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Breathwork: The Power of the Breath

Let’s talk breathwork! Do you understand the power of the breath? Whew, chile! 

Breathwork is a term used to describe a variety of techniques that involve controlling and changing the pattern of one’s breathing. These techniques can have physical, mental, and emotional benefits and are used in practices such as yoga, meditation, and therapy.

I first discovered breathwork through the @thegoddesssupreme1 on Instagram years ago, but it would be sometime later before I really took the time to look into it. I l had long ago noticed that my breathing was off but could not pinpoint exactly what it was. I felt and still feel (because I am still new to breathwork) like I am always holding my breath. 

I hope to work with a breathwork practitioner soon, but in the meantime, I recently read James Nestor’s Breath which is really good. It talks about the power of the breath, something I think we fail to notice. Nestor discovered breathwork while scuba diving and immersed himself in the practice. It’s a great read, but for those looking for a light reading about breathwork, here are some more interesting details below. 

Some forms of breathwork aim to help people manage stress, anxiety, and pain, while others focus on inducing altered states of consciousness, enhancing physical performance, or promoting spiritual growth. For example, one popular form of breathwork called “holotropic breathwork” uses specific breathing patterns and music to help individuals access their inner experiences and emotions.

It’s important to note that breathwork can be an intense experience, and it’s recommended that people new to breathwork start with a qualified practitioner or teacher who can guide them through the process and help them understand the benefits and risks.

Terms You Should Know

These are terms to familiarize yourself with should breathwork interest you. 

Pranayama: A Sanskrit word that refers to various breathing techniques originating from yoga.

Holotropic Breathwork: A form of therapy that uses controlled breathing and music to induce a state of expanded awareness and facilitate personal growth and healing.

Buteyko Breathing Method: A method that aims to reduce symptoms of conditions such as asthma, anxiety, and sleep apnea by teaching people to breathe more relaxed and natural.

Rebirthing Breathwork: A form of therapy that uses breathing techniques to help individuals release emotions and negative thought patterns that are held in the body.

Breathwork can be practiced in a group setting, with a trained facilitator or therapist, or on one’s own. The idea behind breathwork is to use the breath as a tool to bring awareness to the present moment, release tension and emotions, and promote relaxation and well-being. However, it’s important to note that breathwork can have serious risks and should always be practiced under the guidance of a trained professional.

Have you tried breathwork before? What did you think about it?


Francheska Felder
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Francheska "Fancy" Felder is the founder/publisher/EIC of SwagHer Magazine. She is a -Single mother of 3 -Libra - Trapping scribe -Lover -Mental health advocate - Country girl -Proud, liberated Black goddess ________________________________________ Long Bio: Francheska “Fancy” Felder is the owner of Fancy’s Thoughts and the award-winning publisher and editor-in-chief of SwagHer Magazine, a lifestyle and empowerment publication for the Black woman who likes to keep it real in life and business. The magazine doubles as a PR boutique offering public relations services and visibility coaching, and Fancy strategically executes brand campaigns for Black women CEOs, coaches, and authors. The former teen mom started the company in 2010 while working as an exotic dancer, but soon after, her love for empowering Black women led her to abandon that lifestyle. She has received awards for her work as a positive news publisher and journalist telling the stories of Black women and other informative news that the Black community finds relevant, including the severe topics of Black mental health and domestic violence. The podcast she co-hosts with Arnya T.M. Davis, Theories & Thoughts, also continues these conversations. Fancy publicly speaks about her battle with bipolar disorder with hopes of helping others begin their wellness paths. She also shares her mental health story in contribution to the I Am a Black Woman- Next Level anthology, an Amazon Best-Seller. In the summer of 2022, RallyUp Magazine, a mental health magazine, featured Fancy as their cover story, where she opened up about receiving her diagnosis. The McComb, Mississippi native is part of Facebook’s independent journalism project, Bulletin, where she publishes The Higher South, and she was a member of the NABJ Entrepreneur Academy powered by CafeMedia in 2021. The Glambitous Guide to Self-Love, Peace, and Confidence contributor is an avid learner and creative. Currently, she is attending Southern University A&M College, completing her bachelor's degree and rearing her three young adults. Fancy enjoys learning more about spirituality, Black history, and feminism in her free time, along with yoga and walking.

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