This breathing exercise is easy as well as efficient. If practiced for fifteen minutes everyday for a few weeks, you will notice its benefits in your body as well as in your mind.
- Sit down on the floor or in a chair, with your back straight and the legs crossed, like a lotus flower. If you do not feel comfortable in this posture then simply place your feet on the ground with legs folded at right angles at the knees. If you are on the floor, stretch your legs, slightly open. In any case make sure that your back is straight.
- Cross your hands on your lap or place them on your knees, palms facing downward. Feel your body weight being supported by the universe and be conscious of your body parts and their vital functions.
- Start following your respiration mentally while you Inhale and Exhale. Be conscious of its rhythm, which will help you breathe fully. Be aware of the temperature and vibrations of the air as it progresses through the nasal passage toward the throat, the thorax and finally the lungs. When you exhale, follow the same path in opposite direction to return the air to the air. Do not manipulate and alter your respiration, let it flow naturally for at least five minutes.
- Without losing consciousness of the breathing process, rub your hands against each other to warm them and place them on your navel to feel the interior of your tummy. Try to perceive the way the heat and the energy of your hands influence your breathing. While you inhale, your tummy expands and while you exhale, it tends to contract making it flat.
- As you become conscious of these respiratory movements, you start experiencing a concentration of energy, some three to six centimeters below your navel. When you inhale, you feel this energy filling the entire belly and the thorax. When you exhale, the energy is concentrated in the form of a more compact force.
- Enjoy the generation of this energy for a few minutes. When you decide to stop, just give yourself a couple of minutes to feel the absorption of at least a part of this energy in the cells of your belly and spinal cord. Then visualize yourself as a breathing human being.
At the end of this exercise you will feel your body relaxed and your mind more serene and open.
With only fifteen minutes of natural breathing everyday you can fill yourself up with new energies.
Also deep breathing is the fundamental aspect of Yoga. It aims to integrate the individual with the infinite and to attain it, Yoga works on the body, the mind and the spirit to bring them together to achieve fulfillment. It is believed that the practice of Yoga started more than 5000 years ago.
Inhale, and God comes near you. Maintain the inhaled air and the God will remain with you. Exhale, and you go near God. Maintain the exhaled air and you hand yourself to the God.