The Benefits of Integral Breath Therapy

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Improper breathing is a common cause of ill health. If I had to limit my advice on healthier living to just one tip, it would be simply to learn how to breathe correctly. There is no single more powerful -or more simple- daily practice to further your health and well-being than breathwork.
— Andrew Weil, MD

The benefits of "Conscious Connected Breathing" as used in Integral Breath Therapy

Physiological Benefits:

  • Burns and eliminates toxins from the blood stream.

  • Releases toxins stored in the tissues of the body.

  • Lowers blood pressure and increases circulation.

  • Boosts the immune system.

  • Improves digestion and reduces stress on liver and kidney.

  • Purges the body and brain of chemicals.

  • Detoxifies the body at a cellular level.

  • Reduces physical stress

  • Returns the body from acidic system (breeding ground for disease) to alkaline system (normal chemical and disease resistant state).

  • Supports the creation of new Neuro-pathways in the brain.

Emotional / Psychological Benefits:

  • Reduces emotional stress

  • Provides greater relaxation and inner peace

  • Naturally increases the life force energy and vitality.

  • Increases mental clarity and creativity

  • Expands consciousness/awareness for a clearer understanding of self

  • Increases intimacy in relationships

  • Enhances libido in both sexes

By increasing your ability to breathe fully, you will make major
improvements in your physical, mental and emotional functions.


Health Benefits
Inadequate breathing may be harmful.  Poor diaphragmatic breathing is caused by a tensing of the belly during breathing so that the diaphragm does not move freely. The problem is that at the top of the lungs, the rate of blood flow is one tenth of a liter per minute. Only a few ounces of blood are moving through the top of your lungs every minute while at the bottom of the lungs the blood flow is well over a liter per minute. Most of the blood circulation is in the bottom third of the lungs. If your belly is tense, then you cannot breathe down to where the blood is.

By eliminating the emotional charge in the past (at the cause) he individual
is free to make positive new choices where none seemed to exist before.

Emotional Benefits
Integral Breath Therapy can dissolve unresolved emotions stored in the mind and body. During the process of growing up, as well as in daily life, we have not developed the skills to deal with our feelings in effective ways.  Feelings that are not handled immediately are stored as muscle tension or in the unfinished business files in the mind. Watch children and how they hold their breath when in the grip of pain or some other unpleasant emotion. The habit often stays with us unless someone gives us a better alternative. If we can learn to breathe in a free uninhibited way, the stored feelings can be released from the body and mind.

Transforming Potential
Breathing is the key ingredient in physical, emotional and mental health. It unifies and integrates the body, mind and spirit. It is the meeting ground between the conscious and the unconscious. You can take a breath consciously, then turn your attention elsewhere, and the breathing will continue on its own. Integral Breath Therapy is useful in healing the split between the conscious and the unconscious mind.

All growth is spiritual growth. Without our divine Spirit, we are simply a collection of molecules. The Bible says that human life was initiated by God’s breathing life into mud. Eventually, Breath Therapy will put us in touch with our spirituality, healing the illusions and splits between us and our essential nature.

Many cultures and religions connect spirituality with the mountains. Moses went to the mountaintop to receive the Law of God and Jesus gave his famous Sermon on the Mount. The Toltecs and Aztecs designated certain mountains as the home of certain gods and worshiped them there. The Plains Indians undertook vision quests on top of mountains or hills because those were the places closest to the unseen power of the sky. In many myths, the mountain is the place where creation begins. Breathing faster and deeper recreates the low oxygen environment of the mountaintop and takes us to our own centers for spiritual sustenance.

We live in an ocean of air like fish in a body of water. By our breathing, we are attuned to our atmosphere.
If we inhibit our breathing, we isolate ourselves from the medium in which we exist.
— Alexander Lowen