Yes indeed folks, breath is life. I mean think about it. If you didn't breathe, then you'd have no oxygen in your blood, which means your vital organs would shut down and....yeah, you get the picture. So yes, breath is life. We need to breathe to live. Plus, breathing can be rather soothing and relaxing.
What's one of the first things people tell us when they're trying to calm us down? Breathe, it'll be okay! Take a minute and catch your breath! We even put paper bags over peoples' mouths and noses and tell them to breathe in when they're having a panic attack. Why? Supposedly breathing into a paper bag or mask helps your body put CO2 back into your blood. Yeah, your body does need a minimal amount for muscle functionality.
So how can we use breath or breathing in a more focused or I daresay conscious way? Mmmm, breathwork my friends! I very briefly touched on this topic in my previous blog post "Shall We Bubble?" Yes indeed, breathwork is a real thing! During breathwork you intentionally change your breathing patterns. Basically it's conscious breathing exercises that can help improve your mental, spiritual and even physical state.
I will be the first to admit, I am not a breathwork expert. I am not some certified breathwork guru or anything like that! My knowledge comes from practice and experience. And also being blessed to be able to work with some experts in the field! (Check out Vuja Deus and Abergale Bremner on Fb. Their breathing exercises have truly helped me! I'll share links in the comments!) But rest assured, I'm not one of those people that willy nilly shares about shit that I don't have firsthand knowledge or experience on or about.
With that being said, I'd like to share a very simple breathwork technique to help calm and center yourself. Bring ya back to home base if you will. I'd recommend reading over this first and then getting yourself set up to do this simple practice.
1) Get comfortable. Lie on your back in bed or even on the floor with a pillow under your head and knees. If you choose you can sit in a chair with your shoulders, head, and neck supported against the back of the chair.
2) Place one hand on your belly and the other on your chest. Breathe in deeply through your nose allowing your belly to rise. As you do so feel the air filling your lungs and going down into your belly.
3) When you feel like you can't take in anymore oxygen hold your breath for a moment. Just sit in stillness. You may feel tingling or warm sensations in your body. Do you feel any tension or stress in your body? If so, where? Make a mental note of where that is in your body.
4) Breathe out through your mouth. As your belly lowers push your breath fully out. Visualize the tension and stress releasing from your body as you push your breath out.
5) Repeat this process three more times, with each cycle allowing your body to more fully relax.
6) Simply sit in silence. Enjoy the relaxation and when ready return to normal breathing.
Do you feel any better? Do you feel like you've released any tension or stress? What did you experience during this simple practice? If you feel called to share in the comments! I also highly encourage you to write down in a diary or notebook what you felt and experienced. Record any emotions, what you felt in your body, how you felt afterwards, anything and everything!
There are many different types of breathwork techniques! I highly encourage you to do your research! Breathwork can be used for relaxation, releasing tension/stress, purging, Shadow Work, you name it! It also aids in energetic shielding, sharpening your intuition, and even finding your gifts. I'd be willing to bet that whatever need you have, there is a breathwork practice for.
So my witchy friends, I do hope this has helped you in some fashion or form! As promised I will post the links to Abi and Vuja's breathwork practices so that if you choose you may explore further! I'd love to hear from you so please share your thoughts in the comments! I hope everyone has a beautiful day!
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