What exactly is breathwork?
The style of breathwork I teach is called Pranayama circular breathing and is a wonderful modality that allows participants to get out of their heads and into their hearts and spirits through focus on the breath.
For many people breathwork offers easier access to the sense of clarity and calm that is available through meditation but unfortunately not everyone is able to quiet the “monkey mind” to get to that beautiful place.
I like to think of breathwork as the “gateway drug” to meditation.
In most cases breathwork leaves people feeling lighter, less stressed, clearer on life decisions and often many people experience a full cathartic release.
Additionally, participants leave with a new modality to use anytime, anywhere to center and ground themselves when life gets overwhelming.
How should I prepare for my first breathwork class?
It’s preferable to do breathwork on an empty stomach so plan to have your last meal 2-3 hours prior to your class.
Arrive at least 10 minutes early so you can get yourself situated and settled in to allow for the fullest experience possible.
Bring water and wear loose clothing especially around your stomach area.
If you are a person who tends to get chilly please bring your own blanket because when the class is full there is a chance the studio will run out of blankets.
Come with an open mind and heart and with zero expectations based on what you’ve heard can happen during the breathwork session and instead go with the flow as the class unfolds.
Try to check your brain at the door. Your brain will try to keep you from going deep and will do it’s best job at blocking you from having an “experience”.
What happens if I feel like I am freaking out during the class, my friend said they got anxious and cramped up etc.?
As your teacher and coach during the breathwork session I am trained in how to manage various physical and emotional situations that can come up for you during the session.
I will always have my eyes on all of you and will be ready to come assist you immediately should something come up.
Additionally, the fastest way to regulate your body and energy back to normal is to simply go back to regularly paced nose/mouth breathing. All of this information will be covered at the start of the breathwork class as well.
I’ve heard there are lots of people crying and having various emotional releases during class, is this true?
Yes, the style of breathwork we will practice has a tendency to create an opening for an emotional release to occur and happens in every class to various people.
Please remember that we are all doing this work to feel better, more alive, less stressed, relieve painful past experiences etc. so if this is happening during the session to someone near you consider it a win and know that good things are happening.
Try to stay on you and your experience.
What should I do if my emotions are raw when I the breathwork class is over?
Always, always be gentle with yourself as you getting ready to leave the studio. Never rush up and out of the studio, take your time getting up and if you need to sit and chill in the studio for an extra 15-30 minutes before getting in your car to leave please do that.
Journaling about what came up for you during class can be helpful as can calling a special friend and sharing or simply getting support once home.
Also, I am always available right after class to chat and give you support or ideas if you feel overwhelmed by the emotions that came up. And remember, go back to your breathing – inhale in through the nose and slow steady out through the mouth for calming you after the session.
I loved your playlist, where can I get the music from tonight’s class?
Sign up for my Email newsletter to get regular weekly playlist and be notified of upcoming workshops or new classes I am teaching around town and follow me on Spotify to grab already public playlist’s there.
I loved what you read at the end of class where can I get a copy of that?
Send an email to email@example.com
Do you offer private breathwork sessions?
Absolutely, if interested send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will tell you how it works etc.
How can I keep practicing more than once a week now that I discovered this amazing tool?
It’s simple really. Create a playlist of music that moves you, set up a comfortable, cozy space in your home that you can dedicate to breathwork and meditation.
Grab a mat, blanket and your music and make it a morning ritual. Even 10-20 minutes every morning can be beneficial.
Remember: open your mouth – take in a big, deep, full belly breath…fill it up, take in a second big breath into your chest, then softly, gently release it out your mouth.
Keep the breath circular and flowing. No stop and the top or bottom of the cycle of breaths. Don’t force the exhale.
Stay on it, go after every breath like your life depends on it. Because if you want to change and shift bad enough…IT DOES. Enjoy and happy SHIFTING.