The Power of Breathwork Practices
The Power of Breathwork Practices
If you are looking for a powerful and natural way to access your innate intelligence, then beginning breathwork practices is a good place to start. If you aren’t already familiar with breathwork, this practice refers to any type of breathing exercises or techniques.
If you have ever taken a yoga or Pilates class, you may already have a little bit of experience with breathwork. These forms of exercise use deep breathing exercises in order to connect your mind and your body.
There are several different forms of breathwork therapy, but most of them are simply centered around conscious and systematic breathing. No matter which approach you take, breathwork is all about intentionally changing your breathing pattern and the result can help with your mental, spiritual and physical well being while promoting deeper relaxation and more energy.
What Does a Breathwork Practice Look Like?
If you have never seen a breathwork practice before, you will find that it looks very similar to a meditation practice—only with more specific and intentional breathing.
What Are the Benefits of Breathwork?
While benefits can be different for everyone, the benefits of breathwork include the following:
- Reducing stress
- Eliminating grief and anxiety
- Helping relieve past trauma
- Treating anger and depression
- Boost energy levels
- Release trauma
- Treat emotional and physical pain
- Help with pain reduction
- Help boost your immune system
- Increase self-awareness and happiness
- Help with self-love
- Improve sleep
- Help with digestion
- Help explore new states of consciousness
If you are interested in these benefits or other safe and natural benefits, then it may be time to give breathwork a try and see first-hand what it can do for you. Below are three of the main types of breathwork practices.
Holotropic breathwork is a common technique that is designed to help with your personal growth and emotional well-being. Here are some of the cornerstones of this typic of practice:
- Group sessions guided by a certified breathwork practitioner.
- Music will be used during the practice.
- Participants will undergo controlled breathing sessions while lying down. With this type of breathwork, you will breathe at a fast rate for a specific amount of time. This will bring about a new, altered state of consciousness.
Many times, after this type of breathwork session, the practitioner will often guide participants to draw a mandala and discuss the experience together as a group.
This type of breathwork supports natural health and transformation by helping you clear away emotional blocks. This breathwork uses continuous or circular breathing, which is breathing without pauses.
This type of breathwork is all about mindfulness, present day consciousness and awareness of your present situation. It can help with health, attention, memory and focus and it helps you with energy levels as well.
Clarity breathwork sessions typically go as follows:
- You start with a counseling session with your health practitioner. You may go back and talk about some of your previous traumas and experiences.
- After your session, your practitioner will help you set an intention for your breathwork session.
- Your practitioner will use circular breathing to guide you through your session and conclude with another discussion about your experience.
This is a session that can help you emotionally heal and many people feel lighter, more focused and mentally healthier after their sessions.
This type of breathwork focuses on helping with emotions (often repressed) that may be having a physical impact on the body. This type of breathwork’s goal is to provide relief for emotional traumas, thoughts or behavior patterns that are thought to contribute factors for your unprocessed emotions.
This is a type of self-healing practice that works to relieve painful situations from your past.
Here’s how a rebirthing breathwork session may look:
- You will work with a supervised, and qualified breathwork instruction in a one-on-one session.
- This type of breathwork session focuses on conscious or connected breathing that is calm and relaxed but works on keeping your breath circular or continuous with no real breaks or spaces.
- Many times, during this type of breathwork, you will have some type of emotional release and may even trigger subconscious thoughts and feelings. Many people find they experience difficult moments of their past trauma, but feel peace and release as they are able to let this trauma go.
This is a far more personal and therapeutic type of breathwork than some of the other group sessions.
How Long Do You Need to Practice Breathwork?
One of the best things about breath work is that it can be very effective in very little time. In fact, you just need three minutes out of your day in order to practice your breathwork. Most guided breathwork practices are just a few minutes and are typically never more than 15 minutes in length.
Just like meditation, the most important thing about breathwork is staying committed to and it and staying regular with your breathwork practice. And, just like meditation, these forms of practice are easy to incorporate into your regular routine.
There are a few different types of breathwork practices out there. This includes:
- Shamanic Breathwork
- Transformational Breath
- Clarity Breathwork
- Holotropic Breathwork
If you aren’t sure where to start, you will find that many different mindfulness apps out there have these types of breathwork practices available. If you aren’t happy with the first type of breathwork practice you try, then keep trying different practices until you find one that works for you.
The more breathwork becomes part of your routine—the more you will start seeing some great results with your efforts as you start accessing your body’s innate intelligence and start experiencing more awareness, health and healing.