What do Justin Bieber, Oprah, Tony Robbins, and Beyoncé all have in common?
(…besides being rich?)
(…and subsequently having access to the best health treatments in the world?)
They ALL practice breathwork.
And they’re not the only ones.
Also early to the breathwork movement are stars like Selena Gomez, Gweneth Paltrow, Giselle Bundchen, Tracee Ellis Ross, and even Camila Cobello. But the list doesn’t stop there. The roster of rich, famous, and health gurus in the breathwork community is as long as it is star-studded — and as some of the wealthiest people on the planet (who quite literally have access to the most effective/exclusive treatments in existence), their incorporation of breathwork into their daily lives only speaks even HIGHER volumes to its incredible power and effectiveness.
Which now probably has you wondering — What exactly are all of them doing?!
Don’t worry—Take a breath 😉 We did some research for you and got ALLL the tea on each of their individual practices.
Here’s what we found:
Gweneth Paltrow is such an advocate for breathwork that she hired a Breathwork Coach to guide her and her entire team to better emotionally navigate their workplace. When asked how to describe breathwork to the uninitiated, her coach explained, “(It’s) conscious breathing, so breathing done with mindfulness. There’s many different kinds but at its most basic level the steps are to get into a comfortable position and then breathe in through the nose and out, starting with an inhale and exhale to the count of four. It’s going to balance your nervous system and get you grounded.”
Justin & Hailey Bieber
While Justin regularly practices vocal exercises and breathing techniques to aid with his singing career, his wife Hailey also swears by breathwork for her physical and mental health. “He’s taught me a lot about deep breathing because he has to be conscious of that for his voice,” Hailey said. “Our lives get so busy that we forget how important our breath is and the practice of intentional breathing.” Justin also opened up about using breathwork in tandem with a some-what new psycho sensory anti-anxiety technique called “havening” — A powerful practice he first began using in his journey to recovery from drug addiction.
Oprah also has her own private breathwork coach. She explains, “You can take as many
supplements and do as much aromatherapy as you want, but if you’re not breathing well, you’re not getting to the solution.” Her coach goes on to say, “We tend to breathe from our chest, which gives us access to only the very top of our lungs. We should be breathing from our belly—That’s what animals and babies do in a calm state. Shallow breaths tell the body we’re in fight-or-flight mode, ready to run from a predator; belly breaths tell us all is well, so we’re free to rest and digest. That’s why deep breathing is essential for real relaxation.” To try the breathing technique that oprah.com refers to as “nature’s Valium,” click here.
Camilla Cobello opened up about her techniques for managing anxiety, citing that breathwork and meditation “changed her life.” On her Instagram, she shared a long caption detailing the impact they’ve both had on her mental health. Regarding breathwork, she suggests “…Take three deep breaths and then begin to just notice the natural flow of your breath. Being aware of breathing in, breathing out. Following every inhale and exhale with your attention. Once your mind has stilled, picture every human in the world right now, elders, people that have respiratory problems and are vulnerable, picture the people that are vulnerable, picture their families and say, “May you be healthy. May you be safe. May you be free from illness. May you be well.” Repeat until you really feel it in your heart.”
At the request of her Instagram followers, Giselle shared an IGTV dedicated to her favorite relaxation method: alternate breathing. Also referred to as “Nadi Suddhi Pranayama”, this breathing technique is done by pressing alternately on either nostril in order to make the air flow circulate alternately—This rebalances the nervous system in a matter of minutes by purifying the channels where energy circulates. Checkout her video here.
“After having a difficult pregnancy, I took a year to focus on my health. I have researched information on homeopathic medicines.” Knowles said. “I don’t just put any prescription in my body. My diet is important, and I use tools like acupuncture, meditation, visualization, and breathing exercises.”
Forever forthcoming about her own struggles with Depression and Anxiety, Selena Gomez shared her techniques for dealing with negative stressors via breathwork and meditation in this IGTV video.
Tracee Ellis Ross
During the height of the Black Lives Matter movement, Tracee Ellis Ross created an IGTV video to share with her followers showcasing 3 breathwork exercises she had been using to get her through the stress of the anti-racism protests, explaining she uses breathwork to “connect me to the present moment and to create space in my body.”
Being the #1 Peak Performance coach in the world, it’s no surprise that Tony Robbins also has his own personal breathwork coach. What may surprise you, however, is that his coach is our very own Founder, Dan Brulé! Here’s one of the specific techniques Dan taught Tony to deal with his anxiety:
“We have narrowed it down to two strategies: leaning into the inhale for energy, and engaging the exhale for relaxation…Time is so precious, so it’s practice of quick recharging for sustaining high energy and endurance for his nonstop schedule, and going quickly into deep relaxation to restore and reboot…”
You may not have thousands of dollars to hire your own private breathwork coach or attend expensive breathwork classes like the celebs above, but the beauty of an ICFB membership is you don’t have to! As home to one of the largest collections of digital breathwork resources in the world, our members have on-demand access to guided breathwork sessions, full talks, and bite-size toolkit sessions, in addition to LIVE (via Zoom) events from the world’s leading breathwork masters.
Whether you’re looking for ways to decrease your anxiety, increase your athletic performance, calm down your kids, or connect deeper in your spiritual practice — Breathwork is the modality for you. If you’d like to learn more about breathwork and how it can help you in YOUR daily life, visit the ICFB membership page and sign up for your membership today!
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