Breathwork

 

It’s time that I finally write about this life-giving practice–and how it’s changing my life.

I encountered a deep form of breath work, through the instruction of a resident teacher named Beth this past summer. At this time, I was still very in-my-head.  I thought this breathing of 2 deep inhales, followed by one deep exhale all through the mouth while laying down was kind of weird.  I didn’t understand it (and that’s the point!)

To be honest, the side affects scared me.  I thought I would start breathing too fast.  My hands would start tingling, sometimes they would tighten up.  Sometimes my feet would fall asleep momentarily.  Many times I cried.  At first, my question was, “What does this mean?” although I came to learn and accept that all I was doing was moving stuck energy.  Also, breathing in this way could also be considered an active meditation.

I kept practicing once per week on my own.  I experienced some clarity, yet it became just another aspect of a self-care practice for me.  It was not yet a defining part of my inner work.

Beth left Indy, yet came back this winter.  I came to several of her group breath work classes, and it made me realize that I wanted to dig deeper.  I attended an individual session with Beth, where she invited me to try to practice this form of breath work daily.  Since the beginning of the year, breath work has become a key part of my emotional and spiritual care.

This type of breath work has guided me straight into my heart, into my intuition.  It helps me approach the unknown in my life with greater ease.  It is helping me to reach for compassion and forgiveness, while allowing me to explore my voice–and what I have to say.

Through breath work (and my work in Qigong, but that’s for another post!), I’m receiving messages that I never would have with just my rational mind.  I’m exploring intergenerational trauma and my purpose as someone who values justice and truth-telling.  I’m receiving so much gratitude for my journey, for the people who cross my path every day, and for the gifts even within my illness.

I’m watching some of my limiting beliefs melt away (not like magic, yet sustained breath work feels like a domino effect) and the effects on my health have been extraordinary.  My constant food cravings are gone, my energy is more constant, and the general energy moving through my body is more vibrant.   I’m experimenting with introducing more foods and it’s working!

My breath work practice is helping me to align more completely with my values.  I’m looking forward to more healing and more self-love that will transpire this coming year.

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3 Replies to “Breathwork”

  1. Wow, the last few paragraphs! Musa has been doing deep breathing exercises and has gotten me to try them, but I’m still at that first part of this post… not really getting the connection. But when you think of it on a spiritual level, breathing which should be natural has become unnatural in a way, we’re not doing it right. In Islam, we are told in the Qur’an that when God created humans, He breathed in His Spirit into us and so I do think that deep breathing can be a way to tap into that primordial nature, the fitra, as we call it.

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    1. Fascinating! There’s some pretty close connections between the Bible and the Qur’an-go figure 🙂 When God created humans, the Bible says, “he breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living being.” And yes, I do think we do tap into our primordial nature. It’s a quick way to practice getting out of my head and into my intuition. Also, in the Chinese medicine realm, a teacher recently stated to me that in these breathing exercises, we create a circular energy pattern with the inhale & exhale that indicates completion, that this feeling is a visceral reminder that we are all desiring to lead each other home into the “womb of God.”

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      1. We aren’t called the Abrahamic faiths without reason! 🙂 I find it quite fascinating how there’s this conception of “Judaeo-Christian” when in fact Christians have more in common with Muslims than they do Jews. It’s worth considering why and how this came to be.

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