While breath work might be straightforward, it’s never easy, says Rachel Ricketts, who leads online courses on spiritual activism, featuring breath work guidance, from her home in Toronto. Like almost every breath work teacher I spoke to, Ricketts shifts the emphasis in breath work to the final word. “It is work, it takes work, getting extra oxygen inside your entire body. Physically, it relieves our muscles, spiritually it allows for a major release.”
“In the moment, how many times have you felt something was off and your well-meaning friends have met you with, ‘Well, are you sure? Where’s the evidence?’” asks Jasmine Marie, an Atlanta-based breathwork practitioner and the founder of Black Girls Breathing.