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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Holotropic Breathing Technique Used In Holotropic Breathwork Workshops

Holotropic Breathing Technique Used In Holotropic Breathwork Workshops -
There is not a “proper” way to do holotropic breathing other than the instruction to “breathe deeper and faster than normal”.  After 15 or 20 minutes, your body will normally find its own rhythm and you will generally no longer have to think about it. However, for people who want additional guidance, prior participants have found the following suggestions helpful when they start the holotropic breathing session.
1)     Full deep breaths – make each breath full and deep, breathing into the “bottom” of your lungs so that when you breathe in, your belly should move out a bit.
 2)     Continuous, “circular” breathing – the breathing should be done in such a way where there is no gaps in the breath..i.e. you should not be holding your breath at any point.  When your lungs are almost full, you want to turn the breath around and start exhaling.  When your lungs are empty, you want to immediately turn the breath around and start inhaling.  This creates a breath pattern whereby you are always breathing in or breathing out, creating a circle of breath.
 3)     Faster than normal – You also want to breathe a bit faster than you normally would.  However, you do not want to breathe so fast that you create tension in your body…your body, and especially your lungs, should be relaxed, without straining, so that the breath can be maintained for a long period of time without tiring yourself out.
 4)     Mouth vs Nose Breathing – It is easier to move air quickly through the mouth and mouth breathing tends to be more supportive of emotional release so most people find that breathing in and out through the mouth supports their process better than nose breathing.  However, some people find that mouth breathing is uncomfortable for them in which case nose breathing is fine also.

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