Updated: Aug 12
Breathwork is arguably the most popular and effective healing modality being practiced in the modern world.
This ancient art has taken the Wellness Universe by storm and more people than ever are utilizing the power of breathwork in order to create a ton of health benefits.
With this reality also comes the fact that many wellness professionals, yoga teachers, coaches, and facilitators are looking to implement Breathwork into their training programs, 1-On-1 coaching, workshops, retreats, and more.
This may be you right now, and If you are eager and excited to become a Breathwork Facilitator, I know the feeling!
But with so many teacher training options out there, you may be wondering
"Where do I even begin?"
"What type of training is best for me?"
"What do I do once I finish the training?"
If this is you, you aren't alone, and important details like these can oftentimes be overlooked in Breathwork Facilitator trainings.
Personally, I had to go through several trainings in order to finally create my 'Brand' if you will. And what I discovered is that this really isn't necessary and everything you need (Outside of years of experience) should and can be covered in one solid training. More on this later.
First off, it's important to know your Why. Why do you feel called to offer Breathwork to your community and the world? Is it because it is a popular modality that everyone seems to be trying out these days? Or is it because you had an incredible experience and want to share that experience with others?
Regardless of your Why, it's important to honor it and utilize it as your driving force because frankly, being a wellness entrepreneur can be tough at times and you will need a motivating Why to get you through those tough times that every type of entrepreneur faces.
So, once you establish your Why, we move on to what style of Breathwork you want to facilitate, or even better, what kind of results do you want to help your clients achieve?
For example, do you want to help your clients ease stress and decrease anxiety?
Do you want to help your clients experience more vitality and vibrancy?
Do you want to help your clients heal from trauma and resolve psychospiritual baggage?
I personally chose all of the above because, well... Why limit yourself?
As a facilitator, I want to be ready to help as many health issues as I possibly can, and if you only learn one style of Breathwork, this simply will not be the case.
But, I understand that everyone is different, and if you only want to know and teach one style of Breathwork, that's great too!
Below you will find information that provides direction when it comes to joining a Breathwork Facilitator Training. I do this utilizing The 3 Pillars of Breathwork.
These Pillars include Relaxing Techniques, Activating Techniques, and Freedom Techniques.
Relaxing Techniques - Any breathwork technique consisting of deep relaxing breathing that is designed to relax the nervous system. (Relieving Stress, Anxiety, Hypertension, Inflammation, etc.)
When it comes to learning how to relax the nervous system and ease stress, which is extremely important, a traditional Yoga Teacher Training or trauma-informed training is likely your best bet!
In the Yoga teacher training, you will learn Pranayama, an ancient style of breathing with several techniques that are designed to relax the nervous system. There are also Pranayama techniques that are activating, which we will discuss in our next pillar.
Whether it's Nodhi Shodhana or deep Yogic Breathing, these techniques are sure to work for both you and your clients.
There are Yoga teacher trainings everywhere and year-round, so a little bit of research will go a long way here!
When it comes to Trauma-informed trainings, I recommend working with Atira Tan. She is a legend in the space of modern application of healing modalities for trauma survivors. Keep in mind that you aren't just learning relaxing breathwork techniques in these trainings, but there will definitely be a few that you will learn during the training.
You can also learn 8 of our favorite relaxing techniques in our Breathwork Facilitator Training.
Activating Techniques - This is any Breathwork technique that creates energy, vibrancy, and a felt sense of aliveness while simultaneously creating practical health benefits such as decreased inflammation, increased longevity, etc.
The modern-day Godfather of activating techniques is without a doubt Wim Hof. And if you are reading this, it is likely that you've heard of this legend. He is famous for breaking almost every world record for physical endurance whether he's being submerged in ice water, or running across a desert with no water.
For years, everyone thought Wim was an anomaly, and one day he finally revealed his secret. Breathwork, and cold water.
Now, this combination of modalities has become a staple in every biohacker's daily practice.
If you are looking for an amazing breathwork practice that is backed by loads of data and simply works, The Wim Hof Method is a great choice!
Freedom Techniques - Any Breathwork Technique that creates a powerful altered state, resolves trauma and creates spontaneous healing.
Finally, the most powerful breathwork pillar is Freedom Techniques.
These Breathwork techniques usually consist of consistent circular breathing for at least an hour and result in a powerful altered state of consciousness that allows for stagnant energy to be discharged from the body. This experience is often one of if not the most profound experience a person can have and there are often lasting benefits from this style of breathwork.
There are many different versions of this Breathwork technique such as Holotropic, Shamanic, Somatic Release, as well as Sonic Neural Breathwork, the technique created by yours truly.
We must recommend two of the dozens of versions out there, our version of course, as well as our dear friends at Somatic Release. In fact, one of our students, Sarah is a Somatic Release Instructor and we can't recommend her enough. She is a great Breathwork guide, and you can find more info about Somatic Release training via their official website Somaticreleasebreathwork.com.
In short, there are 3 Pillars of breathwork and many versions of each pillar. Every facilitator has their own unique approach and touch when it comes to what breathwork technique they teach and how they teach it.
At Connect and Evolve, we believe in creating facilitator trainings that encompass all Pillars of Breathwork as well as the best techniques we have discovered and built based on years of trial and error.
We also believe in equipping you with all the necessary knowledge and practice in order for you to go forward with clear direction and confidence in your wellness career.
We help you build your foundations no matter what direction you choose to go and support you along the way. Whether you want to lead retreats, workshops, events, coaching, or all of the above, we got you!
This is how our Breathwork Facilitator Training was born, and we would love to have you join one in the future!
In the meantime, I invite you to practice breathwork daily and discover what techniques work best for YOU. This is often where you will be inspired to share breathwork with others, and from there you can search for the right training.
Enjoy your Breathwork journey, and remember to Breathe Easy ~