As breathing is something we do naturally, we assume that our daily autonomic breathing pattern is sufficient; breathe, live, stop breathing, die. However, the breath has the dual quality of being both voluntary and something we can control, and an understanding of how to integrate both these qualities of the breath into our very being has the capacity to transform every moment of our lives.
The truth is many people breathe in shallow and constricted patterns and most of us have symptoms of dysfunctional breathing. Scientists have discovered that our capacity to breathe has changed through the long processes of human evolution and that the way we breathe has become significantly worse since the dawn of the Industrial Age. Ninety percent of us are breathing incorrectly and this failure is either causing or aggravating a long list of chronic diseases.
Breathwork can help reduce or reverse symptoms associated with anxiety, depression, insomnia, PTSD, and ADHD – simply by changing the way we inhale and exhale. Breathing in different patterns can influence our body weight and overall health, affect the size and function of our lungs, control our immune response, hack into our own nervous system and restore our health.
But it’s not just the biological impact that’s so powerful. Breathwork is also the quickest way to change our state of mind and point of view at any moment. Practiced consistently and with intention, the breath connects us with our innate wisdom and brings greater awareness to ourselves, our life and the decisions we make – leading to improvements in overall well-being and happiness. In short, changing the way we breathe will help us live better and longer.
We take about 670 million breaths in our life, maybe you’ve already taken half of yours. If you’d like to make the most of each and every breath you have left, you have come to the right place.