Breathwork is a transformational technique and an incredible experience. The compound benefits exponentially increase and integrate over time, just like Meditation. It works, when you do the work. Unlike Meditation, it is work. Its name, Breath-work, gives it away!
Where Vedic Meditation is profound for its ability to cultivate restfulness, breathwork is profound for its ability to activate. What are we activating? Stuck and stagnant energy in our bodies! We actually hold our psychological and emotional stressors in our body. Think of it in terms of ‘weight’ as well as ‘memory’. The body is a storehouse of cellular memory. Emotionally charged memories hold ‘weight.’ This keeps us tethered to the past and makes it more challenging to be naturally Present. Body trauma is real. Being present is a tall order when we are dragging around the past. A yoga teacher once told me, “the issues are in the tissues.” It stuck.
When we start to breathe in a particular way, with intention and mindfulness, this old energy, these heavy memories, become exposed and uprooted. Anxiety, anger, depression, disconnect, self-loathing: these are like the unwanted tenants living in your basement. Sometimes their odor wafts up the stairway, into the living room. Sometimes they run upstairs screaming. When we breathe life into the shadowy, ignored, suppressed aspects of our inner world, the Space begins to change. As we breathe this spaciousness into the body, we cultivate spaciousness in the mind. This supports the expansion of our state of Consciousness. The mind gets a lot of attention in the personal development world. We also get to honor the role of the body.
While I encourage you to view Breathwork as a long-term practice, some remarkable experiences may appear rather immediately. Among these, cognition and intuition. In my own experience, Breathwork stimulates a flow of beautiful ideas, intuitions, and new perspectives. This spontaneously occurs, without any control or agenda on my part.
Meditation and Breathwork are two of my most powerful practices. They release what is no longer serving me and empower my current Best to come forth. Sometimes the GUNK in the system sticks around for so long, we start confusing it with Who We Are. We need tools in the tool belt, being actively used, to continue to come back Home; to facilitate this Process of Waking Up; to Love Ourselves & Contribute to others.