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Breathing.

 It’s something that we do all day every day, and is (for the most part) something we don’t take too much notice of. However, it has far more importance than we likely give it credit for. Not only is our breath an essential part of keeping us alive, but the quality of our breath and how we breathe also has a profound effect on how we are feeling and what we experience (both physically and emotionally) as we go about our daily life. 

 

Breathwork is used in reference to a variety of different techniques and exercises that work directly with the breath. Breathwork, as a practice, has been a solid addition to many a yoga practice – with pranayama exercises being one of the areas of focus in many classes. By working with the breath and bringing conscious awareness to your inhales and exhales we are able to change our state, which may contribute to an improved sense of overall well being, among other things.  

 

Breathwork has become more ‘mainstream’ in recent years, and there is an increasing number of studies being conducted which are showing remarkable benefits to the application of different breathwork techniques. For example, by making your exhale longer than your inhale you are able to bring the body into a more parasympathetic state, thus helping to regulate the nervous system. Moreover, a number of studies into Wim Hof techniques are looking into the reduction of pain and inflammation in the body as a result of his methods. 



So what can breathwork do for me? 

The benefits of implementing breathing techniques go far beyond the yoga mat, and may include a reduction in stress/anxiety, increased immunity, an improved emotional state, aids in processing and healing/releasing  of tension, pain and trauma, regulates nervous system, energizes, calms/relaxes, reduces inflammation and helps to improve sleep quality. In a world that is ‘go go go’,  where we often find ourselves chronically stressed, tired, frazzled and on edge, being able to help ourselves to unwind & hack our nervous systems is an invaluable, and easily accessible addition to our wellbeing routines.

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Some of the various breathwork techniques include:

 

  • Pranayama (Box Breath – inhale for a count of 4, hold 4s, exhale for a count of  4, hold 4s, Diaphragmatic Breathing, Alternate Nostril Breathing, Breath of Fire).
  • Wim Hof Techniques
  • Holotropic Breathwork
  • Transformational Breathwork

I am currently undertaking a Breathwork for Practitioners training, and am eager to pass on all the knowledge I am gaining, and begin to apply it in my clinical setting! 

If you are curious to learn more about how our breathing can impact our pain, wellbeing, emotional state and performance come in and see me here at Fnqhealthco.

Lexi x

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