There is something I really like to do morning and evening now and that is to breathe in from the base of my spine and into the top of my head. By sending energy into my brain I get a sense of linking up my whole system and feeling more alive. A few months ago I fell out of the habit of doing this on a daily basis. Fortunately that helped me realise how valuable breathing this way is for me!

In order to do this type of breathing I follow two different guided breathing methods / guided meditations where parts of them include this: A short Wim Hof Method Breathing in the morning and a longer guided meditation by Dr. Joe Dispenza in the evening. Wim Hof is a Dutch motivational speaker aka The Iceman, and Dr. Joe Dispenza is an American author and researcher of epigenetics, quantum physics and neuroscience.

In the Wim Hof Method Breathing, which you can find on YouTube, I get a sense of sending energy up the body when he says to take a deep breath in and hold for fifteen seconds. I do three rounds and it takes less than twelve minutes and feels more like two. I did not know what to expect when I started out. I had read about a top athlete who said it helped him have more energy. I thought, if it benefits him it will benefit me as well.

Dr. Joe Dispenza presents another type of breathing technique which he calls “The Breath”. There is more intention here on sending energy up to the brain. I believe it is something he guides the practitioner to do at the start of all his meditations. Doing “The Breath” changes the brainwaves and helps you become more conscious. From my experience with meditation this is a great way of getting quickly into a meditative state. The intention with “The Breath” is to reach and activate the pineal gland, a gland located in the brain. I am unsure if I have actually reached my pineal gland by breathing in this manner. What I have noticed is the feeling of pressure that builds up in my head as I inhale from the base of my spine, through my heart and up towards the top of my head.

Rather than trying to explain this any further – I find it a bit complicated (!) – I would like to share with you how breathing up through the spine makes me feel, and that is super connected. It is as if my whole body links up when I do this breath. You may know about chakras, energy centres in the body, or the prana tube – in Dr Dispenza’s words: “a tube of light and energy that represents the movement of life force up and down the spinal cord” – and this is what I am referring to. It is as if I am creating a clear pathway from the base of my spine to the top of my head. By doing so I am clearing out “stuff”, ie. unnecessary blockages such as tension and fear in the body. Less energy for “stuff” = more energy for LIFE. Breathing in and up with intention makes me feel light, connected and expansive. And happy.

Perhaps you would like to try it too?

Wishing you well – Annette X

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Annette Wiik

My name is Annette. I am a Yoga Academy Certified Teacher (BWY-Accredited School) and started practising Hatha Yoga over 20 years ago. Holding a certificate from Bangor University to teach mindfulness-based courses, I incorporate my knowledge of mindfulness meditation in all my yoga classes. I have two grown-up children.