What is conscious, connected breathing?

Conscious, connected breathing is intentionally breathing without any pauses between the inhale and exhale. You may not have noticed it before, but we mostly pause briefly and hold our breath either before or after the inhale. In conscious, connected breathing, the inhale turns into the exhale and the exhale turns into the inhale in one circular, continuous motion. The inhale is active and the exhale is passive; you don’t force the air out but simply let it go.

Connected breathing carries more oxygen to cells and creates an intoxication-like effect, obviously without any toxins. This fosters a deep awareness of and connection with ourselves, which helps surface all kinds of feelings. You may feel a tingling sensation or numbness in your hands and feet. You may also experience cold, heat, pain, or a surge of energy and ecstasy during connected breathing. It is used in many breathing techniques and can be practised both through the nose and the mouth. Depending on how slowly or how fast you breathe, it may have a soothing or invigorating effect. Most importantly, connected breathing helps you focus on your breath and stay in the moment.