If you’re new to breathwork, the idea of it may be a little unclear. What is breathwork, exactly? What does it do? And how can you get started? This post will answer all of those questions and more! We’ll talk about what breathwork is, the benefits you can expect from it, and some simple tips for getting started. So let’s get started – your journey into breathwork awaits!
What is breathwork?Simply put, breathwork is an ancient practice that involves releasing toxins and stress when you breathe out and nourishing your mind and body when you breathe in. It’s an ancient modality that has been used for centuries. People have sought spiritual awakening, self-healing, and meditative relaxation through breathing techniques. There are many different types of breathwork, but they all have one thing in common: they use the breath to promote physical, mental, and emotional healing.
What are the Origins of Breathwork?Breathwork is found in eastern traditions such as yoga, tai-chi, and Buddhism. Breathwork for transformation began to take hold in the 1960s, when humanity began the new age of spirituality and change. Breathwork is the most powerful self-healing technique that exists today. However, breathwork has yet to become mainstream in the western world (but Pause is on a mission to share this powerful technique with 1,000,000,000 people worldwide!) For centuries, humanity has known the power of the breath. We have known that conscious breathing creates relaxation within the mind and body.
How does Breathwork Work?It allows the nervous system to relax. Deep breathing increases the supply of oxygen to your brain and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes a state of calmness. When we are met with challenging situations within our day, we can feel like we are in danger, therefore we lock up our breath and prepare to protect ourselves. In other words, we go into “survival mode”, but 99.9% of the time, we are not in danger (although it feels like we are in our bodies). By consciously breathing, we allow ourselves to emotionally come back to a place of balance and peace within our bodies and nervous system. The breath is the only automatic and controlled system within our body, meaning we can completely control its process and it will serve us when we are not consciously thinking about it. This is what makes the breath so beautiful and unique. In each and every moment, we have the ability to calm our minds down using the power of the breath, yet humanity doesn’t instinctively tap into this powerful tool when we are flooded with our emotions. When we learn to use the breath in the midst of a trigger, we will learn how to act in accordance with our higher selves, rather than our triggered selves.
What are the benefits of breathwork?There are countless benefits of breathwork, both short-term and long-term. Some of the most common benefits include:
- improved sleep quality
- reduced anxiety and stress
- increased energy levels
- improved concentration and focus
- increased self-awareness
- emotional release and healing
- a deeper connection to the subconscious mind
- enhanced spiritual connection and awareness
- alkalize the pH in your body and blood
- has an anti-inflammatory effect