Breathwork Risks and Recommendations

While there are many benefits to breathwork therapy, there are certain risks to the technique you should be aware of. Always talk to your doctor before beginning any breathwork therapy, especially if you have a medical condition or take medications that may be affected by the practice. This includes if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

It’s recommended that you do not practice breathwork if you have any of the following:

  • breathing issues

  • cardiovascular issues

  • high blood pressure

  • history of aneurysms

  • osteoporosis

  • recent physical injuries or surgeries

  • severe psychiatric symptoms

  • vision issues

 

One concern of breathwork is that you can induce hyperventilation. This can lead to:

  • clouded vision

  • cognitive changes

  • decreased blood flow to the brain

  • dizziness

  • heart palpitations

  • muscle spasms

  • ringing in the ears

  • tingling of extremities

 

Privately practicing through a guided recording, program, or reputable organization can help you pace yourself and get the most out of your breathwork.