Everything you need to know about what breathwork is and our new series 'Breathe'
words Megan Wallace
Experience the blessing of breathwork, a practice to feel grounded, mindful, and relieved of stress in times when you need it most. Experts take us through breathwork sessions that help you take control and reset your mind, so that you are ready to take on the day – aaaaand breathe.
Loved by the likes of Selena Gomez and Billie Eilish, breathwork is the wellness technique you need to get to know. Encompassing various methods of controlling and manipulating breath patterns to stress-busting effect, the practice promotes an approach to mindfulness that shares similarities to meditation.
With our latest series, Breathe, we check in with experts in the practice of Breathwork to explore how our breathing can release anxiety, help you connect to your body, and stay grounded in times of need across four episodes. Plug in, breathe out, and let our relaxing sessions wash over you.
Want to find out more about breathwork? Keep reading…
What is breathwork?
Breathwork dates back thousands of years and has roots in yoga. Understanding that stress and other negative emotions can impact our breath, breathwork aims to help us breathe out toxins and reach a greater sense of well-being and relaxation with our inward breath.
Is breathwork meditation?
Some individuals see breathwork and meditation as interconnected (some see breathwork as a form of meditation) but they are practised in different ways. In meditation, we try to cultivate an awareness of our breath whereas breathwork is all about trying different breathing techniques and manipulating our breath.
Increasingly, research points to potential positive effects of breathwork. For example, breathwork is thought to have an anti-inflammatory effect and to raise your mood. There is also the potential for it to calm your nervous system, given that when we are stressed we take short, shallow breaths which reduces the oxygen in your blood. Changing the way we breathe in these instances can therefore increase the oxygen in our blood and have a calming impact.
The different types of breathwork
There are lots and lots of different types of breathwork to choose from, which aim to deliver a different experience. Read more about some of the breathwork varieties below.
- Holotropic breathwork: one for our psychedelics fans out there, holotropic breathwork is all about using music and rapid breathing to instil an altered sense of consciousness.
- Vivation breathwork: aiming to help work through negative emotions, vivation harnesses the power of circular breathing and draws upon the yogic tradition of pranayama.
- Rebirthing breathwork: a form of alternative therapy which looks to address attachment disorders and also involves use of circular breath.
What is Breathe?
Across four episodes, our new series Breathe will guide you through the world of guided breathwork to help promote mindfulness and well-being. Check out the series below.