This is part of a blog series, below are the links to all of the blogs in this series in order.
Restorative Breathwork has its roots in the Eastern practice of breath meditation. It is comprised of four key principles: Attentive Awareness, Effortless Effort, Emotional Presence and The Dance of Breath.
In the next several blogs, I will defined each of these key principles and their essential role in cultivating deep states of inner stillness and greater self-awareness. Lets us begin with the first principle: Attentive Awareness.
When we begin to cultivate an attentive awareness of our breath, many of us notice that we are unable to breathe fully, and that our breathing is labored and erratic. Most irregularities in our breath grow out of breathing habits caused by chronic stress and suppressed emotions. These tensions in the breath eventually block or impair the functioning of the innate breath; although still present, it now exists in a quiescent state. As we open up the breath's natural movements, old patterns of tension and gripping are gently released. In unraveling tensions in the breath, we awaken the innate breath from its suspended state, encouraging it to unfold its potential to activate and stimulate energy flow, revitalizing all levels of being—mind, body, and spirit.
As the innate breath awakens, we soon become aware of a desire to control or direct the breath, it is here we are reminded of the yogic practice of Effortless Effort, the second key principle of Restorative Breathwork...coming up in our next blog.