The Art Of Rhythmic Breathing

Do you want to gain more confidence, calm energy and optimism? Do you want to naturally experience full body orgasms every time you have sex?

Practice rhythmic breathing. For centuries, yogis have encouraged rhythmic breathing, as a way of attuning to the natural rhythm of the universe. All things in the world have a rhythm, from the movement of the planets in our solar system, to the change of seasons and even our emotional states. We are naturally designed to travel with the ebbs and flows of cyclical change, that the universal law dictates. But we have lost our way.

Through the millennia, we’ve been trained to suppress our natural way in the world, so that we can better fit into the societal mold. As a result we’ve been bent out of shape. There are many ideas and dogmas that were imposed upon us in childhood that just didn’t fit, but to please the collective, we were forced to subjugate our inherent natures. And we responded with repression, because our drives or desires often came at the price of guilt and shame. Wilhelm Reich believed that when children were reared to suppress their natural urges, they would develop neuromuscular tensions in the body, stifling the flow of “orgone energy” or chi.

When we practice rhythmic breathing, we open the channels that allow for this chi or psychic energy to spontaneously flow through us, synchronizing our body, mind and spirit. Internal conflicts begin to dissolve, while our conscious and subconscious minds begin working in harmony and unison.

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I follow Israel Regardie’s method in his book “The Art Of True Healing”. It’s a tiny book that can be read from cover to cover in less than an hour. It’s also the kind of book that you will want to read more than once, because it will teach you the most indispensable techniques to healing yourself on many different levels.

So rhythmic breathing is extremely simple, but it may not be easy. Let me explain…

First, it’s important that you practice in a place where you won’t be disturbed. I find it best to do it for 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the evening.

Close your eyes and focus on relaxing any tension in your body. If you do find some tense muscles, simply tighten them for a few seconds and then relax them.

When you’re sufficiently relaxed, simply inhale, for 4 counts, followed by 4 counts as you exhale. It’s crucial to synchronize the number of counts between the inhale and the exhale. A count of 10 would be just as effective. You can pause in between breaths for a few seconds. If you’re a visual person, it might help to actually imagine what it looks like as your breath enters in through your mouth and into your lungs, and as it is discharged into the open air, on the exhale.

At first, you may find that your breathing is very shallow, which is why I mentioned earlier that this exercise isn’t so easy for many people. Pay no attention to the depth of your breathing for now. Simply speed up the count. Don’t force your breath into the lower abdomen. This will only be met with resistance, especially if you aren’t in the habit of cleansing your chakras. This might just mean that you have some blockages in your energy centers. No need to worry, practice rhythmic breathing consistently everyday for atleast 3-6 months and the imbalances in your body will eventually be dislodged.

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You may notice a number of things when practicing rhythmic breathing. Your breathing may deepen and you may notice that it effortlessly enters into lower abdomen, which is the most natural way of breathing. Just look at the way babies breathe and you will understand. Traumas and repressed emotions create energy imbalances in the body, that affect the level of intake of oxygen. If they are not resolved they may eventually lead to dis-ease. It’s similar to putting a kink in a hose, stopping the current from flowing its natural course.

Some people notice a tingling sensation or warmth being generated in their bodies. This is just your prana or chi being released. It’s nothing to worry about. Actually, it’s something to celebrate, because you are beginning to attune to the essence of who you are, in relationship to the world around you. Your natural way of being. Some people wonder, where does this energy come from? The answer is, it’s been there all along, and just like undoing the kink in the hose, all of a sudden the current will jet out the other end with a lot of gusto. It may take some people a while or no time at all, to feel the powerful effects of rhythmic breathing. Just practice it as a daily discipline and you will eventually clear the pathway that will allow for an explosion of energy to join you. And with this energy comes a number of secondary benefits, including increased vitality, creativity, intelligence, magnetism, relaxation etc.

While rhythmic breathing may be an effective method in harmonizing the entire being, sometimes it’s important to go skin deep and actually loosen up tension in the physical body. I recognize that issues remain trapped in the tissues, when working on women’s bodies, using Tantra massage techniques. I discovered that a woman’s ability to have full body orgasms (as opposed to just genital orgasms) is dependent on her releasing the trapped energies, particularly in the pelvic and genital region, where many hold a lot of tension. Once the muscles become fully relaxed and the neuromuscular tensions are worked out, many women report experiencing a flood of sensual energy cascading through their entire body. They start having spontaneous full body orgasms and if rhythmic breathing is also incorporated, every orgasm may become a cathartic experience. It almost makes you wonder where did all that energy come from? Energy is energy. It’s been there all along. It’s just that most of us forgot what it was like when we were able to give it full expression.