How Breath Work Changed My Life

The year is 2014. I was sitting in a sunlit conference room with an eager crowd of people who were looking at a woman who had curly hair and who was the pioneer of breath work in Turkey.

She had her arms in the air and took a deep breath. Then started talking about ”breath.”

You are probably wondering and asking ”Don’t we all breathe?” ”What the hell is breath work and why am I here?” ”What is breath work?”

Well, breath work is more than just breathing. There are a lot of benefits of breath work.In fact, it is being aware of the life force we all have inside ourselves.

I found myself in fast and deep breathing sessions for 5 days, where we learned breathing techniques. The course was called ”The Miracle Course”, but I wasn’t seeing any ”miracles”. And I was thinking to myself ,”Can miracles even exist?”

The breath work course was a place where I learnt about my dysfunctional breathing habits and, as a result, my dysfunctional thinking pattern. ( I’ll be talking about this in detail in another post.) and how I was damaging myself physically and emotionally. ( As you can imagine, I was having several panic attacks a day)

I was 16 back then, and I had no ambition in life. I was dealing with anxiety and major depression. I was on few antidepressants. I was diagnosed with a chronic condition that my doctor wasn’t even sure about how we can manage it. And I found myself taking deep breaths with other people, screaming and even throwing up all the stuff we held inside for years. Yes, I was 16 and you would think that I was being dramatic. But I wasn’t. I cried, I screamed, I laughed, I learnt gratitude, I learnt how I was ”holding my breath” and how this meant that I was holding my ”life on hold.”

It was true, I wasn’t letting my true identity shine.

I don’t know when this started, because I loved acting when I was little. I loved it when I was on stage, and, of course, as a kid, I loved the attention.

But, then I grew up. I grew up and thought that society’s standards and ”should” and ”musts” were superior to my dreams and aspirations.

I silenced myself and I silenced that little girl who was dreaming, who dreamt about being a mythological character for a day. That girl, who wanted to shine and didn’t care about the imposed beliefs others had put on her.

& it’s not an easy process. But breathwork allowed me to find myself. After these sessions and this 5-day course, I felt more confident and knew what I wanted to do in life.

I’m still on this journey of finding my authentic self and trust me, I’m still a beginner but at least I knew what was behind my panic attacks and my depression. It was me not standing in my own power and hiding my true self.

In fact, what I learnt was that no one is against us. It’s just us against us.

Well, hope you found this little post helpful. Let me know if you have any experiences with breath work.

I’ll be writing more about becoming our authentic selves by blocking out other people’s opinions, ideas and society’s beliefs. Unless we eliminate those voices, it is impossible for us to find our true essence.

Hope you have the courage to do that.

Because you have that, deep inside your heart.

I love you.

Remember how divine you are.

Remember your true mission with every breath you take.

You are here for a reason, and that reason is unique.

That reason will change this planet.

x Penny

50 responses to “How Breath Work Changed My Life”

  1. That’s good you found what is behind the panic and depression. You are doing great and I think I should do it too. Finding it. Thank you for sharing this inscriptional post.

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    1. You are very welcome, means a lot to me! Thank you so much for reading x P

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  2. This is a great post, and learning to breathe is one of the best ways to cope with any highly emotional or stressful situation. Thank you for sharing this.

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    1. Yes, breath-work is an amazing tool for banishing stress. Thank you so much for reading x P

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  3. Really happy that you’re able to make the progress that you’ve made.

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    1. Thank you! Means a lot to me. xx Penny

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  4. I absolutely loved this. Breathwork can definitely solve so many of the issues we as people face on a day to day. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You are very welcome, thank you so much for reading! Breath-work is really a miracle! x Penny

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  5. Thank you for taking us through this journey with you. Writing this post in itself feels like parts of it. I’m pleased youve found a way via Breath Works to finding your way.

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    1. You are very welcome! Thank you so much for reading and commenting x Penny

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  6. Love that you share how this journey began for you and where it has led you! Your takeaways and lessons are so positive and your further steps so intentional; your final words bring the message together for me in an affirmative and inspiring way!

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    1. That means a lot to me Jaya, thank you so much for your lovely comment x P

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  7. Learning more about your journey with breath work is intrguing and also really lovely. I’m so glad that it’s helped you to navigate stressful situations. I never knew how beneficial it could be!

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    1. It is definitely a miracle and we all have that power inside ourselves. Thank you so much for commenting, I appreciate it x Penny

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  8. I’m very interested in breath work. Glad it has helped you. You are covering some interesting topics!

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment, I’m so happy to hear that you are invested in breath-work! x Penny

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  9. Breath work is absolutely phenomenal. It’s something I learned about in therapy years ago and then something I “relearned” recently while restarting my yoga journey. It really can change your life entirely!

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    1. It really is, and I’m very pleased to hear that you have relearned it in your yoga journey! Thank you so much for reading! xx Pen

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  10. This sounds so transformative! My mum is a massive advocate of breath work but I’ve never looked into it much myself – this has definitely convinced me to change that! x

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    1. I’m so glad that this post has convinced you to look into the breath-work! Thank you so much for reading x Penny

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  11. I loved how you shared your experience. I think that emotional and physical pain most if the times exist because we suppress a part of ourselves. It is this denial that is causing us problems. Only when we come in peace with our true selves and emotions we can heal. Thank you for sharing this wonderful post!

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    1. Yes, exactly! Very true, thank you so much for reading x P

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  12. This is absolutely amazing, Penny. Really inspiring! I loved to read this story about you and your experience with breathwork. I’m so happy you benefited so much from it and that you can now let others know about it. Thank you for sharing! I look forward to reading the following ones xx

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment Vanessa, I appreciate it! x Penny

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  13. Aw I love this! I’ve never tried breath work before but it sounds like it did you wonders, it’s amazing that it helped you gain more confidence and begin to discover your authentic self. Perhaps I’ll have to try it! Thank you so much for sharing x

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    1. Hopefully you can try it! Thank you very much for reading Ceri 🙂 x Pen

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  14. This is a great post. Breathing techniques really help with panic and anxiety. I have used them in stressful situations. Thank you for sharing.

    Lauren – bournemouthgirl

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    1. I’m so glad to hear that breath-work has helped you with anxiety. Thank you so much for reading, Lauren x Penny

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  15. Great post! I’d love to look into doing more breathwork and going deeper into the practice. I do a lot of breathing techniques anyway, particularly during Yoga but there’s always more to explore with the breath!

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    1. Exactly, breath work is very open to exploration since it has various techniques! I would love to try yoga, that sounds amazing! Thank you so much for reading and commenting Jenny! x Penny

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  16. Good story. I believe it’s high time I start breath work too. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. You are very welcome Fadima, thank you so much for reading. x P

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  17. This is such a lovely post! I must admit, I have never tried breath work but it sounds like this would be beneficial to try, especially because I tend to get overwhelmed with all that is on my plate. Thank you so much for sharing your light and love!

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    1. I think you should definitely go for it and try the miracle of the breath-work, Angie! Thank you so much for reading. x Penny

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  18. Breath work is a thing, glad it is getting the recognition it needs. It deals with stress, anger, emotional distress and much more. I try it couple of times when my mood is really low. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Exactly! It is definitely life-changing. Thank you so much for reading and commenting! x Penny

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  19. Breathwork sounds like something I should try. I’ve always been a little sceptical about meditation and breath work, but I know it has helped so many people so I should really give it a proper chance & be open-minded! x

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    1. It definitely changes your life, hopefully you’ll try breath-work soon! Thank you so much for reading. x Penny

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  20. Well written. Breathing techniques are usually underrated. I would definitely like to read your next post on dysfunctional thinking patterns.

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    1. Thank you very much for reading and commenting! xx penny

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    2. Thank you so much for reading and commenting! x Pen

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  21. beautifully written babe. so glad you shared this with us. breath work can be so important and i should definitely try it more often 🤍

    jessica | http://www.overdressedblogger.com

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    1. You definitely should, Jessica! Thank you so much for reading and commenting, I appreciate it. x Penny

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  22. This is so incredibly touching and heartfelt. Breath work is such a great practice that helps us focus on the present moment and think clearly. I’m so happy to hear it’s helped you in such a profound way. Blocking out society’s beliefs is so important to be able to live authentically. I can’t wait to read more of your posts on that topic! Thank you for sharing your story Penny!

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    1. This means a lot to me, thank you very much for your lovely comment about this post! I’m very grateful. ❤ – Penny

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  23. Really honest post. I love how open you were and vulnerable too, that’s not easy. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. You are very welcome, Giulia, thank you so much for reading. x Pen

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  24. loved this post! breathwork has def helped me reduce stress levels and such. Glad breathwork helps you as well. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for reading, B! Pleased to hear that breath work has also helped you. x Penny

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