One of the key things that drew me to learn about, and later decide to teach breathwork was the current and ever-expanding body of research about the far reaching and deep influence our respiratory system has on our physiology and our psychology.
Each new article I read, video I watched, paper I poured over and course I completed continued to fascinate me and to this day continues to cause me to marvel at how incredible the human body is.
There’s a lot of information out there, so I thought I’d compile some of my top breathwork content & apps as a starting point for those looking to dive in.
NB: I’ve also compiled my favourite Wim Hof Method specific content.
Wim Hof Method - the technique that started it all for me!
The Oxygen Advantage - Patrick McKeown’s training methodology focused on nasal breathing & breath hold training
Buteyko Method - A range of breathing exercises developed in the 1950's designed to improve an individual’s health
XPT - Big wave surfer Laird Hamilton’s performance lifestyle focused on human adaptability
Shift/Adapt - Human performance specialist Brian Mackenzie’s programming, coaching & educational platform
The Health & Human Performance Foundation - an not-for-profit educational organisation focused on the scientific understanding of breathing practices
Holotropic Breathwork - Psychiatrist & Transpersonal Psychology pioneer Stanislav Grof’s technique to access non-ordinary states of consciousness
Physiology First University - A not-for-profit dedicated to educating the next generation on health & human potential doing incredible work
Biodynamic Breathwork - A multimodal approach to helping heal trauma using Eastern and Western wisdom and techniques, ancient practices, and cutting-edge science.
Kasper van der Meulen 'The Breathwork Biohacker - breathwork specialist and bestselling author
Martin McPhilimey / Performance Through Health - one of the foremost breathing science educators & coaches globally
Jesse Coomer - breathworker, educator, YouTuber and author
Richie Bostock 'The Breath Guy' - Breathwork coach, author and speaker and leading figure and evangelist for Breathwork
Nick Heath 'The Breathing Diabetic' - An excellent science writer who makes breathing science simple
Niraj Naik a.k.a. The Renegade Pharmacist - Creator of Soma Breath and prolific musician
Leigh Ewin - An Aussie living in Finland sharing breathwork, cold exposure & the spirituality that connect us all
Take a Deep Breath: Oxygen Advantage vs Wim Hof Method explained
(Full disclosure, I'm not a big YouTube-y video person, so this list is very light!)
I’ll be updating this over time but if you’ve found something that has helped you, broadened your understanding or blown you away, reach out and let me know: