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01 Conscious Trance Breathwork

 
 
 

CTB mixes are shorter breathwork mixes that follow a simpler wave structure of music the Inner Dance Breathwork (IDB) mixes (which follow a musical structure based on an archetypal journey.) CTB mixes are
more simply,waves of breathwork with music, often mixing crescendo's with periods of ambient sounds.
- Something you could easily work into a daily routine

They're good for helping you with

 
  • Alertness
  • Focus
  • Relaxation
  • Clear headedness
  • Creativity
  • Energy levels
  • Physical detox

They're also good for helping people who struggle with meditation.

Feel free to try the breathwork mixes below, the breathwork is guided by sound only, not by voice, so you will hear the sound of someone breathing to indicate when to breathe in a particular way.

In the absence of the breathwork guidance, feel free to play around and experiment with the breath, or breathe in a natural style.

 

You do not have to follow the breathwork exactly, you should treat the exercise as an experiment with your own breath to see how the different ways of breathing affect you and a way to become more familiar with your breath as a language that can help you self regulate with feeling states and emotions.

The exercises can be quite intense and should be completed sitting or lying down, with your full attention. We cannot take credit or responsibility for any of the effects or consequences these breathing exercises might have on you. By participating in them you are taking full responsibility for anything that happens. We do not advise you to do them if you are suffering with a psychological or medical condition that you fear might be affected by the exercises, and if you are at all concerned about doing them you should seek the help of a medical professional first.

With that said, please do enjoy!

06 Ecstasis

 

These two mixes are 3 and 5 rounds of Slow Wim Hof Method breathing, followed by a 25 minute period of ambient sounds to meditate with.


LEVEL: Beginner/Intermediate

INTENSITY: Medium/High
GOOD FOR: Clearing the cobwebs, Calm energy, Meditation

05 Portugal

 

This mix is 3 slow rounds of breathwork, the first round is a Relaxed Rebirthing breath, high into the chest, through the nose, relaxing letting everything go on the exhale, the next two rounds are Slow Wim Hof Method breathwork rounds. You do not have to do retention's in between rounds.


INTENSITY: Medium/Low
GOOD FOR: Reflecting, slowing down the mind.

04 Danheim

 

For the Vikings! This series is 3 and 5 rounds of Wim Hof Method breathwork. You can hold breath retention's in between rounds for as long as you feel comfortable.


INTENSITY: High
GOOD FOR: Supercharging, Getting ready for war.

03 Camino Azul

 

Ayahuasca inspired music. These mixes are 3, 5 and 7 rounds of Wim hof method breathwork. Good for beginners through to advanced. You can hold breath retention's in between rounds for as long as you feel comfortable.


INTENSITY: Medium/High
GOOD FOR: Short medicine journey, Insight, clarity and creativity.

02 The Dawn

 

This mix is advanced level, if you're new this would be better guided. it's a series of mixes that use many different types of breathwork, you can hear; Coherent Breathing, Wim Hof Method breathwork, Rapid Coherent Breathing (or Circular Breathing) and Breath of fire. You can experiment with holding retention's in between rounds  if you wish.


INTENSITY: Super high
GOOD FOR: An intense dive into the physiology, Deep insight and clarity, Supercharged mind and body

01 Mana

 

The OG, Mana is where it all began, one of the first mixes ever made, It uses three different types of breath, Relaxed Rebirthing, Breath of Fire, and Rapid Coherent Circular Breathing.  The shortest one is 3 rounds (one of each) the longer one is 6 rounds (two rounds of each). You may experiment with retention's in between rounds.


INTENSITY: High
GOOD FOR: Intense reset, Deep body/mind plunge.

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02 Inner Dance Breathwork
 
 


IDB mixes tend to be longer breathwork mixes that follow a more complex wave structure with music. It's a musical structure that's based on an archetypal journey; "The 12 Stages of Awakening " (Below) as outlined by Pi Villaraza (the founder of Inner Dance). You will also find versions here that are without breathwork, and can be used soley for the Inner Dance experience, or Ecstatic Dance experience, which follows a slightly different wave structure again, typically of two large upbeat musical waves with some ambient tracks or sounds at the end for reflection and meditation.
 
12 stages of awakening

The 12 stages of awakening - Inner Dance waves - We go into more depth on this in our Retreats

'Ecstatic Dance' or what's sometimes referred to as 'Free Dance' is a more extroverted dance expression, often starting and continuing on the feet, and usually with the eyes remaining open for large periods. Something more similar to that which you might see at festivals or gatherings. Inner Dance and Inner Dance Breathwork often tend to be more introverted in their expression (depending on the group), usually beginning and remaining closer to the floor, sitting or lying down. The eyes often remain closed or blindfolds can be used throughout ID and IDB, and they tend to be associated with deeper trans-personal and psycho-spiritual therapeutic work, similar to Sound Journeys or Holotropic Breathwork. Although there is lots of crossover between the modalities and the therapeutic benefits of Ecstatic Dance should also not be underestimated.
 

IDB and ID can be good for helping you with
 
  • Self inquiry
  • Authenticity
  • Body connection
  • Psycho-spiritual therapeutic work
  • Embodiment
  • Self expression
  • Shadow work
  • Trauma integration

Please feel free to try the mixes below. As above the breathwork is guided by sound only, not by voice, so you will hear the sound of someone breathing to indicate when to breathe in a particular way.

In the absence of the breathwork guidance, feel free to play around and experiment with the breath, or breathe in a natural style.

 

You do not have to follow the breathwork exactly, you should treat the exercise as an experiment with your own breath to see how the different ways of breathing affect you and a way to become more familiar with your breath as a language that can help you self regulate with feeling states and emotions.

The exercises can be quite intense and should be completed sitting or lying down (except the Ecstatic dances which you can do standing) with your full attention. The deeper layers of Inner Dance work can sometimes bring up feelings, emotions and sensations that can be quite difficult in nature for you to work with as a mindfulness practice.

We cannot take credit or responsibility for any of the effects or consequences these breathing exercises might have on you. By participating in them you are taking full responsibility for anything that happens. We do not advise you to do them if you are suffering with a psychological or medical condition that you fear might be affected by the exercises, and if you are at all concerned about doing them you should seek the help of a medical professional first.

With that said, please do enjoy!

10 Covid Spike

 

A mix inspired by Markus J. Buehler's work with translating the coronavirus protein spike sequence into a piece of sound, I worked his piece into this mix with the idea to give a little space for reflection on this virus and what it's been here to teach us. The breathwork used is Relaxed Rebirthing, Coherent Breathing, Wim Hof Method and Rapid coherent/Circular breathing.


INTENSITY: Medium
GOOD FOR: Reflection, Introspection, Challenge.

09 The Liminal

 

This mix was created when Covid first hit, and was meant to be something a little softer for people to transition into the space between stories, from a pre-Covid world, to whatever was to come next. The breathwork used is Relaxed Rebirthing, Coherent Breathing, and Wim Hof Method.


INTENSITY: Low
GOOD FOR: Relaxing, Softening, Transition, Support.

08 Hans Zimmer's Samsara

 

Here I combined two of my favourite things, the work of Hans Zimmer with the soundtrack from Ron Fricke's movie Samsara, it also includes some other bits and pieces from other films and artists. It's like an action packed movie script that's intense, ominous, brooding and also quite moving. There's a s shorter and a longer version, and the breathwork you'll hear is Coherent Breathing, Wim Hof Method, Relaxed Rebirthing, and Kapalabhati.


INTENSITY: Low
GOOD FOR: Relaxing, Softening, Transition, Support.

07 Tempest

This mix was inspired by the artist Kate tempest, after living in London for a while and listening to her music, I thought of creating something dark and wild that tries to capture inner city yearnings to break free of constructs and get back to nature. The breathwork you'll hear is Coherent Breathing, Wim Hof Method, Relaxed Rebirthing, and Kapalabhati.


INTENSITY: High
GOOD FOR: Challenge, Transformation, Urban darkness

06 The Deep

Inspired by the Sea! I borrowed music from blue planet for this one, it's heavy on the whale sounds and is meant to be a deep dive with a connection to the ocean, quite atmospheric and immersive like exploring underwater. and it's fairly light on the breathwork side. The breathwork on this track is Coherent Breathing.


INTENSITY: Medium/Low
GOOD FOR: Softness, Exploration, Ocean vibes

05 Move

A mix put together for a festival in Corfu - Sound and silence. It's a actually a little rework of the Mana breathing track with some other flavours and breathwork types mixed in, kind of like an updated version.

and  In it you'll hear Relaxed Rebirthing, Wim Hof method, and Coherent Breathing.


INTENSITY: Medium/High
GOOD FOR: A compact journey, Perspective.

04 Being

Another festival mix, this one was for the being gathering in Portugal. It's music range is quite diverse from upbeat, quirky, African, Nordic techno, deep classical and choir music, to ambient and celebratory acoustic. It's a wild journey with some quite sombre, powerful and moving bits in the middle. There's a shorter and a longer version.

The breathwork is Relaxed Rebirthing, Wim Hof method and Rapid Coherent Breathing.


INTENSITY: Medium/High
GOOD FOR: A long worldly journey, Deep dive.

03 Waves

A powerful and long mix that helped me through some dark times, this is good for when you want something to take you to the wire, it's quite intense with semi apocalyptic undertones and invokes a fiery kind of battle ready energy, with excerpts from the movie 'fight club' overlayed onto it. Its length also helps you get a good stretch into your feelings. This one's about power and triumph. The breathwork is Coherent breathing, Relaxed Rebirthing, Wim Hof method and Rapid Coherent Breathing.


INTENSITY: High
GOOD FOR: Overcoming shadows, Feeling strong.

02 Voices

A nice playful mix from earlier times, it goes through a lot of different types of music, with some upbeat, some brooding, some psychedelic and some to open the heart.

You'll hear Relaxed Rebirthing, Wim Hof method and Breath of fire.


INTENSITY: Medium
GOOD FOR: Inner Dance newcomers.

02 Mana

Back to the OG, this longer mix was the first major mix I made, it proved extremely popular. Originally I teamed up with a yoga teacher in Taiwan, we would do some breathing, then a bit of yoga, then some more breathing. We called it 'Holo Yoga' to mean something like 'holotropic yoga' after Stan Grof's Holotropic Breathwork. The breathwork then went on to take a life of its own and became what it is today. this track is intense, 9 rounds of breathwork with three types of breath - Relaxed Rebirthing, Breath of fire and Rapid Coherent Circular breathing.


INTENSITY: High
GOOD FOR: Breathwork enthusiasts, Supercharging.

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03 Ecstatic dance
 

02 Nuevados

The second ecstatic dance mix made for a Paris workshop, slow warm up with some gentle classical, ambient and tribal, then getting into deeper tribal house, latin, native instruments, techno, electronica, EDM from around the world, an ambient interlude, then back for the second wave with more of the same into a triumphant and celebratory indie ending back to a slow classical and native flute finish.


INTENSITY: High
GOOD FOR: Releasing, Embodiment, Letting go.

01 Ecstatsis

The first ecstatic dance mix I recorded. I wanted to try my hand at something a little more extroverted than inner dance and so made this mix for an end of workshop celebration. It has it's quite tribal with some latin EDM, electronica, trip hop, even some choir music in the middle, electronica, intelligent dance, techno, with some more classical and native instruments towards the end.


INTENSITY: High
GOOD FOR: Releasing, Embodiment, Letting go.

 
 
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04 Further resources

01 Inner dance

This is a video giving a bit more of a description about what inner dance is and how it works.

02 Breathwork

This video goes a bit more in depth about the different types of breathwork used in IDB and CTB with examples.

03 Body scan

This is a guided breathwork body scan meditation, designed to help you develop body awareness as part of the foundation of breath and body awareness promoted in IDB and CTB, done with some quirky editing.

04 IDB

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A review of Inner Dance Breathwork given by Youtuber Ruben  of RunbenGuo, after meeting and giving a session at the festival Sound and Silence in Corfu. Only in Spanish (no English subs)

05 CTB

An interview with friend and Youtuber Ruben of RunbenGuo about the ins and outs of Conscious Trance Breathwork.

With Spanish Subtitles

 
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