Breathing to the next level
Before the world closed down and when we were still permitted to gather in groups, Andrew attended a 2-day breathe workshop called "The O2 Awakening", led by co-creators Lukis Mac, Helle Weston and Victoria Bauman.
The O2 Awakening is an "experience of transformation and healing through the power of the breath."
The practice is broken down to three key components that you work through:
1. Conscious breathing
By simply focusing on the breath, this helps to increase the flow of oxygen around the body and assists in the processing of tension. At the same time, this improves and increases clarity and energy and a sense of joy, plus a number of the other benefits.
2. Mindful counting
Through the introduction of counting your breath, this helps to clear away any distracting thoughts and increases your ability to focus your attention in the present moment. Your count will vary depending on your lung capacity, but through practice, you can often increase the count from say 4 to 6.
3. Connecting to inner guidance
As you finish the practice, ask yourself "What does my inner guidance want me to know right now?". By asking this question, it helps you to develop stronger intuition and lets your inner wisdom and subconscious guide more of your daily decisions.
So what was the experience like?
Not really knowing what to expect, we went into it with an open mind and no preconceptions. There were people of all ages, backgrounds and varying levels of experience when it came to breathwork.
It was an intense and powerful session of deep breathing in blocks of time for 60minutes which resulted in both a strong physical and emotional response.
For some, the session evoked feelings of delight and joy, for others, raw feelings surfaced and tears flowed.
It was liberating, enlightening and definitely something worth trying to experience for yourself.
Are you new to focused breathing?
If you are new to breathwork, why not give the Flojo 5x5 Box Breathing Challenge a go. You simply breathe in through your nose for a count of (3, 4 or 5), hold the breath for the same, slow count, then breathe out through the mouth (3, 4 or 5). Hold the breathe one more time for the same count. And repeat for 5 minutes.
We've called it the 5 x 5 because we would love you to try this for 5 minutes a day, for 5 consecutive days, and just....see how you feel.
Thank you for reading
(co-written by Katie & Andrew)
Image source: theo2awakening.com