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What is breathwork?

Have you recently heard of conscious breathwork?

Maybe you have seen it in a magazine or advertised online perhaps someone you know has tried it and said it was a liberating and transformative experience or maybe it was daunting and emotional!

There are many different styles of conscious breathwork and conscious breathing techniques, so what’s the difference between them? 

Conscious Connected Breathwork & Conscious Breathing

Imagine there are two branches that run parallel to each other, they intertwine and support each other, standing in their autonomy, but both are vital parts of making the whole.   

On one of these tracks, you have conscious breathing, which has been around for centuries; think breath awareness, mindfulness and meditative breath practices, pranayama or yoga breathing; these are the bread and butter to creating balance in your life.

Generally, though not always done through the nose, typically though not always, controlled to a specific pace, dynamic and intention. 

These practices can and should be done daily; they should be a part of everyday life. They also support the integration of those peak and profound experiences that conscious connected breathwork can offer. 

On the other branch, we have conscious connected breathwork or connected circular breathing, this technique is relatively new in comparison and the practice can be a mixture of mouth and nose breathing. The invitation here is to let go of any control or manipulation over the breath and allow breathing to be complete, flowing, connected and embodied.

The inhale is active and the exhale is passive; you are invited to connect the breaths, meaning no pause at the bottom or the top, allowing each breath to flow into the next.

There are many different schools and varied styles of Breathwork, from Holotropic, Rebirthing, Transformational breath, and Shamanic breathwork to name a few. In principle, they are all based on this simple breathing exercise. 

Here at Grounded Life, we collaborate with these Breathwork styles, also focusing on breathing coherence styles which support the resourcing and regulation of your nervous system. We work with the titration and pendulation from active to passive through our sessions giving time to feel, move and let land what has been stirred through activation. We aim to offer guided breath journeys that empower you as your own wisdom keeper and support you in cultivating your sense of safety and security in this process of grounded growth. 

Breathwork sessions can last anywhere between 30 – 120 mins on average. The journey offers a vast spectrum of experiences, which can include many things, for example, changes in your body chemistry, physical sensations, emotional sensations, mental shifts like accessing your subconscious, entering into different brain wave states, deep relaxation, a dream-like state or perhaps a sharpened sense of awareness and presence. The release and movement of tensions, trauma and stress from the body. Profound realisations and perspectives. 

Conscious breathwork allows you to notice your sensations much more acutely, which helps to build a more intimate and loving relationship with your body. 

Start Breathing Now

Breathing is something we do every moment of every day without it even needing our attention.

But when you do start to bring your attention and your intention to the act of breathing, well, things begin to shift quite quickly.

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Testimonials

Alex

I am so appreciative to you all for holding a space where such a thing is possible and for guiding me through an extraordinary experience. It was profoundly cleansing and deeply moving. In truth, it was beyond words.

Charlotte

Thank you so so much again for Sunday!… It’s incredible, how just letting go enough for that time in the workshop really shifted something very powerful. Thank you so much again, I’m so grateful… I really look forward to joining you for more sessions

Rob

I’m not sure my expectations could have been high enough to prepare me for what I experienced. Although I have taken psychedelics, I have not been to anything like a breath workshop. I didn’t know that I would be inducing similarly altered state of consciousness nor did I really believe it would be possible without the use of something other than my own breath!

Sally

Warm, approachable and gentle energy which allows you to gently explore your truth.

Sarah

Hannah G you offer a welcoming stillness that I resonate and feel safe in. In your session I felt my shell start to crack and allow myself to feel so much anger and hurtful words that I have absorbed throughout the years. In allowing myself to feel that again, I let my protection drop and relaxed into feeling me again which left me feeling peacfull. I am blessed to have had you as my facilitator.

Louisa

Hannah and Hannah Work so well together in bringing about changes from within and giving the power back to the person doing the breathing. Going deep with such powerful techniques and amazing guides to bring about the best results needed in the moment. The best thing is how this practice can then be taken home to work with. I would highly recommend these ladies if you want to go gently but deeply into yourself and having the experience of just letting go.

Lisa

A transformational workshop, beautifully led by two wonderful women who guide both experienced and novice breathers with skill and sensitivity. The music, which is completely unique to these workshops, adds another dimension and magic to the experience. Thoughtful and healing, I had a wonderful time!

Fred Brinton

Coming from someone usually cynical to alternative therapies and practices, the Breathwork Workshop blew me away. It was a truly amazing experience that left me feeling refreshed and satisfied. Who knew that you could drift off to another plane of consciousness without any drugs at all!?

Kione

I am still buzzing after the workshop yesterday – a truly beautiful experience led by the lovely Hannahs. I will definitely be back for more. Thank you Hannah, Thank you Hannah.

Ruth

I was blown away by the intensively physical experience I had at breathworks with Hannah and Hannah. I could feel the energy rushing through my chakras, going to the places where I needed it most. Beautiful singing and gongs guided me through the journey, which was at times tricky. But the sense of elation and clarity I felt at the end made it all worth it. Thank you for making it happen and to everyone else who shared the experience with me.

Micheala

Thank you so much for the breathwork workshop, your beautiful singing and holding. Grounded.life is indisputably brilliant an I vote it the best in London :D. Love and gratitude

Julian

Thank you so much for yesterday’s conscious breathwork workshop. Your process opened up more possibilities for me for how I breathe and how important it is for being. I had an amazing experience, it’s had a profound affect on how I understand what breathing really means to me. Looking forward to practising next week. Thank you.

Toby

I took part in a breathing ‘workshop’ for the first time yesterday and I am so glad, lucky and honoured that it was with Hannah and Hannah! They are both so welcoming and calm and glow with a happiness only those who truly love life ever know. I felt safe and relaxed and made some truly wonderful realisations during the practice. These realisations ring true with who I am, who I want to be and where I am now and I know they will help me live the life I deserve. Thank you Hannah, Thank you Hannah!

Robin

I came away from my first ever Breathwork session feeling a primal connection with my inner self that felt both deep and lasting. It was a beautiful & serene healing guided, with great warmth & sensitivity, by the two Hannahs. Most certainly, I will be back for the next workshop for more inner exploration. After all, there is still much more to discover and who better to help me uncover my deeper self.

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