Breathing seems pretty simple and straightforward, but it is far from simple which we take for granted it's health benefits. While it is true, we breathe without even having to think about it, many of us are not breathing properly, or intentionally for that matter.
Breathwork refers to any type of breathing exercises or techniques. People often perform them to improve mental, physical, and spiritual well being. During breathwork you intentionally change your breathing pattern.
There are many forms of breathwork therapy that involve breathing in a conscious and systematic way. These different types of breathwork range from fairly basic and easy to do at home, to others requiring a practitioner to teach you the practice. Some breathwork practices are rooted in yogic traditions such as Pranayama or the breath and movement sequences of Kundalini yoga.
Other breathwork practices are entirely secular and were developed to help people heal their minds or bodies or even to withstand extreme physical conditions. Many people find breathwork promotes deep relaxation or leaves them feeling energised.
People have practiced breathwork to overcome both mental, emotional, and physical troubles including:
Aid positive self-development
Process emotions, heal emotional pain and trauma
Develop life skills
Develop or increase self awareness
Improve personal and professional relationships
increase confidence, self-image, and self esteem
Increase joy and happiness
Reduce stress and anxiety levels
Release negative thoughts
Emotional effects of illness
Trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Even beyond these benefits, practicing regular breathwork can have a serious impact on your physical health.
Personal note: for me, when I perform salaah (connecting), I am focused on every breath, every movement and every word. By doing this, I honestly believe that is what keeps me well and away from deep depression as I fall in the high risk depression category. But I am not along as this applies to all those who have empathy, healers and those who are awake to the truth.
Those who are awake and know the truth, I request you become more aware of your emotions as you are likely to fall into depression and seem crazy to the world. But you are not. I do not want to see you go on anti-depressants becoming a zombie taking away your spirituality. I have already had 2 conversations this morning with patients.