What is Breathwork?
Ancient cultures of the east have long recognized the breath as a primary vehicle for prana (life energy) as well as a vital association in the mind-body sequence. For centuries, these cultures have worked with the breath to facilitate healing and self-development, evolving over time into a refine introspective science often referred to as “The Science of Breath.”
Wilhelm Reich in the early 20th century was perhaps the first to recognize the power of breathwork practices, and his clinical work revealed that psycho- logical defenses and physiological tensions are often closely associated with restricted breathing. This method has been recognized as one of the purest forms of emotional healing and is widely applied in the field of medicine, chiropractic medicine, behavioral health, and bodyworks. Since Reich’s pioneering work, breathwork has emerged in a variety of contemporary forms. Numerous professional associations have been formed to promote and facilitate various forms of breathwork, including the Association for Holotropic Breathwork by Stanislav Grof M.D, in late 60’s Leonard Orr and Rebirthing Breathwork and the International Breathwork Foundation amongst others.
Breathwork it uses the practice of circular, connected breathing which aids to attain higher states of consciousness. It accesses perinatal material (in utero and birth experience) and transpersonal material (archetypal, shamanic, and cosmic experience) as well as early childhood and repressed biographical material. Breathwork provides an excellent means of getting past resistance, including transpersonal defences. Among the best-known forms are Vipassana meditation, Pranayama, Qigong and Tai Chi, with Pranayama being perhaps the most familiar to westerners.
We explore the connections between breathwork and yoga for transpersonal experience, and its relevance to breathwork: the “shamanic state of consciousness”.
This technique allows a person to shift away from all external distractions, stimuli, and disturbances and gain control of his or her awareness, both internally and externally. Clients who practice this form of technique often state that they feel a heightened sense of ease and light heartedness. They state that they are more productive and feel liberated and free of heavy emotional burdens.
Breathwork is one of the purest and most effective techniques to release stress and tension, heal and resolve trauma, and awaken your true being. Breathwork is a safe and effective method to support you to access your own internal healing energy and greater knowing. From this place, you can experience a powerful shift in yourself and your life experience.
Through Breathwork many people have experienced:
- Increased aliveness, joy & creativity
- Physical, emotional, and mental healing and well-being
- Reduced stress and increased vitality and inner peace
- Greater self-love and more loving relationships
- Ability to manifest greater abundance and ease
- Accelerated spiritual growth and awakening to one’s true self.