WHAT IS BREATHWORK?
Breathwork refers to any type of breathing exercises or techniques. People often perform them to improve mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. During breathwork you intentionally change your breathing pattern. There are many forms of breathwork therapy that involve breathing in a conscious and systematic way.
I'M A CHRISTIAN. WILL BREATHWORK COMPROMISE MY FAITH IN ANY WAY?
ABSOLUTELY NOT! I get this question a lot, and as a deeply rooted Christian, I have discovered that breathwork not only does not compromise my faith, but it enhances my relationship with the Lord. Through breathwork, I have been able to silence my mind and enter the presence of the Lord to listen to what he has to say, or simply enjoy new levels of intimacy with my Creator. Breathwork has helped me "BE STILL AND KNOW THAT HE IS GOD."
ARE THERE SCRIPTURES TO BACK-UP BREATHWORK?
There are many scriptures to back up breathwork, and I won't reference all of them. However, there are three Breaths in the Bible that changed the world:
BREATH #1 - God creating life. (Genesis 2:7 He breathed the BREATH of life into the man's nostrils, and the man became a living person.)
BREATH #2 - Jesus giving his life to save the world (Luke 23:46 Then Jesus cried out with a loud voice, 'Father, I surrender my Spirit into your hands.' And he took his last BREATH and died.)
BREATH #3 - Jesus leaving us with the gift of the Holy Spirit (John 20:22 Then he BREATHED on them and said, 'Receive the Holy Spirit.')
DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THAT BREATHWORK CAN BE A VERY CHRIST-CENTERED EXPERIENCE?
Yes. There was a moment when Moses had asked God what his name is. God was gracious enough to answer, and the name he gave is recorded in the original Hebrew as YHWH.
Over time we’ve arbitrarily added an “a” and an “e” in there to get YaHWeH, presumably because we have a preference for vowels. But Biblical scholars and rabbis have noted that the letters YHWH represent breathing sounds, or aspirated consonants. When pronounced without intervening vowels, it actually sounds like breathing. YH (inhale): WH (exhale).
So a baby’s first cry, his first breath, speaks the name of God. A deep sigh calls His name – or a groan or gasp that is too heavy for mere words. Even an atheist would speak His name unaware that their very breathe is giving constant acknowledgment to God. Likewise, a person leaves this earth with their last breath, when God’s name is no longer filing their lungs.
God chose to give himself a name that we can’t help but speak every moment we’re alive. All of us, always, everywhere. Waking, sleeping, breathing, with the name of God on our lips.
IS BREATHWORK HARD?
It's not hard, however, there is a reason they call it breathWORK. It requires energy, effort and desire. I encourage participants to commit to the journey fully, even if it gets difficult at times. The payoff is SOOOOO worth it!
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING A BREATHWORK SESSION?
A lot of things can happen, and you may experience a lot of physical sensations. These sensations can include, but are not limited to - tingling, numbness, cramping, and heaviness. This is all normal!!! Your body stores traumas in life experiences throughout the body, and knows where to focus energy in releasing them during breathwork. The key is - trust your body and lean into the experience rather than try and escape discomfort! The body knows what to do on a cellular level to dislodge any area that may have "stuckness." When the body is finished working on one area, any discomfort subsides, and the body moves on.
From an emotional standpoint, you may experience the urge to cry, scream, laugh, or perhaps nothing at all. There is no right or wrong answer - your experience is uniquely yours, and if you surrender to the process, you WILL receive exactly what you need.