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Breathwork is said to affect our physical, emotional, and mental state. Controlling our breath allows our bodies to thrive on higher oxygen levels and better control our exhalation of carbon dioxide.
There are many benefits to any type of breathwork. Here are our top five:
We have taken a top tip from an interview with Friends of Six Senses and author of Breathe, James Nestor: “I try to breathe properly. People think I am the best breather since I wrote this book, but I’m not. I have a long way to go. I go on nasal breathing walks daily, which has many benefits.”
Online searches for “breathwork” increased by 600 percent during the pandemic as we focused on breath quality and strengthening our lungs. Yoga is already a big part of wellness at Six Senses, and we have shared the practice of Pranayama with our guests for many years in group classes and one-to-one sessions.
Corporate Yoga Master Dorelal Singh says: “In Sanskrit, ‘prana’ means energy and ‘yama’ means control. Our breath is directly connected to our life force energy. The rhythm of the breath reflects the rhythm of our life, and the entry point to balancing your life rhythm is through breath. Yogis found that by regulating the breath, we can restore equilibrium by better distributing life force energy and experiencing better wellness. We personalize the Pranayama practice depending on how advanced you are in your current rhythm.”
Our personal trainers may also start and finish your PT session with box breathing: a simple technique where you breathe in for the count of four seconds, hold for four seconds, breathe out for four seconds, and hold for four seconds. This is a western approach, but it refocuses the mind in the same way.
Six Senses Spa Ibiza and Six Senses Spa Kaplankaya also offer techniques such as advanced Holotropic breathwork. Originally established in the 1970s, this technique encourages emotional release and enhances spiritual well-being. It involves group guidance with controlled breathing to music.
On average, we breathe over 20,000 times a day. Yet modern-day life has encouraged insufficient breathing and often over breathing. We welcome you to put your best breath forwards and join us in a breathwork session next time you visit our resorts.
There is nothing more essential to our health and well-being than breathing: take air in, let it out, repeat 25,000 times a day. Learn the secrets of expert breathers to get the most of every breath.