All living creatures depend on the breath
For it is the sustaining force of life itself,
Which determines how long we may live
Those who revere breath as a gift from the Universe
Shall live to complete their full span of life.
So here we move into a new section of breath awareness for the next few days of practice.
Once again, sit comfortably, spine erect and shoulders relaxed. Try to balance each vertebra gently and naturally above the other. (Allowing the natural curvatures of the spine without hyper extending them.) Take a few moments to still your physical body as well as the mind. Breathe in deeply and fully with absolute awareness. Imagine a candle being held in front of your nostrils, on your exhalation blow a short and sudden blast of air out of both nostrils trying to snuff out the imaginary flame. Once again breathe in with both nostrils and then puff the air out and blow the candle out. You keep repeating this action with awareness to the out breath not on the in breath. You will automatically breathe in, so focus on sharp out breath. The abdominals will contract on the sharp exhalation. Make sure your shoulders and the rest of your body remains as still as possible. You will be aiming at 2 out breaths per second and to be able to continue for at least 300 repetitions. Build up to this slowly and be sure to keep it relaxed and without any strain at all. Start with a few rounds of say 30, followed by a deep full inhalation and exhalation, repeat 30 again and so on. Repeat this for a week and then increase the repetitions to 60 or 100 in a round. Eventually graduate to 300 without stopping.
This is a cleansing breathing technique and will maybe make you feel like coughing a little, it is very effective in cleansing the lungs and oxygenating the blood.
It is very important to master this technique before moving on to any of the others.
I hope you enjoy it and do not hesitate to mail for more information if it is not clearly explained for you.