library as part of Springfield Wellness Week. The focus of Betsy’s talk is managing pain and anxiety with your own inner resource —

your outbreath. 

Springfield Town Library

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Listen to Betsy's Show Unconditional

Betsy has launched her talk show UNCONDITIONAL — exploring all facets of personal and community well-being on community radio in Bellows Falls VT— You can stream the program live on Thursday from noon to 1 pm. In-person guests are always welcome to share their experiences, ideas, and concerns about well-being. Contact Betsy for the guest s peaker guidelines. or 551-265-7561

Listen Live to Betsy's Radio Show — UNCONDITIONAL

Just Breathe Out is on the shelf at Village Square Booksellers, 32 the Square, Bellows Falls VT. Thanks to owner Patricia A. Fowler for making Just Breathe Out available in southern Vermont.


Just Breathe Out is on the shelf at RAILYARD Herbal Apothecary, 270 Battery St, Burlington, VT. Thanks to Emma Merritt for making Just Breathe Out available in northern Vermont.

If you’re not in Vermont, Just Breathe Out is available at your local bookstore. Other formats include iTunes/Audible, e-books, and braille and audio at the National Library Service at the Library of Congress for people who cannot read a standard book. For free free nook and kindle versionsemail Betsy She’d love to know how you learned about this offer and why you’re interested in reading Just Breathe Out.

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Here's where you can BUY

Just Breathe Out ~

Village Square Booksellers

OutBreath Institute


A world where holistic self-care is the norm.


OutBreath Institute


Create a healthy world, one person,

one outbreath at a time. 

No drugs, no cost, no lies. 

YOU are part of our mission.

Take time to develop your very own
user-friendly body.


Are you, or someone you know, experiencing bouts of low self esteem, and looking for a way to boost morale?

Here’s how Just Breathe Out and the BreatheOutDynamic system can help.

When you focus on your outbreath, as described in Just Breathe Out, you connect directly with the part of your nervous system that promotes relaxation. You begin to discover a new source of energy and inner peace — and thus confidence — right within your very own body. This learning experience can lead to a more positive perspective about your self worth. Your body becomes more responsive. You experience joy. Your new-found energy motivates you to continue with your daily outbreath practice because it is so empowering. Then, you begin to value who you really are.

Parting Thoughts

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If you no longer wish to receive this newsletter, please email Betsy directly at with these words on the subject line: “Please remove from mailing list."

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