Tryb logo

Jump to

Blowing away the cobwebs: your cheeky guide to the magical world of breathwork

🗣️ Breathwork, often underestimated, can be a transformative art form, like switching from a double-decker bus to a Mini Cooper in the world of breathing.

🌬️ Various breathwork methods, from the Wim Hof Method to Holotropic breathwork and Pranayama, offer unique experiences, but beginners can start with simple deep breathing or “box breathing.”

🏠 Before embarking on your breathwork adventure, ensure a comfortable and quiet environment, whether sprawled on a mat or seated in your favorite armchair.

🌬️ Take a moment to truly acknowledge and appreciate your breath, the unsung hero of your life, before delving into more advanced breathwork techniques.

🎶 Begin the main act by mastering a rhythmic pattern: inhale for four counts, hold for four counts, exhale for four counts, and hold again for four counts, repeating for 2-5 minutes.

⏰ Utilize a timer to keep track of time, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in your breathwork without constant clock-watching.

🧘‍♂️ Be attuned to your body’s signals during breathwork; sensations like tingling or light-headedness are part of the experience, but if it becomes overwhelming, return to regular breathing.

🎭 Conclude your breathwork session by allowing your breath to return to its natural rhythm, taking time to savor the tranquility or exhilaration.

📝 Reflect on your breathwork experience, noting standout moments or glitches.

🔄 Consistency is key in breathwork; make it a regular practice, whether weekly or daily, as mastery takes time.

🩺 If you have a medical condition or are expecting, consult a healthcare professional before embarking on breathwork for safety.

🌬️ Breathwork is a captivating array of techniques that can pique anyone’s interest, but remember to listen to your body and seek professional guidance if necessary, as it’s a personal journey. 

Ready to give it a try?

Gather ’round! Let’s have a natter about breathwork, shall we? Now, you might be thinking, “Breathwork? Isn’t that just a fancy term for something we’ve been doing since we popped out?”

Well, you’re not entirely wrong, but this is about turning your average inhale and exhale into a work of art.

Think of it like taking the wheel of a Mini Cooper when you’ve only ever been a passenger on a double-decker bus.

There’s a smorgasbord of options to pick from, like 

  • The Wim Hof Method
  • Holotropic breathwork
  • Pranayama

Just like choosing between fish ‘n’ chips and a Sunday roast, each has its own charm and flavour. But fear not, beginners! A bit of good ol’ deep breathing, or “box breathing,” will ease you into the fast lane.

Set the stage, not just the thermostat

Before you dive in, make sure your environment is nice and comfy. Find a quiet nook, a place where you can be as undisturbed. 

Whether you’re sprawled on a mat like you’re sunbathing on Brighton beach or seated like royalty in your favourite armchair, comfort is the name of the game.

Your breath, the unsung hero

Pay homage to your breath by actually noticing it for once. Think about it, when was the last time you truly observed your breathing?

It’s a bit like appreciating the drummer in a band, usually overlooked but utterly essential. So, before diving into more advanced shenanigans, acquaint yourself with your own rhythmic inhales and exhales. 

It’ll give you a sturdy foundation for the breathwork opera you’re about to compose.

Be the maestro of your lungs

Now, onto the main act! 

Start off by taking a hearty inhale through your nose while counting to four. No cheating! 

Hold that lovely oxygen in your lungs for another four counts, then fully exhale like you’re blowing out birthday candles for, you guessed it, four counts. 

Hold your breath again, also for four counts. Rinse and repeat for about 2-5 minutes.

Clock-watching is for the office, not for breathing

Do yourself a favour and use a timer.

It’s not a cooking show; you don’t need to be constantly checking if your soufflé has collapsed. Let technology be your dutiful butler, keeping time while you enjoy your respiratory waltz.

Be a conscious breather, not a heedless gasper

Tune into the radio of your body and listen to its signals. You might feel tingling, light-headedness, or a wave of relaxation cascading from your head to your toes. 

If at any point it feels too much, go back to your regular breathing pattern.

Taking a bow

Finish off by letting your breath saunter back to its natural, carefree pace. 

Don’t rush out like you’re fleeing a bad date; stay a while and soak in the tranquillity or exhilaration, or whatever it is you’re feeling.

Your post-show interview

The fat lady has sung, the curtain has closed, but your job isn’t over. Put on your journalist cap and jot down your reflections, or simply mull it over. 

Think of it as your TripAdvisor review for your internal journey. What was the standout moment? Any glitches? 

The ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ mantra

Consistency is key, just like with your choice of tea. Make it a regular gig, whether it’s a weekly session or a daily ritual. 

After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is breathwork mastery.

Health and safety, because we’re not barbarians

If you’ve got a medical condition or there’s a bun in your oven, have a chinwag with a healthcare professional before becoming a breathwork aficionado.

So there you have it. In my view, breathwork is a fascinating tapestry of techniques that can tickle everyone’s fancy. 

But as ever, listen to your own body and seek professional advice if needed. It’s a personal journey, after all. Ready to give it a whirl?