Welcome to the International Breathwork Foundation (IBF)

The International Breathwork Foundation is a non-profit global network established in 1994, open to everyone interested in the use of Conscious Breathing and Breathwork for health, well-being and spiritual growth. Our membership includes Breathwork practitioners, organisations and schools as well as individuals from more than 20 countries all over the world.

IBF - Uniting and Inspiring People through Conscious Breathing

IBF activities

Promotes international co-operation and exchange among conscious breathers and breathworkers.

Acts as an ambassador for Breathwork and breathworkers in the wider world.



Collects and disseminates information about Breathwork and Conscious Breathing research and activities.

Organises the annual Global Inspiration Conference (GIC), a high-energy experiential event that draws conscious breathers and breathworkers from around the world, coming together in a different location each year, to breathe, share, learn and enjoy.

Partners with other Breathwork organisations to increase awareness of conscious breathing practice around the world. One of this initiative is to apply to receive a Consultative Status at the ECOSOC in United Nations.

Maintains, with our partner organisation, GBPA, a code of ethics and training strandards for breathwork practicioners and trainers.

Conscious Breathing

When used in specific ways, breathing allows us to release and resolve emotions, belief systems, stresses and memories which are often inaccessible through the more conventional talking therapies.

Breathing, beyond the basic need for survival, acts as a bridge between spirit, mind, and body; between the conscious and the subconscious. "Conscious Breathing" is one of the quickest ways to open our hearts to love and inner peace, and to fill our bodies with life and health. Connecting the inhale with the exhale consciously and continuously, quickly connects us to our core, to each other, to Nature and to our wider existence. Conscious Breathing opens a channel to the deeper realities of life, providing the groundwork for personal development and reaching higher states of consciousness.

"Breathwork" involves the study and practice of breath awareness and conscious breathing for spirit, mind, and body. Breathworkers use the Breath and Breathing Techniques as tools for health, growth, therapy, and change. Breath Mastery can be used to enhance and accelerate human development and learning on all levels. Breathwork and Breathing Techniques are now being taught all over the world.

IBF: Uniting and Inspiring People through Conscious Breathing

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IBF news

IBF and the United Nations - 15/12/2014

As we come to completion of the year 2014, we also enter a quite exciting time in IBF.  After 21 years of building up a solid base for our organisation, bringing the Global Inspiration Conference around the globe, uniting and inspiring people using conscious breathing, IBF is ready to grow to another level. IBF has taken the challenge offered two years ago by Julie Gerland to work on the application to the Consultative Status with ECOSOC, United Nations

From our NC in India: Sanghamitra Sau Sengupta - 07/04/2015

It is my privilege to have my wonderful, loving, blessed world family.
Love this moment thinking of our IBF and communicating expressing my experience.

Dear all as you know I am not a professional Breathworker but love breathing. From years doing Pranayama, for my healing as I had a physical problem years ago to get healing energy. Then learned transformational breathwork meeting you . As I found the breathwork as a "Releasing One" I combining breath work in my way provide to my client (one to one setting) along with my Psychotherapy in my Psychotherapy Chamber. And myself found breath work on Psychotherapy platform helps patients/clients getting more energy to overcome their diseases/disorders/crisis/abnormalities/situations.

What Science Can Learn From Breathwork - 07/04/2015

For our practical work with clients, we do not need science. Scientists are scientists, and breathworkers  are breathworkers. But we use science whether we want to or not. Science operates in the background of our presence, our interventions and our communication. Science is part of the world we live in and so it is a formative part of us, whether we know it or not, and whether we use it or not.
As a consequence, it can only be beneficial for us as individual breathworkers and for the whole community of breathworkers to have a clear relationship with science.  And, as we will see later, science would benefit from listening to the insights of breathwork and learning from them. A discourse between the two can help breathwork to become more accepted in society and it can help science to broaden its knowledge of man and, as we will see, its own methodology.

Breathworkers can use science to clarify their view of reality and make clear distinctions between knowledge and fantasy. There are things which can be known as they are accessible by our outer senses and by communication, and there are things which are created inside ourselves, as product of our associative brain. It is an important quality for all therapists to be able to make a clear distinction between reality and fantasy, as only with this quality they can help their clients to develop a sober sense of reality themselves.
Finally, science and breathwork have a common goal. They are both aimed at creating a peaceful world with happy free/self-determined people and at striving for it by their means.

What is needed for creating a fruitful relationship between breathwork and science?
We need a framework of epistemology. Epistemology belongs to the realm of philosophy of theories of science and basically deals with the question of what man can know about the world.

Secondly, we need a framework of methodology. Methodology signifies a theory on how to produce valuable and useful insights about reality.
Thirdly, we need methods and complementary concepts of how to make the findings of research applicable for healing work in practice.

All of these goals can be met in close cooperation between practice and theory, between breathwork and science.

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