Increasing oxygen to the brain helps focus
Some times the simplest things in life can be the most powerful. This is true when it comes to transformative breathwork. By definition, it means using different breathing techniques and exercises. Just regular breathing does not give the same benefits as deep breathwork. The focused breathing sends more oxygen to the brain, providing a sense of clarity, mindfulness, and relaxation.
Proponents believe it to be a powerful practice that can make a difference in your life by lessening worries, giving emotional balance, and the ability to live in the moment. It can also provide the body with renewed energy and encourage natural healing physically and mentally.
By flooding the brain with oxygen, it’s believed to raise the level of consciousness and give a higher spiritual response to emotional issues. It also puts you in a different frame of mind and should give you a feeling of release with every exhale.
How to do transformative breathing
To begin, choose a focus word that gives you a sense of peace. Repeat the words in your mind while doing the breathwork. Start by laying down comfortably. Deep breathing is more natural while lying down. However, it can be done while sitting too.
When inhaling, take full breaths and put your hands on your stomach. There should be a rise in the chest and abdomen while inhaling. Then exhale naturally until you feel yourself relax and let go. While practicing the breathing, focus on your conscious mind and how it makes you feel. It’s recommended to practice this breathwork for 10 or 15 minutes at the same time daily.
In the beginning, you may feel an inner resistance to this type of breathing because you’re trying to control it. But try to stay focused on the breathing exercise and eventually, the body learns it. The more you practice it, the easier it will be.
It is also common for the mind to wander off into other thoughts, and then the breathing will return to normal. So you’ll have to remind yourself to come back to the focused breathing again. Imagery is also significant in these exercises. Try to imagine the deep breaths you’re taking in will calm and cleanse your body by removing negative thoughts.
There are many benefits
The leading benefit people report is stress reduction. While in a state of deep relaxation, you can gain insight into any issues that are heavy on the mind, giving a different and fresh perspective to life.
Distraction from your endless to-do lists, work worries, or family problems rearranges your thinking and makes you look at issues in your life differently. If you can do that on a daily basis, you will train your mind to look beyond those emotions and take you back to the relaxation your body needs.
“By flooding the brain with oxygen, it’s believed to raise energy levels and give a higher spiritual response to emotional issues.”
Some people feel the breathing releases mental trauma or emotional issues and brings those thoughts to the surface. They can then be released from the body and leave the person with inner peace.
Transformative breathwork has been reported by some people to boost immunity, reduce chronic pain, help with depression and emotional trauma, and increase creativity. Another benefit is this type of breathing is easy to learn and it can be practiced just about anywhere.
Some people are cynical about this practice. But many started as skeptics and realized the relaxed breathing does leave them with a sense of well-being. I think where the uncertainty comes in is when people make claims about curing cancer or other chronic illnesses.
Breathwork is a practice that can affect some physical conditions. It is recommended to check with your doctor first, especially if you have high blood pressure, vision issues, any heart conditions, or breathing conditions. Discontinue the session if you feel any adverse effects.
With each transformative breath, the mind can be trained to heal from the inside out. It also clears out the limitations your subconscious mind puts on you. Practice daily and you’ll be ready for whatever life throws at you.
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