“When the mind is agitated, change the pattern of breathe.” – Patanjali, Yoga Sutras
Have you wondered how you can start a breathwork practice?
When it comes to healing and spiritual transformation tools, you probably don’t think that your breath could be the most powerful tool you possess. It’s amazing what just inhaling and exhaling can do for you, and we don’t even realize it because it’s so unconscious.
In this episode of The Elevated Life podcast, we’re sharing “How to Start a Breathwork Practice” so that you can start to utilize breathwork and gain all of the benefits of it. If you want to learn how you can create calm in the chaos, then this is the episode for you!
Tune in to hear:
✨ How to do the box breathing method
✨ The number one thing on what you need to be doing and not doing
✨ Some of the struggles you might experience while practicing breathwork
✨ What you can do to build up to a consistent breathwork practice
How to Start a Breathwork Practice
Why You Feel Uncomfortable During Breathwork
If you’re not used to taking deep breaths that last more than 4 seconds, you might feel uncomfortable because you’re not used to saturating yourself with that much oxygen. Your lungs aren’t used to expanding, and it feels unfamiliar to manipulate the diaphragm. The key here is not to let panic or anxiety kick in and stop immediately. It takes time to build up your comfortability with breathwork, just like any sport or new thing you’re interested in.
The Number One Thing to Attention to When You’re Breathing
When you are learning how to start a breathwork practice, the first thing to recognize is to stop breathing through your mouth and start breathing through your nose. Breathing through your nose purifies the air that comes into your system and hits the brain first, saturating it with oxygen. This makes you smarter, whereas mouth breathing lowers your IQ.
The Second Tip for Enhanced Breathing
Once you’ve brought that beautiful breath in through your nose, bring it down to your belly. It’s so essential for you to get the oxygen all the way into your system so that you’re not just stopping at the throat or the chest. That’s where anxiety and stress live. If you want to access a state of peace and calm, then you’ve got to bring that breath down into those centers that cultivate that feeling.
The Box Breathing Technique
Box breathing is perfect for if you get nervous or anxious and just want to relax about what you’re going to be doing. You can do it anywhere at any time. But to start, sit down somewhere comfortable and sit straight. To create the box breathe, breathe in for 4 seconds, hold it for 4 seconds, breathe out for 4 seconds, hold it for 4 seconds and then repeat that cycle. Imagine each of those 4 seconds is one side of a box, and the act of drawing it inside your imagination will cause you to relax.
Highlights from this episode:
(04:39) Building up to your breathwork practice.
(06:57) The number one thing to bring attention to in your breath.
(08:18) Tip number two for more expansive breathing.
(10:03) What the box breathing technique is.
(11:26) Practicing the box breathing technique.
(14:14) The most important part of breathwork.
(15:45) How to go deeper into breathwork in the Elevated Life Club.
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THE ELEVATED LIFE CLUB:
Of all the things we can control in life, our breath is one of the most important (and most overlooked).
On average, you can live a few weeks without food, a few days without water, but only a few minutes without breathing.
What science is now finding and what yogis knew for thousands of years is breath doesn’t just keep us alive, it controls our stress levels, our blood pressure, anxiety, mood, memory, athletic performance, sleep, and immune system.
There’s no wonder we’re seeing a massive pull to understand and use this powerful tool.
People are finding breath to be the simplest way to supercharge their health, experience spiritual awakening, and perform at their best.
That’s why we are so excited to pull back the curtain and share our secrets in the Breathwork Experiential Masterclass 🚀
☮️ The fastest way to calm your mind
☮️ How to experience higher states of awareness and consciousness
☮️ Why our current lifestyles disrupt our natural, necessary rhythms
☮️ A specific breathing technique to move negative emotions out of the body
☮️ How to stop living on autopilot
☮️ Plus powerful, guided meditations to integrate all the training