What is breathwork?
Breathwork is a general term used to describe any type of therapy that utilizes breathing exercises to improve mental, physical, and spiritual health. Many forms of breathwork therapy exist today. Each has its own unique methods of using breath for healing purposes. All of the current practices, like Goldenair, draw from an ancient Pranayama tradition while incorporating Western techniques. The techniques are fairly simple, but the results are often profound.
Goldenair employs a powerful, active breath done laying on your back. A 3-part breath (inhale/inhale/exhale) enables you to access a non-ordinary state of consciousness by turning down the executive and higher cognitive functions of the brain (transient hypofrontality - similar to an extreme 'runner's high'). With the executive portion of the brain turned down, other parts of the brain that typically lie dormant are activated. This gives rise to creative insights, breakthroughs and transformation. People often cite their first session as one of the most powerful singular experiences of their lives, and go forth from the session with real-life applicable to-dos.
It's something a growing wave of world-changers share as a regular practice. They are breathing like their life depends on it. And you can too.
Why is it so amazing?
Our breath is the one thing that can be fully controlled both consciously and subconsciously. As such, Thich Nhat Hanh has said, “Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts." The breath is an accessible tool if you wanna feel great. Goldenair participants often report:
Newfound meaning and purpose
Increased access to creativity
Bliss, awe, and transcendence
Deep relaxation and peace
Specific, actionable life insights
Will it cure what ails ye?
Did you know that 70 percent of the toxins inside our bodies are removed through our lungs? Manipulating our breath consciously through Breathwork may bring benefits to a wide range of issues, including:
Chronic pain relief
Relieving deep trauma and grief
Squashing negative inner voices
Clearing toxins at the cellular level
How do I prepare for a session?
Wear comfy clothes, bring a yoga mat and blanket (if you like - some people get chilly), drink some water, and avoid eating an hour or two beforehand. Other than that, bring an adventurous spirit and you're clear for takeoff!
What can I expect?
Hard to say, really! Everyone's experience is different, and you may have different experiences from session to session. The best way to know is to dive right in - it's always the perfect time to start. I can't wait to breathwork with you.
What's going on with my hands!?
A healthy percentage of people who try breathwork get something called Tetany. These are cramps, convulsions, or tightness in parts of the body (often the hands or feet or lips), that may be uncomfortable to experience. The medical explanation of this is that it’s caused by the intensity of our breathing — as we expel CO2 and other gasses, the body becomes more alkaline, creating this effect.
An additional explanation would suggest that the body inherently knows how to release inner tension, or places we are energetically ‘stuck'. In order to efficiently release, it first maximizes, or pools this tension. Dr. Stanislav Grof writes that "...it represents a unique opportunity for healing. What emerges under these circumstances is unconscious material with strong emotional charge that is most ready for processing."
The important thing to know about tetany is that it is temporary, and always goes away. It is often accompanied by big releases and enhanced relaxation. Making friends with tetany by breathing through it and allowing these sensations may be a highly beneficial part of your breathwork experience. That said, your body knows best. If at any time the sensations are just too uncomfortable, you can breathe through your nose and the tension will dissipate in a few minutes.