Contraindications for strong breathwork

Strong breathwork means breathing technique that uses hyperventilation (stronger / deeper / faster / mouth breathing) for more than 2-4 minutes at a time. Remember that you can always regulate your own breathing by breathing normally instead of more.

  • Under 18
  • Pregnancy
  • High blood pressure (not controlled by medication)
  • Cardiovascular disease and/or irregularities; history of heart disease, aneurysm or stroke (consider also if aneurysms in immediate family)
  • If you’re taking blood-thinning/anti-clotting medication
  • Psychiatric conditions; history of bipolar, schizophrenia, personality disorders or recent emotional breakdown
  • PTSD and anxiety disorders (can be helpful though, depends on the person)
  • Asthma (have inhaler nearby)
  • Glaucoma, retinal issues, diabetic neuropathy, osteoporosis
  • Epilepsy