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Breathwork for Venting and Transforming Stress, Tension and Fatigue

By | Blog

One of the advanced breath mastery skills we teach, and practice is “sucking” tension and fatigue out of the muscles with the inhale and releasing it from the body with the exhale.

With practice, anyone can learn to use the inhale to pull energy from tense tired muscles, and then vent it from the system with the exhale. If you are an athlete, fitness junkie, or a high performer, this is an extremely valuable skill to develop, and so it is well worth practicing.

For example, when your legs get tired and sore while running, you can use the inhale to suck that tension and fatigue up from your leg muscles and release it with the exhale.

To begin this practice right now, tense your left arm and simultaneously relax and loosen the right.

Now inhale and imagine drawing energy from the tense left arm and sending it across and out the relaxed right arm with your exhale.

Do this a few times, then reverse it. Relax and loosen your left arm while tensing and tightening the right. Now draw energy from the tense right arm up across and out the relaxed left arm.

You can also get in the pushup position, twist to one side and hold yourself up with one arm. Relax the other arm, let it hang loosely and practice drawing the tension and fatigue up from the weight bearing arm and exhaling it out the relaxed arm.

You can also focus on any other part of your body that begins to feel stressed, tense, or tired. Gather that energy up with your inhale and send it out your relaxed arm.

Do this a few times, then lay on your back, puddle out, and meditate on your energy. Notice that you feel something like an energized calm. This skill helps us to relax and recharge on the go, and it quickly notches up our endurance levels.

In general, you want to remember to relax any muscles that you don’t need to do the required work or maintain the stressed position. A good exercise for this is to tense and tighten both arms and fists as much as possible, while deliberately relaxing your jaw and neck and face, or any other place where there is unnecessary tension.

You can also relax your arm and shoulder while making a very tight fist. When you move or swing your arm, your fist should feel like a ball on the end of a chain. A very powerful and dangerous weapon!

Recently, we have been practicing an advanced upgrade to this kind of training.

It is very useful when you need to relieve stress and tension and fatigue, but you can’t afford to drop into parasympathetic rest and recover mode because you are engaged in an important activity.

When you need to perform, when you need to remain charged and ready—locked and loaded, relaxing completely or puddling out, is not an option.

So the skill is in how to transform tension and fatigue through breathing alone, rather than dissolving it through relaxation.

Here’s the practice. Breathe (inhale) into the area of tension. And then with the exhale, send the energy toward yourself instead of releasing it out of your body.

Press the energy deeper into your system with the exhale. It is similar to the practice of Iron Shirt Chi Kung, where you use the breath to pack chi into your fascia. It also touches on one of the principles of “de-reflexive breathing.”

I like the analogy of a French coffee press. When we exhale, we are pressing the energy into our system rather than releasing out of the body. You can use the “ujayi” breath sound to help the process and make it more alive.

Do this for a few minutes. Breathe into your tired muscles or tense body parts, and then with the exhale send this energy in toward yourself, toward your center, rather than venting it from the system.

After some time, lay down on your back, puddle out, and meditate on your body and your energy. You will notice that the “heavy” tense energy is gone but the muscles and body are still charged, but with a “lighter” form of energy.

We all have the ability to transform energy, to transform dark heavy energy—tension and fatigue—into light life force energy. We can transform pain and suffering into healing and growth. We can transform negative emotional energy into creative, life giving energy.

Good luck in your practice, and many blessings on your path!

Breathwork and Consciousness

By | Blog

I believe that the consciousness movement is the most important movement on the planet today. And given the current state of affairs in the world, the study of consciousness is more important than ever.

I believe that growth in consciousness is the only way to lasting happiness and world peace. I believe that the next leap in human evolution will be a shift in consciousness. And I believe that breathwork can cause that shift.

And so, this month we have been focusing more deeply on consciousness and breathing. As breathworkers we find ourselves at the heart of the consciousness movement, and we also find ourselves at odds with the current scientific paradigm called materialism.

The materialist view is that we are all separate, finite, and limited. Materialism is the belief that consciousness somehow evolved out of matter—that the brain somehow produces consciousness. In fact, it is the other way around. Consciousness is primary.

Materialism is an unprovable belief system. Einstein even called it a religion. No one can prove that anything exists outside of consciousness, let alone that anything preceded it or produced it.

So much precious time, energy and money are being spent on studying the brain to understand how it produces consciousness. But this is like taking apart a cd player to understand music.

Humanity cannot survive scientific materialism. We desperately need a paradigm shift, for the sake of ethics and education, science and technology, medicine, business, politics, and for the sake of our children.

Spiritual breathing produces that shift. It teaches us that we are all connected, that we are one, and that consciousness is the source of our body and of the physical world. Spiritual breathing awakens us to the fact that all of reality exists within a single non-local, universal transcendent consciousness, that some might call God.

Through spiritual breathing we learn that consciousness is the essence of our being, and that breathing is the movement of that essence. Breathwork awakens us to the fact that most if not all of the world’s problems are caused or made worse by unconsciousness.

Breathwork teaches us that consciousness exists independent of the body. It shows us that everything is made of consciousness, that everything is consciousness. All of the great spiritual teachers have taught this and thank God a growing number of modern scientists and philosophers now share this view.

Leonard Orr once said that consciousness and breath are the king and queen of the spiritual kingdom. I say that spiritual breathing is the marriage of consciousness and breath. Leonard also said be careful what you think about when you breathe because the breath brings life to that which you hold in consciousness.

What happens, what is real in each moment depends on our consciousness. Our conscious and unconscious thoughts, beliefs, habits and patterns act to automatically mold and shape mind into matter. In every moment, all of the infinite possible futures collapse into one actual present moment.

The growth in consciousness that comes from Breathwork allows us to go beyond narrow self-serving, short term reactionary survival thinking. It helps us overcome conditioned, impulsive, addictive behaviors, fear, pain, jealousy, insecurity, ignorance, or denial of our real true self.

Breathwork goes beyond the effects of O2 and CO2, beyond endorphins, ketamine, DMT, ayahuasca, LSD, opioids, and so on. Breathwork awakens us to a pure non-local transcendental awareness, an infinite eternal and universal consciousness.

Breathwork helps us to wake up and grow up. It helps us clean up our emotional baggage, so that we can show up in life as our true selves. Breathwork wakes us up to our essence. And the more we breathe the more we realize that everything in existence shares that same essence.

Breathwork helps us overcome our deepest fears: fear of change, fear of the unknown, fear of risk, fear of conflict, failure, obstacles, judgment, and fear of uniqueness. And all of these things occur in consciousness.

Breathwork takes us on a journey back to our self—to our real true self. Breathwork teaches us that in essence we are existence, consciousness and bliss. The more we practice breathwork the more we experience our natural state of bliss. And once this bliss becomes normal, it is experienced simply as a sense of peace.

Breath energy is unlike any force known to science. It takes us deep into the field of pure consciousness. It transforms us and our lives, the world, and the lives of others. Through breathwork or spiritual breathing we discover that God is not a being. God is a state of being, and through breathwork we can awaken to and live in that state of being.

A simple exercise or meditation to begin with is infusing every cell of your body with breath energy. Get out of your head and get into your heart. Experience each breath from the vantage point of your cells. Breathe with your whole body.

Good luck in your practice, and many blessings on your path.

Drilling Down on 2-Phase Breathing

By | Blog

This month we are focusing more deeply on “2-Phase Breathing.” It is a way to develop more breath awareness and more breath control. The idea is to explore the active and passive phases and the reflex and neutral points in the cycle.

To start, imagine a round clock. Divide the circle in half by drawing a vertical line from 12 to 6. The left side represents the inhale (from 6 up to 12), and the right side represents the exhale (from 12 down to 6). 12 o’clock represents a completely full inhale, and 6 o’clock represents a completely empty exhale. These two points are reflex points.

If you take a big breath and fill yourself up on the inhale (12 o’clock point), you don’t have to do the exhale at that point because the reflex will do it. As soon as you stop pulling in, as soon as you let go, the exhale happens by itself. No need to push or blow or even “do” the exhale. The body does it, the reflex does it. It happens because you relax.

If you squeeze all the breath out and come to the empty point at 6 o’clock, you have reached the other reflex point. At this point you don’t need to “do” the inhale, you don’t have to pull the breath in. All you need to do is relax and let go and the breath pours into you by itself. The reflex does the work of inhaling, your body inhales by itself.

Now draw a horizontal line across the clock dividing the circle into top and bottom. These are neutral points: 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock. Either reflex (12 or 6) should take you to this “neutral zone.”

When you are at 12 o’clock, the internal forces of expansion that have built up will power the exhale. When you are at 6 o’clock, the forces of contraction that have built up will power the inhale. But the reflexes will not fill you up or empty you. They will only take you to the neutral points.

Now you see that the clock has four sections. The top right section is the passive phase of the exhale and the bottom right section is the active phase of the exhale. The bottom left is the passive phase of the inhale and the top left is the active phase of the inhale.

When you are close to 12, it requires tremendous effort to inhale even a little bit more breath, but it takes no effort to exhale. When you are close to 6 o’clock, it takes great effort to squeeze out even a little more breath, but it takes no effort to inhale.

At 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock it takes the same amount of effort to inhale as it does to exhale, because there are no forces pushing or pulling on the breath. This is the point where a marksman pulls the trigger on a gun. And this is the point where yogis can easily enter the “breathless state.”

If you relax at either 12 or 6—the reflex points—the breath moves by itself. The body does the breathing. If you relax at 3 or 9—the neutral points—the breath doesn’t move at all. You are in the neutral zone.

Practice playing with these two reflexes. Strengthen them, experiment with them. Get out of the way and let them do the work. Let your body do the first phase of the inhale or the exhale. And you come in only at the neutral point. There, you take over the breathing, filling yourself more or emptying yourself more.

So, when you are at 12, the body does the first half of the exhale all by itself (the passive phase), and you do the second half of the exhale (the active phase). Then the body does the first half of the inhale (passive phase), and you do the second half (the active phase).

It’s like being in a relay race. The first runner is the body. It has the baton. Then it passes control over to you. You have the baton and you take the breath further. Body does the first phase and you do the second. The breath breathes itself during the first phase and you breathe the breath during the second phase.

Notice that the top half of the clock represents the rebirthing breath, heart opening exercises and transformational practices (active inhale and passive exhale). And notice that the bottom half represents diaphragmatic breathing, used in practices such martial arts and sports, and the yogic practice of “breath of fire,” where the exhale is active and the inhale is reflexive.

Play with these reflex points and neutral points in the breathing cycle. Play with the active and passive phases of the breathing cycle. Make it a meditation. Learn what your unconscious habit is. Learn what is your default habits are under stress. Notice which phases and points are easy to touch and feel, and which ones are challenging or unfamiliar.

Welcome to the dance of breath! Welcome to 2-Phase Breathing.

For the Love of Breath

By | Blog

As 2019 is coming to a close, I thought I would leave you with a few of my favorite breathing quotes.

By the way, if you have any that you would like to share, please send them on to me at: dan@breathmastery.com

There are certain points in breathing which you have never observed, and those points are the doors – the nearest doors to you from where you can enter into a different world, into a different being, into a different consciousness. (Osho/Rajneesh)

When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace. (Author unknown)

If nothing can disturb your breath, nothing can disturb you. (Dan Brulé)

What we call ‘I’ is just a swinging door which moves when we inhale and when we exhale. (Shunryu Suzuki)

Rebirthing Breathwork is the art of merging the outer breath which is air with the inner breath which is spirit. (Leonard Orr)

When the breath wanders the mind is also unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath. (Svatmarana, Hatha Yoga Pradipika)

A healthy mind has an easy breath. (Author unknown)

If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You have another chance. (Andrea Boydston)

Inhale and God approaches you. Hold the inhalation and God remains with you. Exhale and you approach God. Hold the exhalation and surrender to God.” (Krishnamacharya)

When you inhale, think to yourself ‘the power of God is within me’. When you exhale, think to yourself ‘the grace of God surrounds me.’ (Ram Dass)

Breathing is the greatest pleasure in life. (Giovanni Papini)

Breath is Spirit. The act of breathing is Living. (Author unknown)

For breath is life, and if you breathe well you will live long on earth. (Sanskrit proverb)

Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor. (Thch Nhat Hanh)

Walking through the house at night is wonderful to me; a symphony of breath, each person a separate instrument as they collectively breathe in time to metronome of life itself. Edwin Leap)

He lives most life whoever breathes most air. (Elizabeth Barret Browning)

Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. (Thich Nhat Hanh)

Focusing on the act of breathing clears the mind of all daily distractions and clears our energy enabling us to better connect with the Spirit within. (Author unknown)

As a fire blazes brightly when the covering of ash over it is scattered by the wind, the divine fire within the body shines in all its majesty when the ashes of desire are scattered by the practice of pranayama. (B.K.S. Iyengar)

You know that our breathing is the inhaling and exhaling of air. The organ that serves for this is the lungs that lie round the heart, so that the air passing through them thereby envelops the heart. Thus, breathing is a natural way to the heart…” (Nicephorus the Solitary)

Breathing according to me, corresponds to taking charge of one’s own life. (Luce Irigaray)

I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart: I am, I am, I am. (Sylvia Plath)

In this very breath that we now take lies the secret that all great teachers try to tell us. (Peter Matthiessen)

Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours. (Swedish proverb)

Human energy is always in communion with heaven and earth in the alternation of exhalation and inhalation. (Ming dynasty work: Anthology on the Cultivation of Realization, author unknown)

Fear is excitement without the breath. (Fritz Perls)

When I stopped to pay attention to where my breath was deep and settled, the truth began to emerge from the mist. (Betsy Canas)

Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.(L. Frank Baum)

The practice is simply this: keep coming back to your breath during the day. Just take a moment. This will give your mind a steadiness and your breath a gracefulness… There’s so much to let go of, isn’t there? Your nostalgia and your regrets. Your fantasies and your fears. What you think you want instead of what is happening right now. Breathe. (Rodney Yee, Yoga: The Poetry of the Body)

Listen, are you breathing just a little and calling it a life? (Mary Oliver)

Happiness breathes when you do. (Terri Guillemets)

Let the air become you, and then leave you. Forgive each breath because although it abandons you, every single time, it also brings you life. A man who cannot forgive the air has no chance of living. (Edward Manning, King Perry)

There is one way of breathing that is shameful and constricted. Then, there is another way: a breath of love that takes you all the way to infinity. (Rumi)

We live in an ocean of air like a fish in a body of water. By our breathing we are attuned to our atmosphere. If we inhibit our breathing, we isolate ourselves from the medium in which we exist. In all Oriental and mystic philosophies, the breath holds the secret to the highest bliss. (Alexander Lowen)

I love to breathe. Oxygen is sexy! (Kris Carr)

Angels are all around us, all the time, in the very air we breathe. (Eileen Elias Freeman)

Breathe deeply, until sweet air extinguishes the burn of fear in your lungs and every breath is a beautiful refusal to become anything less than infinite. (D. Antoinette Foy)

Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure. (Oprah Winfrey)

The ability to breathe is a gift. Wake up grateful each day for that gift. (Johnny Lung)

Conscious Breathing heightens awareness and deepens relaxation. (Dan Brulé)

Breath control gives a man strength, vitality, inspiration, and magic powers. (Zhuangzi)

To control the breathing is to control the mind. With different patterns of breathing, you can fall in love, you can hate someone, you can feel the whole spectrum of feelings just by changing your breathing. (Marina Abramovic)

As you breathe in, cherish yourself. As you breathe out, cherish all Beings. (Dalai Lama)

The wisest one-word sentence? Breathe. (Terri Guillemets)

With love and thanks to everyone who attended the seminars and trainings around the world this year, to our growing group of dedicated practitioners, and to everyone in the worldwide breathwork community… I love and thank you all!

Releasing Energy Blockages in the Body

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At our breathwork seminars, we focus on dissolving or releasing physical tensions and emotional contractions or energy blockages. We do this to promote and support our full free expression and flow of our healing and creative energies.

There are six general areas were blockages can be found in the body, and where pain or health issues often occur. They are:

1. The forehead, temples and eyes

2. The throat and jaw

3. The neck and shoulders

4. The chest and back

5. The abdomen and diaphragm

6. The pelvis and reproductive organs

We use two core techniques:

1. Conscious connected breathing (fast and full, slow and full, or fast and shallow)

2. The sigh of relief.

We also use visualization, various breath sounds, and movement.

Let’s start from the bottom and move up through the body. And then work your way back down through each area. Give yourself some quality time to really play with this process.

First, bring all your attention and your energy down into the floor of your pelvis and perineum. Send the breath down there. Breathe into that area. Move and wiggle your hips and pelvis as you breathe in and out. (Think belly dancer and hula dancer!)

Invite relaxation into that area as you move and breathe and direct attention and energy there. Breathe and relax into whatever feelings and sensations get activated, and welcome whatever emotions may arise. Don’t think. Breathe and relax and move and make sounds.

Next, bring your attention to your belly and diaphragm area. Play with different breathing patterns… rhythm, speed, volume intensity… Follow your intuition. You are finding just the right pattern to open and soften and loosen and penetrate that area with energy and awareness—and breath.

Next, breathe into the chest… Play with your entire ribcage. Expand side to side, front to back, top to bottom. Wiggle and squirm, and twist and turn, and arch and curl, as you breathe in and out continuously… Imagine making space in the ribcage… Use the breath to loosen and soften and open it.

Then, breathe into your neck and shoulders. Wiggle them, rotate them. Move your neck and shoulders in some pleasurable way… Again with the idea to get breath and energy into those spaces… Use the breath and movement to open and soften and loosen your neck and shoulders.

Next, play with your jaw and throat. Yawn and yawn again. Wiggle and stretch and loosen and relax your jaw gently. Open and soften and relax your throat. Get the breath into those places.

Finally, breathe all the way up into the top of your head. Relax your forehead and relax around your eyes… Imagine gently and lightly softening and massaging those areas from the inside out with your breath.

The idea is to visit each of the areas with your awareness, with the breath, and with soothing loving, healing energy.

Be creative! Bring all of your attention and your energy along with breath. Use movement and relaxation. Play with your energy and your breath. Use sound. Use intention. Penetrate each of these areas with gentle loving attention along with energy and relaxation. Open and soften each area with the breath.

Breathe your way back down through your body. Use your intuition, and “treat” those areas that you feel need it the most. You may be very surprised to discover just how much natural healing abilities we all have!

Breathwork for Emotional Energy Management

By | Performance & Energy

There is a lot of talk about stress and burnout these days, and so this month I’d like to focus on the role that unmanaged emotional energy plays in the stress and burnout cycle. I’d like to talk about using breathwork to prevent emotional exhaustion and to recover from it, because unmanaged emotional energy may be the biggest single cause of stress and burnout in general.

The thing about emotional exhaustion is that it’s like boiling a frog: it sneaks up on us. The problem is most people can keep up with the demands of life, they can get ahead and even excel in life, despite being emotionally dead, drained, overwhelmed or exhausted. And so, the worst thing about it is that most people seem to get by just fine in spite of the problem.

For example, therapists or healers may not be experiencing any negative thoughts or feelings due to emotional burnout. In fact, they may be getting amazing results with their clients, who are all very grateful. Yet they are no longer feeling the love or joy, or the thrill or pleasure they once derived from their work.

One of the symptoms is that they no longer naturally and automatically stop to appreciate little moments, such as enjoying the sun on their face when stepping out the door of their office or clinic after a long day or difficult client. They no longer automatically delight in the simple pleasure of being in a body and being connected to nature.
Being helpers, we tend take on other people’s emotional energy, and so we need to develop skills in handling and processing and venting this energy. And this is an issue not just for helpers and healers, but for anyone who works with people. It affects leaders of all kinds: managers, school teachers, artists, employers, musicians, coaches, and parents.

If you think about it, dealing with just one person’s emotions can be overwhelming, never mind having to deal with dozens or even hundreds of clients, students, partners or employees every day. In these kinds of relationships, we tend to give freely of our energy. And when it returns or when we take it back, it comes with other people’s energy attached to it.
My friend and teacher Leonard Orr called this phenomenon “emotional energy pollution.” And to deal with it, we need to develop a practice of clearing away emotional energy at the end of each day. And we need to be skillful at managing, transforming or venting this energy as it arises while we move along through our day.

Basically, an emotion is the activation, acceleration or intensification of energy, and so we need to be conscious and in touch with our energy, and able to contain, channel or manage our emotions if we are going to remain healthy and happy.
We can stay ahead of emotional burnout by being conscious of our own feelings and sensations while we are communicating with clients, students, authorities, loved ones, and others. We want to be using the breath to awaken heart intelligence and body intelligence, and not rely on mind intelligence alone.

We need to catch ourselves as soon as we get knocked off center and we need to use the breath to return to a place of ease and clarity, of comfort and pleasure, of passion, enthusiasm, peace and inspiration, regardless of the emotional situation. And this takes practice.
We can also stay ahead of the problem by doing some conscious breathing before a challenging, difficult or stressful event, meeting, conversation, situation, performance or presentation. Many people use “Box Breathing,” the “Triangle Breath,” or circular breathing for this.

Most of us have intuitively developed methods and strategies for dealing with negative emotional energy. For example: positive self-talk, movement and massage, visualization, guided imagery, meditation, relaxation, rest and recovery rituals, recreation and vacation activities.
As breathworkers we make use of these tried and true strategies, but more importantly we incorporate or integrate breathwork into them. We turn to our two core techniques: the conscious sigh of relief and the connected breathing rhythm. We blend our breathing practice into our meditations, visualizations, exercises and re-boot activities.

Dr. Ela Manga in her book, “Breathe: Strategizing Energy in the Age of Burnout” offers us a number of brilliant practices that she terms “recovery loops.” And I suggest that you integrate these recovery loops into your everyday life.

In my own experience, if I get emotionally upset, if I indulge in an emotional disturbance or get “frazzled,” my body, my thinking, my intuition, my creative abilities, and the strength and resilience of my immune system are immediately affected. Not only that, even my electronic devices, my computer, cell phone, and my internet signal are affected!
And so in many ways, we can no longer afford this kind of emotional static in our system. It blocks us from being in our heart. It dulls our ability to sense subtle energy. And it gradually chips away at the joy and brightness in our lives.

We can be missing the effect that it has on us… not knowing that we are missing opportunities, attracting or not attracting certain people and situations… we can take a wrong turn, we can overlook sources of pleasure and underestimate our inner resources.
Most people have two choices when it comes to emotions: suppress them or express them. A third option is to integrate them. Learn to channel that energy through the breath, which takes the stress off the body and the mind. Learn to breathe into your emotions, to relax into them, to absorb and integrate and effectively direct the energy that is unlocked by our emotions.

We use two core techniques.
The first is a simple sigh of relief. Take an inhale that is twice as big as normal, then release the exhale with a sigh while deliberately relaxing physical tension and rigid thinking.

The idea is to meet and greet emotional energy as it arises with the breath. The mantra is: “Open and expand. Relax and let go.”

The second core technique is Conscious Connected Breathing. Learn to flow the breath in a smooth steady continuous pattern—like a wheel turning, with no pauses between the breaths.

The inhale connects to the exhale, and the exhale connects to the inhale… Basically, you are continuously giving yourself small sighs of relief. This is the Connected Breathing technique. By keeping your breath moving you are allowing your energy to smoothly and safely flow.

And so, the next time you feel a powerful emotion, the next time your emotional energy is activated, teach your body-mind system a higher, better way to process that energy. Use conscious breathing!

I recommend you apply the basic formula to your practice: 10 minutes in the morning, 10 minutes at night, and 10 times during the day for 2 minutes each time. (10+10+(10×2)

In addition to regulating your breath, you also need to focus on relaxing the body. Are your fists clenched? Is your jaw tight? Are your shoulders tense? Is there a knot in your stomach? Use the breath and wash these tensions away to keep emotional energy from clogging up your system.

What are you focused on? What are you telling yourself? Use the breath to calm and quiet your mind. Engage in positive uplifting, nurturing self-talk. Extend love and compassion to yourself because we are all doing the best that we can with what we’ve got and where we are. But, make sure to keep growing yourself!

Ceremonial Breathwork

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I recently had the pleasure of taking part in a Ceremonial Breathwork session in Richmond, Virginia, led by my organizer there, Melissa Terese Young. Melissa healed her sciatica and awakened to her soul’s purpose in a single breathwork session a few years ago and became a missionary for the Church of Breath!

Melissa brings her love and passion for life to her breathwork practice, and incorporates traditional and native wisdom, song, drumming and her focus on benevolence to her healing work. The breathwork technique or meditation she teaches is a simple 3 part breathing pattern. The first part is to inhale deeply into the lower belly. The second part is to inhale into the upper chest. And the third part is a relaxed exhale.

She creates a very loving, peaceful and sacred space—a safe container—to do inner work. And she reminds people that the focus and the intention is “prana ayama” which means “breath/energy expansion.”

Breathing is done through the mouth using a “hah” sound. Hah, hah, hahhh… Hah, hah, hahhh…

Hah, hah, hahhh… She uses various rhythmic musical and drumming tracks, as she guides people into what feels like a beautiful shamanic experience.

The session lasts about an hour. The breathing pattern, together with her loving presence and her gentle encouragement allows people to go very deep, very quickly. She calls upon the Great Spirit, the Ascended Masters, and invites her breathers to call upon their own spiritual guides teachers, angels, and patron saints, as she encourages them to unleash the healing power of the breath.

I suggest you experiment with this 3 part breath. The first part of the inhale is done quickly into the belly, the second part is to inhale quickly into the chest, and the third part is to release the exhale with a sigh.

Stay with the pattern for at least 30 or 40 minutes in order to give the technique a chance to do its work!

Try it. You’ll like it!

Opening the Main Breathing Centers

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Belly, chest, release.

Chest, belly, release.

Belly, chest, release.

Chest, belly release.

This is a very simple breathwork meditation exercise. The idea is to break the inhale up into two parts. Focus on filling the belly first and then the chest. When you are full, just relax and exhale.

Then focus on filling the chest and then the belly. When you feel full, relax and exhale.

Go back and forth like this for several minutes. Do it slowly at first, and then play with speed.

It may help to put one hand over your belly button, and one hand over your heart.

Breathe only into the belly until it is full (this is the first half of the inhale). Hold that fullness and then breathe into the chest until it is full (this is the second half of the inhale). When completely full, simply relax and release the breath.

Then breathe only into the chest (make this the first half of the inhale), and then breathe into the belly (make this the second half of the inhale). Then relax and release the breath.

Use this practice to isolate these two main breathing spaces, charging the belly and the heart, the heart and the belly.

The overall focus of this exercise/meditation is to transformation any tensions or restrictions or resistance in the belly and the chest into a sense of full flowing easy spaciousness.

Be conscious of an intention to awaken, harmonize and balance your feelings, emotions and thoughts.

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