The Health Benefits of Breathwork—with Niraj Naik of SOMA - EP128

Life is a series of inhales and exhales. So, what happens if we press pause? SOMA breathwork uses short periods of breath retention to create the right balance of oxygen in the body and produce a variety of health benefits. How can we benefit from this kind of practice as endurance athletes? And how does hypoxic training work to improve our performance?

Niraj Naik is the creator of SOMA Breath, a global breathwork movement based on the traditional yogic practices of pranayama. A certified pharmacist turned holistic health expert and entrepreneur, Niraj used breathing techniques to restore his own health, and now he is dedicated to helping others recover from diseases in which stress and gut issues are a contributing factor. Niraj is also a professional musician and one of the world’s most sought-after spiritual ceremony facilitators.

Today, Niraj joins us to explain how his own struggle with Ulcerative Colitis led to his discovery of the healing power of breath. He discusses other types of breathwork and describes what differentiates SOMA in terms of its gentleness, accessibility and physical health benefits. Niraj also discusses the fundamentals of pranayama in general and kumbhaka specifically, sharing the science behind how intermittent hypoxia positively impacts the body. Listen in for Nir…

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