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Breathwork - a trend, a medicine, a workout and a true work-in

10 reasons why Breathwork, when creating conscious awareness of your breath, is a highly effective and powerful way to optimize mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health.

Breathwork has been practiced in various forms and styles for thousands of years, and they all in their own way can provide a personal transformation. Breathwork enables us to actively change our physiology and rebalance our nervous system, and it has the backing of science and physical research behind the result of breathing.

We breathe in and out about 22,000 times a day. We are powered by breathing. Our lungs fuel us with oxygen, our body's life-sustaining gas. Our lungs breathe in air, then remove the oxygen and pass it through our bloodstream, further on to tissues and organs that allow us to walk, talk, move, eat and well…live. Our breath, or prana, is literally what keeps us alive!

However, we often go through the day with shallow breathing, denying ourselves our full life force which might leave us in a state of anxiety or increase our stress which can take its output in different ways.
Conscious breathing can help us work in our two autonom nervous systems. Our parasympathetic nervous system, that will calm us down and get us relaxed, and the sympathetic nervous system which is more our fight and flight mode. We need them both. However, in our world, with our high speed tempo, we might find ourselves stuck in fight and flight. But used right - we can get the systems to work for us, not against us.

It is said that how we breathe, is how we live! If we can breathe to our fullest - we can live to our fullest. To practice breathwork continuously will raise our energy and our whole vibe!It will help you to create an emotional well-being, improve your physical health, improve mental ability and if you want it might open up for a spiritual journey.

Using our breath - the simplest tool and my favorite medicine!

10 reasons Why Breathwork:

1. Release and reduce stress, anxiety, burnout syndrome, grief, depression and anger

The condition of our breath mirrors the state of our inner world. When we are stressed, anxious or irritated our breath becomes short, unsteady and sometimes we even hold our breath which makes the anxiety increase. Long deep breaths all the way down to our belly, working with our diaphragm, can help us feel calm, centered, grounded and energized.
Our breath can in a positive way affect our nervous system, but it can also affect our brainwaves. Neuroscientists have made a direct correlation between increased alpha brain waves and reduced symptoms of depression. We normally move through five different types of brainwaves, and by working with Breathwork we can shift your brainwaves and alter our state of consciousness, decreasing negative thought patterns, stress and instead working on the opposite.
Gamma Waves: Heightened perception and consciousness
Beta Waves: Most normal state where we are attentive, in mind, making decisions, problem solving. But can also make us feel agitated, stressed, tense, hyper alert, afraid or obsessive.
Alpha Waves: Reflecting but in a relaxed and present moment mode
Theta Waves: Even more relaxed and open to receive intuitive or deep insights, clarity or aha movements beyond our normal conscious awareness which can occur in breathwork, deep meditation or even during sleep.
Delta Waves: Our slowest brain waves. Deep dreamless sleep, floating state.

2. Increase your energy, detoxifies our body and boost the immune system

Oxygen is the most important resource required by our cells. The more oxygen, the better the body functions, including organs and tissue. Breathwork improves oxygen capacity in the blood which leads to overall improved energy levels, boost your immunity and stronger stamina to push through a physical challenge.

3. Increase feelings of happiness, wholeness, self-awareness, presence, joy and courage

During Breathwork you can by deep breathing through our mouth come to these places within you where time almost does not exist. It creates an experience of deep presence and self-awareness. The brainwaves alter. They slow down from the thinking and doing state of Beta and Alpha to a more dreamlike state of being of Theta. In this state of being in the present moment, in the now, you can experience feelings of happiness and joy wash over, as they experience a shift in consciousness.
Deep breathing also ups your endorphins, the “feel good” chemical, helping you reach an emotional balance and a wanting to arise

4. Greater self-love and self-acceptance

Sounds easy to love oneself. But sometimes we get stuck in our mind with the lingering feeling of not being enough. Breathwork can get us back in our bodies again and though this specific part is hard to scientifically it is one of the most direct felt experiences of breathwork. “I feel like I have come home”. “I can feel ME”. Beautiful!

This style of Breathwork can enable transient hypofrontality, which in short means that we bypass a part of our frontal lobe where the inner critic exists, the monkey mind, exists. Shut down the inner critic and gain an open heart.

5. Improve sleep and reduce insomnia

Deep breathing can help to calm the nervous system, and our swirling thoughts, as well as it also increases the melatonin production, “sleep inducing hormone”, which is often at low levels in insomniacs

6. Heal emotional traumas and energetic blockages in the body

About 95 percent of our brain activity lies beyond conscious awareness. Life events can be imprinted on our muscles and our nervous system, and if not released, it might show up as negative behavior. Talk therapy can sometimes help us to identify these fears and traumas, but sometimes they are hidden in the subconscious or isn’t always easy to just "let go" by addressing by our logic mind. They are still stuck in our bodies, holding us back from living the life we want to live. Breathwork is an incredibly powerful tool to help unblock, unravel and release fear, traumas, limiting beliefs and negative emotions.

7. Lower blood pressure and help reduce physical pain

When muscles relax, the blood vessels are allowed to dilate. This improves circulation and can lower blood pressure. Deep breathing can also slow down and regulate the heart rate, which also helps with lowering the blood pressure

A long time pain, or chronic pain, can sometimes have the effect that you try to distance yourself from your body in an effort to ignore your pain. That also means you are distancing yourself from your body’s innate ability to heal itself. Breathing deeply causes the body to release endorphins, which reduces sensitivity to pain and boosts pleasure, resulting in a feeling of well-being. Breathing deeply can also help reduce pain due to changes in the acidity level of the body, making it more alkaline. Levels of cortisol might reduce, which reduces stress, which reduces the feeling of pain. Diaphragmatic breathing has a therapeutic effect on chronic pain due to the work on one of our largest muscles in our bodies (yes, the diaphragm is a muscle), when we massage it by breathe, creating it to relax instead of being tense as a result of pain.
In short - Breathwork will reconnect you with your body, which actually helps the healing process.

8. Detoxifies the body

Deep diaphragmatic breathing stimulates the lymphatic system, as close to 70 % of our toxins are released from our body through our breath through carbon dioxide, and it also promotes better lung efficiency and a healthy heart. A fully oxygenated blood carries and absorbs nutrients and vitamins more efficiently. Essentially, the cleaner the blood, the better it can protect the body from bacteria, viruses.
By practicing deep breathing continuously you help the cells to take in more oxygen-rich blood which will be beneficial for your physical workout routine, and you also improve blood circulation, another major channel of detoxification.

9. Improve digestion

The more you practice breathing deep, the healthier and cleaner blood flow you will have. That promotes the function of organs, including your intestines.
Breathwork can assist the digestive process by stimulating and increasing blood flow throughout the digestive tract, improving intestinal activity as well as reducing symptoms of bloating and gas.
Breathwork can also create a positive feedback loop by reducing stress, which reduces cortisol, which reduces gut inflammation.

10. Altered state of consciousness

By breathing in our two nervous systems in a conscious way, we can create a truly powerful space for self-exploration, spiritual awakening and a deeper connection to ourselves and others.
Some advocated plant medicine to create this psychedelic experience, to go deep into your subconscious in order to travel within, let go and ultimately re-wire negative or old beliefs. Well, a breathwork experience can be psychedelic, we actually have some DMT (active ingredient in some psychedelic mushrooms) in our bodies, which is possible to be released just through breath. Just by breathing, without substances, you can connect to your spirit, your higher self, in a safe way. It might take some practice, the trust to let go of control, but many do experience a deep sense of oneness, bliss, a connection with the divine and a feeling of deep safety and surrender. Breathwork can impact the way our consciousness and subconscious minds interact, allowing our creativity and intuition to prosper and deepen, creating clarity, insights and inspiration. Reminding us that from this present moment, we can create a new reality.

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