Breathwork is a powerful practice that can be used with psychedelics for a variety of purposes. Some practitioners use it to clear stored emotions, while others use it to promote a more grateful state. Both of these practices can be a powerful tool for psychedelic integration.
Breathwork is an up-regulated breathing technique that can put the body into a surrendered state of consciousness. By activating the parasympathetic nervous system, breathing with intention can calm the mind and body and increase energy levels. Integration can be a complex and traumatic experience, but up-regulated breathing techniques can give you the energy and empowerment you need to make it through the process.
Breathwork can be performed by anyone, whether you’re an advanced psychedelic user or not. It consists of two to three hours of deep breathing while listening to evocative music. The goal is to simulate a psychedelic trip and induce a deeply healing state.
The most effective way to practice breathwork is with a guide. A breathwork guide can provide expert guidance, immersive soundscapes, and subtle exploration prompts that will help you achieve the desired effect. One of the best options for breathwork workshops is the Othership app, which has over 300 breathwork sessions designed by world-renowned facilitators. Breathwork can be a powerful tool for enhancing sleep, emotional regulation, and stress management.
Breathwork has been used for thousands of years. In eastern religions and spiritual practices, diaphragmatic breathing is encouraged as part of spiritual practice. It also improves self-awareness. In a 2015 study, people using breathwork practice showed improvements in personality, emotional balance, and social adaptation. This ancient practice is now recognized as an important component of psychedelic therapy. It has been linked to many positive effects, including reduced anxiety, improved mood, and expanded consciousness.