Here is a very simple breathing and relaxation technique recommended by us at Absolute Yoga (Liverpool).
“When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath”. Hatha Yoga Pradipika
1. In a quiet space, with the body in a relaxed position and the eyes closed, begin to count silently in your mind how long it takes you to make a full inhalation and a full exhalation.
2. Repeat the process but this time trying to enhance the breath by expanding the count and slowing down the breath. For example, if at first you inhaled for a count of three or four then try to expand this count to five or six and then repeat again, with each inhalation going further and further until you can go no higher with the count. Repeat the process with the exhalation.
3, The breath will slow down and when the breath is calm, the mind is calm. Do not let the mind wander off, keep your eyes closed and let your mind’s eye focus on a ball of white light.
4. As you increase the breath count, keep the mind’s eye focused on the ball of white light but allow the ball to become smaller and smaller. Allow yourself to relax and, with practice and concentration, you may find you move into meditation.
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