Just Breathe

Our breath flows through our bodies, bringing a life-sustaining force and with each exhale eliminates toxins. This constant dynamic exchange with the universe nourishes and protects us. In deep breathing, exhalation is as important as inhalation because it eliminates toxins. The lower part of the lungs are insufficiently emptied and tend to accumulate air saturated with carbon dioxide. When the lower part of the lungs are properly expanded and contracted, the liver and spleen are massaged by the diaphragm, increasing the circulation of these organs.

How to deeply breathe...

Inhale

  1. Push the stomach forward as you breathe in
  2. Push the ribs side sideways while still breathing in. The stomach will automatically go inwards slightly.
  3. Lift the chest and collar bone up while still breathing in.

This process should be done in a smooth continuous rhythm.

Pause

Short or long, a pause should occur at the end of inhalation. This should not be forced at first, though deliberate experiments with extending this pause play an important part in successful breathing practice.

Exhale

  1. Allow the collar bone, chest, and ribs to relax - the air will go out automatically
  2. When all the air seems to be out, push the stomach in slightly to expel any remaining air from the lungs

Pause

A short or long pause, should occur at the end of exhalation. This too should not be forced at first, though this pause may prove to be even more significant than the first as a stage in which to seek and find a kind of spiritual quiescence that can be most powerful in its relaxing effects

Author: 
Raeghan Siemens
Book or Article Title: 
Just Breathe
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Publication Date: 
Monday, January 7, 2013