Breath-work and Meditation: What’s the difference?
What a start to 2021 it has been! Over the recent months I’ve been noticing more questions online and in the wellness community about breath-work and what it is exactly. Often some people get confused between what meditation and breath-work are and they have similarities, and both can be beneficial to the mind and body in similar ways. However, there are some key differences to be aware of then choosing the avenue you wish to go down.
Characteristics of meditation:
- Observes the breath.
- Relaxes the mind and body.
- Uses deep breathes into the abdomen in through the nose and out through the nose. Combined with deep sighs to release remaining energies.
- Focuses on a regular breathing pattern, slow and controlled to the abdomen not chest.
- Assists you in grounding yourself, becoming present and releasing your negative emotions.
- Types: Loving kindness, progressive relaxation, Mindfulness, Zen & transcendental.
Characteristics of breath-work:
- Relaxes the mind and body
- A type of therapy using breathing exercises
- A more active practice
- Intentionally changes your breath, usually paired with music.
- Types: Rebirthing, Shamanic, Holotropic & Win Hoff
The key differences between meditation and breath-work are the pace and the differentiating focus of ones breathing. When meditating, breathing is deep through the abdomen and through the nose whereas breath work is through the mouth. Inhale and exhale through the mouth at a speed, usually paired with music.
Both healing practices help individuals, groups or couples reach a greater level of self-awareness, self-healing and can aid in the improvement of mental and physical well-being. It is important to always ensure that you are working with a qualified practitioner who can guide and support you through the process.
Thanks so much,