This Friday I spontaneously was invited to a breathwork session by Anthony Abbagnano at TriYoga in Camden. His organisation is called the Alchemy of Breath and shows people how to remember using the breath to move emotions and strong feelings though our bodies - instead of them becoming stuck.
The breath is something that when we are stressed gets shallow - and sometimes can seemingly stop altogether. This holds tension in the body and over time crystallises our worries and stores them in our body tissues. Trauma at any point in our lives can get stuck in this way too, but especially in the developmental stage of childhood. When reaching adulthood this can turn into many issues: pains, blocks, or unhelpful behaviours such as depression, rage or anxiety.
Anthony shows you how to release these trapped energies, first by feeling the raw emotions and then by breathing deeply through the experience of them. Often when we get into a heavy negative cycle we contract. For example sobbing in despair. He explains how we tend to switch to a very shallow restricted breath. This ends up often turning to violent coughing or gasping for air as the body tried to get oxygen.
Anthony offers us to practice the Coherence Breath to locate this raw emotion in our bodies. This very simple technique can be practiced anywhere and at the very moment you encounter negative emotion. It's important not to distract yourself from feeling bad, or labelling it as bad. Really try to let the experience be fully felt, embodied, so it can pass through you and be returned with honour to the source, the universe, the Is-ness, from where it originated.
THE COHERANCE BREATH
To be able to begin to release this negative emotion, which could be appearing in our bodies and minds, firstly allow it to be there. Connect with it. Really feel it. What does it have to say to you? What thoughts come into your mind? Perhaps they are self depreciating thoughts, allow them to be there, listen to them, don't judge them. Begin to breath deeply. Breathing in very slowly to the count of five ... and breathing out again at the same slow pace. Continue for a full five minutes.
When doing this you can usually feel an immediate release. Sometimes the release comes from the shoulders, pain in the joints, the brain and scalp relax, the heart relaxes and opens, the throat softens. Everything relaxes as you are moving this energy though you, freeing it, not locking it in. He suggests to move the body anyway it wants to, to further release tensions.
This is one gentle technique which can be done anywhere in times of stress: at work, in the the streets, during an argument. He says often during conflict he makes sure he breathes in this way at least three times before responding, as it brings him into his heart chakra and he can respond clearly without triggers or unconscious reactions.
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I’m practicing this in my daily life right now. I’d love to see if this simple, free and extremely easy technique works for you. Please do feel free to comment below. Namaste