Simple Breathing Exercise:

3 Mar

breathing exercise stage oneMethod1:

This method trains one in the art of being aware of sensations in the lungs; it leads to even breathing. The effects of this stage are to make one attentive, to invigorate the nerves, any hardness in the lung is loosened and the lungs are prepared for deep breathing.

Technique:

  • Lie down, keeping the body in a straight line. Do not cave in the rib cage. Close the eyes without tensing the eyeballs, keep them passive and receptive, and direct the gaze inwards. Keep the inner ears alert and receptive.
  • Breathe normally. Consciously observe and feel the flow of breath throughout the body.
  • As you breathe in, make sure that both lungs fill evenly. Feel the chest expand upwards and outwards. Synchronise the two movements.
  • Breathe out quietly, emptying the lungs evenly on both sides.
  • Continue this way for about 10 minutes.

Method 2:

This method of breathing exercise trains one to lengthen the duration of each out-breath and to learn the art of exhalation. The emphasis here is on slow, deep and steady exhalation. The effects of this stage are to soothe the nerves and calm the brain.

Technique:

  • Follow the instructions given in paragraph 1 above.
  • First exhale quietly until the lungs feel empty, but without pressing down upon the abdominal organs.
  • Inhale normally through the nose. This is inhalation (puraka).
  • Exhale slowly, deeply and steadily until the lungs feel empty. This is exhalation (rechaka).
  • Continue for ten minutes then relax.

 

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