The Benefits of Breathwork in Yoga and Meditation
Whether you’re a seasoned yoga practitioner, or just trying to get more fit, breathing exercises can be a great way to clear your mind and relax. Breathing exercises also help to build focus and self-awareness, and can lead to meditation.
How important is breathwork?
Breath Masters can be effective in treating mental health issues, according to a study published in the Frontiers in Psychology journal. The study involved 40 people randomly assigned to a breathing intervention group or a control group.
The study found that the participants in the breathing intervention group reported lower levels of stress, anxiety, and cortisol after the sessions. They also reported an increase in concentration.
Some people feel a deep connection to their inner being while practicing breathwork. Practitioners can also connect to the universe. Some of the techniques are very calming, while others are activating.
Before beginning a breathwork session, make sure you are working with a qualified instructor. You should also make sure you are doing the exercises properly. For instance, you should not have trouble with breathing or dizziness while doing exercises. If you do, you should stop and consult with a doctor or fitness instructor.
If you are pregnant, you should consult with your doctor before beginning breathwork exercises. Breathwork can also pose a risk for those who are having surgery, or have injuries.
Breathwork is not recommended for individuals with severe mental illness, those with seizures, or those taking major medications. It is also not recommended for individuals with cardiovascular disease, or those who have aneurysms.