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?