Have you ever thought about the way you breathe?
We really do take it for granted that every single breath is going to be there for us, time and time again. Every single in breath and every single out breath.
Our bodies are incredible things and we have really only just scraped the surface when it comes to understanding their function and what they, or we, are truly capable of.
But did you know that we can control our breathing and when we do, we can create positive change on our bodies and to our minds?
Because our breath gives us ENERGY.
We literally breathe life into ourselves with each and every breath.
And so if we can learn how to breathe in a conscious way, we can learn how to harness the breath, which controls our energy, and allows us to let go of what doesn’t serve us whilst energising and charging us.
However, there are many, many more benefits to doing Breathwork (I’ll discuss a few below and more at a later stage).
So what exactly is Conscious Connected Breathwork?
It’s when we breath consciously, which means we are thinking about and focused on each and every breath: we are breathing with intention.
And then the breath itself is connected. So it’s a long, deep breath in and without a pause, a long deep breath out.
There are many different types of conscious controlled breathing and you will hear different names for these types too.
Some of the most popular include:
* Shamanic breathwork
* Holotrophic breathwork
* Psychedelic breathwork
There are also different ways to breathe:
* In and out through the mouth
* In and out through the nose
* Boxed breathing
* 4-7-8 breathing
* Diaphragmatic (belly) breathing
* Alternate nostril breathing
* Breathing with breath holds
* Humming (brahmari)
* Resonant/ratio breathing
And so depending on the type of controlled conscious breathing you choose, can create the outcome and the result you have.
I will just say that in my opinion, all breathwork feels amazing.
Even if you experience something really emotional in the process, you never leave feeling bad.
I have always experienced feeling lighter, more relaxed, more connected to my body and spirit, more positive and like something that needed to shift has shifted.
But I will be honest with you…
Breathwork truly is WORK!
Don’t be scared by this. It’s like going to the gym. To get yourself there may take some time but once you reach the end of the class, you’re so grateful you made the effort because you feel so refreshed, even if a little tired and sore.
You will leave a breathwork class feeling very different to when you entered the class.
Back to the gym analogy
Breathwork is like going to the gym and doing weights. You work your muscles.
A Breathwork session works your lungs along with the muscles associated with respiration
(like your diaphragm, the intercostal muscles as well as the accessory muscles found in our necks, chest, back, abdominal cavity and even our nose).
So imagine if you’ve not been breathing fully and freely on a regular basis, using all of these muscles when you breathe, you may have some weakness in these areas and it could be quite challenging and fatiguing.
But it’s not just “work” in a physical sense.
You will also feel very different after a breathwork class because you will have shifted the energy in your body.
So if you had an argument with someone the day before and you still have some unresolved feelings about it, Breathwork will help you to move this energy.
If you are still dealing with and holding onto issues from your past, maybe from when you were a child, then it is likely that this energy is still residing in the tissues of your body.
This energy may be from this life, or it may be from another. It could also be ancestral.
Regardless of where the trauma and tension being stored in your body comes from, breathing in a conscious, controlled, rhythmic way can and does shift this energy.
What might that look like?
Laughing, crying, screaming, humming, stillness, happiness, moving the body a lot or shaking/vibrating.
Basically, any movement or sounds that your body can produce, may be produced during a breathwork session.
You may have a very physical experience with a lot of tingling, vibrating or feeling like your hands are locked (tetany) and you can’t move. You may also feel that your body is very heavy.
It is also possible to have a vision or an out of body experience.
You may see, hear or sense a presence with you.
However, you may also experience none of this, especially if you are new to Breathwork.
You may simply experience a deep dream-like state.
Or you may just feel really really relaxed.
But you will leave feeling different to when you came and your experience will be exactly what you needed in that moment. That is for sure.
Some people who have meditated their whole lives have said that the bliss that they felt in one Breathwork session is something they never achieved during meditation.
Now whilst I will argue that there is nothing that can replace meditation if you know what you’re doing, the honest truth is that Breathwork is powerful and transformative.
A lot of people choose to take psychedelics to get answers (and no judgement if you have or do), all roads lead to Rome and you’ve got to go with what calls you.
However, the breath itself has the ability to achieve the same, activating the pineal glad to make DMT (the spirit molecule)… and we can literally get high on our own supply. I have experienced this in just one Breathwork session alone.
Powerful, powerful stuff.
So, want to know if Breathwork is for you?
Whether you’ve tried it or not, my answer is YES! it is.
I know that you have experienced probably all of the following at some point in your life.
You may be experiencing many of these now:
* fatigue or tension
* lack of focus
* physical pain
* highs and lows
* negative thought patterns
* suppressed emotions
* unfulfilled desires
* a lack of love for yourself and others
And whilst I believe that the darkness we experience as humans leads us to the light, to growth, to expansion of our soul, you don’t have to keep suffering.
Once you become aware that you’re suffering, it then becomes a choice as to whether or not you keep suffering.
That said, you may have the awareness, but you may not know how to change the program you’re running because you’ve conditioned your body to automatically react to your mind.
So the breath is your pathway to change.
You can learn how to express yourself.
You can learn how to love yourself.
You can learn how to process your emotions as they come up.
And you can learn how to release old emotions and change your thoughts to create new ones.
You can learn to heal yourself.
When you breathe, you’re creating a connection to your body. You shut down certain areas of your brain that you don’t need in that moment.
You engage your nervous system and you can connect to a higher version of yourself, to the wisdom of the Universe, to God and more.
This wisdom and this connection is what helps you heal, remember or relearn, let go and ascend your energy, all leading to your transformation.
Because once you become aware, and things start to change for you, there’s no going back to the old self.
And I know you want this for yourself.
There are ways of thinking and being and doing that you’re no longer wanting to think, be and do.
So think about what you can do to start creating change for yourself.
You’ve got to do something different or nothing will ever change.
Put yourself in an unknown situation.
Take a dance class.
Go out on a Saturday night to a place you’ve never been.
Go for a drive or a day trip.
Book a hotel for a weekend and take a mini holiday.
These are all ways to start exploring.
Then there are the daily spiritual practices that will help you go even deeper.
What’s one thing you can start doing today?
Is it a morning meditation?
A breath practice?
A gratitude practice?
A movement practice?
An affirmation practice?
I encourage you to start being present in whatever way you know how…
Slowing down periodically and noticing when you’re feeling like your heart is racing or you’re talking too quickly or when things just feel like they’re too much.
The breath is always there, so don’t be afraid to tap into that resource (or you can use this one that I created for you)
And when you’re ready for some 1:1 guidance, all you’ve got to do is click that button below and let me know that you’re officially ready to get started.
(By the way, we’ll do more than just Breathwork together)
Have a beautiful week friend, don’t be afraid to go deep.
To your breath and your transformation,
P.S. To discuss how the breath can transform your life, book a session with me and I’ll let you know how the breath, and I, can help you.
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