Breathwork as a healing modality, and the therapists and facilitators that practice or teach Breathwork account for a largely unregulated field of activities. That is, generally you’ll not find any specific or mandatory certifications, accreditation, and/or training standards either endorsed or implemented by official governmental bodies or by law.
Nonetheless, over the years, several Breathwork alliances, associations, and institutes have come into existence that serve as umbrella organizations for the many aspects that involve practicing Breathwork, which include topics such as support and promotion of Breathwork, research, raising awareness of Breathwork health benefits, suggestion and implementation of training standards and study curricula, ethical concerns and ethical codes of conducts, and resources, among other relevant issues.
Mind that some of these Breathwork organizations and institutes only support a specific type of Breathwork; by contrast — others support the whole range of Breathwork modalities and practitioners.
In any case, here below then in alphabetical order, you’ll find an overview of a range of national and international Breathwork alliances, institutes, associations, and organizations that offer information and membership programs for Breathwork professionals, schools, and trainers, and/or simply for people who are interested in and want to support the promotion of Breathwork.
Australian Breathwork Association
The Australian Breathwork Association (ABA) is a national professional association for Conscious Connected Breathwork practitioners and supports the development and maintenance of professional standards in Breathwork, in the form of Conscious Connected Breathing.
Breathwork Africa is a social enterprise and community network using the potential of conscious breathing as a fundamental pillar in the practice of integrative medicine. Through individual and group sessions, practitioner training, talks and workshops Breathwork Africa reaches a wide audience in Africa and globally.
Breathwork Africa also includes The Pneumanity™ Foundation, which is the not-for-profit arm of Breathwork Africa, that serves using Breathwork to make a holistic model of wellbeing free and accessible to all people and communities in Southern Africa and that supports the organization’s focus on training of breathwork practitioners of an international standard.
Breathwork UK has been created as a hub for Breathwork in the United Kingdom, providing information about the different styles of Breathwork and their benefits, a directory of Breathwork practitioners, classes and events, and opportunities for practitioners to stay informed about the UK Breathwork scene, share offerings, and exchange ideas.
British Rebirth Society
The British Rebirth Society (BRS) promotes the art of conscious breath through the practice of Rebirthing Breathwork, and supports its practitioners and members throughout the United Kingdom (UK) and worldwide with the dissemination of information, professional standards, and trainings.
Buteyko Breathing Association
Global Professional Breathwork Alliance (GPBA)
The Global Professional Breathwork Alliance (GPBA), formerly called the International Breathwork Training Alliance, is a consortium of professional schools, trainers, and practitioners who support and promote the integration of Breathwork in the world as an accessible and vital healing modality that facilitates physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual wellness.
Holotropic Association Europe
Holotropic Breathwork Association of Europe is a Network of GTT certified Holotropic Breathwork® Practitioners in Europe that provides information and support for people interested in exploring the healing potentials of Holotropic Breathwork, as well a platform for exchange and learning for GTT (Grof Transpersonal Training™) certified Holotropic Breathwork™ Practitioners.
Holotropic Breathwork® Association North America (US-Mexico-Canada)
The Holotropic Breathwork Association of North America promotes and commits to certain quality standards and criteria with regard to the practice, training, and ethics concerning Holotropic Breathwork.
International Breathwork Foundation (IBF)
The International Breathwork Foundation is a non-profit international network open to everyone interested in conscious breathing and breathwork. This includes Conscious Connected Breathwork Professionals, organisations and schools as well as individuals and practitioners interested in conscious breathing or those whose lives have been touched by this experience.
SOMA Breathwork Instructors Global
Part of SOMA Breath®, the SOMA Breathwork Instructors Global is a membership program that offers ongoing support and tools to certified SOMA Breath Instructors.
Transformational Breath Foundation UK
Yoga Alliance® is the largest nonprofit association representing the Yoga community, with over 7,000 Registered Yoga Schools (RYS) and more than 100,000 Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT) fostering and supporting the high quality, safe, accessible, and equitable teaching of Yoga.
As it is, in some cases, you’ll encounter Pranayama and Breathwork training providers that offer official Yoga Alliance® Registered Pranayama and Breathwork courses which give students Continuing Education points (CEU).