Breathwork 101

Breathwork is an active form of meditation that regulates the flow of breath and for many people can be an effective way to balance the body and still the racing thoughts in your mind. There are many different techniques and ways to practice breathwork, each technique having a specific purpose and ways it affects the body.

Important Frequencies

With the help of electroencephalography (EEG), which was developed by Hans Berger in the early 1900s, we were able to discover that the brain has its own frequencies as well. In fact, there are five different kinds of waves that the brain emits during different stages of consciousness, focus, and relaxation:

Gamma: >40 Hz. Present during times of unusually high-level information processing and while gaining insight.
Beta: 14-40 Hz. Present during times of moderately sustained focus and while using reasoning abilities and logic.
Alpha: 7.5-14 Hz. Present when you are relaxed and your mind can rest/wander.
Theta: 4-7.5 Hz. Present during light meditation, REM sleep (dreams), and very deep relaxation.
Delta: 0.5-4 Hz. Present during deep, dreamless sleep and in very deep and sustained meditation.

The human body also has its own frequency. Several studies show that the body’s average resonant frequency is right around 10 Hz, with some research showing that it may be closer to 12 Hz.

Thanks to the thousands of lightning storms that rage around the planet at all times, the Earth has a “repeating atmospheric heartbeat,” known as the Schumann Resonance. This is an extremely low-frequency wave (ELF) that remains around 10 Hz and can go as low as ~8 Hz.

When doing breathwork a great way to induce a deeper meditative state is to practice while using inHarmony meditation cushions. The inHarmony family of products currently include inHarmony Sound Lounge, inHarmony Practitioner, and inHarmony Meditation Cushion. These tech-assisted devices use vibroacoustic therapy and patent approved technology by the USPTO to help you relax, increase your mental clarity, improve your mood, relieve chronic pain, and reduce anxiety. 

Anytime you can incorporate more breath awareness into your life, the better. Though, a particular good time of the day to put this into practice is the morning.

"This is a great way to battle stress, calm the body and the brain, and bring yourself back
into harmony."

- Craig Golberg

Why Does Frequency Matter?

There is evidence that interference from electromagnetic fields may have several adverse effects on our health and well-being.

This includes both natural electromagnetic fields, which have been proven through studying circadian rhythms to affect human beings, as well as artificially made electromagnetic fields produced by the electric grid, technology, telecommunication, etc.

This is especially true for people that work closely with electromagnetic radiation for a long period of time. Long-term exposure may cause psychological changes, genetic effects, and reduced immune function.

The Earth, the human body, and the relaxed brain all display very similar frequencies一at least they’re supposed to. This is why it’s important to bring the mind and the body back to ~10 Hz as often as possible. Realigning yourself and harmonizing your body and brain with the resonant frequency of the Earth can help you stay healthy both mentally and physically.

Using Meditation To Achieve Harmony

The good news is that the brain often cannot tell the difference between reality, visualization, and dreams. This is why you might blush or notice an elevated heart rate when you remember (or imagine) an embarrassing or shameful moment, and why you can wake up from a dream laughing or crying as if you had truly experienced the events created by your sleeping mind.

This is what makes meditation and visualization such powerful tools. Meditation, mindfulness, breathing exercises, and visualization can lead to brainwaves of a lower frequency, which helps us realign ourselves with both our bodies and the Earth. This is a great way to battle stress, calm the body and the brain, and bring yourself back into harmony.

Getting Started With Meditation

There are many different ways to meditate, and there are some easy tips and tricks that you can put into practice today to help improve your experience, such as breathwork and brain training.

The goal is to quiet the mind, bring yourself back to the present moment, and intentionally alter the state of your brainwaves. This can provide a break from the stressors of daily life and help you gain more control over your own mind. In terms of aligning frequencies, consistent meditation practice may also help you maintain good health and well-being in the long run.

Tech-assisted meditation can also be beneficial to people who wish to enhance their meditation practice. Vibroacoustic therapy mixes vibration and sound and is based on the above principles about how different frequencies have different effects on human health and wellness. InHarmony’s products use vibroacoustic technology to help you reach a deeper meditative state and stay in it for longer. This allows you to get the most you possibly can out of your meditation practice.

In Review

Everything in the universe is in constant movement and all matter has its own frequency. The various electromagnetic fields on Earth can have adverse effects on our physical and mental health, especially over time. Meditation, mindfulness, and visualization can help bring our brains and bodies back into alignment with the resonant frequency of the Earth.

The best way of doing this is by being consistent in your meditation and mindfulness practice and continuing to learn about how you can elevate your experience.

"Just a single thought is capable of changing the breathing pattern."

- Isle Middendorf

Here are a few techniques you can try:

Box Breathing: Also called the 4-4-4-4. This technique involves breathing in for a count of four, holding the breath for a count of four, breathing out for a count of four, and holding the breath again for a count of four. This can help to reduce stress and anxiety and improve focus and concentration.  It’s a great technique to use when you need an energy boost.

4-7-8 Breathing: This technique involves breathing in for a count of four, holding the breath for a count of seven, and exhaling for a count of eight. This can help to promote relaxation and calmness and can be used as a sleep aid. It’s a great technique to use when you’re feeling overwhelmed.

The 5-5 Breath: This coherent breathing is a controlled and conscious breathing practice that slows down our breathing to 4 seconds and then 5 seconds. This works to slow breathing from our natural tendency; which is to breathe at a rate of two or three seconds per minute. It’s a great technique to use when you’re getting worked up throughout the day.

Alternate Nostril Breathing: This technique involves closing one nostril and breathing in through the other, then switching and breathing out through the other nostril. This can help to balance the nervous system and improve overall well-being. It’s a great technique to use when you need to focus. *Pro tip: it’s best done on an empty stomach.

There are many benefits of practicing breathwork techniques on a daily basis. Some health benefits include:

- Reduced stress and anxiety

- Improved focus and concentration

- Increased calmness and relaxation

- Improved sleep

- Balanced nervous system

- Improved overall well being

We’ll guide you through an easy exercise to get you started. It’s called the Complete Belly Breath:

  • - Get yourself seated or lying on a comfortable chair, cushion, bed, or inHarmony cushion

  • - Place one hand on your belly, relax the abdominal muscles

  • - Slowly inhale through the nose, drawing the air into the bottom of your lungs. You should feel the abdomen rise

  • - On the same inhale, feel the rib cage expand outward as the breath move upward until the collar bones rise

  • - Pause for a moment, then exhale out the mouth gently from the top of your lungs toward the bottom

  • - At the end of the exhalation, draw your belly button toward your spine, pushing any residual air out of the bottom of the lungs

If you are just starting out, it is best to begin with basic techniques and gradually work your way up to more advanced practices. In general, it’s recommended to perform this practice for about 5-10 minutes. Here are a few tips for getting started.

  • Pick a comfortable and quiet place to practice where you will not be disturbed.

  • Start with a few minutes and gradually increase the length of your sessions.
  • Being consistent with breathwork can be challenging, as it requires setting aside dedicated time each day to practice. Many people find it helpful to incorporate breathwork into their daily morning or night time routine. Practicing in the morning can help set a positive tone for the day, while practicing before bed can help with relaxation and sleep. It's best to try different times of the day and see what works best for you.

Remember to be patient with yourself and listen to your body. Finding what works best for you by finding a time that works in your schedule and the right technique that makes you the most comfortable is going to be key to staying consistent and noticing changes in your overall well-being.

Take a look at inHarmony’s extensive selection of tech-assisted meditation technology to get started on your vibroacoustic therapy and breathwork journey.

Craig Goldberg, Co-Founder, inHarmony Interactive