: 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
Examples of breath work in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the WebMake time for things like meditation, mindfulness, yoga, breath work, or all of them!—Hannah Coates, Glamour, 8 Nov. 2023 Travelers will engage in daily breath work, meditation, yoga classes, evening wind-down workshops, self-discovery classes, and group excursions to engage with other travelers.—Byalexa Mikhail, Fortune Well, 24 Oct. 2023 The wellness brand will host a series of inclusive and interactive retreats and workshops to bring people together within a safe space while teaching the importance of taking time for self through modalities like dance, breath work, yoga and more.—Deanna Taylor, Essence, 20 Oct. 2023 The airy space on Pico Boulevard in central L.A. offers every flavor of enlightenment, from conscious dating workshops to breath work.—Monica Corcoran Harel, Travel + Leisure, 16 Oct. 2023 First, a timetable of the head-spinning array of activities on offer each day, including breath work, meditation sessions, and—a particular favorite—raga therapy, which essentially involved lying on the ground as a sitar was gently strummed, and most days led to a mid-afternoon doze.—Liam Hess, Vogue, 9 Oct. 2023 Williams says including breath work into our routine helps with regulating our mind and being more in control of how our body responds in times of stress.—Kiara Byrd, Essence, 1 Sep. 2023 Rita Ora Pays Tribute to Husband Taika Waititi on His Birthday: 'Thank You for Showing Me What Love Really Is'
The motivational speaker and extreme athlete, 64, has published a series of popular wellness books promoting the myriad benefits of practicing cold therapy, along with breath work.—Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 21 Aug. 2023 The event also features wellness programming such as yoga, meditation, breath work, and sound bathing.
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