Breathwork is changing lives – has it changed yours?
Breathwork sounds might sound like holistic mumbo jumbo, but with everyday challenges elevated over the past year, the breathing technique has grown in popularity. From Tik Toks to classes to apps, people are practicing Breathwork to support everything from reducing stress to releasing trauma, anxiety, depression, fear, grief, and anger to creating feelings of gratitude, clarity, love, and peace.
During breathwork techniques, you intentionally change your breathing pattern and each breath-form has its own purpose. The exercises use deep, focused inhales and exhales that last a certain amount of time. There are different approaches to breathwork and it’s best to try a few and see which resonates with you and helps achieve your goals.
The difference between breathwork and meditation is that meditation tunes into the mental chatter, breathwork allows you to disconnect. Meditation is a slow and steady way of shifting perspective, but breathwork offers immediate feedback.
Breathwork is not just for those who need healing, research continues to support the benefits. Studies show making your exhale longer than your inhale can lower blood pressure and cortisol levels, Stanford University is studying how breath can impact emotional states and actually change the way the brain reacts to fear.
While breathwork is safe for most people, it’s important not to take unnecessary risks. If you have a breathing-related medical issue it’s recommended you do not practice breathwork or consult a medical professional before doing so.