What is connected breath work?
Conscious connected breathwork is a simple method of breathing in which we remove the pauses between inhale and exhale and breathe in a connected way for 30-60 minutes.
Connecting the breath in this way and consciously observing our breathing we take a journey inward and can process and integrate old memories and repressed emotions, allowing a space to let go of the old and welcome the new.
This is a self regulated practice that works on physical, mental, emotional and energetic levels. Every breathwork journey is different depending on what we need at that moment in time.
Why breath work?
Though we might think of our minds as holding our memories, it is in fact the body which serves as an archive for all of our life experiences up to this point in time. In moments of our lives which prove overwhelming or stressful the body experiences a fight/flight or freeze response and the breath can shorten or stop.
This stress response in the body can result in experiences, memories or emotions being almost ‘frozen in time’ and trapped in the body, unintegrated and unresolved.
In working with the breath in a conscious and connected way we are brought into the present moment where we can release memories and traumas previously stored in the body.
The conscious connected breath allows us to access these unseen parts of ourselves in a safe way and releases tensions we may have been consciously or unconsciously holding onto for many years.
As a result following these breathwork sessions people often report a feeling of lightness, openness and gratitude, having let go of old stories, beliefs and unexpressed emotions which had been weighing them down.
some benefits of connected breath work
Boost your immune system
Experience deep peace and relaxation
Increase emotional awareness
Connect with your most authentic self
Release muscular tension
Quieten the busy mind
Clear old trauma and emotional blockages
Enhance awareness and intuition
Improve sleep and recovery
Reduce stress and anxiety
Deep relaxation for body and mind
Expand meditation capacity
The conscious connected breathwork session is generally performed lying down with a gentle open mouth and relaxed jaw.
The participant is active in their inhale and passive in their exhale, taking deep breaths in through the mouth and then simply ‘letting go’ on the exhale.
As the participant continues to breath through their mouth they will begin to consciously connect the breath removing any pauses between the inhale and exhale.
The session is guided verbally by myself and accompanied by a music playlist to support the journey.
(Though nasal breathing is recommended in day to day life for general health this mouth breathing can be useful in shorter sessions as a means of accessing our ‘sympathetic’ aspect of the nervous system where much of our repressed or denied emotions and memories are stored. If breathing through the mouth does feel overwhelming or particularly uncomfortable the same type of breath can be performed through the nose.)
What to expect
It is worth being aware of some of the physical, mental and emotional experiences which are common for breathers. Many will experience a dry mouth for the first few minutes of the session, changes in body temperature or tingling in the body particularly in the extremities.
These physical changes are common as we move to this different way of breathing and will disappear when the participant comes back to their normal breath. ‘Tetany’ which involves a cramping in the fingers can also occur sometimes and is usually due to the participant being too forceful with their exhale.
Again, this will stop when the participant softens their exhale or returns to their normal breath. The emergence of emotions and old memories in these sessions are also very common and allow an opportunity for emotional release. I recommended participants not try to ‘figure out’ or interpret any emotions that arise but instead allow themselves to express whatever emotion is present.
I create an authentic and connected world by allowing the space for myself and others to live with compassion, curiosity and playfulness.
It is best to avoid eating for at least two hours before the session. Allow 90 minutes for the session where you will be undisturbed and can lie down comfortably.
It is recommended you have a pillow and blanket for comfort, a journal and pen for writing any reflections or insights, ear phones for the music and a bottle of water close to hand. An eye mask can also be useful if you have one available to you. It is also recommended that you go gently with yourself after the session and enjoy the relaxation, allowing time to integrate your experience.
There are a number of contraindications and so if the following conditions are true for you at this time this breath work is not recommended:
Heart conditions and arrhythmia
Bi-polar, schizophrenia or other psychotic episodes
High or low blood pressure
Pre existing lung conditions
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