Breath 101 - the benefits
I’ve extolled the virtues of the breath for almost twenty years now. It began when I started practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga daily at 5.30am in a cramped London studio. There’s always been a deep belief in me that learning how to breathe better and practising this as much as possible is really good for us. I also firmly believe that most of us have become disconnected to our bodies and let our minds run the show. Breathing better and practising breathwork in the same way you might do with meditation or the gym, helps us redress this balance and gets us back into a healthier relationship with our bodies.
We’ve known about the power of the breath for thousands of years. From the Egyptians to the Indians to the Chinese to the Americans – countries, religions and practices such as yoga, all have their variations. At the end of the day, they each have the same goal and that is to bring you into greater alignment and point you back in the direction of optimum health and wellbeing, as well as giving you greater emotional clarity – and who wouldn’t want that right now? Here are some of the benefits I have personally experienced, as well as my clients, but there are many, many more.
But there are literally hundreds of types of breathwork out there, so how do you choose which one is right for you? I’ve not tried them all, but I’ve tried quite a few and found myself coming back to one that incorporated, what I felt, the most flow, Conscious Connected Breath. The technique helps you access greater lung capacity and puts the body into an autopilot reset mode. What does that mean? Well, imagine putting your phone back to factory settings when things have gone awry, that’s what Conscious Breath does. It creates the conditions for healing to occur.
Like most good breathing techniques, you probably won’t master it right away, but like all good things in life, the practice you put in, will pay off 100 times over. I know that because I’ve experience it first-hand for myself. And if you decide to try a session with me either in a group workshop or 1-1, you’ll learn how to do it for yourself.
Reduces stress & anxiety
Improves cellular health
Increases lung capacity
Helps to clear emotional baggage
Removes toxins from the body
Helps explore what it means to be us/to be human