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Understanding Breathwork

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The power of a deep breath is well known but you may be surprised by the newest wellness craze that incorporates simple breaths of air. From group classes to private sessions to apps you can download on your phone, it seems that everywhere we turn we are hearing about the power of breathwork.

So what exactly is this new trend and how can it help you? Let’s start from the beginning (like, the way beginning).

Breathwork has roots in Eastern practices like yoga, Tai Chi, and Buddhism but most of the therapy used today got its start in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Breathwork refers to any type of breathing exercises or techniques. Richie Bostock, one of the leading breathwork specialists in the UK describes it as “the science and art of becoming aware of your breathing and using it for a physical, mental or emotional benefit”. Breathwork exercises focus on your conscious awareness when breathing and the breaths that are taken during a specific amount of time.

Breathing is more than just what keeps us alive. It is a bridge between mind and body and can have a direct effect on our emotions and overall health. The exercise of Breathwork is practiced for many reasons but overall it is believed to be beneficial to one's emotional health. Professed benefits include:

  • Decreased stress and anxiety

  • Increased awareness

  • Deepened focus

  • Feelings of joy and happiness

  • A release of negative thoughts

  • Improved relationships

  • Increased self confidence

Breathwork is also known to help people experiencing conditions like,

  • Chronic pain

  • Depression

  • Anger

  • Trauma

  • Grief and loss

With a little time and research to find what speaks to you, you’re bound to find a style that can help calm and ease your mind. Begin by deciding if you would like to try exercises on your own or lead by an instructor in a group setting. The popularity of breathwork is on the rise so class options are popping up everywhere nationwide. Another great resource is right at your fingertips. There are plenty of apps you may download and explore to guide you through some simple breathwork exercises. Take your time to discover what is most beneficial for you, close your eyes and give it a try!

Breathing is more than just what keeps us alive. It is a bridge between mind and body and can have a direct effect on our emotions and overall health.