In my last post, I described the physiological functions of the breath to oxygenate the body and brain and eliminate toxins from the system. Once those basic needs are met by sufficiently deep breath, the excess oxygen goes to our brain and increases our brain function. The benefits of this, as you might have guessed, aren’t limited to the physical body, but also include emotional well-being.
From the moment we’re born, we unconsciously accumulate excess physical baggage in the form of toxins and psychic baggage in the form of unresolved and unassimilated emotions, reactions and other samskaras (impressions). This inhibits natural, healthy breathing which eliminates and assimilates psychic matter and harmonizes and aligns the body and mind to the soul. As our breathing becomes blocked or weighed down, it ceases to meet our physiological and higher needs. It’s a vicious cycle!
Naturally then, when we start to breathe deeply and consciously, it will bring up the unresolved issues and emotions so that we can clear them. It has now been proven by scientific research that our emotions are seated in the body and not the brain. These issues happen to be better and closely connected to our body and emotional brain and are rather distant and partly connected to our cognitive and rational brain. Experiential or bodymind techniques such as rebirthing and holotropic breathing are effective for addressing and releasing deep-seated emotional issues stored in our unconscious. Many of our negative and limiting beliefs and attitudes stem from past experiences, most of which occurred before our cognitive brain was developed. This is why by normal means, we can see the results of our negative conditioning but cannot access its core cause. Breathwork is one means of accessing and liberating these deep-seated disharmonies.
Breathwork involves going beyond the analytical or mind level of our issues. We delve deep into our consciousness to discover and liberate the core causes of our disharmonies and suffering. While self-analysis helps to build structure and re-evaluate our attitudes and behaviours, deep and lasting transformation occurs through direct experience of the root causes which are hidden behind these more superficial layers.
Masters of Yoga explain that when we inhale we bring in life energy and with the exhale we release negative sensory, emotional and mental experiences.
Many of us may have experienced a sense of heaviness or confinement in our breath. This is caused by accumulation of thoughts, beliefs and experiences that are not harmonious with the life force that is rightly ours to realize. Our attitudes and emotional baggage are mirrored in the quality of our breath. Thus, the liberation of the breath becomes the gateway to liberating our lives.
Our body and our mind are meant to function in harmony bringing balance into our lives. This harmony between our body and mind gets hindered to a greater or lesser degree due to samskaras or experiences we encounter from the very moment we enter into life. In addition the sometimes harsh and judgmental attitudes we have toward our weaknesses and suffering compound the negative impact they have on our lives. Learning how to breathe deeply, accompanied by a trained professional, releases the deep-seated emotions that wreak havoc in our lives. It opens up the way toward discovering and realising our true nature and potential.
Stay tuned for next week’s installment in our breathwork series.
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