With so much going on in our everyday lives, who really has time to stop and breathe? Unfortunately, this lack of intentional breathing has left us anxiety-prone, stressed, and out of tune with our true purpose and inner selves.
Enter breathwork meditation: a form of active breathing to help shift the focus inwards, regulate our state of mind, and create a sense of calm and purpose. It may even prevent certain disease states, like depression and anxiety.
What Is Breathwork?
Breathwork is a form of active meditation utilizing breathing techniques. The International Breathwork Foundation (IBF) defines the practice as, “a dynamic body-mind practice using conscious connected breathing techniques for inner peace, enhanced health, wellbeing and personal transformation.” As opposed to simply taking deep breaths, practicing breathwork meditation is active breathing and utilization of breath as a tool for self-healing.
“This particular breathing pattern moves stuck energy, allows us to let go of the mind, and opens the heart,” says breathwork teacher and founder of Pushing Beauty, Michelle D’Avella.