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The Master Key to Good Health

“There’s no limit to what working with the breath can accomplish. My own first-hand experiences with this natural healing method have convinced me that breathing well may be the master key to good health. I recommend breath work to all my patients.”
-Andrew Weil, M.D.

Benefits of Circular (Connected) Breathing

 

In the realm of alternative wellness practices, circular breathing breathwork has gained significant attention for its remarkable benefits. Offering a multitude of advantages, circular breathing breathwork has the power to enhance physical health, boost mental clarity, and promote emotional balance.Let’s explore how this simple yet profound practice can revolutionize your everday life!

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What is Breathwork?

Breathwork is a type of practice that focuses on regulating and controlling your breathing patterns in order to improve your mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing. It involves a variety of techniques, such as deep breathing, diaphragmatic breathing, and circular breathing, which can be done through various methods, including meditation, yoga, and mindfulness.

Benefits of Breathwork

Breathwork has many benefits, both for your mental and physical health. It can help reduce stress and anxiety, improve concentration and focus, enhance sleep quality, and boost your immune system. Additionally, breathwork has been shown to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, lower blood pressure, and even reduce chronic pain.

Techniques for Breathwork

There are many different techniques that you can use for breathwork, depending on your goals and preferences. Some popular methods include:

  • Circular Breathing or Connected Breathing which we teach, and which involves connecting the inhale with the exhale. There are many different approaches involving different modalities but the essence is maintaining a circle of breath either through the nose or the mouth.Diaphragmatic breathing: This technique involves breathing deeply into your diaphragm, which is the muscle that separates your chest and abdomen.
  • Alternate nostril breathing: This technique involves breathing in through one nostril and out through the other, which is believed to balance the flow of energy in your body.
  • Box breathing: This technique involves inhaling for a count of four, holding your breath for a count of four, exhaling for a count of four, and then holding your breath for another count of four.

How to Start Practicing Breathwork

If you’re interested in starting a breathwork practice, there are many resources available to help you get started. You can find classes and workshops at yoga studios, wellness centers, and meditation centers, or you can practice on your own at home using guided meditations or online resources. It’s important to start slowly and work your way up to longer and more intense breathwork sessions, and to listen to your body.

In summary, breathwork is a simple and effective way to improve your overall health and wellbeing. By learning how to regulate your breathing patterns and practicing various techniques, you can reduce stress and anxiety, improve your focus and concentration, and enjoy a greater sense of calm and relaxation.

Breathwork helping anxiety

During breathwork, we actively control the length and depth of our inhales and exhales, to have an effect on our emotional and physical state. Breathwork is an active form of meditation with many health benefits including reduced stress and anxiety, better sleep, and boosted mood.

Breathwork is a Spiritual Gift

“Breathwork is a spiritual gift…You can let go of human misery to be a free and natural person.   Your human personality can be filled with serenity, joy, health and spiritual wisdom.  Breathwork actually delivers more of these things than we can possibly promise.  The reality of them is far more glorious than words.”

                                                          Leonard Orr

Breakthrough Breathwork Meditation available in the Asheville area

Conscious Breathing

“Being aware of your breath forces you into the present moment – the key to all inner transformation. Whenever you are conscious of the breath, you are absolutely present. You may also notice that you cannot think and be aware of your breathing. Conscious breathing stops your mind.”

Eckart Tolle

Chronicle of 2020

I’ve been thinking about what to write on my blog each day hoping to find something to write about other than the situation we are in with Covid-19. But what keeps coming to me is that this is the time for me to journal and share about my life during this time period. Today is March 24 and I can only imagine what everyone in the world is experiencing. For me, I can feel the connection of the people of the world, that we are all one within the human race, and we are all going through the same situation and crisis together, wherever we live.

Chapter 1

It’s now March 24 and I’m going to start with January. Although I don’t have to many vivid memories of that month since it seemed to be quite a normal month, so to speak. In looking over the month of January in my calendar book I can understand why it seems so nondescript. Being semi-retired, my days unfold mostly according to what I feel doing each day and January didn’t have so much activity going on.

The month of January was cold, so I wasn’t able to go out for my morning walk too often. I love my morning walks in the neighborhood. One route takes me up a local street that has quite and incline, getting my heart going and great exercise for my legs. That’s a mile and a half walk. The other favorite I have is a 2 mile walk where I travel the road with a gradual increase for at least a mile, also pumping my heart and giving me some great leg activity. I listen to a podcast while I’m walking by Mike Rowe “The Way I Heard It” and really enjoy this time alone. A number of times during the month my husband, Kris, and I would go out and hike at a few local trails in the foothills of the Rockies (I live in Colorado).

Given that I facilitate a breathing meditation practice, I did have a few days in the month of January where I gave some session and also coached and supported one of the facilitators that Kris and I recently trained. Along with that, the other so called “work” activity I have is to do some management of our rental properties. Not much work, really, as we have a management company on hand for most things. I enjoy knowing how our tenants are doing and like to be apprised of things from time to time.

Aside from what I just explained, those work activities maybe took up on average 4-5 hours a week. So what else did I do? I am enjoying pottery. There’s a local pottery studio 1/2 mile from my house, close enough to walk to weather permitting. Once I week I am immersed in one focus for 3 1/2 hours. Sometimes I go more often than once a week. Total attention on throwing pottery, never quite knowing what each piece with turn out to be even if I start with an idea. I’m a novice, only been doing this for a year, but man, I am addicted. It’s the best place to be to put my mind aside for a long period of time and pay attention to one thing. It’s a great way to meditate. I realized not too long ago how much I love to create and this is such a wonderful avenue for this energy I have to do something creative with my hands, my mind, my ideas.

One other thing that occupied our time was the planning of a vacation. We found an amazing place, by recommendation of a friend, called Yelapa. Located on the coast of Mexico about a 45 minute boat taxi ride from Puerto Vallarta. Along with plans to Mexico, we made plans to go visit our kids and grandkids in California at the end of the Mexico trip. So there was excitement in the air as we talked about our travel time.

One of my favorite things of enjoyment is to relax in my home with the wood-burning fireplace emanating heat throughout our home. Hunkering down inside during the cold days isn’t something I mind. However, having a wonderful fire glowing in the fireplace from morning to early evening is delightful and we basically had the fire going all of January.

The corona virus epidemic (not a pandemic yet) hadn’t come so much into my attention early in January, but as the month moved on more information started to surface about the situation in China. The information was shocking. I’m trying to remember how I may have been affected by the news and the most I can remember is that I felt so bad for the people that were being affected, how out of control things were in that area of the world and it was happening to them-so far away. I didn’t so much think about when and how it would spread around the world. However, as it got closer to our trip I began to wonder if maybe it wasn’t the best idea to travel. I hadn’t yet been hit by the reality of what was happening and hadn’t even begun to think about what was possible to come out of this virus in China.

How is your day going?

I took Sunday off from writing. Like to keep Sunday’s open from anything other than chilling.

Bit of a blank today as I find myself stunned again at the predicament we are all in. On the one hand, and for the most part, I am able to just be with the fact that this is what’s happening and so it goes. I can stay calm within the uncertainty, do my part in keeping myself safe and isolated-for myself and others. Help in whatever ways possible. I can get beyond my mind and all the stories and concerns and worries that want to surface.

On the other hand, moments of fear creep in-fear of the unknown, of what things will be like when this is all over. What will the world be like, what will everything be like.

Remember to take some deep breaths. To sit for even 5 minutes during your day to be still, put your attention on your normal pace of breathing and allow yourself to relax and get beyond the mind even for a few minutes each day. It’s worth it.

Love to you all!

Wondering

Each time I sit to write my blog I go through a few moments of wondering what I’m going to write about and have some self judgment about what the content will be for the day. I think it’s like stage-fright. I’ve heard that most actors/actresses say they have had stage-fright through most of their career. So with that in mind, I won’t be concerned any more about my hesitation. I think it’s normal!

I was born in 1950 so didn’t live through the agonizing years of WWII. However, I’ve done so much reading and studying of that time period. Mostly I’ve been interested in books written by survivors of the war, those in the concentration camps, those fighting the war, those who’s lives were interrupted dramatically for so many years. It was such a terrible time in the world’s history and yet we came through and moved on.

What has been coming to my thoughts is what is was like for the people in so many countries during the war where there was food rationing to the point where people barely had enough to eat, where jobs were scarce, where so many people had to and learned how to live communally in tiny spaces. Many perished in different ways, and many many more lived through and survived the circumstances that the world was put in during those years.

I think about the similarities we are now facing, similar yet quite different. We are, I guess one could say, at war with this disease spanning the globe. We are having to give up freedoms we have been so used to. We don’t have food rationing, but we certainly aren’t running to the grocery stores every day or so or going out to eat or driving through our favorite coffee shop each morning. Some of us are blessed to have the where-with-all be okay financially, nutritionally, and with a roof over our heads for the time being, and many many others are already struggling.

Kris and I are finding ways to help, in some small way, to ease the burdens. We are donating to our local food bank, we are offering Breakthrough Breathwork Meditation via technology for our clients who have already practiced Breathwork with us and their donations will also be sent to the food bank. I want to do more, but given my age, it’s not appropriate for me to go out. I’m meditating more often to help bring more awareness and peace and love within myself so that I may bring more light and healing to the planet.

And, I’m making sure, weather permitting, that I venture out each day and walk 2 miles in my neighborhood for my well-being. I hope you are also finding ways to become active or stay active. Get outside and smell the fresh air! Be in the sun or even out in the cold, enjoy the breeze on your face. Find gratitude for the smallest and biggest things in your life. I hope you are able to let your heart feel love – for yourself, your family, your friends, and for all people of the world-especially now.