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Breathing Exercises

Prana Yoga or Pranayama

The Scientific Art
of Mastering the Breath

A Gift of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Breath

       Breathing exercises are also called prana yoga, pranayama, or pranic breathing. The study of breathing exercises may be considered the scientific art of mastering the breath. Generally speaking, breathing exercises should be relatively easy, enjoyable, energizing and effective. 

Table of Contents:

Introduction

Preparation or Preliminary Before Doing the Breathing Exercises 

A Four-Level Foundational Breathing Exercise or the Complete Breath

Standing Two-Hand, Double-Good, Four-Level Breathing Exercise -- The Hands Up-Down Breath

Three Breathing Exercises 
Similar to the Ones Given by Saint Germain in the "I AM" Activity

       1. The Energizing Breath,

       2. The Rhythmic Breath or Sacred Fire Breath, 

       3. The Balancing Breath or Alternate Nostril Breathing

Babaji's Kriya Yoga Breath

"Listening" to the breath

Listening to the Heartbeat

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Introduction

       Breathing exercises can help us to have more energy, better health, look and feel better, and be more relaxed. Breathing exercises may also help us to have a better control of our emotions, and have more joy and happiness.

       From a yoga view point, breathing exercises are called prana yoga or pranayam. Prana is vital energy or life energy. It is the energy of God or the Holy Spirit. It is the energy of light, love and life. It is also called "chi".

Affirmations we way use to help us breathe better:

I am able to breathe perfectly and normally.

I AM the perfectly controlled breath of my body.

I AM the pure atmosphere of every breath I breathe.

I AM the pure energy of every breath I breathe. 

I AM able to learn these breathing exercises and do them.

       Breathing exercises may be done sitting down, lying down, or standing up. It may be helpful to place one or both hands on the belly or abdomen, while doing the exercise, especially if we are lying down. Or we may place one hand on the belly and one hand on the solar plexus, heart area, or chest area.

       Breathing exercises can increase our energy, help us to look and feel better, help improve our health, and help us to maintain our harmony.

       During the day it is good to take "breathing breaks" or times for "pranayam practice". This can be done at home or at the office, or at work, or almost anywhere. This simple practice of "breathing breaks" or "breathing intermissions" can be a major improvement in our lives.

More and more breathing exercises can become a "spiritual practice", in which we can experience the Holy Spirit -- the Holy Breath -- where we can experience God's light, love, and life -- where we can experience the "electronic energy" or divine energy of God.


       ""Prana is the Sanskrit word for "vital life" and conveys the concept of a life-sustaining energy of living beings, comparable to the Chinese notion of Qi. Prana is believed to flow through a network of subtle channels called nadis. Prana enters the body through the breath and is sent to every cell through the circulatory system.""
       "So know this day that as you enter into the sacred science of prana breathing,... giving and receiving of the fire of the Spirit Most Holy where you are. As your breath becomes rarified through your understanding of the nature of all, then, blessed ones, you, yourself, will understand your own nature. 
       "Breathe deeply each day to partake of greater quantities of the electrifying energies of your Sun-Source. For when combined with gazing upon the sun, breathing allows the greater receptivity unto your cells of cosmic prana that the sun of your system constantly emits and radiates unto Earth and unto all the planets."

The Hearts Center


       "What would we do without our breath? Ignored by most of us, it is essential to our life, and paying attention to how we breathe can upgrade our quality of living. Have you noticed when you step outdoors on a brisk, winter day that your lungs are eager to draw in the oxygen of fresh, invigorating air? Your breaths are deep and long. You fill your lungs to capacity. You are replenished and re-vitalized. Assuredly, deep breathing calms the body and harmonizes the thoughts. Shallow breathing on the other hand –– an effect of a busy life, negative emotional states, spending more time indoors and exercising less––reduces our vitality because we are not taking in enough oxygen and not eliminating enough carbon dioxide." 

Author Unknown


       "Breathing, for most people, is an involuntary function of the body. For you, however, it can be a conscious act. You can become skillful at consciously controlling your inhalation and exhalation, coordinating them with the movements of a yoga posture. Learn to breathe more efficiently and you will feel more relaxed and have less pain. You can even reduce the workload on your heart, thus lowering blood pressure.

       Philosophically, consider the rhythmic inhale and exhale as opportunities to let go of the “old and stale” in your life (that which no longer benefits or serves you) and to draw in the “new and fresh” (that which re-energizes and nurtures your spirit).

       So what is the golden key to your health? Your breath. It has always been there, right under your nose."

Note: The three paragraphs above were copied from the Hearts Center website forum. 


Preparation or Preliminary

Before Doing the Breathing Exercises

1. Relaxation Meditation. Before starting these breathing exercises, it may be good to just relax and be aware of our breathing, or to have 1 to 4 minutes, or more, of relaxation-meditation.

2. Conscious Breathing, Breathing with Awareness, or Observing our Breath

       Breathing with awareness or observing our breathing may help to slow down the breathing, deepen the breathing, relax the body, and help to heal and rejuvenate the body.

       One or both hands may be placed on the belly, or one hand on the belly and one hand on the solar plexus or over the heart. 

       Breathing with awareness may be done sitting down, lying down, or standing up.

       Breathing with awareness is a most important step for energizing the body, slowing down the breathing, and helping us to relax. Breathing with awareness or conscious breathing can help us to breathe deeper and fill the lungs more completely. Conscious breathing may help to give us a greater mastery in all areas of our life, and help us to have a greater harmony.

       Breathing with awareness may help us to have more energy or fire of the Holy Spirit. It is an important practice, and can be done as often as we like.

Practice: A good general rule is to sit or lie down in a good relaxed posture, with the back relatively straight and comfortable. Let our intellectual mind relax and be conscious of our breathing, or breathe with awareness, as long as we want. We can practice this at least twice a day in the beginning, once in the morning and once in the evening, and then gradually include additional times when we practice during the day, such as, at times when we take a break. During our practice, we can be aware of the movement of our belly and be aware of the air flowing in and out through your nose, etc. 

3. Breathing Check for Natural or Normal Breathing

As we gradually breathe in, the belly should expand, and as we gradually breathe out, the belly should contract. This is proper, good, normal breathing, and efficient breathing. If we do not breathe like this, we may gradually retrain the breathing. Many people do not breathe "normally", and therefore need "retraining" of the breathing to breathe normally, or to have more effective and natural breathing.

Is our belly moving out as we breathe in, and is our belly moving in as we breathe out. This is natural or normal breathing, and will give us the best health and most energy. 

If we are not breathing naturally or normally, we may retrain the breathing so it breathes naturally or normally. Knowing what is correct and practicing it, can make all the difference. 

4. Two Methods of Breathing

Breathing in and out the nose, or in through the nose and out the mouth. 

Both can be fine or good. 

We may breathe in through the nose, and then out through the nose, which generally works well and may be best at times. 

Or we may breathe in through the nose and then out through the mouth with a gentle, "whistling" breath or with the lips "pursed". This may be called "pursed lip breathing" or PLB. This pursed lip breathing works especially well with the "complete breaths" a little further on down this page. Pursed lip breathing is also a gentle cleansing breath.        

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       For me, William Star, these breathing exercises are a gift of The Holy Spirit -- The Holy Breath or The Holy Comforter.

       There are a number of breathing exercises below, so we may pick and choose the ones we want, or would like to do. If we want to make the best progress, it is generally best that we do the breathing exercises at least once or twice a day, and four or more times a week.

       These breathing exercises, at least parts of them, are relatively easy, enjoyable, energizing, and effective; and almost anyone can do them.

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A Four-Level Foundational Breathing Exercise

The Complete Breath 

The Four-Level Complete Breath

May be done sitting down, lying down, or standing up. 

In the beginning, doing one or two levels of these breathing exercises may be plenty for our bodies. 

We can practice "Level 1" a number of times, and then go on to Level 2, and so on. 

Or we can take a "step-ladder approach", and do each level one time -- two, three, or four levels -- whatever works best for each of us. 

The more we practice these breathing exercises, the more comfortable and confident we will feel. They will generally become easier and more enjoyable and more effective. 

Level 1:

Belly Breathing, or
Deep, Diaphragmatic Breathing, or 
One-Level Breathing,

       Gradually breathe in, expanding the belly, and then gradually breathe out, contracting the belly. 

Note: Belly breathing or deep diaphragmatic breathing is simple, good breathing and should be natural to all. In belly breathing we gradually breathe in and expand the belly and the air flows in through the nose, and then we gradually breathe out and contract the belly, and the air gradually flows out through the nose or the mouth. The air can flow out through the nose, or we can "purse" the lips like we were going to do a soft whistle, and blow the air out through the mouth. Blowing the air out through the mouth can help extend the breath and help cleanse the lungs.


Level 2:

Belly and Chest Breathing, or

Two-Level Breathing

Gradually breathe in and expand the belly and chest, and then gradually breathe out, contracting the chest and the belly.


Level 3:

Belly, Chest, and Upper Chest Breathing, 
or Three-Level Breathing

Gradually breathe in, expanding the belly and chest, and lifting the shoulders a little, and then gradually breathe out, lowering the shoulders, contracting the chest and belly.


Level 4:

Belly, Chest, Upper Chest Breathing, with the Head Tilted Back, or
Four-Level Breathing

Gradually breathe in, expanding the belly and chest, lifting the shoulders a little, and tilting the head back. Then gradually breathe out, tilting the head forward, lowering the shoulders, contracting the chest and belly.

Note: Doing one or two of the levels above may be plenty in the beginning. Do only what is reasonable for the body.

Note: Each of the four levels of this breathing exercise may be repeated as desired. We may gradually strive for 4 or more repetitions. 

Generally speaking, we breathe in through the nose and either, out through the nose or out through the mouth. If we breathe out through the mouth, we generally purse the lips and blow out with a gentle whistling breath. Blowing out through the mouth acts as a gentle cleansing breath. 

During the day it is good to take "breathing breaks". This can be done at home or at the office, or at work, or almost anywhere. This simple practice of "breathing breaks" can be a major improvement in our lives, and a major help to have energy at the end of the day. 

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Standing, Two-Hand, Double-Good, Four-Level Breathing Exercise

The Hands Up-Down Breath


May be done standing, and to some extent, sitting, or lying down. 

       Each of the following breathing exercises is "double good" because they are both a good breathing exercise and a good physical exercise in one, and we can get the benefits of both a breathing exercise and a physical exercise. These breathing exercises have four levels. These breathing exercises are generally done standing, but to a great extent, they may also be done sitting down (in a chair without arms on the chair) or lying down. It may be good to start with one or two levels of the breathing exercise, and then go on from there.

Important Note: Since there is only a verbal explanation of most of these breathing exercises, you may or may not understand how to do them. If you do not understand how to do them, you may take your best guess, or just skip over the ones you don't understand. Maybe, if and when you come back to them, you may understand them. 

       One day I hope to have still pictures with "arrow movements", which will help somewhat. Moreover, I hope to have videos of these "two-hand, double-good, four-level breathing exercises as soon as I can on this website, and/or links to them on "You Tube".

Guideline: Four or more repetitions in one day, for four or more times a week. 

       We may pick the ones we like, or like best, or that work best for us.


In the beginning, doing one or two levels of these breathing exercises may be plenty for our bodies. 

We can practice "Level 1" one to four times, or more, and then go on to Level 2, and so on. 

The more we practice these breathing exercises, the more comfortable and confident we will feel. They will generally become easier and more enjoyable and more effective. 

Generally know that:
Hands moving up, belly moving out, body breathing in;
hands moving down, belly moving in, body breathing out.

Level 1:

Gradually raise the hands to the top of the belly, and face the palms toward the belly, while breathing in, and then gradually lower the hands to the sides while breathing out. 
Note: This step may be repeated 1 to 4 times, or more. If we so choose, we may repeat level 1 one time; and then we may go on to Level 2, Level 3, and Level 4. 

Level 2:

Gradually raise the hands to the chest or heart level while breathing in, and then gradually lower the hands to the sides while breathing out.

Level 3:

Gradually raise the hands to the shoulder level (with palms somewhat down) while breathing in, and then gradually lower the hands to the sides while breathing out.

Level 4:

Gradually raise the hands above the head (with palms facing up) and tilt the head back while breathing in, and then gradually lower the hands to the sides while breathing out.
Repeat as desired.

Note: We may gradually include knee-bends.

As the hands are lowered, the knees may bend; and as the hands are raised, the knees may straighten. These "knee bends" can be an important addition to this "double good" breathing exercise. 

Testimonials for the breathing exercise above: 

First email:

"i started doing the hand and breath exercise and by the time i am done with it my mind is very clear."

you (William Star) look great in all the photos!

i love you and God loves you too, cindy"

Second email:

"i am writing to tell you again how much i like the two-hand, double-good breathing... i love it. keeps me in my heart! Cindy"

Note: These emails are exactly as Cindy sent them to me, with the "i" not capitalized, etc. . 

Breathing Exercises Similar to 
Saint Germain's Breathing Exercises

given in the 'I AM' Activity

       The following described breaths, given below, with some additions, modifications, and further explanation, are similar to the ones Saint Germain gave in the 'I AM' Activity.

       If people will use these breaths regularly, they will find great assistance and purification coming into the physical body. Much can be corrected or changed in the physical body by the giving of your affirmations or decrees, holding your harmony, and the use of these three breaths, but it takes your conscious attention and application.

       Give all of these three breaths on an even count - either four, six, or eight - depending on the length of time you can comfortably hold the breath: then as you progress you can increase the count. While using these breaths, it is important to keep your attention upon your "Mighty I AM Presence" and issuing some affirmation that has an even number of syllables or counts within it, such as:

    I  AM  all  Light. (4 counts)

    I / AM / all / Light/

    1   2     3       4  

   I  AM  all  Love. (4 counts)

    I / AM / all / Love/

    1    2     3      4

2. I  AM  all  Light  right now. (6 counts)

   I / AM / all / Light / right / now/.

    1    2       3       4       5       6

   I AM all love right now. (6 counts) 

   I AM in Love with you. (6 counts) 

   I AM twin rays in Love. (6 counts) 

   I AM twin flames in Love. (6 counts) 

3. I AM the Light of God held high. (8 counts)

    I / AM / the / Light / of / God / held / high.

    1    2      3       4      5     6        7       8

    I AM all God's Balancing Breath (8 counts)

   I / AM / all / God's / Ba / lan / cing / Breath. 

    1    2     3      4        5      6       7         8 


   I AM the Breath of Cosmic Peace (8 counts)

   I / AM / the / Breath / of / Cos / mic / Peace. 

    1    2     3        4         5      6       7        8 

I AM all Light, I AM all Love. (8 counts)
Note: The first two affirmations can be combined for another 8 count affirmation.
Another eight-count affirmation is: I AM Alpha and Omega. 
I / AM / Al / pha / and / O / me / ga/.

We may use whatever affirmations that appeal to us, preferably with an even number of syllables or counts. We may use longer affirmations as we are able to hold the breath longer.

1. The Energizing Breath

       Take a deep breath filling the lungs, hold a moment, issue your affirmation for the acknowledgment of whatever perfection you desire; the blow it out very slowly (like you were going to whistle, but you don't.)

       Keep repeating this for ten or twenty times; and regardless of how tired you may be, you will find it energizes the entire body. Strive to keep your attention on the "Mighty I AM Presence."

Note: You can do this exercise as you are walking, riding, or wherever you may be, just so you do not make yourself conspicuous to other people.

Affirmation: I AM the energizing breath. 

Practice: 
1. Take a deep breath filling the lungs. 
2. Hold the breath, and while holding the breath, issue one of the affirmations for the acknowledgment of whatever perfection you desire. The affirmation is done mentally or silently, not aloud. 
3. Then blow the air out very slowly through the mouth, like you were going to whistle, but you don't.


2. The Rhythmic Breath

       Say mentally the affirmation on the inhalation of air into the lungs; hold for an equal number of counts, issue your affirmation again; exhale and issue your affirmation; hold again for an equal length of time and issue your affirmation (all mentally or silently - not aloud.)

        Repeat this exercise several times to begin with, until you feel a balance coming within your body. You can increase the count from time to time as you learn to hold the breath longer.

       There is not a thing you cannot change in your bodies; but it must have regular and systematic attention. If there is pain in the body, use the Balancing Breath. Feel and visualize the Golden Flame flow through every cell of your body, and as it passes through the flesh, visualize the Golden Flame standing around the body like a Golden Sun.

Practice:
1. Breathe in slowly and say one of the affirmations, mentally or silently, not aloud, while inhaling,
2. Hold the breath and do the affirmation while holding the breath,
3. Breathe out slowly, preferably through the mouth, and do the affirmation while exhaling, 
4. Hold the breath and say the affirmation. 

Note: Repeat this exercise as many times as you are comfortable.

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The following teaching is a teaching on the rhythmic breath:

Maha Chohan: Breath, Aug 18, 1950, dictated to G. Innocente 

       "The Chinese race as a whole have been noted for their serenity. The highly developed & advanced members of this Oriental race outpicture in their exquisitely-chiseled faces and graceful forms the self-mastery that is primarily built upon an understanding and year of practice of the proper rhythmic breath.

In the East both India and China and the neighboring countries are well versed in the power that is held within deep breathing. The art of jujitsu is only one of many accomplishments in which breath is coupled with skill in order to prove the transcendence of gravity and the natural buoyancy of matter when properly etherealized.

One of the greatest beauty treatments to erase lines from the face as well as the distortions of the figure was well known to the Chinese in this use of the rhythmic breath. It is a marvelous purgative, more powerful than any temporary means of removing the poisons from the body, and is a healing agent without parallel. For within the breath is held all of the curative powers of life.

The distance that individuals live above sea-level determines the weight of atmospheric pressure in which they must live and breathe. Individuals who are fortunate enough to live in the mountain districts find it naturally easier to breathe deeper and more slowly than the ones who live lower down because there is not the heaviness in the air to make a great effort of the inhalation of the lifebreath. The purer & cleaner the air the easier it is for them to absorb it in greater drafts. You will therefore find the people who live in the lower atmosphere of the Earth are subject to more of the evils of the world of maya than those who are fortunate enough to have their physical abode in higher levels. This deals however with those who are not conscious of their ability to draw deeper breaths even when not encouraged by natural environment.

Remind the outer self at every opportunity whenever you have a few moments of freedom for thought to set into motion the deep breath through all your bodies, and I think that five minutes of such breathing will give you on an average more rest and relaxation than an hour's sound sleep."

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The energizing breath and the rhythmic breath can be used while walking or hiking. 

Note: Elizabeth Clare Prophet taught a similar breathing exercise to this one. 
It is called Djwal Kul's Breathing Exercise, and is given in the Summit Lighthouse Decree Book as Decree 40.09. 


3. The Balancing Breath or Alternate Nostril Breathing

Hold the right nostril shut and inhale a deep breath through the left nostril as you issue your affirmation. Then hold the breath while you issue your affirmation. Exhale through the right nostril, issuing your affirmation as you do so. Then hold the breath for the same length of time, issuing your affirmation. Repeat this exercise through the right nostril and keep alternating until you have gone through the exercise as many times as is comfortable. You will soon be able to increase the counts and find a balance coming into your bodies that has not been there before. 

Practice: 
Note: If you would like, you can use the fingers of the right hand to alternately close and open the nostrils. The little finger and the finger next to it of the right hand, can be used to close the left nostril; and the thumb can be used to close the right nostril. Or we can simply place the thumb under each nostril as is needed. 

Practice: 
Preliminary: Breathe out or exhale.

1. Hold the right nostril shut (with the thumb of the right hand or any way you can) and inhale a deep breath through the left nostril as you issue your affirmation (mentally or silently - not aloud). 
2. Hold your breath while you again issue your affirmation. 
3. Close the left nostril (with the thumb or with the little finger and the finger next to it, of the right hand) and exhale through the right nostril, issuing your affirmation as you do so. 
4. Then hold your breath for the same length of time, issuing your affirmation.
5. Hold the left nostril shut (with the thumb or with the little finger and the finger next to it of the right hand) and inhale a deep breath through the right nostril as you issue your affirmation.
6. Hold your breath while you again issue your affirmation. 
7. Close the right nostril (with the thumb) and exhale through the left nostril, issuing your affirmation as you do so. 
8. Then hold your breath for the same length of time, issuing your affirmation.

Note: Repeat this exercise as many times as you are comfortable.

Note: Elizabeth Clare Prophet also taught us a very similar exercise called Djwal Kul's Alternate Nostril Breathing.

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The Three Breaths Above 

Anyone who will use these three breaths above, the energizing breath, the rhythmic breath, and the balancing breath, will generally find the body coming into balance, and many old conditions just fading away - but these three breaths must be given systematically. Do not hold the breath at any time longer than is reasonably comfortable!

Enjoy the breaths, and be well, be happy, and be whole.

And if you would like, feel free to share them with others, and if you would like to share anything with me, William Star, please do so. 

Note: The three breathing exercises above were based on teachings from the Voice of the "I AM," July 1945, of the "I AM" Activity. 

Enhancements, modifications, additions, and rearranging them in a better order were done by William Star, to make these exercises better and easier to use and understand.

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Four Affirmations To Help Us to Breathe Better

I AM the energizing breath.
I AM the rhythmic breath.
I AM the balancing breath.
I AM able to breathe perfectly and normally.

For an important teaching on the balancing breath affirmation, please see -- 

The I AM Discourses by Saint Germain, Discourse XI, pg 134

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Paul the Venetian's

Breathing Exercise

       Paul the Venetian asks that you use your breath to make the Liberty Flame or Threefold Flame (Blue/Gold/and Pink) a part of you, and through the use of this four-part breath, your sphere of influence.

 
Note: This breath is somewhat similar to the rhythmic breath that is above, given by Saint Germain.

Practice:
1. Inhale while affirming:
I AM inbreathing the balance of love, wisdom and power from Beloved Paul the Venetian. 

Note: During the inhalation, bring the flame into the body.

2. Hold the breath while affirming: 
I AM absorbing the balance of love, wisdom and power from Beloved Paul the Venetian. 
Note: During the holding phase, blend the energies with the flame.

3. Exhale while affirming: 
I AM expanding the balance of love, wisdom and power from Beloved Paul the Venetian.
Note: During the exhalation, expand the flame around you and the space you are in. 

4. Hold the breath again while affirming:

I AM projecting the balance of love, wisdom and power from Beloved Paul the Venetian. 

Note: During the holding phase, project the flame as far into the world as you can. 

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The Circle of Light Vertical Breath


Breathing Love In

and Pouring Love Out

       "You are beginning to feel the rich Now Moment where the rhythm of the one breath comes alive to breathe you, and where the Love that we are is a living heart, breathing Love in and pouring Love out, again and again and again.

       Oh, precious hearts, beloved ones, you are feeling where I lead you -- where every Now Moment is an expressing of joy and you are Love's radiant presence -- Love for yourself, your Twin Flame and for Me, each one the other's reflection. Truly, as you are realizing, there is no separation. When you love Me, you love yourself. When you love yourself, you love your Twin Flame."
From The Messages from God
2011-09-08 | Circle of Light www.circleoflight.net 

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Babaji's Kriya Yoga Breath

       Usually, one of the following parts is practiced in a day, and moreover practiced twice in a day. Then, more and more the parts will gradually merge or integrate together into one beautiful breathing experience.

Part 1: "Ah-E" Inner Sound, or "E-Ah" Inner Sound.

Practice:

Breathe in and make the inner sound Ah as we breathe in, and the inner sound E as we breathe out, or just the reverse. Or we may use the name of Shiva, using "Shi" as we breathe in, and "va" as we breathe out.

Repeat as desired 

Part 2. Expansion and Contraction of the Belly.

Practice: Expand the belly as we breathe in, and contract the belly as we breathe out.

Repeat as desired 

Part 3. Cool-Warm Breath.

Practice: Place the top or outside of the index finger of one hand under the nostrils and strive to sense the cooler air coming into the nose, and the warmer air coming out.

Repeat as desired 

Part 4. Left-Nadi, Right-Nadi Breath.

Practice: Sense, imagine or see the white light rising from the base of the spine chakra up the left nadi, nerve channel, or energy channel, along the left hand side of the spine. When the light gets to the head, see it circle around inside of the front of the head to the right side. Then see the light going down the right nadi, nerve channel or energy channel, to the right of the spine, going down to the base of the spine chakra. Repeat as desired. 

Part 5. Focus on the third eye.

Practice: Bring the attention to the third eye or forehead and hold it there while breathing. Repeat as desired 

Part 6. Recommended breathing ratio.

1-0-2-0.

Practice:

1 (breathe in for 4, 6, or 8 counts) - 
0 (Do not hold the breath, keep breathing) - 
2 (breathe out for double the number of counts in part 1, that is, breathe out for 8, 12, or 16 counts) - 
0 (Do not hold the breath, keep breathing). Repeat as desired 

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Four Types of Breathing

       There are four types of breathing which can be done with most breathing exercises:

1. Single breathing -- taking one complete breath during the inbreath and the outbreath,

Note: we may say chant the Om (silently or not) during the inbreath and outbreath

2. Double breathing -- taking two half-breaths during the inbreath and during the outbreath, with a pause after each half-breath, 

Note: We may say or chant (silently or not) "I" with the first half-breath, and "AM" with the second half breath.  

Note: Yogananda taught "double breathing".

3. Triple breathing -- taking three one-third breaths during the inbreath and during the outbreath, with a pause after each one-third breath, 

Note: We may use "I / AM / Light /" or "I / AM /  Love"/.

4. Quadruple breathing -- taking four one-fourth breaths during the inbreath and during the outbreath, with a pause after each one-fourth breath.

Note: We may use "I / AM / all / Light /" or "I / AM / all / Love /." 

See if this works for you. 

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"Listening" to the Breath

       We can "listen" to our breath by placing the palms of our hands over our ears, and place the fingers behind the neck or head. We can sit at a table and rest our elbows on the table, and we may place a cushion or pillow under the elbows.

       Or we can lie down with the palms over the ears, and with the fingers behind the neck or head, and the elbows up in the air. Or we can use earplugs to shut out some of the sound. Then we can relax, listen to our breath, and become more aware of our breathing. This practice can help us to deepen our breathing, help us to breathe better, and help us to be more sensitive and aware of our breathing. 

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Listening to the Heartbeat or
Being Aware of the Heartbeat


Complimentary to Breathing with Awareness and the Breathing Exercises

       Listening to the heartbeat or being aware of the heartbeat may be a beneficial practice to strengthen the heart and improve the energy flow in the body.

       To listen to the heartbeat, we may lie down, or sit up, and place the tips of the fingers of one hand or both hands over the heart. We may gradually become aware of the heartbeat, and enjoy being aware of the heartbeat. We may also place our fingertips on our pulse near the wrist.

       If we like, we may do an affirmation, such as, "I AM all Light, I AM all Love," to the beat of the heart, and then gradually use the heartbeat to enhance our breathing exercise counts.

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Plants and Pranayama

Leaves of Morya’s Garden II

159. Joy is a special wisdom, as Christ said.

      Nothing gathers the essence of prana as well as do plants. Even pranayama may be replaced by association with plants. And it should be understood how assiduously the eye must fathom the structure of the plants. The pores of the plants are enlarged not only by the advent of new leaves and flowers, but also by the removal of dead parts. The law of Earth’s nurture affords, through the antennae of the plants, the possibility of drawing out of this reservoir by means of smell and sight the precious quality of vitality, the so-called Naturovaloris, which is acquired through conscious striving.

       Valuable as are the living plants which have not lost their vitality, preparations from them dried in the sun may also be useful. But the stage of decomposition should be avoided, because decomposition is the same in everything and always attracts the most imperfect spirits. Therefore, one should watch the condition of cut flowers. The smell of decomposition must be sensed, as it is not the external appearance but the smell which manifests the symptom.

      When it is not the season for flowers, it is useful to have small pine trees. Like a dynamo they accumulate vitality, and they are more effectual than right breathing. Instead of by ritual breathings one can thus receive a most condensed supply of prana. Of course, a state of rest also increases the action.

       Vital understanding of the power of nature will provide without magic a renovation of possibilities.

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