As long as we are still alive, the way we are breathing right now is the right way for us right now, and we can learn from it!
As the freedom of our breath is restrained by the experiences we have repressed, our breath is teaching us about our state of consciousness.
Breath is a language that expresses itself through the location of the breath in the body, breathing sounds, and breath rhythms. For example, when the breath is rapid and high in the chest, it is frequently communicating about grief and fear; when in the middle of the chest, it is about anger, when pulled into the belly in a ceratin way, it tells about feelings pushed away as far as possible.
Our breath language tells us when we are “activated”. In life, and in breathwork sessions, we are activated when our repressed experiences and their related suffering are brought to consciousness and we think and react under their influence rather than behaving autonomously.
A breathwork session will activate past suffering and bring it to consciousness for integration. The breather arrives at insight into the cause of the problem at vision with regard to its solution. Breathwork sessions may be individual, accompanied by a professional breathworker, or take place in groups led by professional breathworkers.
The pattern of a breathwork session is ACTIVATION, INTEGRATION, INSIGHT, VISION. This pattern can be repeated several times during the same session.
At the end of a breathwork session, once the breath has done its work, it is likely to completely fill our physical body and our energy bodies. Then we breathe in from below our feet, take our breath above our head, and let it go like a wave, down to below our feet. This breath is about transcendental harmony.
by Joy Manne, from her book “Conscious Breathing”.