WBS Breath

Breath is the gentlest form of energetic control you have, yet, when understood and embodied, it is one of the most powerful methods you can employ.

Creating a connection to your breath will change the overall feel of your body, increase your practice results, and make insights more obvious while increasing your awareness. Breathwork is often differentiated by the count of your breath, the force by which you move your breath, and the direction you choose to flow your breath.

Focused Breath

This practice will seem simple. All you have to do is pay attention to your breath.

Practice: During the time you are paying attention you will:

  • Pay attention to your breath in. Notice how shallow or deep it is, if you feel the breath gives you support or not, and if you feel comfortable with the breath in.
  • Pay attention to your breath out. Notice how quickly or slowly you release your breath, if your exhale feels complete, and if you feel comfortable with the breath out.
  • Pay attention to any tension or stress in your body and how it affects the way your breath feels, also how your breath affects the way the tension and stress feel.
  • Bring attention to your breath. Support your breath with the idea that it relaxes and rejuvenates you.

Practice Variation: Pay attention to your breath in a moment that it changes.

  • Pay attention to your breath process.
  • Pay attention to what is different in your breath in this moment. Notice how it is different from your normal, relaxed breath. Pay close attention to what has changed.
  • Now, apply your focused breath listed in the first practice by supporting your breath with the idea that it relaxes and rejuvenates you.
  • Pay close attention to the changes in your body and brain both before and after the change in your breath.

By doing nothing more than slowing, relaxing, and deepening your breath, you will notice changes in your mental, physical, and emotional support systems.

Purpose: The purpose of Focused Breath is to bring your awareness to your breath and how you continually affect yourself with it.

Diaphragmatic Breath

Diaphragmatic Breathing can be done in any position.

Practice: For beginners try:

  • Lying down face up.
  • Place one open hand on the center of your chest and the other along the lower edge of your rib cage where the abdomen begins.
  • As you inhale, the lower edge of the rib cage needs to expand and the abdomen needs to rise.
  • As you exhale, the opposite needs to take place.
  • There needs to be very little movement in the upper chest and shoulders throughout this breathwork.

If your breathing is too fast or too shallow you may become dizzy or light headed. Slow down to a more relaxed pace staying focused on the diaphragm muscles.

In the beginning, your diaphragmatic breathing may make your muscles sore. It can take weeks for your stomach and abdomen to get used to this breath, and months before it becomes completely natural for you. Once mastered, you will be more relaxed and calm all day. In stressful moments breathing in your diaphragm on purpose can reduce your fight or flight tendencies and bring you much needed physical, energetic, and spiritual support.

Practice Variations: Poses and silent mantras can be added during your breathwork to challenge your ability to stay focused while being fully aware of the breath. Learning to be aware of more than one thing at a time is preparation for later, more complicated practice work.

Purpose: Your breath is a foundation connection. Develop your breath to aid in body, mind, brain, and spirit connection as one.

4-2-8 Breathwork

The pace of the 4-2-8 breaths is different than other breathwork because it does not interfere with our natural state of being. It may feel strange to you at first because you are out of practice, but this breath is actually our ‘newborn’ breath.

Practice: Focus on the count of the breathing:

  • Inhale 4 counts. Your inhale should be in the diaphragm and a strong enough breath to support your exhale count of 8.
  • Retain 2 counts. The reason for the retention at the top of the breath is to give the lungs more time to oxygenate your system.
  • Exhale 8 counts. Be sure on your exhale to pull in the diaphragm all the way to the end of the 8 counts. If you do not force the diaphragm and flex the muscle you will feel a weakness or shallowness to the breath. Once the muscle is strong, the breath will feel and become more natural again.

Practice Variation: 4-2-6 Breathwork. If the 4-2-8 is a struggle, reduce the exhale breath length until your muscles are stronger and your lungs are conditioned to sustain the count.

Practice Variations: 4-2-8-2 Breathwork. You can add another Retain 2 counts at the bottom of your exhale once you are conditioned for it. This extra retention following your exhale creates space for block release as your body is already in the release process.

Practice Variations: For other practice variations, you can also try combining the breath work with other Release practices.

At first, your brain and body are focused on the counting. Later, after the count becomes automatic and your breathing is free-flowing — no longer forced by the brain and body, you will become almost remorseless—not feeling shame or regret about your actions or attitudes—from the practice of your breathwork.

When your breath is practiced this way, you can create a more cohesive grouping of thoughts and ideas in the body, mind, brain, and spirit communication system. The challenge is maintaining this feeling and connection when you stop the practice and return to life.

Purpose: Your purpose of this breathwork is to create awareness so you can later use your breath to purposely adjust energy in your energetic system.