Psychedelic breathing is a conscious practice whose goal is to increase consciousness. It is vital in the deep healing process as it opens the mind and helps in self-exploration. It serves to help you have more insight, new thoughts, and gain more clarity.
An example of breathwork is taking long breaths with minimal gap between the inhales and exhales. In yoga, the practice is called pranayama – a process which employs breathing techniques to improve awareness.
Many have adapted this breathing technique and use it as a clearing practice before meditation as it’s a way of preparing the mind before meditating.
The longer the breathwork, the better the results. The process can go on for over three hours, upon which the patient’s mind will have drifted, almost similar to how psychedelics impact the mind. It is a great tool for those seeking personal empowerment, and emotional self-exploration.
Also worth noting is that there are different techniques of breathwork, not just one standard formula. Various facilities employ different breathing methods although the results are the same.
One popular method is called Holotropic Breathwork, a therapeutic breathing practice that involves taking fast breaths for longer periods, even an hour. It is advisable to do it under the guidance of a person experienced in this field.
This technique was developed by one of the earliest LSD researchers, Stanislav Grof in the 1960s when the drug was removed from the market. He looked for an alternative method of achieving similar results LSD had provided. Holotropic breathwork also aims at achieving some emotional healing.
Understanding the Experience
Those who practice breathwork reveal a feeling of rebirth together with other powerful experiences. The impacts of this practice on the mind and body are different. Physically, the person may experience pain on the hands and toes as a result of sitting in the same position for long. Overcoming this challenge is a rebirth on its own.
Breathwork can also be emotionally overwhelming and through the process, you can release any pent-up emotions.
Practice breathing and psychedelic treatment go hand in hand as they both serve the same goal. Breathwork allows you to explore various states and can be used in preparation for a psychedelic experience. Breathwork is a safe practice and you are at liberty to end it when it becomes too much for you to handle.
In the book How to Change Your Mind, researcher Michael Pollan outlines how he incorporated breathwork a day before undertaking an LSD session.
Since breathwork is a health practice, it is the perfect tool for psychedelic experiences. Secondly, unlike psychedelics, breathwork isn’t illegal, thus making it a more convenient practice.
Breathwork has gained popularity, with many facilities now offering it in their workshops. An example is Breathwork online, which takes participants through a breathing exercise. They also provide guidelines on how to prepare for the psychedelic sessions.
Psychedelics often achieve a more profound effect when combined with other interventions, such as breathwork, so it wouldn’t be surprising if entities like Pure Extracts Corp. encouraged patients to be open to what professional psychedelic therapists advise them to do before, during and after treatment sessions.
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