There are many names for Breathwork so it can get a bit confusing. Breathwork is simply the umbrella term used for certain types of breathing practices. Some are more well-known than others and are practiced more widely. Although each method has its own characteristics and unique elements, they all share various healing aspects with many therapeutic overlaps.
Many modern-day gurus claim fame through Breathwork, but the truth is, it’s a practice originating from India that’s been around for thousands of years with a very long history. It’s a modernized form of Pranayama, the formal practice of controlling the breath, which is the source of our prana, or vital life force energy.
HERE IS A LIST OF POPULAR BREATHWORK MODALITIES (A-Z):
Breathwork Detox™ is a powerful cleanse using the prana energy of the breath. It’s a multi-faceted physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual all-in-one detox.
The beauty of Breathwork Detox™ is that I’ve studied all of the other modalities for you so that you don’t have to. I collectively took the most powerful and effective aspects of each one and consolidated them into ONE powerful and simple Breathwork practice, with a modern twist of my own style and flavor to make it not just unique, but highly effective.
Breatharian isn’t a Breathwork modality but more of a very rare lifestyle that I’ve included just to show the power of the breath. The term Breatharian is very controversial with pretty much all of science. It’s a lifestyle through which a person can reach levels of consciousness where they can obtain all survival sustenance from simply the breath (prana) and sunlight alone. This means they can live without consuming food and in some cases, very little to no water. I know all of this seems like some major woo-woo, however, I’ve met one breatharian in Sedona, AZ and there are many in India. American theoretician and physicist, Nassim Haramein, founder of the Resonance Science Foundation, is a former breatharian who speaks on this practice in some of his keynote speeches.
Clarity Breathwork evolved out of “Rebirthing Breathwork” and essentially has the same benefits. The founders of Clarity Breathwork found the term “Rebirthing” limiting in its implication to healing birth trauma and wanted to encompass a much wider range of issues.
The name they chose, “Clarity Breathwork”, was chosen to emphasize the change in consciousness that results from the Breathwork process and to stay away from Rebirthing’s emphasis on physical immortality.
Holotropic Breathwork is a name that seems to pop up frequently on Google searches, or when people are discussing Breathwork. The name Holotropic means literally “moving toward wholeness” (from the Greek “holos”= whole, and “trepein”= moving in the direction of something). What differentiates Holotropic Breathing from Breathwork Detox™ are the pace and the time allotted. Holotropic breathing is done at a much faster pace and is done for a longer period of time, usually in an all-day workshop that includes the construction and sharing of Mandala artwork afterward. This is great, however, many of the people who come to my classes don’t have this amount of time and appreciate an hour-long class that yields the same results.
Integrative Breathwork is derived from the Holotropic method and philosophy. This method isn’t as popular as the others but still notable enough to make it on the list.
Rebirthing Breathwork is one of the most notable and long-standing Breathwork practices that’s done through both the nose and the mouth. The word “rebirthing” can sometimes intimidate new breathers because it sounds pretty intense. When many people, especially women, think about “birthing”, many pleasureful and painful memories arise (which we all know will result in a beautiful outcome). Rebirthing is done two ways; wet rebirthing and dry rebirthing. Wet rebirthing is done in a hot tub or a pool, sometimes requiring the participant to be completely nude, and sometimes the facilitator as well. This type of rebirthing isn’t for everybody and isn’t necessary to have a transformational experience. However, the founder of rebirthing sure did a great job of getting Breathwork out to the world and he is definitely a staple in this practice. It’s worthy to note that many Breathwork modalities derived from this practice.
Shamanic Breathwork is a process to awaken the healer and Shaman within. This Breathwork modality consists of tribal music and Shamanic drumming. Although I’ve worked closely with Shamans for almost a decade and highly respect this lifestyle, I realized many people don’t want to be considered a Shaman but still want the benefits of Shamanic Breathwork. Shamanic Breathwork is highly effective, but the name can be intimidating for many, which is why I have modernized Breathwork Detox™ to deliver these same powerful benefits in a much more modernized approach.
Transformational Breathwork is transformational indeed! Although this method of Breathwork has many parts and levels (it can get confusing for new breathers), it’s still a great modality. TB incorporates tapping, toning (humming certain sounds for a long period of time), and conscious invocation.
Wim Hof Method is considered a Breathwork modality. Many people ask me how Breathwork Detox™ compares to this method. First, I will say that I’m a fan of the Ice Man’s work and there are parts of his modality that I love and others I don’t, and for specific reasons. His breathing method incorporates breath holds and sets instead of circular connected breathing. Breath holds are great, however, when the conscious mind is focusing on counting numbers, and trying to figure out what set its on, over-thinking and confusion often removes the transcendental part of Breathwork Detox™ that I like to call “the downloads”. Downloads are instant connections to profound information within the sub-conscious mind that provide epiphanies, realizations, and clarity connected to our mission and purpose… one of the main reasons I do Breathwork every morning is for these daily downloads (they’re priceless).
Yoga Breathing is probably the most popular out of all the aforementioned modalities. However, “Yoga Breathing” is very vague and is also an umbrella term similar to “Breathwork” and “Fitness”. Unlike Meditation and Yoga, which can take months or even years to have profound breakthroughs, Breathwork is a multifaceted process specifically designed to effectively remove mental and emotional blockages in a very efficient way. Breathwork is a powerful and profound experience that shouldn’t be compared to “Yoga Breathing”, “Kundalini Breathing”, “Alternate Nostril Breathing”, “Breath-of-Fire”, “Zen Yoga Breathing”, or any other form of yoga breathing practices. Although I use these other forms of breathing for different occasions, Yoga Breathing and Breathwork are like apples and oranges, similar but very different. For example, “Breath of Fire” is the closest method to Breathwork yet its the exact opposite. Breath-of-Fire is power breathing with a focus on pushing out the exhale, while Breathwork is the complete opposite. The goal of Breathwork is focusing on the inhale and oxygenating the entire body as much as possible for the most radical healing benefits.
WHICH BREATHWORK STYLE IS FOR ME?
The simple, yet long answer is to try them all like I have and see which one resonates with you the most.
When I surveyed many new and experienced breathworkers, I realized they all shared similar reasons for practicing Breathwork over other modalities …
- It works best for clearing out negative energy (healing)
- It makes them feel good (mood)
- It provides tremendous clarity (mind state)
I couldn’t agree more, and this is why I do Breathwork as well, to effectively detox my mind and clear out any stored emotions or stagnant-chi within the body so I can convert it into more creative energy. This is why I created Breathwork Detox™, a modality that’s laser-focused on rapidly detoxing the mind and body so it can be reenergized with vital life-force energy.
There are several studies that show 80% of the average person’s thoughts are negative in nature, and 98% of their daily thoughts are the same exact thoughts they had the day before. Wow! Shocking, but sadly, not surprising.
Unfortunately, many of us are ‘stuck’ on this hamster wheel of recycling negative thoughts that eventually turn into negative emotions. Then these negative emotions create MORE negative thoughts, which in turn feed more negative emotions because we don’t know how to get off the ride and can’t find the off switch.
Our minds are a mess and when more external conflict arises, we bury down emotions because we don’t have the capacity to deal with them. We store these emotions deep within the body so that we can process them another time. The only problem is that they must be dealt with before the lid blows; we only have a finite capacity. This is why Freud famously stated…
“Unexpressed emotions never die. They are buried alive and come forth in uglier ways.”
The philosophies behind healing and manifesting are simple – you have to “let go” in order to “let in”. You must empty your cup before you can fill it up. They say knowledge is learning something new every day, and wisdom is letting go of something every day. As the great Master Yoda said, “You must unlearn what you have learned.” They are all referring to “The Detox”. This is why professional athletes, bodybuilders, and fitness professionals talk so much about the importance of detoxing. This is why every spiritual master or guru does a major detox, cleanse, or fast to initiate the start of a new journey…
Recalibrate, reset, rewire, restructure, reorganize, reprogram, reconfigure, reboot and recharge … THIS is what Breathwork Detox™ is all about!
10 REASONS PEOPLE DETOX
SOURCE: Mind Body Green
1. Remove toxins from the body.
Long-term exposure to toxins (environmental pollutants, cancer-causing chemicals, preservatives, pesticides, heavy metals, and industrial waste) affects our metabolism, behavior, immune system, and leads to disease. They are stored in tissues and cells throughout the body, including the brain, often for years – yikes!
2. Prevent chronic disease.
Environmental toxins are responsible for many cancers, neurological diseases, heart disease, strokes… you name it. Our bodies do have a built-in detox function to deal with these dangers, but those systems are constantly overloaded! Detoxing assists and improves what our bodies are trying to do naturally.
3. Enhance immune system function.
A compromised immune system makes us vulnerable to colds and flus, affecting our quality of life and productivity. Regular detoxing helps strengthen immune system functioning and fights off infection.
4. Lose weight.
Toxins affect the body’s natural ability to burn fat, leading to weight gain. Diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure are directly linked to weight issues. Detoxing rids the body of toxins stored in fat cells and increases metabolism.
5. Slow premature aging.
Detoxing rids the body of free radicals and heavy metals partially responsible for aging. Detoxing helps to increase nutrient absorption, including antioxidants and vitamins that help fight oxidative stress.
6. Improve the quality of life.
Simply put, our bodies don’t function very well when they’re loaded with toxins. We may have joint pain, headaches, digestive disorders, sleep problems, and lack of energy. Depression may be relieved and memory may be improved as a result of detoxification!
7. Increase energy.
You will have more mental, physical, and emotional energy after detoxing. People tend to sleep better and need less of it.
8. Improve skin quality.
Diet and environmental toxins undeniably affect skin. Detoxing wards off acne, strengthens hair and nails, and gives us a natural, healthy glow.
9. Mental and emotional clarity.
When the body’s systems are aligned, a shift also occurs within our mental and emotional states. We can handle more when we’re clear and grounded. We can make better decisions, analyze accurately, and see things differently.
10. Restore balance to our body’s systems.
Our digestive, nervous, and hormonal systems were designed to work together to achieve optimum health. This is what our bodies want to do! When we overload them with toxins and unhealthy foods, these systems don’t work as well as they should, and we get sick.
Detoxing brings balance back and helps our systems function properly again.
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