Sitting in a giant dome at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, a group of meditators and wellness enthusiasts gathered for breathwork and meditation led by Ashley Neese, an LA-based breathwork teacher, meditation guide, and spiritual counselor. They're all here for revitalize, mindbodygreen's annual summit, because all the biggest names in wellness, Neese included, are here for groundbreaking panels, wellness talks, fitness and meditation classes, one-on-one treatments like Reiki and ear acupuncture, and so much more.
It's no surprise that her area of the dome was filled to capacity, as Neese is at the forefront of the next big thing in wellness: breathwork. Breathwork is exactly what it sounds like, manipulating the breath to consciously change breathing patterns to alter your state of being. Working with the breath might be one of the most underrated techniques in our self-care toolbox. It's the driving force behind yoga, kundalini, and peak performance for athletes, and Neese said accessing the diaphragm through breath invites us into the space between our subconscious and consciousness. Through breathwork, old patterns can be revealed and broken to make room for new habits, relationships, and abundance.