Just Breath

The Science of Breath

Understanding Breathing techniques in simple concept is the idea of bringing oxygen into your body, this is how the human condition thrives. When we are emotionally stressed, we tend to breath heavier which in turn engages our autonomic and sympathetic nervous systems, this Is also referred to as fight or flight. What if we can control how our system operates? Oddly enough we can control our systems in a way that allows our body and mind to connect on a cellular level. Breathwork helps to calm the body and the stress we allow in our life. Veterans have an innate understanding of how breathing can control the environment we are in, especially in uncontrolled environments.


Breathwork dates back thousands of years, this is not a new concept, though it is trending in our society currently due mainly to the great effects it has on the body, pre/post workouts, everyday life, and uncontrollable stressful situations. Breathwork can have a positive impact on your central nervous system. When we feel stress, many people tighten up their body and breathing becomes fast and shallow. Think about taking a small disposable water bottle and breathing in and out of the bottle as fast as you can. You will get winded and lose control of your breathing due in part that you are not getting enough oxygen into the bloodstream, that is an indication that your brain is telling your body you are under attack or being threatened.

Techniques

Types of Breathwork

When you slow your breathing and take slow and deep breaths you are flooding your body with the one thing we need to survive, oxygen. By controlling your breathing with your body, you are sending a message to your brain that everything is fine. At that point you have started to take control of your central nervous system by bringing mind and body together in harmony with each other.
  • Abdominal Breathing

    Abdominal Breathing

    Long deep breathing into your belly and chest when you inhale, when you exhale, your chest is relaxed giving you a slower response to relaxation in your body.

  • 4-7-8 Breath

    4-7-8 Breath

    Counting your beats as you breathe is how to focus and quiet your mind. Breathing in four beats, hold for seven beats followed by a long exhale completely emptying your lungs and repeat. Usually, this breathing technique can help you focus and relax.

  • Alternate Nostril Breathing

    Alternate Nostril Breathing

    This technique helps with balance in mind and body. Starting on the right nostril cover the left nostril with your thumb and take a deep breath in through your nose. Release and pause and switch sides.

  • Breath of Fire

    Breath of Fire

    Advanced breathing, inhale deeply, when you exhale engage your core and push out the air in your lungs pause and hold 10-15 seconds and repeat. This helps to provide steadiness.

  • Holotropic Breathwork

    Holotropic Breathwork

    Advanced breathing technique that allows the body and mind to connect by using a continuous inhale and exhale pattern with no pause. This can be done in the range of breath rate between 25-45 repetitions. On completion of the session breathe out sharply and hold. If the body allows. Once the body needs oxygen again take a deep breath in and hold 10-20 seconds and release. Repeat as many times as necessary the average person will do 3-6 rounds, advanced training will do 6-10 rounds.

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