Breath – Work is a key element in the Embodiment Practice. Your breath is the channel of your connection from source to earth. Your breath is the prana – which literally means life. This is why breathwork in yogic practice is known as Prana-yam (breath exercise).
When you are connected to your Breath, you are connected to LIFE.
When you are disconnected from your Breathing, your are disconnected from LIFE itself.
Your breath can be a wonderful tool to check where do you stand with life.
And by altering your breaths, you can really alter the health of your life .
A breathwork practice can open up your subconscious mind deeper to access the intuitive wisdom as well as help you to rewire the neural pathways. The mindset work works on steroids when coupled with an embodiment practice like breathwork.
Scroll down to check out different types of breaths that you can incorporate in your routines:
4-6-8 breathing can activate your parasympathetic nervous system. In this breathing, you breathe in through your nose for a count of four, hold it for six, and release it slowly for a count of 8 making your exhales longer.
Box breathing requires you to imagine as if you are breathing in a box – breathing in for 4 count releasing for another 4 and breathing in again and for 4 and releasing for 4 – keep repeating this box cycle for a couple of rounds.
Chakra breathing combines chakra healing visualization and breathwork. You breathe in through your nose visualizing yourself breathing and opening through each chakra. One starts doing this from the root chakra moving all the way up to the crown – opening and aligning all chakras to the cosmos and to the Earth.
alternate nostril/ anulom vilom breathing
Anulom Vilom is a part of yogic Pranayama practice and is also known as alternate nostril breathing in the western world. The way to go about it is through breathing in from left nostril, whilst closing your right nostril with slight pressure of your right-hand fingers. and then shifting your fingers to left as you release this breath from your right. You then inhale through your right, again whilst your left nostril is blocked with your finger’s pressure on your nose, and release from the other side. This completes one round. One can do it for a couple of minutes or a round of 10.
wim hof breathing
One of the most popular breathing currently is the Wim Hof Method. While Wim combines this breathing with ice baths, you can regardless go ahead and just do the breathwork. The Wim Hof Method incorporates breath holds of 15 seconds and you usually do 3 sets of 30 breaths. Look for one of its guided videos for reference to begin with.
The straw breathing is another great exercise to make your exhales longer and calm yourself down. In this breathing, you breathe in through your mouth shaped like an O – almost like you are drinking air from a straw – take it all the way to your belly, hold and then exhale it out slowly.
Inhale deep from your nose towards your abdomen or belly, hold it and then exhale it out through your mouth. This helps with digestion, gut healing, and anxiety as you soften your belly and ease deeper breath flow.
conscious connected breathing
It’s done in-and-out through the mouth, it starts with breathing through the mouth into the diagram, then into the chest, and then exhaling everything through the mouth. This is repeated without pausing at the top or the bottom like a continuous link.
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