Our breath is always with us from the first inhale at birth to the moment we take our last exhale. Most of us take our breath for granted, but what if we were able to befriend our breath to build a deeper relationship with it. When we place our conscious attention on our breath we can use it to help regulate our nervous system, we can learn to relax and calm ourselves or to energise and motivate ourselves, we can use it to expand our consciousness or to activate our creative potential. Controlling our breath is the quickest way to change our state of being and point of view at any moment.
Breathing affects every organ, system, and function in the body. Thus conscious breathing techniques have the potential to transform the quality of your life on every level. The breath is free and available to us whenever we need to create harmony and peace in our life.
What is Breathwork?
Breathwork embraces a wide range of techniques, some of which are used for mindfulness and general well-being, others for deepening physical practices such as yoga, tai chi and qi gong, and others to support deep inner work and healing in a therapeutic way.
Conscious connected breathwork is a form of breathwork that uses a simple circular, connected breath, where the inhale flows into the exhale without pauses like the waves in the sea. When we connect to this cycle of our breath, we can allow unresolved emotions and experiences to surface, to be felt and to naturally complete their own cycle.
Why do we do it?
Breathwork, as I experience it, is a great way of shifting and transforming old patterns, ways that no longer serve us, or for clearing emotional blocks. Throughout our lives we withhold many emotional scars, big and small, they are concealed in our psyche and our body; many of them long forgotten or buried away. During a breath session, these old repressed feelings and hurts can arise; when we allow them to be felt consciously, we can find natural resolution and healing something being completed and integrated leaving us feeling lighter, freer and more alive.
How does Breathwork work?
Our brain uses 20-25% of our oxygen supply as nourishment. But in today’s world with pollution, air-conditioned environments and less exercise, we are just not getting what we need. Through our conscious connected breath pattern, we not only restore our brain by giving it what it truly craves, but we also nourish our internal organs, release locked in trauma and discover so much more.
Benefits of Breathwork
- Reduced stress and anxiety.
- Resolve depression
- Helping to regulate your own nervous system.
- Releasing past traumas and emotional repression that may still be affecting your life.
- Opening into expanded awareness and potential.
- Energising or calming the body.
- Detoxification of the body.
- Inner peace and stillness.
- Increased energy
- Improved mental clarity and focus.
- Improved sleep.
- Improved digestion.