The Power of Breathwork: Simple Practices to Promote Wellbeing

The Power of Breathwork: Simple Practices to Promote Wellbeing by Jennifer Patterson

Title:  The Power of Breathwork: Simple Practices to Promote Wellbeing
Author:   Jennifer Patterson
PublisherFair Winds Press - Quarto Publishing Group
Genre:  Health, Mind & Body, Religion & Spirituality
Format:  temporary PDF
No. of Pages:  128
Date of US Publication:  22 November, 2022
My Rating:  4 Stars

My Thoughts

A great introductory guide to breathwork for beginners. The layout is appealing and the different techniques presented are for solo as well as partnered work. This was more in-depth than some other beginner guides I’ve read, and the exercises are definitely worthwhile for anxiety.


Temporary PDF kindly provided by Fair Winds Press / Quarto Publishing Group and NetGalley. Opinions shared are my own.


Drawing on a multitude of breathing practices from different healing and spiritual traditions, The Power of Breathwork includes 25 simple exercises that you can practice alone or with a partner.

Knowing how to breathe and how to use your breath purposefully has been proven to reduce negative mental and physical issues and actually heal the body and mind. A regular home breathwork practice is 
an affordable and easy way for you to engage in self-healing practices that can have a profound impact on your overall health. Harness the power of breathwork to:
  • Facilitate proper immune function
  • Enhance connection, creativity, joy, and intuition
  • Reduce physical pain as well as tension, depression, anxiety, and trauma

Author, practitioner, and grief worker Jennifer Patterson begins by explaining what breathwork is, why you should try it, and how it can be used to heal the bodymind. Then, you’ll learn 
what happens in your physical body, energetic body, and emotional body as you practice it. Before you start the exercises, find useful tips on building an altar, using scent, visualizations and grounding, and somatic writing prompts to help support your practice.

achieving collaboration and deeper trust with your body through practices such as a nurturing body scan and learning to catch and shift out of breath-holding patterns, return to yourself with these solo breath patterns: 4-7-8 Breath, Energizing Breath, Box Breath, Pursed Lip Breath, Lion’s Breath, Diaphragm Breath, Alternate Nostril Breath, Skull Shining Breath, Ocean Breath, and Multi-Part Fast-Paced Breath.

With a partner, use breath to work with witnessing and being witnessed, giving and receiving touch, and navigating conflict. Through these practices, you can breathe into a deeper relationship with another.

more focused breathwork practice, you will also find exercises that work with themes such as creativity, easing perfection narratives, inviting laughter and joy, cutting energetic ties to harmful dynamics, plus dedicated practices for welcoming the new day and then, when it is done, releasing the day and inviting sleep.

The Power of Breathwork provides you with simple and approachable ways to intentionally and effectively breathe to bring healing and joy.


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