BREATHWORK FAQ

 

+ WHAT IS SOMA BREATHWORK?

Soma ‘The Awakening’ is a 1hr breathwork class combining music, a sequence of breathwork techniques and meditation.

The main goal of Soma Breath is to correct your breathing so that your normal rate of breathing at rest is 3-4 breaths per minute. On average people breathe 10+ breaths per minute. Very sick or highly stressed people breathe over 20+ breaths per minute. This can help protect against disease, balance your emotions and help you be more in the flow.

When you are overly emotionally stressed, due to the burdens of everyday living, your body switches on the same physiological response as when under physical stress i.e when doing strenuous physical exercise. Your oxygen demand goes up and you breathe faster and more shallow, even though you do not need to consume as much oxygen as if doing exercise.

If you imagine you have a fire in your body, just like a normal fire, oxygen is needed for the fire to burn, however too much oxygen causes the fire to burn too bright, causing damage, too little oxygen, the fire doesn't burn at all, and no energy created. So just the right amount of oxygen is required.

Just like metal that rusts in the presence of oxygen, so does your body, and its called oxidative stress. So oxygen control is necessary to prevent oxidative stress in the body. Antioxidants in food is necessary to prevent oxidative stress that causes free radical damage to cells. So correct breathing means less food is required.

Therefore being able to breathe less, manage stress and still function efficiently is the goal of Soma Breath.

Becoming highly efficient at using oxygen means you become highly efficient at creating energy and therefore you become healthier, stronger and happier as a result.

Breathwork also has the power to peel back the many layers of your psyche, revealing your subconscious meta-programming. These are hardwired beliefs, habits and imprints that have shaped your future and world view since birth. Through special breathing exercises combined with hypnotic suggestion, that is The Awakening ritual, you can reimprint the subconscious operating system with a new more empowered set of habits and beliefs that will lead to your eventual liberation and un-robotization.

Your breath shall set you free…

+ WHO IS IT FOR?

SOMA Breathwork is perfect for everyone regardless of age, race, color or religion. If you can breathe, you can awaken!

+ WHAT IS SOMA BREATHWORK GOOD FOR?

This multisensory meditation experience can awaken dormant parts of your brain, improve circulation and fitness, promote healing, transmute sexual life force energy and help to manifest your intentions and take your meditation practice to the next level.

This can:

  • Awaken dormant functions of the brain.
  • Enhance creativity
  • Create heightened states of consciousness and inspiration.
  • Improve brain function and mind power
  • Cleanse and purify the bloodstream and lymphatic system.
  • Activate stem cells
  • Stimulate self healing
  • Reduce depression/anxiety
  • Clear negative imprints and traumas from early life (0-7 years)
  • Reimprinting with more empowering beliefs and habits.
  • Set intentions, create motivation and energy to complete important goals.
  • Self realization, discover your true self, your deeper inner calling.

All of the techniques inside of SOMA Therapeutic Breathwork can be used to help with a variety of chronic health issues that are triggered by chronic emotional stress such autoimmune disease and metabolic diseases such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. These techniques can be used to:

  • Lose weight
  • Increase energy
  • Heal quicker
  • Get deeper sleep
  • Improve digestion
  • Live longer
  • Improve mood
  • Reduce Anxiety/Panic
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Clear asthma, congestion, sinus problems.

The Awakening experience is a powerful cleansing and revitalizing experience that allows you to connect to your higher self. You can stimulate healing through the activation of stem cells and the power of visualization techniques and intermittent hypoxia.

+ HOW DOES IT WORK?

The hardest imprints and traumas to clear are from your inner womb experience, to birth and then the first 6 to 7 years of your life. Higher yoga practices were designed to clear these past traumas and negative conditioning so that you can become free and liberated.

The Awakening is a higher yoga ritual designed to clear negative imprints and help you break free from the past, so you can be more present, in the flow and liberated with the power to create your own reality.

This ritual uses a series of ancient breathing techniques put into a sequence that combines rhythmical breathing to beat driven music, vocal toning/humming, breath retention, meditation/visualization techniques and the activation and transmutation of sexual energy.

The rhythmical breathing phase hyper-oxygenates the body, bringing in more oxygen and blowing out more carbon dioxide than normal. This alters the pH of the blood stream and creates a stronger electromagnetic field and current to flow through the body. The effect of this is an elevation of your vibrational and emotional energy. Through a higher vibration and emotional quality, negative emotions can be released and cleansed from the body, and the ability to attract and manifest your intentions is increased.

This type of breathing also moves the largest lymph gland in the body creating a powerful cleansing effect.

Before the breath retention phase you extend your exhale with deep vocal toning. This allows you to tap into the power of the vagus nerve, switch off stress and connect with your subconscious mind during the breath retention phase.

Life is a series of inhales and exhales, meaning that your quality of thought is strongly linked to your breath. Erratic breathing leads to erratic thinking. Smooth consistent breathing leads to coherent thought. When you pause your breath during the breath retention phase, you press pause on life. This allows you to go into the deepest meditative state possible where you can connect with your subconscious mind.

Using the power of affirmations, visualization techniques and self hypnosis you can program your subconscious operating system to influence your autonomic nervous system.

The activation of sexual energy throughout the process and the gradual progression of the experience through repetition of the routine over a 1hr duration creates a strong gamma wave stimulation and heightened ecstatic states of consciousness.

Powerful emotional releases can occur, negative imprints from the past can be cleared, and what we call ‘divine downloads’ that are moments of deep insight and moments of inspirations makes this experience truly unforgettable.

+ HOW IS SOMA BREATHWORK DIFFERENT THAN OTHER BREATHWORK CLASSES?

Soma is a complete holistic system of breathwork techniques. There is no one size fits all, and Soma takes into account everyone is different and requires different breathing techniques depending on their needs. Soma Therapeutic Breathwork techniques are the core pranayama techniques that have the most scientific evidence to support their function.

The Awakening is inspired by the most revered pranayama technique called Nishessha Rechaka Kumbhaka and the ancient ritual of Soma that has over 50,000 references to it in the ancient text, Rig Veda, that is the basis of modern day Hinduism and the Vedic philosophy that yoga originates from. It is also inspired by the breathwork technique that is the core of the Wim Hof Method, created by Wim Hof, a close friend and mentor of Niraj Naik, the work of Dr Prakash Malshe an Indian doctor based near Rishikesh, the birthplace of yoga who uses pranayama and yoga to treat his patients, and Swami Ambikananda Saraswati who has one of the most popular yoga schools in the UK that is based on the earliest recorded traditional yoga practices.

Modern counter parts such as Rebirthing, Holotropic Breathwork and Transformational Breath focus on one method that hyperventilates the body. These should be done with caution as oxygen creates oxidative stress in the body, and are not for regular use because of this reason.

Soma The Awakening is something that can be practiced more regularly and can only lead to positive health and psychological benefits.

+ HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR A SOMA BREATHWORK CLASS?

Wear comfortable clothes. Yoga style clothing is perfect. All breathwork techniques should be done on an empty stomach, or at least 1-2 hrs before eating a full meal.

Also, most importantly, bring an extra ticket for friend, coworker or family member who can benefit from this "Awakening".

+ HOW WILL I FEEL AFTER A SOMA BREATHWORK SESSION?

Most people feel deeply relaxed, and even a little bit "spacey", so it’s a good idea to plan an early night, have a light meal and drink lots of water. For a lot of clients, it is a welcome escape from anxious thoughts and feelings, but those on a quest for extra head space might find that they need to book in for more than one Breathwork class to feel truly tranquil.

To get the most out of your session be very present within yourself and pay attention to the subtle shifts that will occur after. If you get waves of inspiration and creativity, follow that. Your inner compass will be heightened and helping you to make the changes you need to come into balance and alignment. If you get the urge to do things different, have conversations you feel called to or change things up – go for it!!

+ ARE THERE ANY CONTRAINDICATIONS?

Intermittent Hypoxia Training (IHT) which is utilized in SOMA Breathwork improves mitochondrial function and can enhance athletic and sports performance.

IHT can be beneficial for the treatment of a wide range of degenerative diseases, including:

  • chronic heart and lung diseases
  • hypertension
  • asthma and chronic bronchitis
  • liver and pancreatic diseases
  • anxiety and depression
  • iron-deficiency anaemia
  • lack of energy and fatigue

IHT is contra-indicated in cases of:

  • acute somatic and viral diseases
  • pregnant or menstruating women
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD-II and COPD-III)
  • chronic diseases with symptoms of decompensation or terminal illness
  • individual intolerance of oxygen insufficiency
  • cancer, unless IHT is prescribed by a doctor
  • people with epilepsy, pacemakers or heart arrhythmias, unless treatment (including IHT) is under direct medical supervision

+ IS THERE A CONNECTION BETWEEN SOMA BREATHWORK AND RELIGION?

SOMA Breath respects the ancient rituals that predates religion that at the time were so powerful that religions were even formed from them. It enabled these early tribes to connect to their own higher power and therefore create mastery over mind and body through the energy of spirit. We bring you back that same spiritual power but now free from the secrecy, control and dogma of religion.

The latin root meaning of the word ‘Spiritual’ is ‘To Breathe’. Inspire means ‘to breathe in’. Conspire means ‘to breathe together’. Spirit is the spiritual life force that comes from breath.

The ancient Essenes tribes who formed the early Christian traditions had breathwork rituals as a core of their religious practices. The shamanic tribes from Siberia through to Native American Indians and African tribesman also have breathing practices as a core part of their celebrations and prayer.

The techniques in SOMA Breath are inspired from the ‘renegade’ tantric yogis and these ancient shamanic cultures who predate the more dogmatic organised religion of Hinduism, and so the methods they discovered were evolved from their own real world experience of surviving and thriving in harsh environments.

+ HOW DO I BOOK MY OWN PRIVATE GROUP SOMA 'AWAKENING' BREATHWORK EXPERIENCE FOR MY HOME, OFFICE, FESTIVAL, OR RETREAT?

Interested in hosting a corporate event, retreat, bachelor/bachelorette party, birthday party, or circle with V(EYE)BES? We can help design a custom experiential event for your guests that is perfectly suited for your needs.

Would you like to offer it as an inexpensive weekly or monthly perk to benefit your employees’ well-being? This revolutionary form of healing created specifically for the special needs of the workplace is highly desired and drastically improves wellness rates, lowers the amount of sick days, increases creativity, and reduces stress. Transmitted through hands held lightly on the body, it’s a noninvasive technique that requires no prior belief, is not associated with any religion, and is amazingly low-maintenance! All you need is 20 to 60 minutes out of the day per employee, and a quiet, private space, if possible.

For more information or to learn how to schedule a group workplace V(EYE)BES session, please send us a message to info@veyebes.com. We look forward to hosting you.