Meditation And Breathing Techniques

by Master Meditation on April 27, 2010

Meditation and Breathing Techniques work together in unison to create strong effects

Meditation and Breathing Techniques work together in unison to create strong effects

Meditation and breathing techniques go hand in hand. People largely underestimate how their breathing affects their entire demeanour and ability to function within meditation and life. Many experience a tightness around their ribcage, usually in their back when attempting and type of deep breathing, this is largely down to muscle tension brought on by a number of things. However by exercising your lungs to a deeper level much of this tension can be released and great stress relief experienced.

To start off with move to a good quiet area the you can remain disturbance free, ideally your meditation space if you have one. Then get into a comfortable sitting position, sitting is important for this exercise due to what you will be doing, cross legged or on a chair or bean bag, whatever aids you to sit comfortably with your back upright. Then breathing normally close your eyes and start to focus on your breathing, notice the sounds you hear and where they come from, notice the shallowness or depth of your breathing, also check for any discomfort in your body while you breathe. This is a good way to start finding out how effectively you are breathing. Having done this and noted the various points repeat it again, though this time breathe deeply and check the same things.

Any discomfort or other issues expose a need to correct and improve your breathing, doing so will allow you to oxygenate your blood more efficiently and also attain greater comfort. I am aware there are many Asthmatics in the world, as words of encouragement for them I do know people who have controlled their Asthma to the point of negation through meditation. By working on your breathing technique you can attain greater mastery over your breathing, greater stress relief and greater calm, good for everyone especially Asthmatics. So through knowing your breathing issues you can then start to monitor and do something about them.

Breathing techniques have many forms, one which I practice a lot is Ha Breathing, it entails breathing in through your nose and then out through your mouth whilst making a “Ha” sound, with the out breath being twice the length of the in breath. Great for numerous things including from my experience improving focus, pain relief and pain control. I used it after a couple of knee operations and had outstanding results.

There are also various Yogic breathing techniques. One I would like to share is called Nadi Shudhi Pranayama and is good for bringing balance to the body and mind. Again having settled into a comfortable seated position take you right hand and fold your index and middle finger into your palm, keeping your thumb, ring and little fingers out. Then bringing your hand up to your face close your right nostril with your thumb and breathe in slowly to the count of four through your left nostril, then close your left nostril with your ring and little fingers. Next release your right nostril and slowly exhale again to the count of four, once you have exhaled breath in through your right nostril slowly to the count of four, then close of your right nostril with your thumb. After that open your left nostril and slowly exhale to the count of four. That is a single round of Nadi Shudhi Pranayama. It is also said to cleanse and tome the nervous system and strengthen the heart, plus it brings profound feelings of peace internally.

Nadi Shudhi Pranayama hand position

Nadi Shudhi Pranayama hand position


Nadi Shudhi Pranayama Hand Position

Nadi Shudhi Pranayama Hand Position

As your breathing becomes easier you are able to function more effectively as your body is working on a more optimal level. As such your meditation practice becomes more fulfilling and easier, this is especially useful when learning how to meditate or wishing to move to a deeper level of meditation. With your body in a deeper state of relaxation from breathing efficiently your mind can move away from conscious thought more easily, thus aiding your meditation and ability to meditate more easily.

There are of course many other breathing techniques to be sampled, though these two are good to start with. Using incense can be a wonderful way to enhance your practice as it can add further dimension to the exercise and meditation you perform whilst breathing, and as it is available widely throughout the US, UK and the rest of the world is something that is at least worth trying. Breathing techniques can easily be applied during meditation once you have spent a little time practicing them, and the cumulative power of working with them during meditation is wonderful. The relaxation you experience becomes far deeper with great stress relief and improved focus. The times I have done these breathing techniques during meditation have always lead to great inner peace and more profound results.

Wherever you are I wish you beautiful meditations, Namaste.

Stephen

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Master Meditation July 10, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Thank you!

My apologies for taking so long to reply!

Yes you are absolutely right. Just relax and allow yourself to breathe naturally. In doing so you naturally allow tension to dissipate.

How have you been progressing with this?

Hoping your journey is going well!

Namaste,

Stephen

tarun July 13, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Thanks for replying even though it was very late, still much appreciated.

I am going along fine thanks, i don’t incur pain all the time anymore, i just let myself breathe naturally. However i still need practice when reciting mantras or focusing on something in my mind because then, my breathing ALWAYS comes in the way. So at tiems it can be hard to focus but i have gotten better.

What your advice on this when your focusing on something in your mind, and your breathing comes in the way, is it the same thing as meditation or what?

Master Meditation July 15, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Hi,

This is basically down to practice. The more you do it the easier it becomes.

Throughout life we are taught to think and behave in certain way. Those ways are often in conflict with our healthiest way of being.

So you are going through a phase of re-adjustment. Learning to be the real you again effectively. Something which can have an amount of stress about it.

So the more you just release your self, and relax the easier you will find things becoming. Let go any need for control. Then allow your body to naturally fall in sync with your mind.

As with everything, the more you enjoy it and practice it, the easier it becomes. Until eventually it just flows with you.

Namaste

Stephen

tarun July 18, 2012 at 8:37 pm

thanks a lot this is all very helpful.

just one question- what’s the difference between being aware and focusing. i found out that when i became aware of my breathing it was alright, i found that being aware goes hand in hand with not trying to control/force your breathing.
Because i couldn’t “concentrate” to allow my self to breath naturally i could only be allow my self to breathe naturally by being just aware.

So can you please explain the difference between concentrating/focusing and being aware. And if i have to be aware when mediating is it better to always be just aware all the time , or is just when meditating. I am confused.

and secondly does being aware equal to focusing on the end result of your desire . Or is it different altogether. Please clarify

Thank you.

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