Answers to Your Breathwork Questions


Hello Lindywell Community! Kiesha here. I am very happy to be part of the team as head of respiratory work and somatic programs.

In addition to providing you with high-quality, effective and efficient Pilates workouts that you can do at home (or on the go), Lindywell is now a place where you can find guided breathing exercises and intentional breathing exercises that will help you reduce Stress, clear your mind, increase your energy and improve your mood

Maybe you are already an enthusiast of breathing, or maybe you are curious about what breathing is.

The definition of respiratory work is quite simple: it is a conscious practice of using your breathing to change your emotions and achieve the desired result.

While breathing work is all the rage right now (and for good reasons!), it is an ancient practice with roots in Southeast Asia that has been used in different ways for years.

As a breathing leader and trauma-informed somatic life coach, I am passionate about helping to provide people with somatic tools to treat trauma in the body. Healing is not a linear process, but it is possible, and I am proud of it.

Naturally, there are some questions about breathing and we have listened to you, our community, to answer your questions. Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions.

1. What are the advantages of respiratory work?

80% of us have some level of respiratory disorders, ranging from shallow breathing in the upper neck and chest to mouth breathing or altered breathing rhythms that keep us in stressful states. We need to talk about it and to be healthy we need to think about how we breathe.

Babies and cats best embody breathing. Think about your cat or a baby. How are you breathing? When you rest, you see your bellies rise and fall. Just imagine the softness of the rhythms of your breathing. # Goals, Right?

This is how we were born to breathe. Incredibly, we regulate ourselves from an early age. Over time, we form bad habits based on Stress and life factors, and this is where the respiratory work comes into play.

The advantages of respiratory work are many. It may help:

  • Relieve Stress
  • Improve sleep quality
  • Increase mindfulness
  • Reduce high blood pressure
  • Improve lung function (can help with asthma, bronchitis and pneumonia)
  • Improve cognitive performance
  • Reduce cravings for cigarettes

2. How does breathing help calm my mind and respond to stress reactions such as “action or flight”?

When we breathe consciously, we slow down our heart rate, thus signaling our

brains that we are not in a state that requires hypervigilance.

What type of breathing do you think of when you think “action or flight”?



Are there frantic thoughts?

To increase oxygen levels, our lungs need to work harder in this state.

When we slow down our breathing, we signal to our brain that we are fine and our parasympathetic system tells the nervous system to calm us down.

Long deep breaths can also control our stress responses to reduce anxiety, racing thoughts, a fast heartbeat and shallow chest breathing.

These reactions can have an impact on our body, mental and emotional health and our longevity. Toxic stress has a negative impact on our general well-being and longevity, but respiratory work is a somatic (body-based) tool that can create a feeling of calm and well-being.

3. Why do we always inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth and not through the nose? Is there anything specific that this does for the body?

I will answer this in two parts.

First of all, at Lindywell, we do a variety of techniques. There are so many different breathing exercises. Sometimes they specifically ask for Nasal or mouth breathing for a reason, and sometimes it doesn’t matter.

When I teach, I give you suggestions because everyone is in a different place and may or may not have access to certain movements that day.

In respiratory work, mouth breathing cools down and helps us to change our state when we perform the 3-part open mouth breathing (a style used in the longer breathing sessions known as the conscious connected circular breathing model).

The elementary school teacher in me refers to teaching spelling to young children. Writing the word Apple correctly does not matter at first. Maybe it’s important after, but I’ve always asked my students, “What do you mean? I would ask: “Can you stretch the sounds?”I want them to give up perfection, become curious, enjoy the process and trust their minds as young writers. Although they may seem different, Apl and Apple mean the same thing.

It may be similar with breathing work, as it is done technically, but the way they appear today is valid and valuable. This is similar to Robin’s approach to breathing even with Pilates!

Like my former students, I want them to give up perfection or the need to be a purist, become curious and play with their body and their breath and trust their mind. I will let you know if any strategy requires nasal or mouth breathing.

Secondly, in our daily life, we should generally breathe through our nose. This is for optimal health (mouth breathing leads to many problems that affect sleep, teeth, weight and mental health).

Mouth breathing bypasses the functions of the nose, which include warming, moisturizing and filtering the air you breathe.

Nostril breathing allows your lungs to make oxygen absorption more efficient. It also activates the lower part of the lungs in respiratory work, thereby absorbing more oxygen.

However, when we do targeted exercises for short periods of respiratory work to achieve the desired result, short durations of mouth breathing are not a problem.

Some exercises require nasal or oral breathing for a reason, but it does not matter unless it is indicated. If you have a stuffy nose and can only breathe through your mouth, it’s better to do it than I teach you (or suggest), because the benefits of breathing are worth it.

4. How can you change your attitude towards “this won’t work for me”?

The mind-body connection is real and one of the best ways to take charge of your health. Much of life is not under your control, but knowing that your thoughts are related to emotions and that these emotions reside in the body is powerful. Knowing that this connection has an impact on your overall well-being motivates you a lot to do something about it.

Research supports the role of the mind-body connection in healing and recovery.

“Over the past 30 years, neurobiology research has shown that the Placebo effect, partly due to an individual’s state of mind or expectation of recovery, triggers specific areas of the brain associated with anxiety and pain that activate physiological effects leading to healing results”.Stanford University

Healing and recovery are more than actions that require medical attention and support; they are part of the equation. Our thoughts affect our ability to recover.

“Many scientists believe that there is a strong mind-body connection that can affect healing. Sometimes the trauma of the body and negative thoughts can lead to Stress, get-down and anxiety. Sometimes the issue causes the fear of getting issued again. These negative thoughts and emotions can interfere with recovery.”BONE-Joint

“Your body reacts to the way you think, feel and act. It is a kind of “mind/body connection”.”When you are stressed, anxious or upset, your body reacts bodily. For example, you could develop high blood pressure or a stomach ulcer after a particularly stressful event, such as the passed away of a loved one. Family doctor

Try to rephrase your thoughts and become curious by asking yourself instead: “Could this work for me?”and be open to exploring how your mindset can influence your experience.

5. How to start breathing?

Join Lindywell! Try different techniques and don’t give up. Like everything else in life, it takes practice. I would appreciate it if you would join me and an awesome group of teachers!

After downloading our application, here are some steps for beginners and experts:

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