Most Neo-Pagan ritual involves some form of breathwork. Breathwork consists of techniques of altering one’s consciousness by controlling the breath. Breath is fundamental to life, which is why the words for “breath” and “spirit” are the same in many languages, including Sanskrit, Hebrew, Greek, and Latin.
The psychoanalyst, Wilhelm Reich, was one of the first Westerners to realize that psychological defenses often correspond to restricted breathing patterns. Breathwork can transform both our inner experience and our perception of the outer world. One common Neo-Pagan meditation, the Tree of Life Meditation, combines breathwork with visualization of oneself as a tree with roots deep in the Earth and branches reaching into the heavens.
Chanting and ritualized singing can be understood as forms of breathwork too.