“here is no way to escape the doing of our world, so what a warrior does is to turn his world into his hunting ground. As a hunter, a warrior knows that the world is made to be used. So he uses every bit of it. A warrior is like a pirate that has no qualms in taking and using anything he wants, except that a warrior doesn’t mind or he doesn’t feel insulted when he is used and taken himself.”
Carlos Castaneda

Journey to Ixtlan

A Sample Breathing Practice


Now that we can communicate breathing formulas and have the tools to time and count in a breathing practice let’s try a sample breathing practice. Here is the practice structure:

1   –   0   –   1   –   0  (x4)

1   –   0   – 1.5  –  0  (x4)

1   – 0.5 – 1.5  –  0  (x4)

1   –   0   –   1   –   0  (x4)

The number indicates in the parentheses at the end of each line tells you how many breaths to breath in each formula. In this case, to keep it simple, each formula is applied 4 times.

Let’s transform that into a personal practice, this time using a base duration of 6 seconds:

6   –   0   –   6   –   0  (x4)

6   –   0   –   9   –   0  (x4)

6   –   3   –   9   –   0  (x4)

6   –   0   –   6   –   0  (x4)

Reminder:  we count the seconds in each part of the breath (6,3,9) using the metronome, and we count the number of breaths in each formula using our left hand!

Please remember to apply and use YOUR base duration to formulate your own practice. A Yoga teacher can help and guide you through a gradual process of growth and expansion using breathing practices.

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