Conscious Connected Breathwork, Explained

If you are looking for a scientific and spiritual practice to help you regulate your nervous system and enter altered states of consciousness without the use of drugs, then conscious connected breathwork (CCB) may be for you.


The International Breathwork Foundation defines conscious connected breathwork as a breathing technique where you connect the inhale with the exhale, with no pauses. DailyRitual.live teacher Elisha Jane puts it this way: “Conscious Connected Breathwork is a practice of returning to our natural, connected, and flowing breath. CCB is a three part breathwork practice including: full, vibrant, active inhales, followed by surrendered, soft, “let go” exhales, connecting the inhale and exhale with no pause, and remaining conscious with the breath and present in the body the entire time.”  


Conscious Connected Breathwork is a gentle, psychotherapeutic process practice that can help you unveil and lift unprocessed emotion and trauma from your body at a cellular level. CCB teaches you to safely explore the realms of your own healing potential. By learning these techniques, you are able to breathe awareness and movement into past energy, emotion, and trauma, bringing it into the present state of being. This then gives you an opportunity to fully process and integrate the emotional or traumatic experience, and finally- fully release it. 


Conscious Connected Breathwork Techniques

There are several different breath pattern techniques that various practitioners use in conscious connected breathwork. Those include:

  • Rebirthing
  • Holotropic Breathwork
  • Integrative Breathwork
  • Shamanic Breathwork
  • Clarity Breathwork 
  • Transformational Breath®
  • Vivation
  • Breath of Bliss
  • Biodynamic Breathwork
  • And more


All of these techniques have the same four base components. Those are: 


  1. Conscious connected breathing with no pauses between the inhale and the exhale.
  2. Diaphragmatic breathing, which is an active inhale into the belly with relaxed expansion of the chest.
  3. A relaxed exhale as you passively let go.
  4. Breathing channel  -- you: breathe in and out through the same channel.

How Does Conscious Connected Breathwork Work?

Any breathwork increases the oxygen supply to our brain and entire system. This in turn activates more brain power, increases our energy levels, lifts and releases past trauma and emotion, and expands our awareness both internally and externally. Breathwork also activates a powerful detoxification process -- 70% of our toxins are released when we exhale! If we are not breathing at full capacity, it is safe to say that we are not functioning at full capacity.


In addition, CCB helps you bring your nervous system back into a state of peace and calm. Most of us are living in a nervous state all the time, consistently in fight, flight, or freeze survival responses. Our stress and stored trauma are at an all time high, causing a wide variety of health and wellness issues. Now, more than ever, it is imperative we use all available tools to bring our nervous systems back into the parasympathetic states of rest and digest, where we can regain calm and bring peace and deep healing to our body, mind, and soul. 

Conscious Connected Breathwork Benefits   

Like yoga and meditation, conscious connected breathwork has many benefits. Some of those include: 


  • Helps you reprogram habitual patterns for better health and vitality
  • Regulates the nervous system 
  • Restores nerve function
  • Gives you heightened cognitive performance
  • Increases lung capacity
  • Improves respiratory and body awareness
  • Helps you process deep emotional and held trauma at a cellular and somatic level
  • You find relaxation, ease, flow
  • Aids you in exploring deeper states of consciousness
  • Empowers self-healing and understanding
  • Helps you live to your fullest potential in all areas of life
  • Heals past trauma, abuse, physical, mental, or emotional injury
  • Decreases the symptoms of depression, anxiety, panic attacks, phobias
  • You develop self-worth, self-love, and self-esteem
  • Creates a deeper connection to self, source, and the universe


Now, you may not see all of these benefits after one class. But if you practice conscious connected breathing regularly, you will soon reap the benefits.

Sign Up for an Online Conscious Connected Breathwork Class

If this sounds like something you’d like to try, sign up for one of our classes. We offer inspired conscious-connected breathwork classes to you, anywhere in the world you may be. Several of our teachers have extensive experience in breathwork, and are ready to help you discover the benefits. Anyone of any age can take a conscious connected breathwork class. If you have respiratory issues, please consult with your doctor before participating in a class. 


And if group classes are not your thing, we also offer private instruction for individual sessions. If you have any questions you would like to have answered before you sign up for a class, please feel free to contact us, and someone will get back to you promptly.