I was told that breathwork turns your hands into lobster claws and eviscerates your soul

It did.

Andrew Dubbins for LA Magazine, October 12, 2017 

Ten minutes into my first breathwork class I felt a light dizziness and a tingling in my hands and feet, but I pushed through it and continued sucking up air. Music blared—a mix of chanting and popular songs—as the instructor paced the room shouting inspiration while his assistants pounded a gong. Several people erupted in tears, others in laughter. One man growled.

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