the creative breath

The conventional way is to think breath in first, then breath out. Take first, then give. We need to be instructed in how to breathe the creative way.

Out first, then in.

Give first, then receive. This feels counter-logical but when you try it, you see how it works.

“The functioning of all systems of the body depends on delivery of oxygen and removal of carbon dioxide,” says Dr Andew Weil. “To get more air into your lungs, concentrate on getting more air out of them by attending to exhalation. Make your exhalation as long as, or longer than, inhalation. The more air you move, the healthier you will be, physically and mentally. To get more air into your lungs, concentrate on getting more air out of them by attending to exhalation.”

Make your exhalation as long as, or longer than, inhalation.

Sit or lie in a comfortable place. Place your palms on your belly and focus awareness on your breath.

* Exhale: Imagine your lungs are below your navel; let the top of the chest remain relatively still. Now allow your belly to sink back in the direction of your backbone, to exhale as completely as possible, emptying the body of as much air as possible. At the end of the breath, when it feels like time to breath in, try squeezing more air out.

If you do this properly, you’ll feel yourself engage your intercostal muscles. You’ll feel the effort as they compress the rib cage.

* Now Inhale: Imagine your lungs are below your navel. Let the top of the chest remain relatively still and and allow your belly to swell to accommodate the incoming air.

See how, by putting your attention on the exhale, your inhalation looks after itself.

Complete seven rounds of such breathing each time you think of it.

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