Breathing for a Better Life – Additional practice

Additional practice

Once you are in the routine phase and if you want to benefit even more of your re-educated breathing system, you should practice every day 5-10 minutes of the following breathing:

  1. The six breaths in one minute:

Comfortably seated with a straight back on your bed, a chair or in diamond position inhale for 5 second and exhale for 5 second.

A breath will be 5 + 5 = 10 second; you will breath six times in a minute.

This is a very wonderfully calming breathing practice and we suggest you practice it 3 to 5 minutes.

It’s amazing, try it and feel the result over the weeks

  1. Rythmic Breathing or Savitri Prananyama

In addition to the six breath in a minute as described above, practice 3 to 5 minutes of “Rhythmic Breathing”.

Savitri Pranayama or rhythmic breathing is the practice of harmonising breath to relax and rejuvenate the body, emotions and mind.

Savitri means balance or harmony while Prayanama is the science of controlled, conscious expansion of Prana (the life force). Savitri Pranayama is therefore a way of breathing which will bring you peace and quiet. This Pranayama should become your daily companion.

Savitri Pranayama has a very powerful effect on the mind and the body functions. It can give an immediate sensation of well-being and relaxation.

The rhythm of this breathing exercise is directly connected with the general rhythm of all the cells in the body. For this reason, it encourages the maintenance of our vitality and youthfulness.

It also helps to fight insomnia and when it is well mastered, 20 minutes of practising Savitri Pranayama will be the equivalent of eight hours sleep. This however is considered as a very advanced practice.

Breathing patterns

In this breathing exercise, there are four parts:

•   breathing in;

•   holding the breath;

•   breathing out; and

•   holding the breath.

The amount of time for holding the breath after breathing in and breathing out is always half the in- breath and out-breath. Practicing Savitri Pranayama has a variety of benefits, depending on the length and rhythm of the breath. The number represents “seconds” of breathing: for example, breath in for 2 second, hold for 1, breath out for 2, etc

The following illustrates the benefits of this four-part breathing pattern:

•  2 x 1 x 2 x 1increases respiratory rates. Blood pressure will be increased, the heart will be strengthened and cardiac pains will be temporarily relieved;

•  4 x 2 x 4 x 2protects against heart attacks. This is a very good rhythm for a child recovering from sickness or surgery; and for anyone at risk of heart attacks. Good for asthmatics and good for glandular stimulation;

•  6 x 3 x 6 x 3helps control the emotions. Very good for people with narrow chests or for those who suffer from nervous depression;

•  8 x 4 x 8 x 4strengthens and rejuvenates the body. This rhythm is in perfect harmony with the vibrations of the body’s cells. Practicing this regularly will bring excellent health. Perfect for achieving a state of meditation;

•  10 x 5 x 10 x 5increases the metabolism. Very good for overcoming an unbalanced nervous system and bad circulation. Perfect for someone who is constantly late. Helps to overcome laziness.

•  12 x 6 x 12 x 6awakens the mind. This rhythm brings clearness of mind, ideas and memory. All senses will be reinforced;

•  14 x 7 x 14 x 7calms the senses. Perfect for pranic meditation and serenity of mind;

•  16 x 8 x 16 x 8rejuvenates the body. This is the Siddha rhythm, the ‘master’s breath’. It is associated with longevity, good health and the achievement of one’s ideals.

Practice these different Savitri Pranayama rhythms. Once you master them, you will be able to feel what real relaxation means. This Pranayama can be easily performed in any sitting position as long as you keep your back straight or lying down in the corpse posture.

Choose the one that suits most your emotional or physical needs. In case you do not know which one to do, practice the 8x4x8x4. Together with the six breath in a minute, this is the perfect combination to do morning and evening. It shouldn’t take more than ten minutes.

Enjoy and feel the power of breathing as you practice regularly. Very soon, you will discover that you have a true friend, whose name is ‘Savitri’!

Breathing For a Better Life
Lower Chest Breathing
Middle Chest Breathing
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Additional Practice