Rhythmic breathing is a simple breathing technique for beginners. It helps to establish a sound basis for pranayama practice for people who are used to shallow breathing. It can be practiced by person of any age/ health condition as long as there is no difficulty in breathing.
Most of people are not aware of the respiratory system and breathing patterns resulting in irregular and shallow breathing. Breathing rhythmically essentially involves observing your breathing and simultaneous conditioning of inflow, outflow and retention of breath in a rhythmic pattern. Breathing rate slows down while following a relaxed rhythm. This relaxes the body and also reduce wear and tear of internal organs.
Rhythmic breathing involves breathing in a fixed rhythmic pattern where ratio of inhalation, retention, exhalation and retention is of 2:1:2:1. Do not hold breathing if you are suffering from blood pressure or any heart disease. For beginners count while you breathe in four parts:
Simply observe the breath, do not force the breath. Initially start breathing the way you breathe presently but gradually try to increase the depth of your breathing. Visualise that you are getting prana energy with each inhalation and each exhalation is taking out toxins from the body. Develop complete awareness of the rhythmic flow of breath.
Read general guidelines for pranayama before starting this pranayama.
Make rhythmic breathing a part of your daily life making rhythmic breathing your normal breathing pattern. It will enable you to enjoy the perfect rest and peace of mind, which you have never have experienced.
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