Hamsa – Integral Breathwork
The Art and Science of Breathing Consciously and Correctly
Dr. Andrew Weil:
If I had to limit my advice on healthier living to just one tip, it would be simply to learn how to breathe correctly. From my own experience and from working with patients, I have come to believe that proper breathing is the master key to good health.
– Andrew Weil, M.D., author of Natural Health, Natural Medicine
Dr. Weil has also said:
The simplest and most important technique for protecting your health is breathing. I have seen breath control alone achieve remarkable results: lowering blood pressure, ending heart arrhythmias, improving long-standing patterns of poor digestion, increasing blood circulation throughout the body, decreasing anxiety and allowing people to get off addictive anti-anxiety drugs and improving sleep and energy cycles.
— Andrew Weil, M.D. Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine University of Arizona, Tucson
The Breath is the meeting ground between the conscious and unconscious minds. It is the access point that bridges the connection to body, mind, emotions and spirit.
– Deepak Chopra
What is Breathwork?
Breathwork is a (Breath Therapy) way to release dysfunctional patterns like fear, anxiety, and worry and live a creative and harmonious life by breathing correctly and consciously.
Breathwork is a way to create vitality, focus, peace and unity in your life.
Everybody has to breathe to survive in the physical plane. But by breathing consciously and correctly we use the hidden potential in the breath to create physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. To breathe consciously and correctly is an art and also there is science behind it. It needs continuous practice and some effort. But effort is more like effortless effort, not controlled and forced and hence it is not quick fix.
If Conscious and Correct breathing is the foundation of every Breath Therapy, we can ask two questions:
- What is the potential of conscious breathing?
- What possibilities exist if our breath is open, free and corrected?
To read more about Breathwork Potential and Possibilities click here.
Benefits of Breathwork
In Summary the benefits of breathwork are as follows:
- Brings more oxygen and life force into the body,
- Increases blood circulation and releases toxins and blockages
- Reduces stress and creates more relaxed and peaceful state of mind
- Increases capacity to be present, open, loving and empowered
- Helps us feel more connected with self and others
- Helps us stay focused and mentally clear, remaining balanced in the midst of our busy life
- Grows our capacity to feel the emotions and the body
- Balances the right and left hemispheres of the brain and creates deeper communication between them
- Enhances our healing capacity and complements other healing therapies
- Creates a powerful bridge between body, mind and spirit and brings us towards unity consciousness.
Healing and nourishing our lives
Integral Breathwork is a powerful process that uses the breath to open, heal and integrate the multidimensional aspects of the human psyche. Breath is a bridge between the inner and outer aspects of life, and therefore is unique in its ability to bring these into harmony with the Whole. This simple method of whole-life nurturing is a powerful healing on its own and acts as a catalyst for other healing practices.
The main goal of Hamsa Integral Breathwork is to help people integrate their being and therefore live a more and more creative and harmonious life.
With the inhalation inwardly one is unified with the eternal and with the exhalation outwardly one dedicates oneself to the cosmic purpose of evolution.
The ultimate goal of Hamsa Integral Breathwork would be to give birth to a Hamsa=Swan-an Integral Cosmic Man.
Brief samples of some of the breathing techniques are presented on the Some Simple Breathing Techniques page.
Hamsa Integral Breathwork brings a variety of breathing techniques together, grounding in the central practice of deep, conscious, connected breathing. We take an integral approach as developed by Sri Aurobindo, Integral Philosopher Ken Wilber, Dr. Hariprasad Chaudhari, and other pioneers. This is a philosophy of balanced, harmonious and creative living with the goal of dynamic union with timeless reality in the field of action (time -reality).
The Breathing technique we use in this method comes from sources including Rebirthing breathwork as developed by Leonard Orr, Breath mastery as created By Dan Brule, and from the teaching of classical Hatha Yoga.
Individual and group sessions are provided in the San Francisco Bay Area. Please see our Sessions Page for more information.
What’s the meaning of Hamsa?
Hamsa is a Sanskrit word usually translated to mean a swan (or sometimes goose or other mythic bird). The Hamsa is a symbol of purity, power of spiritual discernment, perfect unity, and balance. It also represents breath of life and Sprit. The word has two-parts, Ham and Sa. Ham means I: the self and Sa means That (He or She): the Supreme Being. Ham is the sound of inhalation, of going inside and resting in I-AM and Sa is the sound of exhalation, of going out and giving oneself to creation. With this rhythmic and conscious act of breathing, of inhalation and exhalation in the physical plane, one is dynamically in union with the Universal force. One peacefully gives and takes, living in balance and harmony.The Hamsa therefore symbolizes a thoroughly integrated person, perfectly at home in the World, peaceful with himself, with social environment, and with the outside world. A swan (Hamsa) can walk on land, swim in water and also fly in the air. So the Hamsa represents a perfectly integrated individual because he has the capacity to adjust intelligently in all the domains of life and spheres of existence. Uniting with the ultimate ground of existence, he attains and joyfully radiates peace, love and light. He establishes a dynamic and meaningful interrelationship with self, society and nature. )