When choosing more challenging or advanced breathing exercises, like holotropic breathwork, or breathing exercises with extended breath holds, it’s important to work with a breathwork coach. This will help you to avoid having any breathwork side effects. A coach will make sure that you are practicing techniques correctly. With more advanced techniques you could experience tingling, blurred vision, dizziness, muscle spasms, or ringing in the ears. These side effects are temporary and your coach can help you avoid them altogether.
Thankfully, with basic breathing exercises, side effects are rare. Basic breathing exercises are exercises that involve deep breathing without any extended breath holds, or hyperventilation (very fast breathing). These basic deep breathing exercises are the perfect place for a beginner to start. Basic deep breathing exercises are great for relieving stress, reducing anxiety, and helping to improve sleep.