Hey Everyone, I’m Tomek Sosnowski, and started my journey into breathwork 5 years ago. I
can safely say it has had a tremendous impact on how I meander through this life. Everything
written here is from my own anecdotal experience and research. Breathwork comes in many
many forms all over the world, they all serve to help tap into the best version of ourselves.
I like to keep a lighthearted and cheerful atmosphere in my classes, this is supposed to be fun
after all! Sometimes we get too wrapped up in the work and we forget to have some fun on this
journey.

What is Breathwork?

Breathwork is a very wide umbrella term that encompasses dozens if not hundreds of individual
practices. The simplest way to define breathwork is as a practice of conscious, often rhythmic
breathing, with the purpose of triggering a deep and powerful state of meditation. The style of
breathwork that I practice is often referred to as Shamanic Breathwork, or Psychedelic
Breathing, it has its roots in ancient pranayama, and similar methods have been popularized by
great practitioners like Wim Hoff.

What Are the Effects?


Breathwork is a practice; as such it takes time to develop the skills related to it. Each
practitioner comes in with a unique combination of factors that influence how their session will
go. As far as physical effects are concerned, intentional over-breathing can trigger adrenal
responses in the body, often in the form of a rush of energy, tingling, and maybe some
lightheadedness. These physical effects all serve to work you away from your overthinking
analytical mind and into your body, into the present moment.


Mental and emotional effects can be even more profound. These vary widely from individual to
individual and have a lot to do with what the individual brings with them to the session. Often
, the breath can access emotions or feelings that we have tried to avoid, and we push down as it were.
Sometimes, these emotions can flood the practitioner, but one should try and work through this,
as it’s necessary to let go in order to grow. It is reasonably common for practitioners to cry or
even laugh spontaneously during the practice or after.


Practitioners who are very proficient or just well connected to themselves or their beliefs can
also have profound visuals, almost like psychedelic plant medicine. I suggest that newer
practitioners learn to enjoy the practice they have right at this moment instead of chasing the
‘high’.

What are the benefits?


For me personally, my pursuit of breathwork has always been a way to fortify my mind, a way
for me to become comfortable with my own fight-flight-freeze response, anxiety, etc. By
triggering this high energy, and then channelling peace, I remind myself that in fact, I am in the
driver’s seat. I may not decide how I feel, but I do control my reaction.

The benefits of breathwork can include improved mood, improved alertness and focus,
regulated nervous system, improved sleep, more energy, relaxed state of mind, reduced
anxiety, and promotes a creative mind.


Breathwork can help “shift” your mental and emotional state for the better. As breathing is the
core of life, we can always come back to the breath when we feel lost.

Contraindications?


Breathwork can be very intense, and as such, it should be approached with some respect. There
maybe individuals who are not prepared for what breathwork brings with it, even if just for now.
Individuals with diagnosed mental health conditions especially those related to schizophrenia and
delusions, should not practice Breathwork without the guidance of their healthcare
professionals.


Individuals with lung disease, a history of heart attacks, stroke, or cardiovascular diseases should
abstain from breathwork unless under the guidance of medical professionals.

Where and When?


We run classes every Saturday at 10:30 am at Sea2Sky Wellness Club.
I am also available for 1 on 1 sessions by appointment!
Thank you, and remember… Just take a Breath.

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