Breathwork definitions


(With thanks to International Breathwork Foundation)

Conscious Breathing

Conscious breathing is the practice of breathing with awareness, intention and attention to your inner experience, in the present moment.


The experiential field of study and practice that encompasses a variety of breathing techniques utilised individually and in groups, to cultivate self-awareness and the enhancement of physical, emotional, cognitive, or spiritual well-being.

Conscious Connected Breathing

Conscious Connected Breathing is a breathing pattern in which the breather intentionally connects the inhale with the exhale without any pauses.

Conscious Connected Breathwork

Conscious Connected Breathwork (CCB) is an experiential field of study and practice that uses conscious connected breathing and body-mind techniques to support the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels of being.

  • Some schools of CCB are psychotherapeutic.
  • There are various schools of CCB including but not limited to; Rebirthing, Holotropic Breathwork, Integrative Breathwork, Clarity Breathwork, Shamanic Breathwork and Transformational Breath.
  • The emphasis placed on different components of the session, as well as different theoretical and spiritual frameworks, determines the distinctions among the various schools of CCB.


A practitioner of one or more types of breathwork who facilitates others in utilising breathing techniques for self-awareness, for the enhancement of physical, emotional, cognitive, or spiritual well-being in an individual or group setting.

Breathwork Practitioner

A qualified breathwork professional who has been certified with a breathwork qualification (training and apprenticeship) that meets the minimum requirements set out by their national/international organisation or training school.

Functional Breathwork

Functional breathwork is a term referring to types of breathwork that seek to practice or train patterns of breathing to support general well-being or for particular activities (freediving, for example).