Why You Need to Clear Your Energy Field With Breathwork
Most people are not breathing consciously and end up with depleted amounts of oxygen in their bodies. As shallow breathers, we also have low energy because prana (known as chi or life force) also comes into the body with the oxygen.
When we condition our muscles to breathe deeper, we bring more life force into our body and can quickly expand our consciousness. Breathing unlocks our potential to be happy and inspired.
What Is Breathwork?
It is a term that refers to the conscious control of breath to help you physically, mentally and emotionally. There are many different types of breathwork from different cultures. In the yogic tradition, breathwork is called pranayama.
Breathwork oxygenates the blood to improve your health and clears the subtle energetic body which holds the electromagnetic charges from our subconscious thoughts. If you are around negative people, breathwork helps you let go of the emotional state that comes into your field from them.
But why do you need to clear your energy field with breathwork? Breathwork brings prana into your nervous system and strengthens your energy field while clearing dense energy that comes from your own low vibration emotions.
Your energy field is the impression you give to other people when you meet them and it is the lens through which you experience other people. Breathwork allows you to be free of negative thought patterns developed as a child from your experiences and activate the intuitive capabilities of your sixth sense to help you know what is good to do with your life and what to avoid.
Benefits of Breathwork
The term breathwork itself might be a bit confusing because we don’t usually think of breathing as work or even think about our breathing at all for that matter. So what is breathwork and what are the breathwork benefits? It is simply bringing more awareness to the rate and depth of your breath for certain periods of time. That may mean breathing slower or faster and it may mean taking shallow sips of air or really deep breaths.
Breathwork is a very practical habit to pick up, it can quite possibly help in all important areas of your life. We can attract more positive experiences and opportunities when we are not walking around with negative emotions in our subtle energy field. It is thousands of years old and can open you to spiritual powers and a strong connection to higher consciousness by stimulating your pineal and pituitary gland function.
Breathwork can be broken down into further categories based on whether you’re sitting, laying down, or standing. It can also be further specified based on whether you’re breathing through your nose or mouth or even a specific nostril. The yogis also include certain muscle engagements to enhance energy flow while breathing. Sometimes you are moving while breathing such as in Vinyasa yoga or tai chi, and sometimes you’re sitting still.
With all of these variations, there are still some benefits you’ll get regardless of the name of the breathing exercise. The great thing about breathwork is that it is virtually impossible to screw it up and it doesn’t have any really big risks. It works quickly and improves your health on many levels. Research shows breathwork helps lower blood pressure which is affected by stress and reduces the risks of having a stroke.
Some of the many benefits of breathwork include:
- Higher energy levels
- Reduces inflammation and muscle soreness
- Brings mental clarity and optimism
- Helps relieve stress
There are huge mental and emotional benefits of conscious breathing such as improved mental clarity and ability to quickly organize a lot of information, increased energy, relief from depression, confidence raises and it can even break bad habits.
How To Do Breathwork
Breathwork can take as little as a minute and could build up to a more in-depth practice. The lungs will develop greater capacity over time and with practice to allow you to be able to do more advanced breathwork. Breathwork is not something you will master in a day.
It takes time to understand and experience the different ways breathwork can help you. To the devout yogi, breathwork can help them develop siddhis (spiritual powers over the elements).
Breathwork involves paying attention to how your ribs move when you breathe and intentionally expanding them to take in more air. Some breathwork involves only breathing through your nose while some combine powerful breathing through your nose and mouth.
Often yogic breathwork will also include a certain posture to sit in so the energy in your body can flow properly. Yogic breathing also often includes using the locks (called bandhas) which help hold the energy in your body in certain places and creates internal pressure to strengthen your nerves.
There are quick techniques to lower anxiety that you can use anytime you feel impatient. Just practice breathing in for seven seconds, holding your breath for seven seconds and breathing out for seven seconds. Repeat that process three times and your nervous system will feel more relaxed.
If you feel tired you can do breath of fire which is through your nose only. You focus on pushing air out of your nose quickly and pulling your stomach in at the same time. You allow the inhale to happen naturally and then again force the air out quickly.
Just 50 seconds of breath of fire will change your entire blood chemistry. If you want to increase creativity and energy work up to 11 minutes daily and eventually 31 minutes. This simple technique is used by advanced yogis and strengthens your energy field so people cannot manipulate you or impose their emotional state into your psyche.
To detoxify your body you can curl your tongue, stick it out as far as possible or stick it out and bite it to hold it. Practice breathing intense long deep breaths like this for a few minutes.
This helps remove toxins from your blood and you may get a metallic taste in your mouth. Intense breathing where you are pumping your navel point should be avoided if you’re on your period, pregnant or just ate a big meal.
Types of Breathwork
Just as there are many forms of martial arts and 22 main branches of yoga, there are many types of breathwork. Qi gong, tai chi, hatha yoga and kundalini yoga each have their own breathing techniques and words to describe it.
Some of the common types of breathwork include practicing long deep breathing, practicing alternate nostril breathing, ujjayi breathing during movement or breath of fire. Ujjayi breathing is an audible type of breathing that constricts the back of the throat slowing the rate at which your air passes in and out so you can expand your breath capacity and calm your nerves.
This can help reduce anxiousness and is used by people in recovery from substance abuse.
Qi gong breathing techniques can involve the warrior breath where you will lay on the ground with a skilled instructor who will teach you the specific positions and intense breathing that will clear many years of suppressed emotional experiences and make you feel as if energy is in every cell of your body.
Breathing techniques should always be learned from a skilled teacher and directions should always be adhered to.
Conscious breathing all the time can help us control our reactions, raise the energy in a room quickly, give us endurance and even prolong our life. Breathwork clears the energy field so efficiently that people find it helps them overcome depression and substance abuse.
The far-reaching implications of daily breathwork as free therapy is vast. Many of the psychological and physical issues in our society can be helped with this knowledge. Many yoga teachers are teaching teens breathing techniques that make them feel high as an alternative to drugs.
With breathwork, things are looking up and the future is bright with prana!
Breathwork is spreading to many cities through yoga studios, online classes, and educational programs. Breathwork is a technique that creates more peace in our societies.
Some yogic traditions practice retaining the breath in our out while using the bandhas (locks) and this moves energy from the lower chakras which are associate with our primal animalistic desires to the upper chakras that naturally activate empathy, compassion, and altruistic awareness.
As more people learn to control their emotions, we will have less violence in our community and more caring cultures.