Tibetan Breathing is self-help healing technique that expands your lungs and increases oxygen in your blood. All your organs (and your brain) benefit from more oxygen and work better.
Did you know that the way you breathe affects how you feel? Breathing rapidly is
associated with the ‘flight and fight’ response of the body, whereas breathing slowly and deeply is associated with the ‘rest and relaxation’ response of the body. By adjusting your breathing you can directly influence your mind.
It is very important to improve your breathing. The breathing muscles like all the muscles in your body need to be used! The better your breathing, the healthier you will be and the longer you will live. Animals that breathe the slowest, live the longest – think of tortoises, whales etc.
Did you know that given an optimal diet, the respiratory system should be responsible for eliminating 70% of your metabolic waste? The remainder should be eliminated through defecation 3%, urination 8%, and perspiration 19%. So, if you think that going to the bathroom everyday is important, or that working up a good sweat now and then is healthy, think again about the value of full free optimal breathing!
However, despite clearly being able to breathe – most people do not breathe properly or effectively. They either over breathe or under breathe – using a fraction of their lung capacity.
When you are stressed or anxious do you find that you take shallow rapid breaths from your chest, or hold your breath? Do you yawn or sigh a lot?
Daily practice of this breathing program has been shown to calm the nervous system, regulate heart activity, relax muscles and spasms, oxygenate the blood, reduce blood pressure, stimulate digestion and help to clean the body of toxins.
How to perform while sitting Tibetan Breathing
Sit comfortably with your spine straight and your feet apart and flat on the floor.
Close your eyes.
Turn your left hand palm upwards on your left knee, connect your thumb and index finger to form a circle, keep your other 3 fingers extended and straight.
Place your right hand, palm flat, directly below your belly button.
Inhale through your nose. Follow your breath up your from your nose and over your head. Continue down your spine until you reach your tailbone.
Contract your butt muscles and clinch your sphincter.
Pursing your lips together (like whistling), exhale from your mouth, release your butt muscles and sphincter, push your breath up the front of your body with your belly muscles.
Perform a second breath.
Now, move your right hand to your heart or anywhere else where you have pain or discomfort.
Perform two more breathes, for a total of 4 inhale/exhales.
This simple breathing exercise establishes an equilibrium between positive and negative currents throughout the body. Start by performing these 4 breathes twice per day. Early morning after waking and night time before bed are best.
You can perform Tibetan Breathing while sitting, laying down or even while walking (keep your hands in your pockets). Any time you feel you need more energy, perform Tibetan Healing Breathing.
Note: this Tibetan Breathing Technique is a very powerful energizer which should not be overdone. If this is your first time to work with breathing, start slowly. If you feel dizzy or light headed, open your eyes and perform smaller/shallower breathes. Work you way up to full lung capacity at your own pace. If you have a dry throat, drink water before perform the exercise and/or reduce the breathing to once or twice a day.
The average person reaches peak respiratory function and lung capacity in their mid 20’s. Then they begin to lose respiratory capacity: between 10% and 27% for every decade of life! So, unless you are doing something to maintain or improve your breathing capacity, it will decline, and with it, your general health, your life expectancy, and for that matter, your spirit as well.
Once you have learned how to breathe fully using your diaphragm as the principal organ of respiration – with a full expansion of your rib cage wide to the sides and into the back – as well as into the upper chest; then you can use the breath as a source of energy and expansion in your movements.
How To Breathe While Practicing The Five Tibetan Rites
In his 1939 version of “The Eye of Revelation,” the author Peter Kelder recommends that you, “stand erect with hands on hips between the Five Rites and take one or two deep breaths.” But strangely, he removed this instruction from his updated 1946 version. So what should you do?
– we included breathing simply because it is such a vital contributor to our overall health, energy & wellbeing. Breathing is so significant. It supplies life-giving energy (prana, chi) as well as oxygen to our bodies & removes wastes.
Most significantly; a number of clinical studies have proven that how well you breathe literally dictates your lifespan! Consider this:
If you are taking the time to do a daily energy raising exercise routine (5 Tibetans) – it makes perfect sense to include natural full breathing with the movements. Breathing in fills your body with life-giving oxygen; and breathing out eliminates toxins and wastes.