Before you begin practicing Breathing Space, it’s vital to find a safe environment. It’s an extremely powerful practice so always do this lying down in a place where you won’t be disturbed. Sometimes you can experience a temporary loss of consciousness, a profound altered state, which is why you should never practice Breathing Space when you are driving, operating machinery or having a bath.
Breathing Space is best practiced lying on your bed with a pillow supporting your head. Place a pillow under your knees to take pressure away from your lower back. It’s important to feel warm but your body’s temperature will rise during the practice so start with a light blanket over you that you can throw off when you feel hot. If your preference is to do Breathing Space on the floor, you’ll probably find a carpet is softer for your back than a hard floor. Because you’re aiming to do Breathing Space on a daily basis, experiment with different places in your home until you find a suitable spot. Because of the deep breathwork sections, wear loose-fitting clothes or sleepwear. My favourite place to do Breathing Space is in bed in my PJ’s. But I live on my own. If you have a partner, you’ll probably want to find somewhere else to practice, as it is an active and intense technique that can be intrusive if your partner is still asleep!
It’s best to practice on an empty stomach. Breathing Space creates positive chemical changes in your body that will be hampered by the digestive process. How can you access a clear mind if your body is having to multitask? Doing Breathing Space early in the morning means that you have an empty stomach, and will be more responsive to the mental, physical and emotional changes. Breathwork is uncomfortable to do with a full stomach.
Do not do Breathing Space if you have high blood pressure or if you are, or think you might be, pregnant. If you have any serious medical conditions, please consult your local medical practitioner for their expert opinion on whether it is safe for you to do Breathing Space. Never force yourself to do anything that feels uncomfortable. Listen to your body and trust your own instincts.
Before you start, please visit www.thehealinghub.uk and watch my video tutorial on how to do the different elements of Breathing Space and how to get the most from your practice. Good luck!