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Powerful breathwork practice

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This isn't really about 'mindful breathing' per se, but it falls under the category of breathing so I will share it here anyways. 

Yesterday I participated in a yoga and breathwork day retreat and it reminded me of how powerful I find intensive breathwork practices. The name of the style of breathwork we explored I do not know (there are many types), but this involved three-part breathing through the mouth for around 35 minutes continuously.

Every time I explore this type of breathwork I have such a profound experience. The mind loses its grip as I tune into my body's subtle energies. Insights and emotions tend to arise, which are embraced effortlessly (and beautifully held by Michelle, our guide). 

All of this is really just to ask the question: Has anyone else had a profound experience with breathwork?

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I was fortunate to be introduced to Rebirthing-Breathwork when I was 19 y/o, and that was 30 years ago. It changed my life, I was starting to drink excessively, and it was either keep drinking or Breathwork. I glad I chose the second. 

Over the year, I practiced and got certified in different Breathwork modalities,  Holotropic Breathwork, Rebirthing, Transformational, Vivation, etc. They all have something in common, and that is Conscious Connected Breathing, connecting the inhale and the exhale without a pause. 

It’s very powerful, it’s active, and it’s safe. It’s allowing the life force to take over, allowing me to be one with the Divine, knowing that I’m always safe. It’s having an experience that I am one with it, the all. 

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23 hours ago, Benicio said:

I was fortunate to be introduced to Rebirthing-Breathwork when I was 19 y/o, and that was 30 years ago. It changed my life, I was starting to drink excessively, and it was either keep drinking or Breathwork. I glad I chose the second. 

Over the year, I practiced and got certified in different Breathwork modalities,  Holotropic Breathwork, Rebirthing, Transformational, Vivation, etc. They all have something in common, and that is Conscious Connected Breathing, connecting the inhale and the exhale without a pause. 

It’s very powerful, it’s active, and it’s safe. It’s allowing the life force to take over, allowing me to be one with the Divine, knowing that I’m always safe. It’s having an experience that I am one with it, the all. 

Oh thank you for sharing this Benicio! I have only practiced one style of this active breathwork (beyond pranayama). I'm not sure what it's called, but our teacher was trained by David Elliott. Have you heard of him and his practice?

I'm very interested in learning more about these types of breathwork. Is there a particular style you gravitate towards the most, whether that be rebirthing, holotropic, or something else?

And if you have any recommended training programs (in Europe or online), I'm also open to hearing about that 🙂

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I am definitely interested in learning more about the breathwork practices as well, @Benicio

Any information or guidance you can share would be wonderful.

Always grateful to be here, to learn and to grow.

Rachel

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