Some General Comments About
Breath is basic to
life. The human being can be considered as an air-gas engine. The lungs are
the primary pump and the heart is the secondary pump. Both transport oxygen
into and around the body. Vitality begins with the breathing in of oxygen.
As your breathing increases, your circulation becomes more active. The
increased flow of oxygen will give you a glow of health and vitality. When
the breathing is vigorously done with every exercise, they will perhaps be
twice as effective. Even if you do the exercise lightly or moderately for
some reason, make an effort to do the breathing more actively and intensely
than demanded by your body for doing that particular exercise.
Most of the
exercises in this deck are meant to be done with vigorous breathing, often
known as “breath of fire”. This is an abdominal breathing pattern, where the
belly goes out on the inhale and is forced sharply in on the exhale. A good
way to learn breath of fire is to inhale, relax the stomach, then exhale
heard and suck the stomach in quickly as much as possible. A few minutes
practice should lock the pattern into your system. Do not become concerned
if you become a little dizzy. This is merely a sign that you are not used to
getting so much oxygen. Slow down slightly for a few minutes or days and
push on through any resistance. All experiences of dizziness will soon
vanish as you become used to doubling or tripling your air intake and you
will feel great!
The exercises are
generally designed to take about three minutes each. Although this is a long
time, psychologically speaking, for some exercise, please make a determined
effort to perform them for that long. Use a clock with a sweep second hand
to keep you honest. You will find after one or two minutes that something
changes – the exercise will become smoother and easier. You breathing will
carry them along. Your will power will be strengthened along with your
physical body when you perform even a simple exercise beyond the point where
your inclination otherwise would be to quit.
If an exercise is
painful, don’t do it. Pain is a message saying “stop”. If it is merely
difficult or tiring, please set yourself the goal of pressing on, if not
today, then the next time – build up your WILL POWER. Then you will
have the “PsychoEnergy” to do what you wish in this life!