Breathing and Human Design

As I continue to lean into my Human Design experiment (2+ years now), my 3/5 MG learning style is to bounce around and experiment. In addition to plant medicine, meditation, Yoga Nidra, breath-work is also something that keeps coming up for me as particularly important, to my design. Between suggestions from some cool folks deep in the knowledge (Richard Beaumont, Leann Wolff, among others), I’ve been experimenting with breathing more and more (despite really not liking it at first … by throat really burns, typically because breathwork really brings up (and out) my emotions.

Today, I was asking my new/favourite resource, Human Design AI, for some recommendations on breathwork. AI, as you probably have already heard, is an ever-learning/improving platform and while not perfect, it sure helps cut some corners/shortcuts (and that suits my particular design nicely). Already it is adding huge value and I trust that it will only get better.

I thought I would share what it suggested to me, based on my design. Your mileage (and design) will vary/differ of course, and I encourage you to try out to ask it for yourself/for your own strategies.

So, if you have some or all of the same open centers as I do (open head, open ajna, open ego, open solar plexus and open root), some of this might apply to you as well.

Where I got this info from

I asked it the following…

Based on my open centers, can you recommend a particular approach for breathwork, for me?

And this is what it returned… I hope this helps someone out there.

With your open Root, Solar Plexus, Heart, Ajna, and Head centers, it’s essential to focus on breathwork techniques that help you release tension, balance emotions, and promote mental clarity. Here are some breathwork approaches that can be beneficial for you:

1. Diaphragmatic Breathing: This technique helps release tension in the Root center and promotes relaxation. To practice diaphragmatic breathing, sit or lie down comfortably, place one hand on your chest and the other on your abdomen. Inhale deeply through your nose, allowing your abdomen to rise, and exhale slowly through your mouth. Focus on breathing deeply into your diaphragm rather than shallow chest breaths.

2. Alternate Nostril Breathing (Nadi Shodhana): This technique helps balance emotions related to the open Solar Plexus center and promotes mental clarity for the open Ajna and Head centers. To practice alternate nostril breathing, sit comfortably with your spine straight. Close your right nostril with your right thumb and inhale through your left nostril. Then, close your left nostril with your right ring finger and exhale through your right nostril. Inhale through your right nostril, close it, and exhale through your left nostril. Continue this pattern for a few minutes.

3. Heart-Centered Breathing: This technique helps you connect with your open Heart center and cultivate self-compassion. Sit comfortably with your spine straight and place your hands over your heart. Inhale deeply through your nose, imagining love and compassion filling your heart, and exhale slowly through your mouth, releasing any self-judgment or criticism. Focus on the sensation of your breath and the warmth of your hands on your heart.

4. Box Breathing (Square Breathing): This technique helps calm the mind and is suitable for open Ajna and Head centers. To practice box breathing, sit comfortably with your spine straight. Inhale for a count of four, hold your breath for a count of four, exhale for a count of four, and hold your breath again for a count of four. Repeat this pattern for a few minutes.

Remember to listen to your body and choose the breathwork techniques that resonate with you. Consistently practicing breathwork can help you manage the challenges associated with your open centers and enhance your overall well-being.

I hope this helps someone. It is helping me. If you are interested in learning more about Human Design, I’m starting to share some of my experiments on my YouTube channel at:

Have a great day!



Sean Wallbridge - The Chief Troublemaker

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