What is breathwork?

Breathwork refers to any type of breathing practice or technique performed to improve mental, physical, and spiritual well-being.

As a self-help, self-healing tool, breathwork is part of the self-improvement and personal development field and a key practice on the path to spiritual purification and self-mastery. It is one of the most holistic and complementary approaches to health care currently available to us and an essential part of any genuine spiritual development program.

Breathwork therapy typically involves breathing in a conscious and systematic way, intentionally changing your breathing pattern. However, we prefer the expanded definition of Breathwork provided by Dan Brule in his book Just Breathe which proposes that breathwork is the use of both breath awareness and conscious breathing for healing and growth, personal awakening and transformation in spirit, mind and body.

Throughout our lives, it is essential for us to learn to flow back and forth between active and passive, between doing and being. In terms of the body, this requires our autonomic nervous system to be functioning optimally, allowing an efficient use of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system responses.  In terms of breathing, this means the ability to both breath the breath and let the breath breathe us.

Integrating breathwork into your everyday activities and interactions is the key to vitality and health.  Get into the habit of observing your breath and taking control of it before, during and after various activities, events and interactions.  Turning your daily practice into a way of being and restoring your body’s innate self-healing abilities is the ultimate goal of this work.

Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.
– Thich Nhat Hanh

Breath therapy

Breath therapy is the use of both breath awareness and conscious breathing for healing and growth, personal awakening and transformation in spirit, mind and body.

BREATH AWARENESS

The Being

Breath awareness is a mindfulness practice, an everyday tool for optimal health and wellbeing.  Breath awareness brings an open state of alertness and presence to the breath – focus on your breathing and observe it, feel it, listen to it.  We can also refer to this practice as breath watching.

CONSCIOUS BREATHING

The Doing

Conscious breathing refers to deliberately controlling, directing and regulating the breath.  By giving the breath a distinct quality or pattern we can influence the autonomic nervous system to bring about specific desired effects to energize, relax and balance our body and our mind.