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Lesson 62 -
Duration of One Spinal Breathing Cycle? (Audio)
Date: Wed Dec 31, 2003 1:17pm
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Q: How long is one spinal breathing cycle supposed to be?
varies from person to person, and even in one person at different times. It
depends on how the nervous system is operating at a given time. This varies
as the cycles of purification are occurring. When the breathing is slow,
there are few obstructions being released, but the preparation for release
of obstructions is happening during the slow breathing. When obstructions
come loose and are released, the breathing will not be so slow. The
instruction is to breathe slowly and deeply with comfort during pranayama,
not to press beyond the present natural limit. That limit may change from
day to day, or even within a single session.
With the above points for basic understanding, we
can say that a spinal breathing cycle (including both inhalation and
exhalation) can vary from fifteen seconds to half a minute. It can be
shorter or longer than this range. Don't set goals. Let your body tell you
what is right. Sometimes we may need more air. Other times our breath may
suspend completely during pranayama. It is a natural process. We just go
with it and follow the procedure.
Likewise, we may notice
changing patterns of breath in meditation, where there is no direct
supervision of breath at all -- just using the mantra. The body will purify
itself when given the opportunity. Changes in breath are an indicator that
something good is happening. Advanced yoga practices are working for us. We
just stay with the program.
The guru is in you.
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