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What is breathwork?

Breathwork is a transformative practice that harnesses the power of conscious breathing techniques to harmonize both body and mind. By engaging in purposeful and mindful breathing exercises, we can alleviate stress, elevate our energy levels, and release emotional tensions.

WHY Breathwork?

The human mind constantly seeks to abstract, categorize, and judge. Similar to a curious young puppy constantly searching for input and easily distracted, our minds often struggle to be consciously present in the here and now, fully immersing ourselves in the moment. By focusing on one thing, such as our breath or the silence in meditation, we calm the natural playfulness of our minds. Breathwork can generate both focus and introspection simultaneously.

In the Breath Fast Club, we learn to observe ourselves. With the dynamic technique of breathwork, we calm our minds and cultivate awareness. This unique combination allows us to dive into levels of consciousness with an alert mind, where thoughts and emotions come into motion and new impulses are generated.

In this practice, we free our minds - at least temporarily - from the daily "endless scroll" and redirect our attention to our breath, our bodies, and ultimately, the present moment. And in doing so, we allow our subconscious - the quiet voices within us - to work with us.

Breathwork is a simple and accessible method for anyone, regardless of age or fitness level, and offers a variety of benefits such as improved well-being, deep relaxation, self-protection, confidence, inner clarity, and emotional balance.

No prior experience with breathing techniques is necessary as the breathwork sessions are guided. The practice can be started at any time and is suitable for both newbies and advanced practitioners.


Breathwork has a rich history that dates back centuries to ancient practices. It finds its roots in traditional disciplines such as Pranayama in yoga, breathing techniques in Buddhism, Taoism, and Sufism. These wisdom traditions recognized the transformative power of the breath and utilized specific breathing exercises and breath control to foster consciousness and spiritual growth. The philosophy of the East views breathing as the link between body and mind, forming the foundation of any breathwork to this day.

Contemporary Practices and Styles of Breathwork

In our fast-paced and achievement-oriented society, breathwork is gaining increasing significance. People are seeking ways to reduce stress, release emotional blockages, and improve their well-being. The positive physiological effects of breathwork play a vital role in this regard. Studies show that breathwork can lead to improved oxygenation, regulation of the autonomic nervous system, reduction of stress hormones, and promotion of mental clarity.

Today, there is a wide range of contemporary breathwork practices and styles developed by different teachers and schools. Some of the well-known techniques include:

  • Wim Hof Method®

  • Holotropic Breathwork® by Stan Grof

  • Transformational Breath®

  • Rebirthing Breathwork®

  • Conscious Connected Breathwork (CCB)

  • Shamanic Breathwork

  • Integrative Breathwork

  • Clarity Breathwork

  • Zen Breathwork

  • Quantum Light Breath by Jeru Kabbal


Each of these styles has its own approach and specific breathing techniques aimed at harnessing the potential of the breath for personal transformation and growth.

How to Breathe Properly

Breathwork places special emphasis on diaphragmatic breathing. Diaphragmatic breathing, also known as abdominal breathing or diaphragmatic breathing, involves the engagement of the diaphragm, a large dome-shaped muscle beneath the lungs, in the breathing process. In contrast, shallow breathing involves a superficial, chest-focused breath where the diaphragm is hardly activated.

The benefits of diaphragmatic breathing are manifold. Firstly, it allows for a more efficient oxygen supply to the body. By consciously utilizing the diaphragm, a larger volume of air can be inhaled into the lungs, resulting in increased oxygen intake. This additional oxygen leads to a reduced respiratory rate, relieving the body and enhancing physical and mental performance.

Furthermore, diaphragmatic breathing has a calming effect on the body and mind. It stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, responsible for relaxation and regeneration. In a society where stress and hustle are ubiquitous, the ability to relax through conscious breathing is invaluable. Diaphragmatic breathing can reduce stress, alleviate anxiety, and promote overall emotional stability.

Moreover, diaphragmatic breathing strengthens the respiratory muscles and improves posture. By activating the diaphragm, it supports the back and spine, promotes an upright posture, and contributes to the prevention of back pain. Simultaneously, the abdominal muscles are strengthened, leading to improved body control and stability.

Those who regularly practice Breathwork internalize diaphragmatic breathing in their everyday lives, becoming significantly more relaxed and resilient.

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