Breathwork might be a new and unknown quantity to you. The best way you can educate yourself is through the best books on breathwork.
These have been written by some of the most experienced and educational breathwork practitioners around.
These books cover everything from the origin of breathwork through its evolution to its current form.
They will have instructions on how to do each type of breathwork and the logic behind these methods.
A quick guide
- 1 1. Just Breathe
- 2 2. Feel to heal
- 3 3. Shamanic Breathwork
- 4 4. How to Breathe
- 5 5. Holotropic Breathwork
- 6 6. A Little Book of Self Care: Breathwork
- 7 7. Rebirthing and Breathwork
- 8 8. Healing Our Deepest Wounds
- 9 9. The Power of Breathwork
- 10 10. Break Through with Breathwork
- 11 The Best Music for your Breathwork
- 12 Final Word
Author: Dan Brule
One of our favorite Breathwork influencers has written, probably, the definitive book on Breathwork.
Learn how to reduce stress and anxiety, increase your productivity, detox your body, balance your health, and find the path to greater mindfulness.
Author: Giten Tonkov
In this revolutionary approach to living well, a pioneering trauma-release therapist puts relief in reach.
He does this with a multi-modal practice that can be done at home.
Author: Linda Star Wolf
This book is a must-have for anyone looking to get into Shamanic breathwork, a very interesting school of breathwork.
She weaves her own healing experience into a powerful, compassionate process of deep inner work for others.
And how many books can claim to be the pillar of a major breathwork technique?
A simple guide to breathwork that takes you through practices for everyday situations, such as de-stressing, managing anger, falling asleep, connecting with others, and more.
This is a more practical, distilled way into breathwork.
Author: Stanislav Grof & Christina Grof
The authors describe their groundbreaking new form of self-exploration and psychotherapy: Holotropic Breathwork.
Holotropic means ‘moving toward wholeness’.
This book is where they break down the intense, complicated process that goes on in a holotropic breathwork session.
It’s well and good trusting its benefits. But a curious mind will want to know why and how.
This is the most comprehensive answer you’ll find.
Author: Nathalia Westmacott-Brown
The book offers 50 simple, step-by-step breath practices and visualizations you can do at home.
These will help you balance body and mind, access inner wisdom, overcome anxiety, anger or insomnia, alleviate pain and depression, nurture self-esteem and more.
A more practical look at breathwork with a bit of background thrown in.
Author: Catherine Dowling
Use the power of your own breath to bring joy to your life.
Rebirthing Breathwork is a simple breathing technique that takes you deep into yourself.
This book is based on over 20 years of clinical practice by one of the leading authors in the field
It tells you all you need to know about the technique.
Author: Stanislav Grof
Dr. Grof’s consciousness research over the last five decades has shown that the deepest roots of trauma often lie in experiences from birth or in events from human history.
These have not yet been resolved and are still active in the collective unconscious.
This unresolved personal or collective history then expresses through an individual or group that has some connection to the earlier events.
Just this brief gist of the book’s many insights got us hooked. We’re sure it will grab your attention too.
Author: Jennifer Paterson
The book includes 25 simple exercises that can be practiced alone or with a partner to enhance connection, creativity, joy, intuition, or to reduce depression, anxiety, trauma, tension, physical pain, and more.
Author, practitioner, and grief worker Jennifer Patterson begins by explaining what breathwork is, why you should try it, and how it can be used to heal the body-mind.
Author: Jim Morningstar
Clinical psychologist Jim Morningstar, Ph.D., shows therapists, bodyworkers, and other health care professionals how to achieve remarkable breakthroughs with their clients using the power of Therapeutic Breathwork.
When working with trauma and chronic health issues, it can often seem like the healing process gets stuck or is producing only minimal progress.
But this book opened a genuinely new chapter in the field of trauma care. Suddenly, the ceiling of how much can be achieved through trauma release went up massively.
Now that you’re on the path of breathwork, you should also know that music plays a huge part in the experience.
This is where our expertise lies, and we thought we should give you a few recommendations as to what music you can play during a breathwork session.
Nirvana Shatakam is a mantra dedicated to Lord Shiva, or the eternal consciousness.
It is a great mantra to destroy your ego, which is very useful in a breathwork setting.
Give it a listen here, before grabbing your own copy.
Sudarshana Ashtakam is a Hindu prayer to Lord Sudarshana.
It is widely popular because of the healing benefits listeners have felt. It should be played during breathwork, if you want to combat any illness.
You can listen to it for free here, and grab a copy if it's right for you.
Tayata Om Mantra is a Buddhist Mantra. It asks the great Buddha to move you past the influences of pain and suffering.
You can find true liberation, only when you have moved past your reactions to your challenges.
Listen to our version here. If you like it, consider getting a copy of the mantra.
We were careful to include some pillars of breathwork, and then balance them with more practical books on breathwork.
This way you get the hard science behind it if that’s what you were looking for. But if you want to see what breathwork is in practice, you get that too.
If you’re done with reading on breathwork, check out our list of guided breathwork sessions, for a more practical lesson.