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Day 1: One Complete Cycle of Breath

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Reflection Questions: 
Q.) How does it feel to put your full attention on one breath? As I focused on one breath, I found myself trying to control it. After I let go and become more of an observer, it was more soothing.

Q.) How does this practice impact your state of mind? Afterwards, I felt more at ease. 

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lol...yes we humans do have a propensity to want to control our breath - and you are absolutely right - the moment we relinquish that control aspect, and observe - the breath becomes a friend - when i teach, i always recommend for one to give the breath a color - and that helps one visualize the breath going in and out of the body - with the added bonus of caressing the internal organs and healing them... the traditional method is to visualize the breath as a golden or a white color - but one can play with it and explore that visualization with different colours - there's more to the breath meditation ... will share more if you are interested 🙂

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15 hours ago, yogawithpriyanka said:

lol...yes we humans do have a propensity to want to control our breath - and you are absolutely right - the moment we relinquish that control aspect, and observe - the breath becomes a friend - when i teach, i always recommend for one to give the breath a color - and that helps one visualize the breath going in and out of the body - with the added bonus of caressing the internal organs and healing them... the traditional method is to visualize the breath as a golden or a white color - but one can play with it and explore that visualization with different colours - there's more to the breath meditation ... will share more if you are interested 🙂

I love that idea yogawithpriyanka!  Using color with the breath is a great idea for the one breath. When I do alternate nostil breathing or nadi shodhana without my thumb and ring finger blocking my nostrils (such as when I'm lying down trying to fall asleep)  I typically use the color pink and it helps me isolate the nostrils. Another thing that helps me with breath is inhaling all the way into the belly so that I'm not breathing shallowly and making sure the exhale is longer than the inhale.

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This is a great topic.  I am learning how to elongate my breath in and out.  I teach in Qigong by beats to music first when relaxed at 4 beats in and 4 beats out.  Then next week we do 4 beats in and 8 beats out and then 8 beats in and 8 out as we sit, then stand, then move.  It works real nice with the music that is specifically for it.  I do understand what you mean by trying to control it.  My understanding is that by not controlling it we tend to breathe too fast as in pain, anxiety, other issues we hyperventilate.  So teaching to consciously slow down the breath we are creating a more ease and instant relaxing state.   I will have to do a video and put it in here for everyone.  I do feel this is mindfulness because if you are not in the moment and experiencing what is happening then it is unconscious.  We do so much unconsciously, like riding a bike or driving a car and sometimes fixing food, swimming.  once we train our brain and our muscle response it is  unconscious.  Even talking can be that way.  Thank you for the great topic. 

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