Joy of Breathing Instructions
The Joy of Breathing is an open-mouthed breathing technique (but you can do it through your nose, if your nostrils are evenly open). The breaths are full and deep and start in the abdomen.
The in-breath moves down into the abdomen, then flows up the body in a wave-like motion into the solar plexus, chest, upper back and into the head. The exhales are just an effortless letting go.
You will keep the breath moving like a wave, in and out of the body at a comfortable, fluid pace. There is no pause between the breaths. After doing about 35 to 40 breaths like this, you will expel all the breath and hold your breath out. Hold your breath out until you feel a hunger for the breath (this time varies for everyone).
As soon as you feel a hunger for the breath, take a full breath in. Now hold the breath in, pressurizing the oxygen into the lungs and brain. Only hold the breath in up to 10 to 15 seconds. Do not strain during the practice. Exhale and you have completed one cycle of breathing.
Continue the breathing, doing about 3 to 4 cycles in total, which will take about 15 – 20 minutes. When you have completed the practice, then just relax for at least 5-10 minutes more. Listening to some music that you enjoy is also helpful, both while you are doing the breathing practice and during the relaxation. The relaxation is an important part of the process, as the nervous system integrates the effects and benefits of this powerful practice.
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Tips & Tricks
Getting The Best Experience
While it is important to see me during the introduction, after you understand how the breathing technique works, it is best to close your eyes during the breathing experience, listen to the breath and focus inward.
Therefore quality sound is important and will enhance your experience.
- A smartphone/laptop with comfortable headphones
- A smartphone/laptop with external stereo speakers
Second choice would be:
- A laptop with internal speakers
- A smartphone with internal speakers
It’s important to practice the breathing in a comfortable, relaxed position, such as seated in a chair or lying on a floor or bed. If seated, maintain a relatively straight posture so the breath can flow smoothly and fully.
Also, choose a quiet, comfortable setting where you will not be disturbed and you feel free to relax, enjoy and go with the flow of your body and energy.
Please avoid doing this breathing in a standing position, or while driving a car.
The best positions:
- Savasana (see picture above)
- Lotus position
- Sitting on a chair
If you have cardiovascular disease, a recent surgery, stroke or heart attack, high or low blood pressure, pregnancy, glaucoma, retinal detachment, epilepsy, asthma, psychiatric condition, or any other physical or mental health condition or concern that might effect your participation in class, please ask your doctor if exercise and breathwork are safe for you.