What is Breathwork?
Breathwork is conscious control of breath in rhythm. It is a simple and powerful ancient technique, used to harmonize and heighten your physical, mental and emotional state. It’s an incredible tool to bring in transformation. It’s simplicity makes it’s accessible to anyone. Once you’ve learnt the techniques it is your first aid tool to use any time.
The breathwork I teach is based on ancient yogic principles. If you practice yoga, you will likely be familiar with Pranayama (breathing in rhythms to harness it’s powers) . Pranayama is about controlling (yama) your breath (prana) for positive effects. By controlling your breath, you can move past emotional and energetic blocks that hinder the flow of your life force.
The second element I focus on is described as Kriya in Yogic philosophy. The Kriya yoga system consists of a number of levels of pranayama, mantra, and mudra based on techniques intended to engender a profound state of tranquility
Why is Breathwork So Powerful?
It’s quick, easy, and can be done anywhere. Most Spiritual Practises will guarantee results over time. But breath practices gives you immediate results. We all know that Life depends on breath intimately. Breath and Health connection is in the Now.
Just 20 minutes of regular breathwork practice can have a massive and lasting positive impact on the way you feel, think and relate to others. Breath work practices can not only deepen your relaxation , relieve stress and anxiety but can also work on deeper levels to relieve diseases, depression leaving you more energized alive and focused.
How does Breathwork actually work ? How does it effect my Physiology?
Our bodies are amazing mechanism of wonder Our senses are constantly responding to events even before our mind catches up and give it thought and context. Like the quick reflex of the hand to hot water or hairs rising on hearing aa sudden scream. Our bodies are constantly processing information like background noise even without our conscious awareness. This can also lead to a perpetual state of stress response to daily challenges of life be it perceived or real
All our human experiences have a chemical basis within our physiology. They are imprinted on our nervous system. If we had a bad fall from a cliff as a child, we might continue in protective reflex every time we are at the edge. All these stories continue to live in our nervous system and affect how we respond. As we journey in life we draw from this inner blue print. If this blue print is a culmination of traumatic stressed experiences then we continuously project this out into the world, every time a past emotion is triggered, we flare and live in a stress response. This becomes a loop.
To put it another way, our emotions create our experiences. Our experiences then go on to create our future stories. If our emotions are stored in the nervous system. We can bio hack these experiences and re-write them so to speak with our breath. We can venture into our body through our breath and heal these stories !
The SCIENCE OF BREATH WORK
There is a lot of recent attention to the VAGUS nerve and BREATH WORK The vagus nerve is a major nerve of the parasympathetic nerve which is responsible for the rest /digest. Deep breathing stimulates the vagus nerve. In yogic science The Vagus Nerve is two psychic channels (ida and pingala) which, once purified and awakened, function as One to awaken heightened experiences.
We know that most illness and diseases are stress-related, and simple breathwork practices can help to make the shift out of perpetual states of stress and into deep relaxation.
When the body is relaxed, tensed energy patterns can be released making the body more flexible and spacious to welcome life’s experiences with ease and clarity.
WHEN WE PLACE OUR AWARENESS ON THE BREATH, WE BECOME AWARE OF OUR BODY BREATHING, THE SILENCE BEHIND THE BREATH BECOMES APPARENT. THE MIND BECOMES QUIET. PAUSE EMERGES BETWEEN THE BREATHS. MAGIC HAPPENS.