How does breathwork differ from meditation?

Breathwork and meditation are both practices with similar methods and goals, which sometimes embody one another. Both aim to silence the unsettling chatter in the mind, reach a state of well-being and feeling of calm. However, in most meditation techniques one is left alone with one's thoughts. It’s essential to observe and release these thoughts without pursuing them. Meditation also involves focusing on the natural state of breathing. Breathwork, however, aims to reach different psychological and physiological results through many methods such as changing the speed and depth of the breath, alternating between chest and diaphragmatic breathing and holding the breath. In other words, meditation involves passively observing, whereas breathwork entails actively working with one’s breath.

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