Soma Breathwork Benefits

The foundational aspect of the Soma Breathwork practice utilizes deep, diaphragmatic rhythmic breathing and breath-holds (kumbhaka) in a manner that brings balance to the two branches of the nervous system, creating an overall shift towards parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous system activity- so that you’re training your stress response to turn off in a healthy way. Our modern lifestyles and unconscious breathing patterns can keep our stress response turned on, and many don’t take the time to turn it off in a consistent or meaningful way. 

When the two branches of the nervous system are out of sync, it’s like your body is a car and you are hitting the gas and the brakes at the same time vs hitting the gas when it's time to go, and hitting the brakes when it's time to slow down and stop. That can lead to a state of chronic stress which increases our risk of physical disease and mental dis-ease. Using the Soma techniques, you will actively create an overall shift towards parasympathetic activity, and train your body to have a healthy response to stress (sympathetic) then be able to turn that stress response off again afterwards (parasympathetic).

 

Excess stress drains your physical and mental resources that would be much better used for healing and balancing the systems of your body, and for building the lives we want to impeccably contribute to the world. If you feel balanced physically, mentally, and emotionally, and your stress levels and stress responses are diminished, and your cardiovascular system is efficiently supplying your tissues and organs with oxygen, then logically you will have more physical energy and stamina, and more creative mental focus to actually take the steps to achieve your goals and evolve yourself holistically. 

By creating a state known as heart coherence, this practice allows for more emotional balance, and for the cardiovascular system, respiratory system and blood pressure, to be operating with greater efficiency. The results of that is better oxygen utilization, a reduction in unconscious breathing patterns and stress levels, and a diminished stress response. That state then results in greater physical energy and allows for more conscious decision making, rather than subconscious, impulsive, or habitual decisions that are typically made due to excessive stress, poor stress tolerance, and past traumas and experiences.

The techniques used in this class may even activate dormant parts of the brain by improving blood flow to it, by creating an electromagnetic charge in the brain and body that can stimulate your neurons, and by taking your brain through different brainwave frequencies!

The breath hold components create brief periods of safe, beneficial, low oxygen states in the body (intermittent hypoxia). Intermittent hypoxia is a form of resilience building hormetic stress (like exercise, sun exposure, cold exposure, and sauna). 

 

Your life and health begin to change in profoundly positive ways when we begin to cultivate more awareness of our breath and breathing patterns, and having a breathwork practice is an incredibly effective way to do this.

Diaphragmatic Breathing Benefits:

  • Brain empowerment

  • Focused mind

  • Stress relief

  • Reaching your goals

  • Mood enhancement

  • Feeling centered

  • Feeling balanced

  • Feeling connected

  • Boosts immune system

  • Anti-aging

  • Good for your heart

  • Increased energy

Rhythmic Breathing Benefits:

  • Reduced oxidative stress

  • Increase Heart Rate Variability

  • Facilitates lymphatic drainage

  • Improves IBS/Digestive symptoms

  • Calms the nervous system

  • Reduces anxiety

Heart Coherence Benefits:

  • The harmonization of your heartbeat, balancing your thoughts, emotions, and physiological functions

  • Higher Heart Rate Variability, associated with ‘flow states” or feeling “in the zone”

  • Being in a focused state of clear thinking

  • Helps release stress

  • Balances emotions like frustration and anger

  • Gives you mental clarity and wellbeing

  • Promotes feelings of calm

Intermittent Hypoxia Benefits:

  • Enhanced spatial learning and memory

  • Suppression of pro-inflammatory mediators (lowers inflammation)

  • Reduced blood pressure

  • Reduced cholesterol

  • Stabilizes blood sugar

  • Increased bone mineral density

  • Strengthening of the immune system

  • Increased strength of your heart

  • Increased aerobic capacity and exercise tolerance

  • Aids weight loss

  • Reduces symptoms of depression

  • May enhance neuroplasticity, stimulate neurogenesis, and the growth of new brain cells

  • Supports optimum blood flow

  • Encourages growth & development of nervous tissue

  • Prevents degeneration of tissues and organs

  • Naturally restores normal blood flow to an obstructed coronary heart artery

  • Increases stamina and endurance

  • Relief from many chronic conditions such as asthma, arthritis, diabetes, sleep disorders

  • Stimulates cell reproduction and regeneration

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