Even though the practice of breathwork has been around for years, it has risen in popularity over the last 3 or 4 years. It seems to be the latest thing to try and every hip and trendy person has a story to tell about their experiences. While it’s great that so many people are talking about this fantastic healing tool, it can also makes things very overwhelming for people. There is a minefield to navigate over what type to try, who to work with and whether to do in person session, or on-line. All the choices can lead to procrastination and never getting to experience this amazing tool.
The rise of breathwork
Accept that part of this is going to be trial and error, you might need to try a few different types of breathwork until you find the process of breathing that works for you. Then you need to find the practitioner that you connect with and trust to hold that healing space. Personally I find that I let go more if I am at home and alone, so on-line sessions worked well for me. It’s all personal choice.
When I came across connected breathing I knew within one session that this was for me. It was just so powerful. So what is connected breathing? Well, conscious connected breathing is a specific form of connected breathing that focuses on bringing awareness to each breath and the rhythm is circular. It’s a mindful and deliberate practice where you pay close attention to the rhythm and depth of their breath. This heightened awareness can lead to a deep state of relaxation, as well as allowing for deep healing and emotional release, clarity, and profound peace and calm. I always know when I need to go and breath, because I can feel the weight of the world on my shoulders and I’m just not as present as I would like to be.
What is Breathwork?
Let’s start at the beginning, in case this is new to you. Breathwork is the practice of consciously focusing on how you breathe, being mindful of each inhale and exhale. It encourages you to breathe deeply, nourishing and rejuvenating every part of the body.
Connected breathing, which some people will often referred to as circular breathing or conscious connected breathing, is a breathing technique that involves continuous and rhythmic breathing without pauses between inhalation and exhalation. It’s a form of controlled and deliberate breathing where each breath is connected seamlessly to the next.
This type of breathing increases the flow of oxygen in the body and promotes relaxation. I always feel so much better after a session of breathwork, no matter what life throws at me, I feel like I have the inner resilience and strength to deal with it.
Personally my clients and I have found that this type of breathwork has led to altered states of consciousness, it’s a hard thing to explain, but beautiful to experience. It helps with releasing emotional and physical tension, and promotes a deep sense of inner peace and clarity.
Is Conscious Connected Breathing Safe?
This is something that I hear a lot, especially as this type of breathing is done all through the mouth; you breath in through the mouth and then out through the mouth. People often worry that they might hyperventilate, but if you are working with a qualified and experienced practitioner and you follow their guidance and advice, then it’s completely safe. As mentioned above, it’s important to work with someone you trust and feel safe with and who can provide appropriate guidance and support during the process, especially if you’re new to breathwork.
It’s normal to experience intense emotions or physical sensations during breathwork and in the beginning of my own journey with this, I felt like I was constantly shedding tears. In reality I was shedding years of pain and trauma and so I was happy to let it go!
What Can I Expect In A Breathwork Session?
Every time you breathe it will be a different experience, but it will always be what you need. Sometimes a big emotional release, sometimes a deep connection to the universe and sometimes you just feel relaxed, calm and reset.
During the session you will be lying down on the floor or bed. The session is then split into two parts, active breathing, where you focus on the breath and then the resting breath. The bit where all the hard work has been done and you can simply enjoy the energy you’ve created within you. This can be a deeply profound experience for people.
During the session it’s normal to feel the energy moving in your body, to experience a change in temperature (I tend to get very cold, even in the middle of summer), you might have big releases of emotions, you might feel very peaceful. It’s different for everyone, but always perfect for what you need.
Breathwork really is an amazing tool and there’s nothing better than trying it for yourself.
If you have any questions then just let me know.
Until next time!
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