Breathwork

Breathwork

Nose Breathing

Think about it - the nose is designed for breathing and the mouth is designed for eating, drinking and speaking! Your first challenge is to use only your nose for breathing, both in and out, all the time.

The nose isn’t just the part you can see, there is a huge area behind it that acts as a super-efficient air-cleaning machine. This protects your lungs by:

  • Filtering out dust, pollens, and allergens

  • Humidifying the air to keep your lungs healthy and moist

  • Warming the air to prevent cold air irritating your airways

  • Sterilizing the air to kill bacteria and viruses

New Skills

You may have had breathing problems for years, so learning new breathing skills is almost certainly going to be unlike anything you have tried before.

Breathwork is about regaining control of your breathing and giving you the skills to take back control of your own health.

Beginners Mind

At first it might seem strange. The idea that changing your breathing can improve your health may sound ridiculous! But once you begin to understand how it works, the benefits start to become obvious.

All you need at this stage is an open mind and a commitment to trying to help yourself.

Habit

Your breathing style has developed over many years and is as much a part of you as the way you walk. Imagine your breathing pattern is set by a sophisticated clock in the brain. The exercises help to reset this internal breathing clock to the correct time.

Changing your breathing pattern is rather like learning to ride a bike. You can talk about it, think about it or write about it but the only way to be successful is to practice, practice, practice!

Improving your breathing will not happen overnight, but by following the programme most people see positive results after just one week.

Reminders

  • Choose the right place - Breathwork exercises require focused concentration. Ideally you need somewhere quiet, with no distractions such as TV, music, mobile phones and pets. Make yourself comfortable, it is much easier to relax if the room is warm enough and you are wearing loose, comfortable clothes.

  • Stick to a routine - Choosing set times is great for regular practice and other people in your house will also get to know when you want to be by yourself.

  • Think about what you want to achieve - Setting one or two realistic goals can help to keep you committed.

Master the Practices

Most of the breathing exercises appear simple and easy, but they can actually be quite tricky to master, so don’t be tempted to jump ahead or rush through to the end.

Think about what you want to achieve - Setting one or two realistic goals can help to keep you committed.

In your first week of practice, try to stick to the program as closely as possible. The first week establishes important elements such as awareness of posture and relaxation, making the new exercises learned in the second week easier to master.