Frequently Asked Questions About SOMA Breath

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SOMA BREATH?

The main goal of Soma Breath is to correct your breathing so that your normal rate of breathing at rest is 3-4 breaths per minute. On average people breathe 10+ breaths per minute. Very sick or highly stressed people breathe over 20+ breaths per minute. This can help protect against disease, balance your emotions and help you be more in the flow.

When you are overly emotionally stressed, due to the burdens of everyday living, your body switches on the same physiological response as when under physical stress i.e when doing strenuous physical exercise. Your oxygen demand goes up and you breathe faster and more shallow, even though you do not need to consume as much oxygen as if doing exercise.

If you imagine you have a fire in your body, just like a normal fire, oxygen is needed for the fire to burn, however too much oxygen causes the fire to burn too bright, causing damage, too little oxygen, the fire doesn't burn at all, and no energy created. So just the right amount of oxygen is required.

Just like metal that rusts in the presence of oxygen, so does your body, and its called oxidative stress. So oxygen control is necessary to prevent oxidative stress in the body. Antioxidants in food is necessary to prevent oxidative stress that causes free radical damage to cells. So correct breathing means less food is required.

Therefore being able to breathe less, manage stress and still function efficiently is the goal of Soma Breath.

Becoming highly efficient at using oxygen means you become highly efficient at creating energy and therefore you become healthier, stronger and happier as a result.

Breathwork also has the power to peel back the many layers of your psyche, revealing your subconscious meta-programming. These are hardwired beliefs, habits and imprints that have shaped your future and world view since birth. Through special breathing exercises combined with hypnotic suggestion, that is The Awakening ritual, you can reimprint the subconscious operating system with a new more empowered set of habits and beliefs that will lead to your eventual liberation and un-robotization.

Your breath shall set you free…

HOW IS SOMA BREATH STRUCTURED?

There are two main levels of Soma Breath:

1)Soma ‘The Awakening’ - 1hr breathwork class combining music, a sequence of breathwork techniques and meditation.

Who’s It For?

Perfect for everyone regardless of age, race, color or religion. If you can breathe, you can awaken!

How It Works

A high intensity training for your soul and spirit. A sequence of therapeutic breathwork techniques combined with brainwave music and guided meditation that awakens you and your clients to their full human potential.

Benefits

A multisensory meditation experience that can awaken dormant parts of your brain, improve circulation and fitness, promote healing, transmute sexual life force energy and help to manifest your intentions and take your meditation practice to the next level.

This can:

  • Awaken dormant functions of the brain.
  • Enhance creativity
  • Create heightened states of consciousness and inspiration.
  • Improve brain function and mind power
  • Cleanse and purify the bloodstream and lymphatic system.
  • Activate stem cells
  • Stimulate self healing
  • Reduce depression/anxiety
  • Clear negative imprints and traumas from early life (0-7 years)
  • Reimprinting with more empowering beliefs and habits.
  • Set intentions, create motivation and energy to complete important goals.
  • Self realisation, discover your true self, your deeper inner calling.

2)Soma Breath Coach

Who’s It For?

Perfect for anyone who wants to go deeper on ‘The Awakening’. If you want to remove fears, negative patterns and habits to be more present, be more successful and in the flow our Soma Breath Coaches will be your expert guide.

How It Works & Benefits

Experience a longer version of ‘The Awakening’ led by an advanced Soma Breath instructor who can help you clear negative imprints and liberate from the past, so you can be more present, in the flow, with the power to create your own reality.

An advanced Soma Breath instructor can also facilitate our ‘pharmacy’ of therapeutic breathwork techniques that can help you do things like lower your blood pressure, lower inflammation, create more energy, promote self healing, boost your immune system, detox and cleanse your digestive system, and promote good bacteria.

As a Soma Breath Coach you will discover how to use guided meta-reprogramming meditations with The Awakening and Breath Toning techniques to create powerful transformations in your clients.

Soma Therapeutic Breathwork - 5 core scientifically validated breathwork techniques based on the ancient indian science of pranayama. Including special sauna breathwork meditations for deepening the practice.

The 5 core breathing techniques can be used to help you:

  • Lose weight
  • Increase energy
  • Heal quicker
  • Get deeper sleep
  • Improve digestion
  • Live longer
  • Improve mood
  • Reduce Anxiety/Panic
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Clear asthma, congestion, sinus problems.

HOW CAN YOU EXPERIENCE SOMA BREATH?

SOMA Breath can be experienced online via zoom video conferences or in person via our Global Breath Network of instructors certified to facilitate SOMA Breath classes. We run classes and facilitator training retreats in the following ways:

  • weekly online sessions 
  • drop in workshops facilitated by a certified SOMA Breath instructor 
  • multi-day SOMA Breath retreats -
  • 11 day SOMA Breath facilitator training retreats - click here to find upcoming retreats
  • Online training program

HOW DOES SOMA THERAPEUTIC BREATHWORK WORK?

The facilitator will train you in the 5 fundamental breathwork techniques. You will then learn how to use these for various purposes throughout the day. This will empower you in the knowledge, science and power of breath to influence and enhance your physiology, health and well being.

WHAT IS SOMA 'THE AWAKENING' BREATHWORK USED FOR AND HOW DOES IT WORK

The hardest imprints and traumas to clear are from your inner womb experience, to birth and then the first 6 to 7 years of your life. Higher yoga practices were designed to clear these past traumas and negative conditioning so that you can become free and liberated.

The Awakening is a higher yoga ritual designed to clear negative imprints and help you break free from the past, so you can be more present, in the flow and liberated with the power to create your own reality.

This ritual uses a series of ancient breathing techniques put into a sequence that combines rhythmical breathing to beat driven music, vocal toning/humming, breath retention, meditation/visualization techniques and the activation and transmutation of sexual energy.

The rhythmical breathing phase hyper-oxygenates the body, bringing in more oxygen and blowing out more carbon dioxide than normal. This alters the pH of the blood stream and creates a stronger electromagnetic field and current to flow through the body. The effect of this is an elevation of your vibrational and emotional energy. Through a higher vibration and emotional quality, negative emotions can be released and cleansed from the body, and the ability to attract and manifest your intentions is increased.

This type of breathing also moves the largest lymph gland in the body creating a powerful cleansing effect.

Before the breath retention phase you extend your exhale with deep vocal toning. This allows you to tap into the power of the vagus nerve, switch off stress and connect with your subconscious mind during the breath retention phase.

Life is a series of inhales and exhales, meaning that your quality of thought is strongly linked to your breath. Erratic breathing leads to erratic thinking. Smooth consistent breathing leads to coherent thought. When you pause your breath during the breath retention phase, you press pause on life. This allows you to go into the deepest meditative state possible where you can connect with your subconscious mind.

Using the power of affirmations, visualization techniques and self hypnosis you can program your subconscious operating system to influence your autonomic nervous system.

The activation of sexual energy throughout the process and the gradual progression of the experience through repetition of the routine over a 1hr duration creates a strong gamma wave stimulation and heightened ecstatic states of consciousness.

Powerful emotional releases can occur, negative imprints from the past can be cleared, and what we call ‘divine downloads’ that are moments of deep insight and moments of inspirations makes this experience truly unforgettable.

HOW IS SOMA BREATH DIFFERENT FROM OTHER BREATHWORK MODALITIES?

Soma is a complete holistic system of breathwork techniques. There is no one size fits all, and Soma takes into account everyone is different and requires different breathing techniques depending on their needs. Soma Therapeutic Breathwork techniques are the core pranayama techniques that have the most scientific evidence to support their function.

The Awakening is inspired by the most revered pranayama technique called Nishessha Rechaka Kumbhaka and the ancient ritual of Soma that has over 50,000 references to it in the ancient text, Rig Veda, that is the basis of modern day Hinduism and the Vedic philosophy that yoga originates from. It is also inspired by the breathwork technique that is the core of the Wim Hof Method, created by Wim Hof, a close friend and mentor of Niraj Naik, the work of Dr Prakash Malshe an Indian doctor based near Rishikesh, the birthplace of yoga who uses pranayama and yoga to treat his patients, and Swami Ambikananda Saraswati who has one of the most popular yoga schools in the UK that is based on the earliest recorded traditional yoga practices.

Modern counter parts such as Rebirthing, Holotropic Breathwork and Transformational Breath focus on one method that hyperventilates the body. These should be done with caution as oxygen creates oxidative stress in the body, and are not for regular use because of this reason.

Soma The Awakening is something that can be practiced more regularly and can only lead to positive health and psychological benefits.

HOW DOES SOMA BREATH COMPARE TO OTHER HEALTH & WELLNESS MODALITIES?

Soma Breath is a truly holistic method that incorporates Niraj Naik MPharm wealth of experience and scientific education over the last 14+ years dealing with a range of health conditions, including curing his own autoimmune condition back in 2011, where breathwork was a core method he used.

Niraj is a fully qualified pharmacist with a masters degree and high level education in physiology, anatomy, biology, chemistry and physics. Niraj is also trained in yoga and ayurveda, and incorporates his knowledge of ancient healing modalities with a modern non dogmatic scientific understanding of why and how they work.

This sets him apart from many other trainers and wellness experts, as he has first hand experience from his own self healing journey, he has also trained with the top masters in the world like Wim Hof and Swami Ambikananda, and has a professional masters level scientific education with over 7+ years of experience working with patients in a clinical environment.

His deep understanding of a broad range of subjects allows him to simplify and easily explain complex material, without leaving out essential components that is necessary for techniques like Soma Breath to work effectively.

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR A SOMA BREATH SESSION?

Wear comfortable clothes. Yoga style clothing is perfect. All breathwork techniques should be done on an empty stomach. So either in the morning before breakfast after rehydrating with water, or at least 1-2 hrs before eating a full meal.

HOW DOES SOMA 'THE AWAKENING' AFFECT HEALTH?

The Awakening experience is a powerful cleansing and revitalizing experience that allows you to connect to your higher self. You can stimulate healing through the activation of stem cells and the power of visualization techniques and intermittent hypoxia.

WHAT HEALTH CONDITIONS CAN 'THE AWAKENING' HELP WITH?

The Awakening is a ceremonial sequence that combines several of the elements of SOMA Therapeutic Breathwork into one longer routine. Other than the same physical health benefits, it can also help with deep seated emotional disturbances, negative limiting beliefs/patterns and reprogramming early life imprints.

HOW DOES SOMA THERAPEUTIC BREATHWORK AFFECT HEALTH?

By learning the 5 core breathwork techniques it is like having your own pharmacy of medicines that you can activate by the power of your breath! You can lower your blood pressure, reduce inflammation, activate stem cells and repair cells, promote growth of good bacteria and cleanse the bowels. Your dependency on medication will reduce and eventually fade away over time.

All of the techniques inside of SOMA Therapeutic Breathwork can be used to help with a variety of chronic health issues that are triggered by chronic emotional stress such autoimmune disease and metabolic diseases such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Some of the things these techniques can be used for include to:

  • Lose weight
  • Increase energy
  • Heal quicker
  • Get deeper sleep
  • Improve digestion
  • Live longer
  • Improve mood
  • Reduce Anxiety/Panic
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Clear asthma, congestion, sinus problems

All techniques are designed to be a complimentary addition to existing treatment and not a replacement for them. You must seek medical advice before doing any alternative holistic practice such as Soma Breath.

WHAT ARE THE USES AND CONTRAINDICATIONS OF INTERMITTENT HYPOXIC TRAINING (IHT)?

IHT improves mitochondrial function and can enhance athletic and sports performance.
 
IHT can be beneficial for the treatment of a wide range of degenerative diseases, including:
  • chronic heart and lung diseases
  • hypertension
  • asthma and chronic bronchitis
  • liver and pancreatic diseases
  • anxiety and depression
  • iron-deficiency anaemia
  • lack of energy and fatigue
IHT is contra-indicated in case of:
  • acute somatic and viral diseases
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD-II and COPD-III)
  • chronic diseases with symptoms of decompensation or terminal illness
  • individual intolerance of oxygen insufficiency
  • cancer, unless IHT is prescribed by a doctor
  • people with epilepsy, pacemakers or heart arrhythmias, unless treatment (including IHT) is under direct medical supervision.

HOW LONG DO I NEED TO BE IN HYPOXIA TO RECEIVE THE BENEFITS?

You simply need to trigger 85% and lower and it will create the benefits, however longer the better up to 2 mins is max needed for stem cell movement

You don’t need to go much beyond 2mins and even just triggering it is fine

IS SOMA BREATH DANGEROUS?

The techniques of SOMA Breath are very safe if practiced properly and learned from a trained SOMA Breath instructor. The breath retention techniques including The Awakening ritual should be done with caution for people who have severe hypertension or heart disease. Pregnant women and menstruating women should avoid The Awakening.

Hyperventilation can lead to respiratory alkalosis and so techniques like Rebirthing, Holotropic Breathwork or Transformational Breath should be done with caution as it can cause toxic damage and an overload of stress from excess oxygen entering the bloodstream. However SOMA breath uses gentle, rhythmical breathwork and breath retention techniques that prevents this issue and allows more oxygen to enter into the areas it is needed without harming cells from oxidative stress.

IS THERE A CONNECTION BETWEEN SOMA BREATH AND RELIGION?

SOMA Breath respects the ancient rituals that predates religion that at the time were so powerful that religions were even formed from them. It enabled these early tribes to connect to their own higher power and therefore create mastery over mind and body through the energy of spirit. We bring you back that same spiritual power but now free from the secrecy, control and dogma of religion.

The latin root meaning of the word ‘Spiritual’ is ‘To Breathe’. Inspire means ‘to breathe in’. Conspire means ‘to breathe together’. Spirit is the spiritual life force that comes from breath.

The ancient Essenes tribes who formed the early Christian traditions had breathwork rituals as a core of their religious practices. The shamanic tribes from Siberia through to Native American Indians and African tribesman also have breathing practices as a core part of their celebrations and prayer.

The techniques in SOMA Breath are inspired from the ‘renegade’ tantric yogis and these ancient shamanic cultures who predate the more dogmatic organised religion of Hinduism, and so the methods they discovered were evolved from their own real world experience of surviving and thriving in harsh environments.

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