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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is breathwork?
    Breathwork is a holistic healing practice that involves intentionally changing the way we breathe to promote physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. At Breathwork Africa, we offer various styles of breathwork, including integrative, conscious connected, and rhythmic breathing. By engaging in these practices, clients can release stress, anxiety, and trauma, as well as enhance their immune function, improve sleep patterns, and boost their energy levels. Our breathwork techniques can also help individuals achieve greater clarity of mind, increase their sense of awareness, and connect with their inner selves on a deeper level for a more fulfilling life. In summary, breathwork can benefit your wellbeing in many ways, providing a valuable tool for self-care and personal development.
  • What is a Masterclass?
    Our monthly online Masterclasses are 2-hour Zoom sessions usually held on the last Saturday of the month. They offer unique insights into all aspects of our breath. It's a fantastic opportunity to learn how to breathe optimally and to apply a vast range of breathing styles in the comfort of your own space. The topics are informative, relevant and at the cutting edge of science. Some of the topics include: Taking control of Anxiety Managing your Energy Tools for Teens Dealing with grief Feminine rhythms of change Masterclass sessions are informative, relevant, and at the cutting edge of science. Each Masterclass comprises of a discussion around a specific topic, followed by a practice where you are invited to experience your breath in the comfort of your home. The session ends with time for reflection, questions and feedback. All Masterclasses are recorded and booked participants receive the recording link a few days after the masterclass. No experience required.
  • Some commonly used terms
    Conscious Breathwork Conscious breathwork refers to the practice of developing a soft awareness of your breath as it moves in and out of your body. This intentional focus on your breath can help you achieve a state of calm, presence, and deeper connection with your body and mind. It encapsulates a vast range of breathing practices and exercises, from calming to energising to transformational. Conscious Connected Breathwork Conscious Connected Breathwork is a specific practice of conscious breathing that can lead to profound insights and healing. It refers to a circular breath technique where inhalations are immediately followed by exhalations without pause. When practiced for an extended period, it can induce non-ordinary states of consciousness and lead to profound healing experiences. This technique is part of our human heritage and has been found across cultures under different names over time. Cellular Respiration The core objective of our breath is to sustain cellular respiration, a profoundly intricate process vital for energy generation. Cellular respiration operates by extracting energy from the molecules we consume and inhaling oxygen for this purpose. Oxygen uptake Through inhalation, we take in oxygen, an essential component of the respiration process. This oxygen is transported to the cells where energy production occurs. Digestive processes As we consume food, our digestive processes break down complex nutrients into our primary energy source, glucose. This glucose, once generated, stands as the central building block for energy production. Mitochondrial Magic Inside our cells, particularly in the mitochondria, the enchanting chemistry of cellular respiration unfolds. When glucose combines with the inhaled oxygen, mitochondria function as the energy factories, generating not only energy but also water and carbon dioxide as byproducts. Breath as Energy In essence, breath serves as a principal energy source. The harmonious interplay between oxygen and glucose, under the orchestration of cellular respiration, unleashes the vital energy needed to fuel our daily activities. Understanding this science underscores the fundamental connection between respiration and vitality.
  • Is Conscious Connected Breathwork the same as hyperventilation?
    No. While hyperventilation temporarily reduces CO2 levels and oxygen delivery to tissues, Conscious Connected Breathwork is done with intent and control. Unlike hyperventilation, which often denotes a loss of control, Conscious Connected Breathwork is a therapeutic practice.
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