Spiritual coach, breathwork guide, Reiki master and workshop leader, Susan Oubari is the founder of ‘Breathe in Paris.’ Since 2011, in her private practice she has helped clients around the world overcome anxiety, self-doubt, stress, depression, lack of energy and procrastination. She believes that Breathwork, especially when combined with Reiki and Mindfulness, is the key to well-being, good health and inner peace. Susan created ‘Breathe in Paris’ based on her own experiences and eccentric background, with the intention to reach out to more people through her group classes and workshops.
American by birth and international at heart, since 1990 Susan has lived in Milan, Casablanca, Paris, and Vancouver. Armed with resilience, adaptability, and raw ambition, Susan has held a number of coveted positions during her 27-year career in the fashion industry: Art/Fashion Director, Photographer Agent, Television Journalist and Personal Stylist. She’s worked at fashion companies like Italian Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Stella McCartney, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom, while collaborating alongside celebrities such as Monica Bellucci, Spike Lee, Peter Lindbergh and Dennis Hopper.
Susan’s spiritual journey began in 2005 in Milan when she discovered Reiki. Contrary to her high-functioning “perfect” appearance, the stress and demands of her career were taking over her life.
“One day I woke up and felt like a cliché.
I was 36, I had everything… the great marriage, super kids
and the dream job. But I was depressed and burnt out.
My husband and kids were feeling it too. It wasn’t healthy.
I didn’t realize that happiness had to come from me,
and not from my external identity.
It was time to learn about myself, to learn what was working
and what wasn’t.”
// SUSAN OUBARI //
Susan had already tried conventional routes to healing such as medicine, nutrition, sport and talk therapy. But it took only one Reiki session for her to understand that this was what she needed. She noticed positive results immediately. Over time, and with practice, Reiki allowed her to get to the source of her stress, to recalibrate what she valued and to gain confidence and peace of mind. Family-life improved exponentially, and she also was able to grow in her career, while finally being happy. She knew very early on that not only would she be a life-long student of Reiki, but that she would help others.
She began attending assorted workshops and training sessions such as Mindfulness and Motherpeace Tarot. She read voraciously, committing herself to the quest of healing. When she encountered a technique that enhanced her perspective or aided to her overall well-being, she dove in to become an expert. In 2011, Susan opened her own Reiki studio in Paris and in Vancouver. Today Susan is a Usui/Holy Fire® II Karuna Reiki® Master and a Professional Member of The International Center for Reiki Training.
In 2017, after a profound transformational experience during a Breathwork class in Los Angeles, Susan got hooked on Breathwork. It was what was missing in her healing toolbox and in her daily practice. Susan’s most gratifying work today is Breathwork because it has so many naturally therapeutic benefits and anyone can do it. Breathwork brings up emotions like pain, tears, doubt and negative feelings but it also allows you to let go of them and make space for joy and peace of mind. She was trained under Jon Paul Crimi and completed his Breathwork Teacher Training Intensive in Los Angeles. She continued her studies with internationally renowned author, researcher and speaker, Dan Brulé, one of the pioneers of Breathwork.
Retiring from the fashion industry in 2017, Susan is now back in Paris where she opened her studio in Saint-Germain-des-Près and dedicates all of her time to helping others live better lives. Combining Reiki, Breathwork, Mindfulness and spiritual coaching, she offers private sessions remotely with international clients and in person for individuals and couples. With her signature class, ‘Breathe in Paris,’ Susan Oubari is the first to bring Breathwork to Paris, and also to Morocco and Lebanon where she’s held Pop-Up classes.
Approachable, charismatic and determined, Susan is inspiring people all over the world to use their breath better while also teaching them the tools to live more fulfilling and peaceful lives. Susan wants to show them the path, as sharing this knowledge is an integral part of her daily practice.
In her spare time, you can find Susan walking her English Cocker Spaniel in Saint-Germain-des-Près, going for a run along the Seine, sweating it out at Cross Fit, creating a new ‘Breathe in Paris’ Spotify playlist or sipping a glass of chilled rosé over dinner with her husband at a Parisian sidewalk café.