12 calming essentials for exploring breathwork at home
From scented candles to handheld devices that help slow your breath, feel the benefits of breathwork with this meditation toolkit
words Sophie Lou Wilson
Modern life is stressful. We’re always rushing from one thing to another and sometimes it’s hard to remember to slow down and breathe. You might feel anxious or overwhelmed and not know what to do about it, but, in fact, you already have the tools you need. It all starts with the breath. Watch Breathe by Woo, our latest series guiding you to slow down, de-stress and release tension.
The term 'breathwork' refers to various breathing practices that slow down and control your breath to benefit your emotional, mental and physical wellbeing. Woo’s Breathe series, which drops from 25 August, uses the science of breathwork to guide you through four online meditation sessions for stress relief and emotional release.
It’s about turning off your phone, checking in with your breath and letting go of your worries and anxieties. The more breathwork you do, the more benefits you feel. These calming accessories will help you integrate the practice into your daily routine. So, throw on something comfy, light a candle, close your eyes, and breathe.
Wireless Bluetooth Noise-Cancelling Headphones
Block out the noise with Sony’s Noise-Cancelling Bluetooth headphones. They filter out any background noise so you can unwind and focus on your breath without interruptions. A 30-hour battery life makes them the perfect companion for your daily meditation routine.
OPEN YOUR AIRWAYS
Onsen Scented Candle
Peppermint and eucalyptus are known for opening your nasal passages so you can breathe easier. They can also increase cognitive performance and relax the body and mind. This Earl of East scented candle combines these two powerful scents with refreshing mandarin so you can free your mind and breathe easy.
Wear your mood on your sleeve
Happy Dude Longsleeve Tee
The clue really is in the name with this Aries Happy Dude top. Breathwork can reduce stress and boost joy so get ready to enjoy the practice in this soft sweatshirt, crafted from 100% cotton. Take a deep breath and wear with a smile.
Upper East Side tapered cotton jogging bottoms
Sporty & Rich’s tapered jogging bottoms are the perfect addition to your loungewear collection. A regular fit and drawstring elasticated waistband ensure that you can breathe with no restrictions, helping you access the deeper healing benefits of breathwork.
Wellbeing Pod Essential Oil Diffuser
Curating a signature blend of smells is as essential a part of designing a modern home as selecting furniture. Neom’s Wellbeing Pod Essential Oil Diffuser helps you do just that, plus humidifies the air around you, with the brand’s signature 100% natural essential oils. In small spaces, a diffuser is also a handy way to help disguise kitchen smells, so while a bit of an investment, it is certainly worth its price.
FEEL THE BENEFITS
Bluetooth Sleep Headphones
Tune into rhythmic meditation music with the original SnoozeBand™, the most comfortable headphones for sleep and relaxation. They’re crafted from a soft, breathable fabric with thin, padded speakers that work for meditation, sleep and exercise. Wear during your breathwork sessions, or at night to feel the sleep benefits of the practice.
GUIDE YOUR BREATH
Handheld Breathing Device for Anxiety and Meditation
At home breathwork is made easy with Melo’s Handheld Meditation Breathing Device. Simply hold it in your palm and let it guide you through three breathing exercises proven to reduce stress and anxiety. It also aids sleep, mindfulness and overall wellness, using Haptic Feedback and lighting patterns to beat stress. It’s all in the palm of your hand.
THE POWER OF NOW
So, what does breathwork actually do? If you’re still sceptical, try reading Eckhart Tolle’s bestselling guide to living in the moment, 'The Power of Now'. Discover the mental health benefits of focusing on the here and now and allow meditation to cultivate your ability to be present.
Deep Relax Pure Essential Oil Blend
Struggling to get your eight hours? Combining calming essential oils with breathwork is a recipe for a good night’s sleep. This Aromatherapy Associates’ chamomile essential oil is natural and cruelty free. Add to a diffuser or put drops on your wrists to allow the calming aroma to waft upwards as you breathe in and out.
COMFY AND CONSCIOUS
Good for you and good for the planet too. Pangaia’s 100% Organic Cotton T-shirt is dyed using Recycrom®, a dye technology that pulverises textile leftovers into pigments to create new colours made from 98% textile waste. So you can keep comfy and conscious when winding down after a long day.
Lavender and Chamomile Face Oil
Massage a few drops of Botanics Organic's facial oil into your cheeks, forehead and chin to upgrade your nighttime meditation routine. The calming blend of lavender, chamomile and geranium will help you relax and nourish your skin at the same time, so you can treat your body and your mind.
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