What Is Breathwork?

I am writing this article, because I have noticed there are more and more breathing techniques out there, and I am curious about what is happening, how it affects the Breathwork movement and where Breathwork is going from here.

I started off with Rebirthing, when Leonard Orr discovered Conscious Connected Breathing. At that time, all we did was Conscious Connected Breathing. And that was powerful enough to make this my life-journey and millions of others on the planet.

Then, the BREATHWORK PREMISE was that Natural Breathing is your birth-gift, an already integrate part of you, and not something you need to create. It is even so powerful that it can create life. Since, you can’t create life, you can assume that your Natural Breathing knows something you don’t.

We also learned that, if your Natural Breathing got hampered, by mis-learned breathing and traumas, you can restore it by undoing the cause of the impaired breathing, by simulating or jump-starting your Natural Breathing. When the issue got resolved, no more breathwork was needed on that issue, so you could settle back into your easy life-giving Natural Breathing.

Now, when I search for BREATHWORK, I find all kinds of techniques. They are very different from each other, in intention, application and results, but they are all called Breathwork.

This is some of what I found searching Breathwork Techniques: Some advocate chest breathing, belly breathing, nose breathing, mouth breathing, conscious connected breathing, natural breathing, hot-water breathing, cold-water breathing, slow breathing, holding the breath breathing, counting the breathing, guided breathing, one-self breathing, time controlled breathing, daily practice breathing, group breathing, remote online breathing, detoxification breathing, mantra breathing, yoga breathing, breathing with movement and dance, breathing with music, breathing with various sound waves, breathing with visualization, and breathing with intention…

The BREATHWORK PREMISE of these techniques is to create a safer, healthier, better and spiritual life. BUT, Natural Breathing comes with some flaws, or at least, with some mis-understandings of how you should breathe, so they intend to locate or design a better breathwork practice.

Does that mean that breathwork has many newly discovered or developed qualities that we were unaware of, or are we missing and over-riding its true gift, or is breathwork evolving?

Supposedly, breathing is breathing, and Life-force rides on the breath. So, every breathing technique should be good enough. Right?

Yes, if you are clear on what you are expecting, and apply the breathing technique that is specifically created for that, it should deliver.

But, don’t forget that the various breathing techniques have different agendas and accomplishes different results. So, first you have to know what you are looking for. This is the hardest part:

Maybe you are searching for a way to let go of suffering; Maybe you have health fears; Maybe you think you need to create health; Maybe you have survival fears; Maybe you are without work or can’t continue your business as usual; Maybe you feel lost; Maybe you don’t want to be alone; Maybe you don’t want to be controlled; Maybe you get the rat-race urge and competition; Maybe you want power and status; Maybe you are just looking for something to do; Maybe you want to release blocked sub-conscious material; Maybe you want to feel that you do spiritual work; Maybe you want to meet your Real Self; Maybe you want to restore your Source within; Maybe you are caught by the WINDS OF URGE to be better; Maybe you feel inspired to help; Maybe you are CARRIED BY unstoppable CREATIVITY.

Then, you study and learn all you can about breathwork and find that there is a diversity of research and numerous understandings, applications and techniques.

Finally, you choose one or several of these breathwork approaches, or you design your own, maybe because you experience success with a particular technique, or you like a teacher, or your friends like a system, or you are creative.

Or, maybe you choose your breathwork technique, because you want regular purification from your mis-thinking, body toxins and external pollution, or maybe you choose one technique that makes you feel that you are connecting with your divine self-worth, by breathing while engaging in positive and spiritual practices.

Or, maybe you just want to have an ongoing breathwork practice-exercise, for yourself and others, with the intention that it will “get you there”, and once there, your practice will “keep you there”.

CONCLUSION:
Evolution and Change IS happening in the Breathwork community.

* I like the Breathwork Premise that; when we get out of the way, we are spontaneously doing Natural Breathing (you probably notice that your breathing changes, now and then, by itself); we don’t need to earn or create the right to exist; and no ongoing correcting improvement recovery is needed. Here, we and our breathing are naturally free.

The reasons we miss breathing naturally are mis-learning, and the traumas stored in our sub-consciousness.

The good news is that re-learning can be done remote on-line.

Not so good news is that, now we are required to maintain social distancing, so we can only connect remotely. But, to purge sub-conscious material, we need to do a full-cycle Natural Breathing sessions, but we can’t do that on our own, because we cannot find and release old traumas, and monitor our progress, at the same time as, we are surrendering to something unknown. To go this deep, we are best supported with in-person, inspiring, knowledgeable, skillful and experienced support, and that is mostly not available now.

* That leaves us with the next best Breathwork Premise, or, rather, the best Breathwork Premise for now – breathing on your own and remote online breathing.

Even though, surrendering to Natural Breathing, correctly executed with in-person support, can uproot all issues and connect us with who we really are, we have had to shift our current breathwork practice to a remote system.

Some Breathworkers, continue to do the original full Conscious Connected Breathing sessions, but now through remote online access.

Others, offers a variety of unique breathing techniques, that addresses issues of pain, fears and practical circumstances, and protecting and enlivening health, wealth and sanity, one-by-one.

So, this is probably why we have more and more singularly focused, but timely, new specific practical breathing techniques.

I am writing this article, because I have noticed there are more and more breathing techniques out there, and I am curious about what is happening, how it affects the Breathwork movement and where Breathwork is going from here.

I started off with Rebirthing, when Leonard Orr discovered Conscious Connected Breathing. At that time, all we did was Conscious Connected Breathing. And that was powerful enough to make this my life-journey and millions of others on the planet.

Then, the BREATHWORK PREMISE was that Natural Breathing is your birth-gift, an already integrate part of you, and not something you need to create. It is even so powerful that it can create life. Since, you can’t create life, you can assume that your Natural Breathing knows something you don’t.

We also learned that, if your Natural Breathing got hampered, by mis-learned breathing and traumas, you can restore it by undoing the cause of the impaired breathing, by simulating or jump-starting your Natural Breathing. When the issue got resolved, no more breathwork was needed on that issue, so you could settle back into your easy life-giving Natural Breathing.

Now, when I search for BREATHWORK, I find all kinds of techniques. They are very different from each other, in intention, application and results, but they are all called Breathwork.

This is some of what I found searching Breathwork Techniques: Some advocate chest breathing, belly breathing, nose breathing, mouth breathing, conscious connected breathing, natural breathing, hot-water breathing, cold-water breathing, slow breathing, holding the breath breathing, counting the breathing, guided breathing, one-self breathing, time controlled breathing, daily practice breathing, group breathing, remote online breathing, detoxification breathing, mantra breathing, yoga breathing, breathing with movement and dance, breathing with music, breathing with various sound waves, breathing with visualization, and breathing with intention…

The BREATHWORK PREMISE of these techniques is to create a safer, healthier, better and spiritual life. BUT, Natural Breathing comes with some flaws, or at least, with some mis-understandings of how you should breathe, so they intend to locate or design a better breathwork practice.

Does that mean that breathwork has many newly discovered or developed qualities that we were unaware of, or are we missing and over-riding its true gift, or is breathwork evolving?

Supposedly, breathing is breathing, and Life-force rides on the breath. So, every breathing technique should be good enough. Right?

Yes, if you are clear on what you are expecting, and apply the breathing technique that is specifically created for that, it should deliver.

But, don’t forget that the various breathing techniques have different agendas and accomplishes different results. So, first you have to know what you are looking for. This is the hardest part:

Maybe you are searching for a way to let go of suffering; Maybe you have health fears; Maybe you think you need to create health; Maybe you have survival fears; Maybe you are without work or can’t continue your business as usual; Maybe you feel lost; Maybe you don’t want to be alone; Maybe you don’t want to be controlled; Maybe you get the rat-race urge and competition; Maybe you want power and status; Maybe you are just looking for something to do; Maybe you want to release blocked sub-conscious material; Maybe you want to feel that you do spiritual work; Maybe you want to meet your Real Self; Maybe you want to restore your Source within; Maybe you are caught by the WINDS OF URGE to be better; Maybe you feel inspired to help; Maybe you are CARRIED BY unstoppable CREATIVITY.

Then, you study and learn all you can about breathwork and find that there is a diversity of research and numerous understandings, applications and techniques.

Finally, you choose one or several of these breathwork approaches, or you design your own, maybe because you experience success with a particular technique, or you like a teacher, or your friends like a system, or you are creative.

Or, maybe you choose your breathwork technique, because you want regular purification from your mis-thinking, body toxins and external pollution, or maybe you choose one technique that makes you feel that you are connecting with your divine self-worth, by breathing while engaging in positive and spiritual practices.

Or, maybe you just want to have an ongoing breathwork practice-exercise, for yourself and others, with the intention that it will “get you there”, and once there, your practice will “keep you there”.

CONCLUSION:
Evolution and Change IS happening in the Breathwork community.

* I like the Breathwork Premise that; when we get out of the way, we are spontaneously doing Natural Breathing (you probably notice that your breathing changes, now and then, by itself); we don’t need to earn or create the right to exist; and no ongoing correcting improvement recovery is needed. Here, we and our breathing are naturally free.

The reasons we miss breathing naturally are mis-learning, and the traumas stored in our sub-consciousness.

The good news is that re-learning can be done remote on-line.

Not so good news is that, now we are required to maintain social distancing, so we can only connect remotely. But, to purge sub-conscious material, we need to do a full-cycle Natural Breathing sessions, but we can’t do that on our own, because we cannot find and release old traumas, and monitor our progress, at the same time as, we are surrendering to something unknown. To go this deep, we are best supported with in-person, inspiring, knowledgeable, skillful and experienced support, and that is mostly not available now.

* That leaves us with the next best Breathwork Premise, or, rather, the best Breathwork Premise for now – breathing on your own and remote online breathing.

Even though, surrendering to Natural Breathing, correctly executed with in-person support, can uproot all issues and connect us with who we really are, we have had to shift our current breathwork practice to a remote system.

Some Breathworkers, continue to do the original full Conscious Connected Breathing sessions, but now through remote online access.

Others, offers a variety of unique breathing techniques, that addresses issues of pain, fears and practical circumstances, and protecting and enlivening health, wealth and sanity, one-by-one.

So, this is probably why we have more and more singularly focused, but timely, new specific practical breathing techniques.

I am writing this article, because I have noticed there are more and more breathing techniques out there, and I am curious about what is happening, how it affects the Breathwork movement and where Breathwork is going from here.

I started off with Rebirthing, when Leonard Orr discovered Conscious Connected Breathing. At that time, all we did was Conscious Connected Breathing. And that was powerful enough to make this my life-journey and millions of others on the planet.

Then, the BREATHWORK PREMISE was that Natural Breathing is your birth-gift, an already integrate part of you, and not something you need to create. It is even so powerful that it can create life. Since, you can’t create life, you can assume that your Natural Breathing knows something you don’t.

We also learned that, if your Natural Breathing got hampered, by mis-learned breathing and traumas, you can restore it by undoing the cause of the impaired breathing, by simulating or jump-starting your Natural Breathing. When the issue got resolved, no more breathwork was needed on that issue, so you could settle back into your easy life-giving Natural Breathing.

Now, when I search for BREATHWORK, I find all kinds of techniques. They are very different from each other, in intention, application and results, but they are all called Breathwork.

This is some of what I found searching Breathwork Techniques: Some advocate chest breathing, belly breathing, nose breathing, mouth breathing, conscious connected breathing, natural breathing, hot-water breathing, cold-water breathing, slow breathing, holding the breath breathing, counting the breathing, guided breathing, one-self breathing, time controlled breathing, daily practice breathing, group breathing, remote online breathing, detoxification breathing, mantra breathing, yoga breathing, breathing with movement and dance, breathing with music, breathing with various sound waves, breathing with visualization, and breathing with intention…

The BREATHWORK PREMISE of these techniques is to create a safer, healthier, better and spiritual life. BUT, Natural Breathing comes with some flaws, or at least, with some mis-understandings of how you should breathe, so they intend to locate or design a better breathwork practice.

Does that mean that breathwork has many newly discovered or developed qualities that we were unaware of, or are we missing and over-riding its true gift, or is breathwork evolving?

Supposedly, breathing is breathing, and Life-force rides on the breath. So, every breathing technique should be good enough. Right?

Yes, if you are clear on what you are expecting, and apply the breathing technique that is specifically created for that, it should deliver.

But, don’t forget that the various breathing techniques have different agendas and accomplishes different results. So, first you have to know what you are looking for. This is the hardest part:

Maybe you are searching for a way to let go of suffering; Maybe you have health fears; Maybe you think you need to create health; Maybe you have survival fears; Maybe you are without work or can’t continue your business as usual; Maybe you feel lost; Maybe you don’t want to be alone; Maybe you don’t want to be controlled; Maybe you get the rat-race urge and competition; Maybe you want power and status; Maybe you are just looking for something to do; Maybe you want to release blocked sub-conscious material; Maybe you want to feel that you do spiritual work; Maybe you want to meet your Real Self; Maybe you want to restore your Source within; Maybe you are caught by the WINDS OF URGE to be better; Maybe you feel inspired to help; Maybe you are CARRIED BY unstoppable CREATIVITY.

Then, you study and learn all you can about breathwork and find that there is a diversity of research and numerous understandings, applications and techniques.

Finally, you choose one or several of these breathwork approaches, or you design your own, maybe because you experience success with a particular technique, or you like a teacher, or your friends like a system, or you are creative.

Or, maybe you choose your breathwork technique, because you want regular purification from your mis-thinking, body toxins and external pollution, or maybe you choose one technique that makes you feel that you are connecting with your divine self-worth, by breathing while engaging in positive and spiritual practices.

Or, maybe you just want to have an ongoing breathwork practice-exercise, for yourself and others, with the intention that it will “get you there”, and once there, your practice will “keep you there”.

CONCLUSION:
Evolution and Change IS happening in the Breathwork community.

* I like the Breathwork Premise that; when we get out of the way, we are spontaneously doing Natural Breathing (you probably notice that your breathing changes, now and then, by itself); we don’t need to earn or create the right to exist; and no ongoing correcting improvement recovery is needed. Here, we and our breathing are naturally free.

The reasons we miss breathing naturally are mis-learning, and the traumas stored in our sub-consciousness.

The good news is that re-learning can be done remote on-line.

Not so good news is that, now we are required to maintain social distancing, so we can only connect remotely. But, to purge sub-conscious material, we need to do a full-cycle Natural Breathing sessions, but we can’t do that on our own, because we cannot find and release old traumas, and monitor our progress, at the same time as, we are surrendering to something unknown. To go this deep, we are best supported with in-person, inspiring, knowledgeable, skillful and experienced support, and that is mostly not available now.

* That leaves us with the next best Breathwork Premise, or, rather, the best Breathwork Premise for now – breathing on your own and remote online breathing.

Even though, surrendering to Natural Breathing, correctly executed with in-person support, can uproot all issues and connect us with who we really are, we have had to shift our current breathwork practice to a remote system.

Some Breathworkers, continue to do the original full Conscious Connected Breathing sessions, but now through remote online access.

Others, offers a variety of unique breathing techniques, that addresses issues of pain, fears and practical circumstances, and protecting and enlivening health, wealth and sanity, one-by-one.

So, this is probably why we have more and more singularly focused, but timely, new specific practical breathing techniques.

Breathwork Online

You can learn some things online. You can learn Theoretical stuff and you can learn simple exercises, and “get” those.

But, if you are looking for personal CHANGE, and to live a healthy, happy, fulfilling, abundant life and be free of dependency of external circumstances, you need to let go of your issues, limitations and things that are not working for you.

The chances of exposing your problems, subconsciousness, deep seated feelings and enter unknown territory, by online or remote guidance, is slim to none, because you need to apply correct Natural Breathing and surrender your control to what is already feared and rejected, while actually being alone.

So, how can you surrender to the unknown? 

You do know you cannot trust your own understanding, because you will interpret what you investigate, from what you already know. Like, if you only study what sugar tastes like, you will not know the experience of sugar.  

In the same way as you would not let a person do brain surgery on you, that has learned to do brain surgery online and maybe even got certificate of knowledge, but have never held a scalpel or cut any head. 

Or trust to jump out of a plane with a parachute and instructions that you got from an instructor that had studied parachuting online, but who had never done parachuting themselves.

You need a Breath Coach/Trainer that has real experience and mastery, who truly know what they are doing and who have the power and skills to lead you. If you want to use Breathwork as your path, you need an experienced Breath Coach present, that inspires you to complete trust. 

Natural Breathing will transform your life and re-connect you with your Source, if you build an excess of energy through Natural Breathing and Consciousness and you don’t waste this retained excess energy, by being unaware, moving and thinking.

Be aware to not sabotage your sessions through mentally fabricated techniques and exercises, such as dance, sound, goals and expectations. Of course these seem exotic, but does not create fundamental awakening. Just more feed for the ego mind. Breathwork is an internal consciousness experience, beyond the thinking mind.

Even if you presume you get it from a book, video, online, or even a workshop, without personal guidance from an experienced Breath Coach, you can’t be sure you got it and really doing Natural Breathing, nor reaching the real thing and your highest potential.

When you get the Power of Natural Breathing, you will not look for shortcuts or discounts, because you really know you are the Creator of your life, so you look for the best Breath Coach / Trainer to guide you, because you want the best for you, and after you will be a real inspiration to the world, from inside out. 

Online learning has its benefits and its limitations. Use it wisely!

Excerpt from the Natural Breathing OWNER’s MANUAL

You can learn some things online. You can learn Theoretical stuff and you can learn simple exercises, and “get” those.

But, if you are looking for personal CHANGE, and to live a healthy, happy, fulfilling, abundant life and be free of dependency of external circumstances, you need to let go of your issues, limitations and things that are not working for you.

The chances of exposing your problems, subconsciousness, deep seated feelings and enter unknown territory, by online or remote guidance, is slim to none, because you need to apply correct Natural Breathing and surrender your control to what is already feared and rejected, while actually being alone.

So, how can you surrender to the unknown? 

You do know you cannot trust your own understanding, because you will interpret what you investigate, from what you already know. Like, if you only study what sugar tastes like, you will not know the experience of sugar.  

In the same way as you would not let a person do brain surgery on you, that has learned to do brain surgery online and maybe even got certificate of knowledge, but have never held a scalpel or cut any head. 

Or trust to jump out of a plane with a parachute and instructions that you got from an instructor that had studied parachuting online, but who had never done parachuting themselves.

You need a Breath Coach/Trainer that has real experience and mastery, who truly know what they are doing and who have the power and skills to lead you. If you want to use Breathwork as your path, you need an experienced Breath Coach present, that inspires you to complete trust. 

Natural Breathing will transform your life and re-connect you with your Source, if you build an excess of energy through Natural Breathing and Consciousness and you don’t waste this retained excess energy, by being unaware, moving and thinking.

Be aware to not sabotage your sessions through mentally fabricated techniques and exercises, such as dance, sound, goals and expectations. Of course these seem exotic, but does not create fundamental awakening. Just more feed for the ego mind. Breathwork is an internal consciousness experience, beyond the thinking mind.

Even if you presume you get it from a book, video, online, or even a workshop, without personal guidance from an experienced Breath Coach, you can’t be sure you got it and really doing Natural Breathing, nor reaching the real thing and your highest potential.

When you get the Power of Natural Breathing, you will not look for shortcuts or discounts, because you really know you are the Creator of your life, so you look for the best Breath Coach / Trainer to guide you, because you want the best for you, and after you will be a real inspiration to the world, from inside out. 

Online learning has its benefits and its limitations. Use it wisely!

Excerpt from the Natural Breathing OWNER’s MANUAL

Yawning and Natural Breathing

A yawn is the body’s way to get more oxygen/energy/spirit.

It happens when we let down our guard against feeling more, unlike the usual decreasing our air intake and numbing out when feelings are presented.

The good news is that a yawn opens up our Natural Breathing and energizes and wakes us up to feeling more.

The not so good news is that a yawn includes tightening of the jaw muscles and thus use up and consume the increased energy that was just received.

The benefit of yawning in a Natural Breathing session is that it flexes and unhooks a blocked chest and wakes us up to be open to feel more.

But once the breathing is open, which happens with one or a few yawns, continuing yawning, more than a few times, leaves us without the increased energy level, we need to expand.

Excerpt from Natural Breathing OWNER’s MANUAL

A yawn is the body’s way to get more oxygen/energy/spirit.

It happens when we let down our guard against feeling more, unlike the usual decreasing our air intake and numbing out when feelings are presented.

The good news is that a yawn opens up our Natural Breathing and energizes and wakes us up to feeling more.

The not so good news is that a yawn includes tightening of the jaw muscles and thus use up and consume the increased energy that was just received.

The benefit of yawning in a Natural Breathing session is that it flexes and unhooks a blocked chest and wakes us up to be open to feel more.

But once the breathing is open, which happens with one or a few yawns, continuing yawning, more than a few times, leaves us without the increased energy level, we need to expand.

Excerpt from Natural Breathing OWNER’s MANUAL

Tetany

If you want to use breathing as your “waking up to success” process, then, first you need to build your energy/prana to such a high level that you are retaining more energy than you use up.

If you do that, first your basic energy demands are met, and then, your surplus energy will have to find new places to go to, which are the areas of yourself, that you have previously shut down, because of traumas and mis-learnings. When your excess energy reaches your restricted areas, it will unlock them and expand you beyond your normal restrictions.

During your expansion process you may have a knee-jerk reaction to resist your new experience. Such a resistance shows up as a holding back – a tightening of your muscles – called “Tetany”. Eventually, you’ll surrender to and enjoy this heightened experience, and thus you let go of Tetany.

You should celebrate when you get Tetany, because then you know you are breathing beyond your Breathing Threshold and therefore a true transformation is taking place.

Tetany is a temporary tightening of some of your muscles.

Tetany is always safe
Tetany is a temporary reaction, that will pass within minutes. You will always leave a Natural Breathing session with your body functioning perfectly.

The first time you have Tetany, it can be startling, if you don’t know what Tetany is and how it works, because the first experience of Tetany is that you feel you loose control of your hands, arms, mouth and face. Your muscles gets stiff and you can’t move.

Actually, you can move. You can take total control of your body, if you get distracted out of your resistance. Like, if the fire-alarm goes off, you will instantly act normally and get out.

After you have had the experience of Tetany you know it is safe.

When you feel safe with Tetany, you’ll find it, not only interesting, but valuable to your success.

Most people get Tetany at some time during their sessions.
Tetany is considered an important learning experience of letting go of control.

If you never have Tetany, you are not building a surplus of energy, through breathing and you don’t get-out-of-the-way enough, to arise above your Breathing Threshold, but stay within your no-real-change safe zone.

Should you avoid Tetany?
Some people say you should avoid Tetany. They believe that Tetany is making you too vulnerable and should be avoided and thus they have come up with ways to avoid it, like short 15-minute sessions, breathing through the nose, some inhales and then hold your breath, shallow breathing, moving, dancing, focus outwards on intent, sound etc. These are ways to use up excess energy and miss the magic of a surplus energy, and thus inhibit real transformation.

With the support of an experienced Breath Coach, you can learn to remain above your Breathing Threshold, where Tetany becomes your ally and guide you to let go and live in the now.  

Tetany is a “wake-up” call
To let go of something, you first must become aware of what it is that you are letting go of. Tetany is such a strong wake-up call, you can’t ignore it. Tetany is your ally, making sure you don’t harbor mis-taken judgments.

Paying attention to when Tetany shows up, you have a reminder, that you are resisting something. 

Honestly investigating your mind, you’ll find “a NO” to something – anything. When you recognize your “no”, Tetany goes away.

Tetany shows up when you build energy, and uncover any buried resistance, and you resist letting it go. By investigating what mind-block you have, and surrendering to it, Tetany goes away, instantly.

Suggestions of how to release Tetany caused by resistance
Tetany is a tensing of muscles and thus pull you below your Breathing Threshold.

Be clear on that it is not the Natural Breathing that is causing Tetany, but part of your journey to releasing resistance to accepting your present life.

Accepting all your experiences leaves you relaxed and free.

Tetany can be caused by a lack of carbon-dioxide
Sometimes, if you struggle and resist a lot, you”ll start to push your exhale out so much that you get a lack of carbon-dioxide. Your body reacts by tightening up, to stop your excessive exhaling, until your breathing is balanced again.

This kind of Tetany does not come from inhaling too much oxygen, even though some call this hyperventilation, but is the correction to exhaling too much carbon-dioxide.

Suggestions of how to release Tetany caused by a lack of carbon-dioxide: “Stop pushing the exhale out”. “Slow down your exhale”. “Relax your exhale”. “Focus on your inhale.”

The ideal way to use Tetany
I call the ideal Natural Breathing session “Walking the Edge of Tetany”. If you don’t ever experience Tetany, you don’t have the right combination of adding energy and using up energy, leaving you without actually retaining more energy than you use up.

The most effective way to do a Natural Breathing session is to breathe so much that you start to notice a little Tetany. Once you notice Tetany, you inquire what it is you are saying “no” to. Once you recognize what you are saying “no” to, that unconscious resistance is gone.

In one session you can go through many breath releases, if you breathe up a storm, notice your resistance, and what you are resisting, and then let it go. Every such incident accomplishes your next level of love, peace and success.

Excerpt from Natural Breathing OWNER’s MANUAL

If you want to use breathing as your “waking up to success” process, then, first you need to build your energy/prana to such a high level that you are retaining more energy than you use up.

If you do that, first your basic energy demands are met, and then, your surplus energy will have to find new places to go to, which are the areas of yourself, that you have previously shut down, because of traumas and mis-learnings. When your excess energy reaches your restricted areas, it will unlock them and expand you beyond your normal restrictions.

During your expansion process you may have a knee-jerk reaction to resist your new experience. Such a resistance shows up as a holding back – a tightening of your muscles – called “Tetany”. Eventually, you’ll surrender to and enjoy this heightened experience, and thus you let go of Tetany.

You should celebrate when you get Tetany, because then you know you are breathing beyond your Breathing Threshold and therefore a true transformation is taking place.

Tetany is a temporary tightening of some of your muscles.

Tetany is always safe
Tetany is a temporary reaction, that will pass within minutes. You will always leave a Natural Breathing session with your body functioning perfectly.

The first time you have Tetany, it can be startling, if you don’t know what Tetany is and how it works, because the first experience of Tetany is that you feel you loose control of your hands, arms, mouth and face. Your muscles gets stiff and you can’t move.

Actually, you can move. You can take total control of your body, if you get distracted out of your resistance. Like, if the fire-alarm goes off, you will instantly act normally and get out.

After you have had the experience of Tetany you know it is safe.

When you feel safe with Tetany, you’ll find it, not only interesting, but valuable to your success.

Most people get Tetany at some time during their sessions.
Tetany is considered an important learning experience of letting go of control.

If you never have Tetany, you are not building a surplus of energy, through breathing and you don’t get-out-of-the-way enough, to arise above your Breathing Threshold, but stay within your no-real-change safe zone.

Should you avoid Tetany?
Some people say you should avoid Tetany. They believe that Tetany is making you too vulnerable and should be avoided and thus they have come up with ways to avoid it, like short 15-minute sessions, breathing through the nose, some inhales and then hold your breath, shallow breathing, moving, dancing, focus outwards on intent, sound etc. These are ways to use up excess energy and miss the magic of a surplus energy, and thus inhibit real transformation.

With the support of an experienced Breath Coach, you can learn to remain above your Breathing Threshold, where Tetany becomes your ally and guide you to let go and live in the now. 

Tetany is a “wake-up” call
To let go of something, you first must become aware of what it is that you are letting go of. Tetany is such a strong wake-up call, you can’t ignore it. Tetany is your ally, making sure you don’t harbor mis-taken judgments.

Paying attention to when Tetany shows up, you have a reminder, that you are resisting something. 

Honestly investigating your mind, you’ll find “a NO” to something – anything. When you recognize your “no”, Tetany goes away.

Tetany shows up when you build energy, and uncover any buried resistance, and you resist letting it go. By investigating what mind-block you have, and surrendering to it, Tetany goes away, instantly.

Suggestions of how to release Tetany caused by resistance
Tetany is a tensing of muscles and thus pull you below your Breathing Threshold.

Be clear on that it is not the Natural Breathing that is causing Tetany, but part of your journey to releasing resistance to accepting your present life.

Accepting all your experiences leaves you relaxed and free.

Tetany can be caused by a lack of carbon-dioxide
Sometimes, if you struggle and resist a lot, you”ll start to push your exhale out so much that you get a lack of carbon-dioxide. Your body reacts by tightening up, to stop your excessive exhaling, until your breathing is balanced again.

This kind of Tetany does not come from inhaling too much oxygen, even though some call this hyperventilation, but is the correction to exhaling too much carbon-dioxide.

Suggestions of how to release Tetany caused by a lack of carbon-dioxide: “Stop pushing the exhale out”. “Slow down your exhale”. “Relax your exhale”. “Focus on your inhale.”

The ideal way to use Tetany
I call the ideal Natural Breathing session “Walking the Edge of Tetany”. If you don’t ever experience Tetany, you don’t have the right combination of adding energy and using up energy, leaving you without actually retaining more energy than you use up.

The most effective way to do a Natural Breathing session is to breathe so much that you start to notice a little Tetany. Once you notice Tetany, you inquire what it is you are saying “no” to. Once you recognize what you are saying “no” to, that unconscious resistance is gone.

In one session you can go through many breath releases, if you breathe up a storm, notice your resistance, and what you are resisting, and then let it go. Every such incident accomplishes your next level of love, peace and success.

Excerpt from Natural Breathing OWNER’s MANUAL

Mouth vs. Nose Breathing

Breathing can be done through your mouth or your nose
Mouth vs. nose breathing shows you whether you tend to engage and relate more with your external world or your internal world.

Mouth breathing
Breathing through your mouth shows that you are physically and emotionally engaged with your life.

Mouth breathing connects you with your physical and emotional experiences.

Whenever you laugh or cry or run or exercise or sigh or yawn, you breathe through your mouth, so Natural Breathing is naturally through the mouth.

Mouth breathing is preferred in Natural Breathing, because it is easier and gives you faster access to a full breath and more air than through the nose. Most effective energy/spirit builder.

Nose breathing
Breathing through your nose connects you with your internal world.

Nose breathing pacifies you. This may be good to do if you want to meditate or calm down.

Nose Breathing is not Natural Breathing, because it doesn’t happen naturally when you let go of sub-ventilating.

Sometimes nose breathing can take place at the end of a session, but is not ideal, since it dis-engages physical and emotional awareness.

Alternating Mouth and Nose breathing
Breathing in through the nose and exhaling through the mouth or any combination thereof uses mental and muscle activity. It takes effort and a certain level of control to constantly change the flow of the air, and thus uses up Life-force, keeping you below the Breathing Threshold.

Unobstructed Natural Breathing is always done through the mouth. 

Excerpt from the Natural Breathing OWNER’S MANUAL.

Breathing can be done through your mouth or your nose
Mouth vs. nose breathing shows you whether you tend to engage and relate more with your external world or your internal world.

Mouth breathing
Breathing through your mouth shows that you are physically and emotionally engaged with your life.

Mouth breathing connects you with your physical and emotional experiences.

Whenever you laugh or cry or run or exercise or sigh or yawn, you breathe through your mouth, so Natural Breathing is naturally through the mouth.

Mouth breathing is preferred in Natural Breathing, because it is easier and gives you faster access to a full breath and more air than through the nose. Most effective energy/spirit builder.

Nose breathing
Breathing through your nose connects you with your internal world.

Nose breathing pacifies you. This may be good to do if you want to meditate or calm down.

Nose Breathing is not Natural Breathing, because it doesn’t happen naturally when you let go of sub-ventilating.

Sometimes nose breathing can take place at the end of a session, but is not ideal, since it dis-engages physical and emotional awareness.

Alternating Mouth and Nose breathing
Breathing in through the nose and exhaling through the mouth or any combination thereof uses mental and muscle activity. It takes effort and a certain level of control to constantly change the flow of the air, and thus uses up Life-force, keeping you below the Breathing Threshold.

Unobstructed Natural Breathing is always done through the mouth. 

Excerpt from the Natural Breathing OWNER’S MANUAL.

Chest vs. Belly Breathing

Chest vs. Belly breathing shows you whether you tend to engage personally or not.

Chest breathing shows that you are interested in your life, engage in it, take charge and take your life personally.

Belly breathing shows that you stuff your feelings, is a spectator and don’t face your circumstances. You engage mentally and physically, but no awareness of your actual personal Life-Journey.

Your lungs are located in your chest and must be inflated to add air to your body.

You have intracostal muscles between and behind your ribs. They lift up your rib-cage and fill your lungs. Every time you exert yourself, laugh, yawn, sigh, have emotions and are passionate you breathe into your chest.

A chest that is flexible, expanding on the inhale and collapsing on the exhale, activates your feeling, leaving you with a full and alive breathing.

Your heart-chakra is stimulated when your chest moves, demonstrated by chest breathers being more loving and belly breathers being more emotionally absent.

Natural Breathing starts in your chest
Your inhale should be filled up from the top of your chest and then expand, down through your solar plexus, into your abdomen, and then to the rest of your body. If your breath jumps over and avoids your solar plexus area you are missing your personal power to create the life that you want.

If a person intends to do Natural Breathing, but is educated in diaphragmatic breathing, which has a different purpose than Natural Breathing, the person needs to be re-educated on how to breathe into their chest.

Excerpt from the Natural Breathing OWNER’S MANUAL.

Chest vs. Belly breathing shows you whether you tend to engage personally or not.

Chest breathing shows that you are interested in your life, engage in it, take charge and take your life personally.

Belly breathing shows that you stuff your feelings, is a spectator and don’t face your circumstances. You engage mentally and physically, but no awareness of your actual personal Life-Journey.

Your lungs are located in your chest and must be inflated to add air to your body.

You have intracostal muscles between and behind your ribs. They lift up your rib-cage and fill your lungs. Every time you exert yourself, laugh, yawn, sigh, have emotions and are passionate you breathe into your chest.

A chest that is flexible, expanding on the inhale and collapsing on the exhale, activates your feeling, leaving you with a full and alive breathing.

Your heart-chakra is stimulated when your chest moves, demonstrated by chest breathers being more loving and belly breathers being more emotionally absent.

Natural Breathing starts in your chest
Your inhale should be filled up from the top of your chest and then expand, down through your solar plexus, into your abdomen, and then to the rest of your body. If your breath jumps over and avoids your solar plexus area you are missing your personal power to create the life that you want.

If a person intends to do Natural Breathing, but is educated in diaphragmatic breathing, which has a different purpose than Natural Breathing, the person needs to be re-educated on how to breathe into their chest.

Excerpt from the Natural Breathing OWNER’S MANUAL.

Chest vs. Belly breathing shows you whether you tend to engage personally or not.

Chest breathing shows that you are interested in your life, engage in it, take charge and take your life personally.

Belly breathing shows that you stuff your feelings, is a spectator and don’t face your circumstances. You engage mentally and physically, but no awareness of your actual personal Life-Journey.

Your lungs are located in your chest and must be inflated to add air to your body.

You have intracostal muscles between and behind your ribs. They lift up your rib-cage and fill your lungs. Every time you exert yourself, laugh, yawn, sigh, have emotions and are passionate you breathe into your chest.

A chest that is flexible, expanding on the inhale and collapsing on the exhale, activates your feeling, leaving you with a full and alive breathing.

Your heart-chakra is stimulated when your chest moves, demonstrated by chest breathers being more loving and belly breathers being more emotionally absent.

Natural Breathing starts in your chest
Your inhale should be filled up from the top of your chest and then expand, down through your solar plexus, into your abdomen, and then to the rest of your body. If your breath jumps over and avoids your solar plexus area you are missing your personal power to create the life that you want.

If a person intends to do Natural Breathing, but is educated in diaphragmatic breathing, which has a different purpose than Natural Breathing, the person needs to be re-educated on how to breathe into their chest.

Excerpt from the Natural Breathing OWNER’S MANUAL.