Makko Ho Breath
The Makko Ho Breath
Breathing is vital to any eastern exercise routine. By following correct breathing techniques and working within your body's physical limitations, you will see results within two weeks.
Some results may be as simple as just feeling more relaxed and at peace with the world. Other changes you may experience can be improvement in limited mobility, increased circulation, better sleeping, and yes, even weight loss.
Since everyone is coming to the exercise program with a different set of values and physical and mental programming, it is important not to chart your progress by someone else’s standards. We are all unique beings and results that one person may be having will be quite different from results that someone else will be experiences. Be patient.
With consistent encouragement and daily practice, you will achieve all that you are capable of achieving. Don’t give up!
And now, we will talk about the breath.
From now on, make a promise to yourself. For at least 5 minutes a day, sit with yourself and breathe. You can find this five minutes in any part of your day, even while watching your favorite program on television. Just press the ‘mute’ button on your channel changer and breathe through the commercials.
There are many, many different forms of breathing. If you are interested in pursuing more techniques for using your breath, then you may want to purchase one of my upcoming books on breathwork.
But until then, we will practice this one simple and easy to use breathing technique that is guaranteed to make you feel more relaxed and calmer in just minutes.
If you should feel dizzy after performing this technique, don’t panic. It is quite natural for westerners who have been chest breathing all of their lives to become dizzy from deep breathing. With practice, this too will pass.
I became quite discouraged when I began deep breathing. It always made me dizzy, and then I would quit. I would try again, become frustrated, and quit. It took me two years before I got the hang of it and it was worth every day I struggled. I promise.
Now, turn off the telephone, computer and television. The next five minutes is just for you and your body.
Find a comfortable place to sit or lie down and allow yourself five minutes of uninterrupted peace.
The Breath Technique
Place your left hand in the middle of your chest, just above your breast.
Place your right hand on your stomach, just below the ribcage.
Now take a breath in notice which hand is the first to become lifted. For westerners, the left hand is the first to rise. This is called chest breathing.
For this exercise, it will be important for the right hand to lift up first. So now we will begin.
Take a slow, deep breath into your stomach. Be sure that your right hand is the first to be lifted up. Count to four as you breathe in.
Hold the breath in your stomach for a count of four.
Now, slowly exhale that breath counting to four and see that your right hand in returning to it’s beginning position.
Hold your lungs empty of air for a count of four.
Begin the process again by breathing in for a count of four, holding for a count of four, exhaling for a count of four, and remaining empty for a count of four.
Do this for five minutes if you can.
If you find that this breathing exercise is very easy for you, then you can increase the number to 6, 8, 10, etc. An ultimate number would be 20 or more.
While performing this breathing exercise, become aware of how your body is responding to the breath.
Does your body feel like it is struggling with the breath?
Do you feel resistance or pain?
Do you sense a color, or form to the breath?
If you had to describe the breath, would be white, light and free flowing? Or would it be dark and heavy?
Observe how your mind or emotions are responding to the movements of your body and the breath.
Are you feeling happiness or joy?
Are you feeling depressed or sad?
How we bring the breath into our body can affect the way we nurture and nourish our body. Slow deep breaths of joy will bring much more oxygen into the organs than short breaths of frustration.
What kind of breath and emotion do you want to feed your body?
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