Breathwork is a term used for a wide range of breathing exercises and practices that all aim to improve our physical, mental, emotional, and/or spiritual health, whether we’re looking to reduce stress, heal ourselves, or just relax. There are a variety of different methods that fall under the umbrella of breathwork, and in this article, we will talk about guided breathwork in particular.
Why should everyone practice breathwork?
There are several reasons why practicing breathwork regularly has been shown to benefit us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Here are some of the most popular benefits of breathwork:
- Reduced Stress & Anxiety: Promotes relaxation and calms the nervous system.
- Enhanced Physical Health: Helps to increase blood flow and oxygen intake; promotes detoxification; aids digestion; enhances immune function.
- Improved Mental Health: Boosts mood, concentration, memory, creativity, focus, and energy levels.
- Increased Spiritual Awareness: Increases awareness of body, mind, emotions, and spirit.
Why you should start with guided breathwork?
Guided breathwork sessions are recommended to those just getting into it because there are many benefits to having someone else guide you through it. You don’t have to worry about what to do next, how long to sit, etc., and you’ll learn much faster. Breath Masters offers free guided breathwork sessions regularly – in person as well as online.
Guided breathwork helps you focus better, especially if you’re trying to clear your mind of distractions. It’s also great for beginners who may be afraid of sitting still for too long. In guided breathwork, you breathe deeply while listening to an audio recording of someone guiding you through the process. The audio guides you through each step of the exercise, so you can concentrate on your breathing without being distracted by anything else. This makes guided breathwork ideal for people who struggle with meditation or other mindfulness techniques.
How does guided breathwork work?
In guided breathwork, you listen to an audio file that guides you through the process. Your instructor will tell you when to inhale and exhale, and they will help you stay focused during the session. They’ll explain what you need to do at each step, and then give you feedback after each one. Guided breathwork is designed to be relaxing and enjoyable, but it doesn’t take very long to complete. Most sessions last between 15-30 minutes.
What equipment do I need?
You don’t need any special equipment to participate in guided breathwork. However, you might want to bring something comfortable to sit or lie on, and a pen or pencil to write down notes after the session. It is recommended to use headphones.
How often should I practice guided breathwork?
You can practice guided breathwork whenever you feel ready. Some people find it helpful to practice guided breathwork daily, while others only practice once every few weeks. If you decide to try guided breathwork, make sure you choose a method that works best for you.
Want to try guided breathwork for yourself?
Breath Masters offers advice on how to practice breathwork in your daily life. Guided breathwork is a really useful tool to help you incorporate this practice more easily. Come check out our offers and join the community!