Breathwork Exercise Examples

Breathwork Exercise Examples

All forms of breathwork therapy are centered on the act of breathing in and out. But each model incorporates its own breathwork exercises. Overall, breathwork exercises involve deep, focused breathing that lasts for an extended period of time. Some examples include:

Continuous circular breathing. Using full deep breaths, participants breathe in and out continuously. They do not hold their breath at any point. This continuous in and out creates a circle of breath.

Immersion in water. The participant is partially or fully immersed in water. They are asked to breathe deeply, either above the surface or with the aid of a snorkel. Although not as prevalent as it was in the 1970s, this Rebirthing technique has historically produced dramatic results.

20 connected breaths. The participant is asked to breathe in and out 20 times. They take four sets of four short breaths and one deep breath. It is suggested that the breathing be done through the nose. Participants may experience “non-ordinary” states of consciousness as a result of this exercise.