Breathwork Class Basic Principles

I started breathwork class to help a larger audience to benefit from breathing practices. I teach these styles of activities because I have personally found them to really help lower my stress level and allow me to perform at levels that should be above my capability. This is because I teach you to use your diaphragm, how to become comfortable with discomfort, and we will do this in a safe manner that will really allow you to test your limits.

If you can learn to be comfortable when you normally wouldn’t be, you greatly expand you ability to perform, live, and reduce stress. This is because after you have practiced staying calm, relaxing while your body it sending stress signals, and using your body’s full potential, you will surprise yourself in how much you can accomplish.

Your diaphragm:

We start classes with basic instruction on diaphragmic breathing to help each student to understand how to use their body to the fullest. Most people never fully learned how to use their diaphragm, well because they were never taught. People don’t normally notice they have a weak or underused diaphragm and their body suffers because of it. If you don’t breathe using your diaphragm, you are not using your body to its fullest potential and you are causing low level stress to flow through your body. This is because you aren’t using your lungs fully, and people that don’t use their nose to breathe which sends low level stress throughout your body. Think about a young child or baby, the only times you see them breathe through their mouth is when they are sick or in pain (ignore talking and eating of course), this is how people are supposed to breathe. Mouth breathing sends low level stress signals throughout your body and adds to whatever else you are having going on. If you want to reduce you stress level in one set, just start breathing through your nose whenever possible.

How to basics:

Breathe in through your nose and out your mouth

Initiate your breath with your belly then your chest

Then we go into breathing exercises to teach the student to apply their ability to diaphragmic breath in different position, speeds, and breath holds, in many varied styles. This give the student the base to then move into practicing comfort in discomfort.

Comfort in discomfort:

We will accomplish this comfort in discomfort with breath holds, both in and out, as well as breathing styles that are designed to ramp your body up, like breath of fire to add even more controlled discomfort. This class tests the student, their body, and their mind together and helps them to practice working in concert with one another and help to understand what is going on between the three to help effective communication of what the body actually needs.

The Wim Hof breathing style will be used to again target comfort in discomfort. We will delve more deeply into these topics with subsequent posts.

Brian McCarroll