If you are reading this and that question intrigues you, maybe this was written just for you!
Here are some of my notes and thoughts as I travel down this path of wonder…
Some Definitions and passages that resonate with me:
Prana – Life Force: the spirit or energy that animates living creatures; the soul.
“Yahweh God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7
Whether you follow a particular set of scriptures or have your own ideas about what the soul, breath or life force is, there is one thing no one can deny and that is that all of us who are living have breath. The moment we breathe on our own we are proclaimed “born” and the moment our breath leaves our bodies is the moment we slip out of this world into “death” or the other side of this life as we know it.
Most of my life I have pondered spiritual things. I remember as a child feeling very close to God/my spirit when I was outside or interacting with the earth. There seemed to be a rhythm and heart beat in each and every living thing. I believe I heard messages within my heart that were deep truths about love, life and purpose without hearing a single audible word.
As I grew older and less interactive with nature, I began to lose touch with spiritual things the more I followed the rhythms of this world, our culture, and being a working mama on the east coast. My faith in God and my passion for all things healing and spiritual never left me but I felt my time was all spent and although my “intentions” were good, I just never followed through because there were so many other things higher up on my priority list.
Then one day it hit me. My anxiety level had been growing for weeks (maybe even years), and for some reason I didn’t even recognize it as anxiety. I began feeling impatient, cranky for no reason, and kind of snarky with my husband. I have always been a non-stop, get it done, don’t-stop-til-you-drop, type lady. I have always seen myself as positive, hard working and having a natural zest for life and serving those around me. My anxiety was masked by my excitement and passion for all of the great things I was involved in and so it was easily undetected…until suddenly I felt like I was going to burst like a pressure cooker. No warning, just an “oh, snap” kind of feeling (literally).
You may or may not relate to this and that is totally fine, but the reason I am sharing this is because of what I discovered during this time that literally gave me my life back in the richest, healthiest, and fullest form.
My sister has often said, “Sometimes you need to sink to the bottom so that you have something to push off of.” This was definitely one of those times and I believe sinking down to that murky, deep bottom was just what I needed to lift me back up to the sunny surface again.
That was when I said out loud to myself and to those close to me, “I think I need help.”
I started popping in on yoga classes again, booked acupuncture appointments, found a therapist (who also worked with energy fields and EFT), and then….I found it…
One day while scrolling through my social media feeds I saw a pretty picture. Haha! Yup. I know, it’s so superficial, but its true. I saw the words “Breathwork” along with this beautiful image and decided to investigate this link further. That was the moment that literally changed the course of my life for what I believe I can say as “forever”.
And so I began practicing a new type of Breathwork. It was unlike any type I had every tried or practiced in a yoga class and it slowly began to become part of my daily life. I started with little 10 minute youtube clips and then started purchasing sessions (actually investing) in this thing! I wasn’t sure what it was but I knew it made me feel lighter and things in my life started feeling less heavy. My sister recognized how helpful this was for me and bought me a private session with my (now) teacher, Erin Telford. During the session all I remember was a tingling sensation, like my life energy was dancing all around my body. Strong emotional memories and thoughts came into my awareness and I cried and released a lot of gunk that day. The anxiety and pressure that had been rising was there for a reason. I saw with my heart into what it was and grieved in places I had squashed down so deeply that I foolishly believed it was gone. Emotions and trauma hide in our bodies. Belief systems too. Thank goodness I sank to the bottom so I could finally push off of something tangible and begin to rise upwards again.
It astounds me to think back on this time and see how far it has brought me. So many pieces began to connect and it feels like I have arrived in the place I was meant to be my whole life long. I feel like that child again, in tune with nature and the natural rhythm of things. All of the careers I have tried, certificates I have earned, experiences with people (young and old), all seemed to be pointing me to this place where all of those resources can come together and be used at once. This is what this type of breathwork does. It clears the cobwebs, detoxes the emotions that lurk within our bodies, and gives clarity and hope.
As some of you may know I have continued on this path and have gone through training (which I intend to do over and over again throughout my life) so that I can deepen my practice and also share this with others. I watch as each and every person has their own awakenings and releases. I witness the deep connection of breath with the soul and know this work is deep and real and literally moves mountains.
If any of this resonates with you please feel free to share here or reach out personally.
Private sessions are now being booked through the studio into the month of May and group classes will be coming to our studio soon so stay tuned!
Love & Light*
4 thoughts on “What is this thing called Breathwork?”
This is beautiful. I am so happy that you found breath work and decided to share what you’ve learned with others. My breath work practice, led by you, has already begun to clear out the gunk and help me to see things more clearly. You are a blessing.
Thank you for trusting me to hold space for you, Tiffany. It is my JOY to witness each layer unfold. You have done so much work and it makes my heart smile to know I can be a part of this journey with you! I bow my head with gratitude. Xoxox
I read this and wept, not tears of sadness but out of total one hundred percent relation to that deceiving thought that some of my emotional pain was gone. It brings me great joy to hear that you have found such a wonderful solution to what I would call “life on life’s terms”. You have also brought me to realize that self-acceptance is never complete. It is a work in progress and all I need is the willingness to change. I am VERY intrigued by your newfound process that brought you to the freedom described in your blog. I would LOVE to hear more about it and how I can start to try something like this.
Much Love Always, Lauren xoxoxox
Hello my BEAUTIFUL sister-in-love, Lauren! Thank you so much for sharing and for your interest and encouragement! I am so excited to share this practice with you because it reaches those deep deep levels within and offers healing and release. Reach out to me and we can set something up. XOXO