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1) Do abdominal breathing.

2) Inhale for six counts and retain for three counts.

3) Exhale for six counts and retain for three counts.

Abdominal breathing expands your abdomen slightly when inhaling and contracts your abdomen slightly when exhaling. Do not over-expand or over-contract your abdomen. This would make breathing unnecessarily difficult. (See figure 25.)

The critical factors are the rhythm and the empty retention. Holding your breath after exhalation is called empty retention-, and holding your

Abdominal Breathing Exercise
Figure 25. Abdominal breathing: (A) inhaling; (B) exhaling.

breath after inhalation is called full retention. Through clairvoyant observation, it is noted that there is a tremendous amount of prana rushing into all parts of the body when inhalation is done after empty retention. This does not take place if the inhalation is not preceded by empty retention.

When drawing in prana, you may use either pranic breathing or the hand chakra technique or both simultaneously.

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  • holfast
    Which exersice make the breath difficult?
    8 years ago

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