Breathing Technique

2 Mar

breathingA. This preparatory stage trains one to lengthen the duration of each in-breath and to learn the art of inhalation. The emphasis here is on slow, deep and steady inhalations.

The effect of this stage is that the nervous system is invigorated and confidence is instilled. The practice is good for those suffering from low blood pressure, asthma and depression.

Technique:

  • Lie down on the ground and then exhale quietly until the lungs feel empty, but without pressing down upon the abdominal organs.
  • Relax the diaphragm and stretch it sideways while you breathe in, without inflating the abdomen. Do not allow the diaphragm to roll or to move the floating ribs.
  • Take a slow, deep and steady in-breath carefully through the nose and make sure that both lungs fill evenly. Listen to the sound and maintain its rhythm.
  • Fill the lungs completely till the sound of inhalation becomes inaudible. Consciously draw the eyeballs down and gaze into the lungs.
  • At the start of the exhalation immobilize the diaphragm, then breathe out slowly but not deeply. Here the out breath will be slightly longer than normal.
  • Continue in the same way for ten minutes, and then relax.

B. This preparatory stage trains one to prolong the length of each in and out breath. The effects of this stage are increased energy, the nerves are soothed and tones.

Technique:

  • Lie down straight and then exhale quietly until the lungs feel empty, but without pressing down upon the abdominal organs.
  • Now breathe in relaxing the diaphragm and stretching it sideways while you breathe in, without inflating the abdomen. Do not allow the diaphragm to roll or to move the floating ribs.
  • Take a slow, deep and steady in-breath carefully through the nose and make sure that both lungs fill evenly. Listen to the sound and maintain its rhythm.
  • Fill the lungs completely till the sound of inhalation becomes inaudible.
  • Grip the diaphragm and release it gradually, exhaling slowly, deeply and steadily until the lungs feel empty.
  • This completes one cycle. Repeat such cycles for 10 to 15 minutes, then relax.
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