“Everything we do, everything we are, rests on our personal power. If we have enough of it, one word uttered to us might be sufficient to change the course of our lives. But if we don’t have enough personal power, the most magnificent piece of wisdom can be revealed to us and that revelation won’t make a damn bit of difference.”
Carlos Castaneda

Tales of Power

A Sample Breathing Practice

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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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