Changing the way you breathe can change the way you feel, think, act, modulate, and express. Breath affects, and is affected, by everything we do, think, and feel. Breath is a language. It supports our communication, the energy in a room, and our physical presence. It reflects our emotional and physical states, and by changing our breathing, we can change these states.
Common medical knowledge states that we unconsciously breathe about 22,000 breaths a day. I say unconsciously because we often do not pay much attention to our breath except when we cannot access it. Breathing is an automatic function—it happens without us having to think about it. It can also be a conscious function; we can override the way we are breathing to serve a particular purpose or outcome. So, if we need to relax, we can breathe in a certain way; if we need to increase our energy, there is a technique for that as well.
Breathwork is the act of breathing with intention and attention, transforming what is an autonomic function to a profound tool for sustainable physical and mental wellbeing. It is the foundation of resilience and catalyst for change.
Making conscious breathing part of your life means that you have gained a lifelong tool that will support health and anchor you to your most authentic self. In this time of chaos and uncertainty, we are being called on to shift the space from which we are operating and create a new mind-body architecture that supports deeper awareness and consciousness. The ability to manage our energy requires the ability to live and work with more awareness. Thus, the role of breathwork has become even more relevant and urgent.
When our breathing patterns become locked or fixed, either from an acute traumatic event or over time, it loses its adaptability and fluidity and leads to the development of sub-optimal breathing habits and patterns.
Our breathing system is the only system in the body that is both voluntary and automatic, both conscious and unconscious. That is not an accident; it is an opportunity to take part in our own evolution and to determine our own nature. We can look at breathing as an untapped resource. Most people do not know the power and potential that it holds. The breath can be used as a tool to transform, change, strengthen, support, and enhance various aspects of ourselves.
Sub-optimal breathing results in premature aging and inefficient metabolism, setting up a cycle of inflammation and toxic build up. Breathing optimally gets us to shift out of inflammatory states, activating and supporting the body’s innate wisdom by generating authentic energy vs adrenalized energy. Many people have learned to apply remedial breathing for asthma, anxiety, pain management, chronic fatigue, high blood pressure-low blood pressure, weight loss, headaches, insomnia, depression, allergies, and auto-immune diseases.