breath work

noun
variants: or breathwork \ ˈbreth-​ˌwərk How to pronounce breath work (audio) \

Definition of breath work

: conscious, controlled breathing done especially for relaxation, meditation, or therapeutic purposes Yoga is a 5,000-year-old physical and philosophical discipline from India that joins the mind and body together through breath work, or pranayama, and postures, or asanas.— Hilary E. MacGregor Some general principles of breathwork are: make your breathing slower, deeper, quieter, and more regular whenever you think about it; deepen the exhalation phase of breathing by squeezing more air out of the lungs at the end of each breath … and keep your attention on the breath more of the time.— Andrew Weil

First Known Use of breath work

1922, in the meaning defined above

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“Breath work.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/breath%20work. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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breath work

noun
variants: or breathwork

Medical Definition of breath work

: conscious, controlled breathing done especially for relaxation, meditation, or therapeutic purposes Western practitioners believe yoga's deeply relaxing breath work allows the body's healing abilities to take over.— Norine Dworkin, Psychology Today

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