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If you get bored during meditations or have trouble controlling your mind, breathwork is likely the solution you’ve been looking for. Opposite to common meditations, breathwork does not require you to be still or even quiet. Inspired by well-tested techniques like holotropic breathwork, freediving and the Wim Hof method, this practice is different from any forms of meditation you have probably tried before. While your autonomic nervous system (ANS) is often out of your direct control, your breath is one of the main ways you can influence it.
High stress, overbreathing, mouth breathing, and other bad habits can dramatically reduce your CO2 levels and make it harder to transport oxygen efficiently. Practicing breathwork helps to counteract those issues, reset your CO2 tolerance and improve your blood oxygen saturation. During the breath holds, additional red blood cells can also be released to improve your oxygen carrying capacity. In addition to the physical adaptations and training your respiratory system, there can be significant mental and emotional improvements to your entire nervous system.
While it is extremely safe and well tested, it can be both physically and mentally intense. You should be able to run at least a few miles without difficulty, and have a Health Score above 75 before participating.
Just like any new diet or exercise program, you should consult with your physician before starting — especially if you are taking any medications or have any medical conditions. Individuals who may be pregnant, or with a history of cardiovascular problems, breathing limitations like asthma, high/abnormal blood pressure, aneurysms, epilepsy, seizures, bipolar depression, a recent surgery, recent trauma, or taking medications should not participate in breathwork or breath holds.