I have suffered from depression and anxiety for the past 11 years and have tried many methods to improve my mental health including microdosing shrooms, therapy, and journaling. They all helped me improve in some kind of way, but it wasn’t until I met this wonderful woman by the name of Andrea who introduced me to breathwork and it changed my world.
“Your outer world is a reflection of your inner world. If you change your thinking, you change your life”- Priayash Tiwari
What is Breathwork?
Breathwork can be describe as a series of exercises of controlled breathing techniques that brings awareness to your breath and throughout your whole body. People who practice breathwork may experience tingling sensations throughout the body, feelings of alertness and clarity, connection between mind, soul, and body, and emotional release.
My first experience doing Breathwork
After the pandemic, I was pretty depressed and felt a lot of anxiety about losing all my jobs and not knowing what to do. I was far away from family and really needed emotional support. That’s when I stumbled upon an invite to a trial breathwork workshop that I found through my Asian Women Empowerment group. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I showed up for my breathwork workshop. I met Andrea who was one of the few Asian Americans’ breathwork facilitator in Los Angeles. She gave us the breakdown of what the session would be like and by the end of the session, I was the one breaking down in tears.
She guided us through a meditation and told us how to breath from our belly to our chest and out through our mouths, repeatedly. She gave us a visualization guide where we had to dig deep into our hearts and release whatever emotions are coming out. I didn’t think much would come out of it, until 10 minutes in, I started crying and the tears wouldn’t stop. It felt as if 11 years of suppressed anger, pain, and sadness was flowing out of me. I…