How to Breathe,
Breath as a Focus for Meditation,
This program is designed especially for those who have physical, and even time, limitations. Our breathing is ever present and accessible as a means to holistic self-integration. The program begins with “how to breathe.” (After infancy our breathing pattern can become increasing inefficient.) The greater the oxygen exchange the greater functioning within the trillions of cells within. Such increased functioning is a tremendous boost to our vital energy and the energy to go on to the next part of the program.
Next in the programs is using our breathing as a focus of meditation. Breathing can easily become a focus of meditation because as we focus on our breathing we can hear and feel this vital rhythm. The ways to focus are many, and lead to using such meditation to access the greater Self, which is the oneness of body/mind/spirit. One of the possible meditations is using meditational music. With increased meditational time, the third part of the program is now possible.
If you are comfortable lying on your back, you can click on the “Floor Progression 1.” You will be starting on your back, knees up, and feet flat on the floor. You will have Pheo Rose “Breathe” music and be verbally led through your first breathing progression.
If you would rather sit in a chair, you can use the “Sit Progression 1” Which uses “Breathe” and has verbally instructions to lead you through. You can also add this to your floor breath progression 1.
The third part of the program is “Breath/Om,” increasing our integration through breathing. Breathing, in its simplicity, is a very good path to connecting with our oneness of body/mind/spirit. Breathing can become a imagery to stimulate the chakras. Also, the connection with “Om” is strong. The technique is to use what you have learned from Breath Optimization to take a deep breath, and on your exhale to open your mouth into a comfortably large “O” and let the “O” sound reverberate within your body. About halfway through the exhale, close the “O” by closing your mouth and let the “M” sound reverberate. The more you practice this technique, the greater the reverberations, and the longer you can inhale/exhale. The significant aspect to this exercise is the reverberations. So focus on this. In Hinduism, breathing the “O” and “M” considered sacred. For our purposes, this is an exercise to use the sounds as a meditational focus. However, if you are interested, from a cultural perspective to learn more about “OM,” this YouTube on “Om” is an artistically and comprehensive presentation.
We all must breathe, and our breathing can be a powerful movement towards full holistic integration and replenishing our vitality.