Breathwork is an ancient eastern practise that concentrates on using breathing as a form of therapy, promoting calm and focus. If you enjoy yoga, then you’ll know how important breathwork is for your mind, body and spirit. It’s more than breathing correctly: breathing deeply can induce a higher level of self-awareness and balance.
What types of breathwork are there?
Two of the main types of breathwork are pranayama and rebirthing. But what’s unique about each one?
This is a popular technique that yogis use in their practice. It’s all about controlling your breath, to overcome any emotional blockages to your flow. It is at the core of yoga and it can help to revive and soothe an exhausted body and a busy mind.
This technique has developed around the thought that people might carry stress from their birth experience. The method often takes place lying mainly underwater and uses conscious breathing – helping to release residual stress from the body and move positive energy.
How to do it
Many scientific studies support the benefits of breathwork for wellbeing and mental health. It’s easy to set up your own breathwork routine. Depending on your situation, you can practice during an online class, a podcast or even guide yourself through an exercise at home. Read more about it, the science and its benefits here.
Make sure to get advice from a medical professional before embarking on any new wellness activities. Read more about breathing exercises for stress on the NHS website.
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