Why Do Breathwork

Why do Breathwork

  • Significant Reduction in Anxiety

  • Improved Motivation
  • Greater Focus
  • Improved Creativity
  • Better Communication
  • More Positive Body Image
  • Improved Immune Function
  • Better Circulation
  • Decrease in Physical Pain
  • Greater Physical Strength & Stamina
  • Reduction in Muscle Tension
  • Greater Freedom of Movement
  • Increased Self-Awareness
  • Greater Self-Confidence & Self-Acceptance
  • More Optimistic Outlook
  • Deeper Sense of Connection to Self, Others & the Universe
  • Increased Energy
  • Fewer Stress Hormones
  • Greater Sense of feeling Grounded & Centered
  • Boosts digestion
  • Improves sleep
 

Observe Your Breath

Sit or lie down in a comfortable, quiet place.  Simply observe your breath pattern as a benchmark.  Resist the urge to change anything – we will get to that.  Let’s get a baseline.  Notice how you breathe – through your nose? your mouth?  How fast or slow are you breathing? What moves on your inhale – your chest? Belly?  How about the exhale? 

How to Breathe

  • Through your nose primarily – Nasal Breathing

  • Inhale – expand belly

  • Exhale – belly retracts

  • Slow it down!

 

 

WARNING: breathing practices should never be done while swimming or bathing. These are dry-land practices only. Under no circumstances should you submerge in ice or water.

Breathwork Practice

Let’s do a session! Breath of Fire – also called Kapalabhati breath. 

Breath of Fire uses your diaphragm like a bellows for a fireplace; you’re pumping new breath rapidly in and out of your lungs in a steady rhythm that is very similar to a dog panting! The rapid movement of oxygen stimulates your body, mind, and spirit. Breath of Fire can be risky for certain folks. If you have cardiac problems or high blood pressure, any spinal disorders, have a respiratory infection, or vertigo, you should NOT practice Breath of Fire. For women specifically, if you’re pregnant, don’t do Breath of Fire.

Let’s do 3 sets of 20 to energize us for the rest of the course – have a look at the video for a short tutorial and guidance through the practice.