What is Breathwork?
Breathwork refers to techniques that use conscious, deep breathing to promote relaxation, reduce stress, and improve mental and physical wellbeing. It focuses on slowing down the breath, breathing with intention, and connecting the breath to movement or visualization.
Benefits of Breathwork
- Lowers blood pressure and heart rate
- Decreases anxiety and depression
- Boosts energy and improves sleep
- Enhances focus and concentration
- Promotes inner peace and mindfulness
Here are some beginner breathwork practices to try:
- 4-7-8 breathing: Inhale for 4 seconds, hold for 7 seconds, exhale for 8 seconds. Repeat.
- Equal breathing: Inhale and exhale to the same count, focusing on breathing from the diaphragm.
- Ocean breath: Imagine breathing in energy and exhaling stress. Visualize waves crashing on the shore.
Is breathwork safe?
Breathwork is generally safe, but those with health conditions should check with a doctor first.
How often should I practice breathwork?
Aim for 5-10 minutes daily, ideally in the morning or before bedtime.
Where is the best place to practice breathwork?
Find a quiet, comfortable spot with minimal distractions and noise.
What are signs I’m overdoing my breathwork practice?
Dizziness, tingling, chest tightness can signal you need a break. Modify to be gentler.
Are there virtual breathwork classes?
Yes, many apps and online platforms offer guided virtual breathwork sessions.