From our first breath to our last breath on earth, breathing is necessary for life.
Most people take breathing for granted, but there is much more behind breathing.
Our breathwork is one of the most natural and powerful tools we can use to support our body, mind, and soul.
Yes, breathwork is very trendy these days, but breathwork is not new; people have been practicing breathwork for thousands of years, and it has roots in yoga practice and tai chi.
I was introduced to breathwork during my yoga training, and I can tell you it does make a difference in my mental, physical and emotional well-being. I want to share specific types of breathwork that I use throughout my day.
Breathwork therapy can be used in almost any situation from reducing anxiety from a stressful situation to increasing energy, signaling the body to prepare for sleep, and breathing through the pain of childbirth (think about the importance of breathwork in childbirth); the possibilities are endless. During our day, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by stress and feel out of control, but when you focus on breathing, you allow your body the chance to reset and recover from the adverse side effects of stress.
The basic idea of breathwork is to release toxins and stress when you breathe out and nourish your mind and body when you breathe in.
Major illness or injury
The Physical health benefits of breathwork may include:
In addition to affecting your central nervous system, breathing exercises may also impact your respiratory system. Breathwork helps put the brakes on acute stress response and diverts the health problems associated with chronic stress. In addition, by eliciting the body’s relaxation response, deep abdominal breathing helps reduce blood pressure and much more.
Lower or balances blood pressure
More time in deep sleep
Stronger respiratory function
Strengthens immune system
Release of stress hormones from your body
The Emotional benefits may include:
Better mental focus
Better outlook on life
Contentment and joy
HOW TO PERFORM BREATHWORK
• Place one hand on your belly and one on your chest.
• Take a deep, slow breath in through the nose, allowing it to fill your belly, not your chest. Hold it here for three to four counts.
• Keep your jaw relaxed with lips slightly pursed as you exhale slowly through the mouth. You should feel the hand on your belly dip until you’ve pushed all the air out. Continue this 10 times. Reflect on how you feel before and after this exercise.
Practice this technique every day.
To Reduce Stress:
Taking deep breaths can help alleviate these symptoms before they begin, or even in the middle of a high-stress situation.
More challenging techniques may lead to hyperventilating if you’re new to breathwork.
Please use caution if you feel the following symptoms:
Your hands, arms, feet, or legs are tingling
Irregular heartbeat is a condition in which the heartbeat is irregular
Spasms of the muscles
Vision changes as a result of a lack of oxygen
People who practice breathwork daily say they have more mental clarity, feel more connected to their minds and bodies, and feel prepared for whatever challenges they face.
Become a master of your breath; become a master of your emotions.