The power of Breathwork is talked about more often these days, but it's nothing new, it's been around for centuries.
Ancient religious, spiritual, and warrior traditions have known the value of breathwork for a very long time.
Somehow the value and benefits of doing breathwork have been forgotten.
But the value of breathwork has always been used by warrior culture for its spiritual and tactical benefits.
The reality is that people are looking for solutions to their problems but some of the best tools they have are right in front of them but they dont see it.
A good example is the power of breathing.
Or more specificly the power of using your own breath as a tool to improve all aspects of your life.
Some people do decide to take up some form of breathwork but soon stop doing it because they expect immediate results in terms of solving their life problems.
These people are not willing to build a breathwork discipline by consistently working on their breathing.
Those who decide to consistently work on their breath get the results they are looking for.
The Power Of Breathwork: Let's Look At The Mainstream Benefits of Breathwork.
- Reduction of Stress
- Manages Pain
- Improves Focus
- Lowers Blood pressure
- Reduces Depression+anxiety
- Helps Immune System
- Better Sleep
- Mental clarity and calmness
- Better Creativity
- More Conscious
- Improves mind power
- Breathwork for trauma
The Spiritual Benefits.
These are mainstream benefits and they are by themselves very valuable.
But let's look deeper at the value of Breathwork.
One of the most famous advocates of breathwork is Wim Hof who wrote the book “The Wim Hof Method: Activate Your Full Human Potential”.
One of the biggest Hoff shows us about breathwork is the Spiritual benefits that breathwork gives us.
It's one of the most holistically valuable tools we have to improve ourselves as human beings at a spiritual level.
The Warrior Benefits.
Another benefit of breathwork is the connection to the warrior culture.
I have previously written about how modern warriors of the Special Operations use breathwork to control stress in combat.
And in those examples, I wrote about box breathing as a way to improve your life.
But keep in mind there are many types of breathing that has value, not just box breathing.
With all this in mind, I want to connect it with one of the most famous warrior traditions the Samurai.
A long time ago before the Samurai were already highly skilled with their warrior skills.
But it wasn't until their first contact with Zen Buddhist Monks that they took their skills to a whole different level.
According to historians the Samurai first took notice of the Monks after witnessing them being attacked by enemy forces.
What the Samurai noticed was how calm and composed the Monks were in combat.
They were fearless and showed a high level of courage and determination when facing adversity.
This impressed the Samurai so much that they started learning from the Monks.
The Samurai quickly adapt Zen Buddism as their religion.
Hence the influence of Zen culture even in modern Japan.
A big part of Zen Buddism is meditation and more specificly breathwork.
Of course, the Samurai tradition has influenced all martial arts that originated in Japan.
Along with that came many Samurai traditions like using breathing as a tool to prepare for combat but also as a tactical tool in combat.
And at this point, it brings us back to modern times and a legendary JiuJitsu Martial Artist by the name of Rickson Gracie.
Rickson Gracie is probably the most successful Jiu-Jitsu Martial Artist of our time.
A lot of people know about Rickson Gracie, but many people were surprised about how Rickson Gracie used breathwork as a tool.
In the documentary Choke, the world witnessed for the first time how a real Martial Artist used his breath as a spiritual tool and as a tactical tool to overcome his opponents.
The point I'm trying to make is that the value of doing breathwork is limitless and you can choose what type of breathwork you want to use and for what purpose.
But it's up to you to go out there and start incorporating this into your life.
More importantly, it must be a discipline and not just something you do when you feel like it.
To get the true benefits of breathwork it needs to be consistent.
Something that surprises many people after starting to work on their breath is that they didn't know about the different dimensions of life that exists once they started incorporating breathwork into their lives.
Suddenly they see their lives transform by using something that was right in front of them their whole lives.
The only question they ask is why didn't start doing this years ago?
So start doing a breathwork session a few times a week.
Until next time…