How to Become a Breathwork Coach: Everything You Need to Know

If you’re looking for a way to help people step into their infinite potential, manifest their goals, and live happier, healthier lives, breathwork coaching may be the perfect career path for you. 

Breathwork is a type of mindfulness practice and active meditation that can help people manage stress, anxiety, and depression, as well as improve physical health and well-being. It’s RAPIDLY growing in popularity all over the world, and there is a demand for breathwork coaches who can help people use this powerful tool to transform their lives in lasting and sustainable ways. 

In this article, we’ll cover how to become a breathwork coach and all the fun things you need to know before embarking on this path. We’ll discuss what breathwork coaching is and how it can benefit people, the skills and training required for this heart-led path, the future of this industry, and so much more juicy goodness! If you’re interested in learning how to become a breathwork coach, this article is just the vibe you’ve been lookin’ for.

Ready to dive in? Let’s get to it… 

What is breathwork coaching, and how can it help people manifest their goals?

Let’s break it down… what is breathwork? And what is coaching? Then let’s slap ’em together just for funsies (and then you’ve got “Breathwork Coaching”!) 😉

First, what is breathwork?

Breathwork is a type of mindfulness practice that uses breath control to improve physical and mental health. The basic premise is that the way we breathe affects our nervous system, which in turn impacts how we think, feel, and behave.

There are many different types of breathwork, but they all share the common goal of helping people feel calmer, more present, and less reactive to stress. Breathwork can be used to help manage stress, anxiety, and depression, as well as improve physical health and well-being.

What is coaching?

Coaching is a process in which someone (the coach) helps another person (the client) reach their goals. Coaches use a variety of tools and techniques to help their clients achieve success, and they often provide support and accountability between sessions. Breathwork is one of the tools a coach can use to help their clients, but it’s not the only tool in the toolbox!

What is “breathwork coaching”?

Breathwork coaching is the love child of these two things! It’s the process of helping people use breathwork to improve their physical and mental health, reach their goals, and step into their infinite potential. As a breathwork coach, you’ll work with clients one-on-one or in small groups to help them learn how to use breathwork to transform their inner blocks so they can THRIVE and create happier, more fulfilling lives. You’ll teach them different breathwork techniques, provide support and accountability, and help them overcome any challenges they may face along the way.

If you’re interested in becoming a breathwork coach, it’s important to understand how breathwork can benefit people. Here are just a few of the ways breathwork can help people transform their lives…

Breathwork can help people:

  • Heal past pain & trauma
  • Improve sleep quality
  • Boost immunity
  • Increase attention & focus
  • Quiet the mind and find peace and clarity
  • Detach from negative thinking patterns
  • Access higher states of consciousness
  • Increase creativity and productivity
  • Break through blocks that are holding them back
  • Feel more connected to their intuition
  • Get in touch with emotions and release them
  • Feel more connected to their authentic self
  • And so much more! (seriously!) 

Now that we know a little bit more about what breathwork coaching is and how it can deeply serve people let’s take a look at how to become a breathwork coach.

How to Become a Breathwork Coach: What skills & training are required?

The first step to becoming a breathwork coach is to, well… breathe! Seriously though, you don’t need any special skills or training to start practicing breathwork. However, if you want to take your practice to the next level and help others transform their lives with breathwork, there are a few things you’ll want to consider.

First, you’ll need to develop your own personal practice. This means finding a breathwork technique that works for you and making it a part of your daily routine. If you’re not sure where to start? Consider checking out the Pause Breathwork App. We have a FREE 14-Day trial HERE for ya.  😉

In addition to a daily practice, you may also want to consider taking a breathwork Facilitator Training Certification, like ours. This program will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to guide someone through various types of breathwork journeys effectively.

Once you have a solid foundation in breathwork, you’ll want to learn the skills of coaching. This includes everything from how to create safety with clients to how to help them overcome their challenges. If you’re interested in becoming a certified coach, we recommend checking out our Somatic Coaching Certification Program. 

After you’ve developed a solid foundation of both breathwork facilitation AND coaching, then you can start to work with clients. This can be done in person, over the phone, or via video chat. You can also offer group classes or workshops if you’re looking to reach a wider audience.

The bottom line is this: if you’re passionate about helping others and want to make a difference in the world, becoming a breathwork coach is an EPIC way to do it!

What type of person makes a good breathwork coach?

There are certain trauma-informed qualities and skills that are necessary for anyone who wants to be a successful breathwork coach. Here are just a few:

#1: Attuned

The ability to be present and attuned with yourself and your clients. This means being able to really listen to what your clients are saying (both verbally and non-verbally), being aware of your own energy and how it’s affecting the session, and being able to create a safe and supportive space for your clients to explore their emotions. 

#2: Resourced

Being resourced means having access to an abundance of energy, love, and safety to offer.

It is to be able to hold space and pain within yourself/others in a way that feels sustainable…even life-giving.

#3: Grounded

The ability to remain present and focused amidst chaos or intensity. This means being able to regulate your own emotions and energy, as well as being able to help your clients do the same.

#4: Compassionate

The ability to feel and express empathy for yourself and others. This means being able to understand and share in the feelings of another person, as well as having deep compassion for the human experience.

#5: Aware

The ability to be aware of your thoughts, emotions, and energy. This means being able to observe your own internal experience without judgment, as well as being aware of the impact that you have on others.

#6: Sovereign

The ability to be in control of your own life and destiny through the power of choice. This means having a strong sense of self-worth and personal power, as well as being able to create boundaries and stand up for yourself (and your clients) when needed.  

These are just a few qualities that we help our students develop inside the Pause Breathwork Facilitator Training.  We go in-depth into 5 more trauma-informed qualities that are necessary for someone to embody if they want to become a safe and impactful breathwork coach.  Plus, there’s plenty of time to practice embodying these qualities throughout the program and practicum. 

What does a typical day look like for a breathwork coach?

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, as every coach’s day will look different based on their individual schedule and clients. That’s the beauty of this career path – you have the freedom to create your own schedule, work from anywhere,  and work with clients in a way that works for you. 

That said, there are certain activities that are common among breathwork coaches. Here is a general overview of what you can expect:

  • You will typically start your day by checking in with yourself and setting an intention for the day.
  • You will then spend some time connecting with your clients, either through one-on-one sessions or group classes. 
  • In between sessions, you will take some time to rest and recharge. This may include spending time in nature, practicing breathwork yourself, or meditating.
  • You will also spend some time each day on self-care and professional development. This may include reading books, listening to podcasts, or taking online courses.
  • At the end of the day, you will take some time to reflect on your experiences and how you can continue to improve as a coach.
  • Also, you’ll devote some time in your daily or weekly routine to do creative working for marketing, whether that means creating social media posts, writing blog articles, writing emails, delegating tasks to hired help, or networking with other professionals.

As you can see, a typical day for a breathwork coach is filled with activities that support personal, professional, and creative growth. If you’re interested in pursuing this career path, know that it will require a fire of devotion in your belly and commitment to be of service – but the fulfillment of stepping into your power and purpose and helping others heal is immensely rewarding.

What are some of the challenges faced by breathwork coaches, and how do they overcome them?

There are many challenges that breathwork coaches face, both in their personal and professional lives. Here are a few of the most common challenges, along with how to overcome them:  

One of the biggest challenges faced by breathwork coaches (and entrepreneurs in general) is burnout. 

This can happen when you’re trying to do too much, either in your personal or professional life. To prevent this, it’s important to make self-care a priority and to set boundaries with your coaching clients.

Another challenge is self-doubt. 

This can happen when you’re starting out in your career or when you’re working with a challenging client. To overcome this, it’s important to remind yourself of your qualifications and why you decided to become a breathwork coach in the first place. It’s also helpful to seek out supportive relationships with other coaches and facilitators. That’s why at Pause Breathwork, we value community so much! And our programs are infused with love, support, and connection to help you thrive.

A final challenge that breathwork coaches face is imposter syndrome. 

This is when you feel like you’re not qualified to do the work you’re doing, even though you are. To overcome this, it’s important to remember that everyone has their own unique gifts and talents. You don’t have to be perfect to help others – in fact, your imperfections may be what help you connect with your clients on a deeper level. It can also help to go through a training program that teaches you in-depth the skills you need to know, gives you a sense of confidence, plus offers you practicum support from mentors.

If you’re interested in becoming a breathwork coach, know that it’s a rewarding but challenging path. But if you’re up for the challenge and are willing to put in the work, you can create lasting change in both your life and the lives of your clients!

What does the future hold for breathwork coaching?

The future of breathwork coaching is looking very, VERY bright! Breathwork is quickly becoming the fastest-growing sector in healthcare. Forbes has even named it “Your New High Perfomance Habit”. And this Globe and Mail article shares why it’s great for people who struggle to meditate. 

As more and more people become interested in alternative healing modalities, the demand for breathwork coaches is increasing. This means that there will be more opportunities for coaches to build successful businesses and help people heal and awaken on a global scale.

To stay ahead of the curve, it’s important for breathwork coaches to continue their education and keep up with the latest industry trends.  Pause Breathwork offers a variety of online courses, which you can learn more about that in the next steps…

Next Steps in becoming a Breathwork Coach

If you’re interested in becoming a breathwork coach, the first step is to immerse yourself in the practice of breathwork. The best way to do this is to find a reputable teacher or training program and commit to regular daily practice.

At Pause Breathwork, we also offer two online certification programs; the Pause Breathwork Facilitator Training and the Somatic Coaching Certification Program. These professional training programs will give you all the tools and knowledge you need to become a masterful breathwork coach. 

These programs are open to anyone with a passion for helping others heal and grow. No prior experience is necessary. All you need is an open mind and a willingness to learn!

By now, you should have a pretty good idea of how to become a breathwork coach. But if you still have questions or want to learn more, we encourage you to check out our blog or contact us directly. We would be happy to chat with you and answer any questions you may have!

Until next time, be well and breathe deeply! xo.

Love,

Samantha Skelly + the Pause Breathwork Team

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