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Chapter 3. Breathing > Breathing Variations

Breathing Variations

You need only do the most basic breathing awareness exercises to achieve a much more relaxed state of body and mind. As long as your breathing is becoming slower, quieter, and deeper, you are moving in the right direction. Quite frankly, the hardest part is remembering to remember to be aware of your breathing and then to practice. But the fact remains that wherever you are you still have to breathe, so you might as well practice doing it properly in a manner that will help you stay calm, yet alert. However, for those of you who would like to experiment with breathing further, you can play with these variations to give you increasing control over your breathing.

Variation 1

In this variation you are simply going to add the dimension of holding your breath for several seconds in between the inhalation and exhalation. In other words, slowly inhale until your lungs are full. This will take approximately three to four seconds. Then hold your breath for the amount of time it would take you to exhale, another three to eight seconds. Finally, exhale slowly and completely by pulling your stomach in to really empty your lungs. From this point you are perfectly prepared to slowly inhale and begin the cycle again.


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