Breathwork. This super important practice gets wrapped up with meditation and mindfulness. While all of these are important, breathwork has a special place in Self Care.
Heather chats with Jason Amoroso of Revelation Breathwork to break it down. Breathwork can change SO much. You need to tune in!
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The Power of Breathwork with Jason Amoroso – Season 2 Episode 6
Breathwork. This super important practice gets wrapped up with meditation and mindfulness. While all of these are important, breathwork has a special place in Self Care. Heather chats with Jason Amoroso of Revelation Breathwork to break it down. Breathwork can change SO much. You need to tune in!
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- Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
- My other co-founder is my wife who we’ve been together since high school. This is, I guess, a part of my bio. We’ve been married for a long time. We have four beautiful boys together and we both kind of do the same work in terms of coaching work and breath work, facilitation, workshops, all that kind of good stuff. I currently work with professional athletes on mental skills, mental toughness training. That’s a big part of the work that I do, and this is my passion project. I just love helping people, supporting them in this work,and showing how simple the breathwork is.
- Do you want to share a little bit about breathwork?
- This practice of this specific technique is the most effective, powerful tool that I’ve ever experienced for getting out of your head. Breathwork is a very general catchall term like meditation. There’s lots of different types of meditation, and there’s lots of different types of breathing exercises. The reason why this is so effective for people that have a hard time meditating is because we all hear that meditation is good. I should meditate, but it’s so hard and 10 minutes feels like 10 hours. This gives you something to do – with the music combined with the active breath. You’re getting into it. It’s kind of like meditation combined with spin class where you’re on the bike.
- What’s the difference between breathwork and meditation?
- I think anything can be meditative, like washing the dishes can be meditative, you know. Meditation is just being really present with yourself. Breathwork could be called a form of meditation. It’s an active meditation. It’s an active breathing process. Again, I think that’s why some people really resonate with it and connect with it because our brain wants to do something. Our brain is always like what’s the next thing I gotta do? I want to solve a problem. Breathwork kind of gives our brain a job. And then it just kind of puts it to the side after a while and the brain doesn’t realize it’s been duped.
- How do you pick your music?
- The music is a big part of it. And so, how do we choose it? We also train facilitators, so we train people now that go out to their own communities and teach, and everyone has their own style. Everyone has their own preference. I play music that inspires me. My wife doesn’t really like my music. She plays music that inspires her. Some people play music without lyrics because they don’t like the lyrics. Right? That’s kind of the answer. That people seem to resonate with the music that we play, but that’s probably because like any teacher or person out there, they’re probably going to resonate with our energy and message.
- Can we talk about the science of breathwork?
- Our classes are divided into two parts and the first part is this active breath and it’s in and out through the mouth. Normally, nose breathing in and out through the nose brings you into your rest and digest your parasympathetic nervous system where so many people are over stimulated. That’s where they want to be. But, in the active breathing in and out through the mouth, it actually activates your sympathetic nervous system. And most people are like, well, why would I do that? It’s already over activated. And the key is the space that we create for you. It’s a very safe space. It’s a very accepting space, and when we show up and do the mouth breathing with intention, we move into what we refer to as a controlled fight or flight. So often we are carrying energy from the past – you could call it trauma. You could call it stress. You can call it whatever word you want, but we carry that in our body and everybody knows that on some level. And so when we do this active breath, it actually activates this controlled fight or flight where we’re in a safe space and those energies, those feelings, that stress can come up and come out in a safe way.
- Would you say this is something that you can dip into now and again or should be ideally consistent?
- Well, I think it depends on what you’re using it for. I think a good kind of nice guideline is once a week. Some people do it every day. I don’t do it every day. There have been times where I’ve needed a lot of support, so I’ve done it for 3-4 days in a row. But I think once a week to show up for yourself, let go of the heavy, get out of your head, feel a little bit is a good practice.
- Is this hard to facilitate energy-wise?
- So many people in the healing arts think that they need to give their energy to another person. And that’s not our philosophy. It’s not anywhere in our thinking so it doesn’t actually require any extra energy from me. It’s really light actually.
- Do you have any quick tips on how someone can sort of do a quick breathing exercise to calm themselves in the middle of a day?
- I think anything is good if you can be present in the moment. If you’re at work and you’re really activated and there’s no kind of safe space for you to go, go sit in the bathroom in a stall or stand in the stall where there’s a little bit of privacy. Just go somewhere where you can close your eyes and take a few slow deep breaths in and out through your nose.
- Where can people find you?
- We are on Facebook, but honestly most of our stuff is on Instagram @revelationbreathwork
- If they want to try out a class, you can either do that on our Instagram or you can come to our brand new website that we just launched a couple of weeks ago (revelationbreathwork.com)
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