Breathwork is the catch-all name for using the breath to directly change your body in some way.
Posted May 5,2019 in Lifestyle.
This is the umbrella term for breath techniques that aim to create an
emotional response, and includes Transformational Breath, where the
locus is on deep inhales and short, sharp exhales; rebirthing, where you
breathe deeply and without pausing while focusing on an issue; and
holotropic breathwork, which is a series of exercises, sometimes done to
music, that aims to release emotions.
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Richie at thebreathguycouk. Always work with a teacher as these methods can release upsetting emotions.
This is a slow, steady, regular type of breathing that's been used in
many medical trials with positive effects for tackling stress, anxiety,
hot Flushes and insomnia. It helps promote calm and re-educate your
body on the correct way to breathe.
TRY THIS: Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily 5-7 times a minute.
Practise for 10 minutes, twice a day.
This is the word used for the different types of breathwork used in yoga practice — it might include the rapid, energising rhythm of bellows breath or the more calming, alternate nostril breathing.
TRY THIS: Sit on a chair and block your right nostril with your right
thumb, inhale through the left and then in a smooth movement, block the left nostril with your ring finger, while releasing the right nostril and breathing out through that side. Then, inhale slowly through the right and repeat the process. Keep going for 3-5 minutes. This type of breathing directly activates the parasympathetic nervous system, calming your body.
This is the practice of focusing on your breath as a form of meditation. You don't control it. you simply notice it and sometimes count it, which helps still your thoughts.
TRY THIS: Focus on the sound of your breath, the rise and fall of your chest and the temperature of the air as it enters your nostrils. After the first exhale, silently count 'one', then on the next exhale count 'two' ail the way up to 10. Then begin at one again. it
sounds easy but it's difficult to reach 10 without your mind wandering!