The Health & Human Performance Foundation (HHP Foundation) is optimizing health, human performance and well-being through research focused on breath, body, mind, and lifestyle.

 The HHP Foundation connects experts and organizations from around the world who share a passion for health, human performance, and well-being. Our team of researchers collaboratively examines how breathwork, mindfulness, chronobiology, and other mind-body approaches affect health, well-being, and physical and mental performance among broad populations and ages. 

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We are changing the world through science and translating that science into practice.

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We examine the state of the field to better understand where continued research is most needed.

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We put our results to the test in a real world context.


Our Co-Founders

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tanya gk bentley, phd, co-founder, ceo

Tanya is an experienced health services researcher with a demonstrated history of health economics and outcomes research in the health policy and life sciences industries. She is a research scientist at the UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Center, and a breathwork facilitator in Los Angeles. Tanya is skilled in business development, study design and implementation, health economic analyses, decision sciences, scientific writing and presentation, and team leadership. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science from Cornell University, and a Master's and PhD in Health Policy/Decision Sciences from Harvard University. Having recently transitioned into mind-body medicine research, Tanya has a specific interest in the effectiveness of active, voluntary breathing practices on health and human performance outcomes.

She resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband, 2 kids and the family dog.

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brian mackenzie, co-founder

Brian is a human performance expert, educator, author and public speaker. Brian is a coach with more than two decades experience of innovating new protocols for training Olympians, professional athletes, entrepreneurs and high performers in numerous realms on the use of mechanical and breathing tools to achieve maximum output in training, competition and recovery. He is the author of the New York Times Best Seller Unbreakable Runner, founder of The Art of Breath, a division of Power, Speed Endurance, and co-founder of 3Fu3l and XPT Life. His clients include: Ari Emanuel, Kelly Starrett, Tim Ferriss, US Military Units (Navy, Army, Marines), Tia Clair Toomey and many others.

He resides with his wife and dog in San Mateo, CA.



In collaboration with two universities, four scientists, and one fire department, we are currently investigating anxiety, CO2 tolerance, and firefighter performance in three pilot studies as we work to build the nonprofit infrastructure necessary to raise funds in support of follow-up research.


In collaboration with five universities, seven scientists, and five facilities, we are currently raising funds to investigate the following topics: autoimmune conditions, athletic performance, lung disease, blood donor syncope, and cognitive decline.