Patricia Taylor Monthly Adventure BreathingThe Adventure – Learning How to Breathe Properly

I ended up taking weekly breathwork sessions with my friend and mentor, Sue Pearson from Breath Matters – and the number one thing I learned was that I am not breathing.

Who knew that most of us don’t breath properly – and that if we knew how to consciously breath – we could harness the ability to enhance our physical and emotional health. And probably spiritual, as well.

Many breathwork practitioners combine breathwork with meditation or other health practices.

In fact, most people subscribe to it anyhow – particularly those who decide to get pregnant. Yeah…it’s that thing called ‘Lamaze’ where soon-to-be mothers learn the fine art of breathwork to help them get through pregnancy.

Even more interesting is that breathing is the only function that can be  done unconsciously or consciously, voluntary or involuntary, governed by two sets of muscles and nerves. It’s pretty much the only thing you can control. After all, you can’t control your heart beating, your temperature control, or even how your body processes food,

Some of the different types of breathwork include:

  • circular breathing
  • rebirthing
  • holotrophic
  • integrative
  • transformational
  • shamanic
  • zen yoga

Benefits of Breathwork

  • Enhances relaxation
  • Neutralizes stress and reduces anxiety
  • Increases clarity and focus
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Enhances sleep
  • Elevates mood

© Monthly Adventure, Patricia Taylor, June 2012