Breathwork has been a journey for me. The more I practice, the more I feel its effects compound within me. I feel a little better every time. Not only has it been a practice in controlled breathing but it’s increased my self-awareness of how and when I breathe. Since incorporating breathwork into my day-to-day, I can honestly say that I feel more confident, grounded and calm. (All feelings which can be pretty hard to come by these days.)
What is breathwork exactly?
Breathwork is any type of intentional, controlled breathing exercise. It can be as simple as taking a deep breath after a stressful meeting.
Breathwork has its roots in the Pranayama concept used in yoga and deep breathing used in Tai Chi and other Eastern practices. It works by consciously changing the way you breathe. It covers a range of different types of breathing exercises and can become a powerful tool in facilitating healing and transformation.
A daily breathwork practice can benefit the mind, body, and spirit through a whole-body approach. It’s helped me to reach a deeper state of mind and to stay focused on tasks longer. It is also a wonderful tool for creating a better sense of self-awareness.
There are many reasons people turn to breathwork, and why I was attracted to it in the first place. Here are some of the top benefits it can have on your mental, physical and emotional state:
- Increases your self-confidence and boosts your self-esteem
- Allows you to tap into deeper creative energies
- Aids in the release of stress and anxiety
- Can help you work through negative emotions and release negative thoughts
- Allows for a deeper state of consciousness during meditation
Different types of breathwork
These days, my breathwork practice isn’t as structured as it was when I first started the practice. I tend to lean into my breath when I feel like I need it most. When I started learning about using breathwork as a healing tool, I…