Deep Belly Breathing
I have written about the deep belly breathing before and speak to every client about it, but I am writing again as a reminder.
Deep belly breathing is a huge part of tantric practice, of health and well being. A baby breathes into their belly, you can see their stomach rise and fall with each breath, but as we grow and our mind becomes busier, we become lazy and we begin to breathe just in the upper part of our chest.
Breathing deeply into the belly, brings more oxygen to the organs (cancer cells are unable to survive in an oxygenated environment), it lowers blood pressure and helps to balance the hormones of the body. It changes the way we feel. When we are anxious and stressed our breathing speeds up. When we are frightened we can stop breathing altogether. Long, slow deep breaths help us to feel calm and relaxed and everything is more enjoyable when approached from a calm and relaxed state.
But the deep belly breathing is even more important in that it brings us into the now moment. We cannot breathe in the past or the future, we have to breathe in the now moment. Far too many people spend their time worrying about the past or stressing over the future. The deep belly breathing brings us to the present moment and helps to connect us to our greater selves - our true selves.
The most important thing about the deep belly breathing, is that when practised for a period of time it keeps the energy moving around your body, releases any blocks and brings to the surface any emotions that have not been properly dealt with. It is these stuck emotions that cause the blockages in our energy systems that lead to health issues.
From the sexual point of view the deep belly breathing helps a man to control his ejaculation. In a sexual relationship, it brings you to your heart centre, to LOVE for your partner to your connection to source and away from the EGO, whose only desire is for physical satisfaction.
So, breathe in and out through the nose. Take long, slow, deep breaths, sending the breath down to your belly. Imagine your belly blowing up like a balloon and then as it relaxes back against the spine it will naturally push the breathe out. Your upper chest area and shoulders should not move. The breaths should be long and slow, but not forced. The more you practice the longer and deeper you will be able to take it.
The deep belly breathing is done in conjunction with an energy circuit called the Microcosmic Orbit. As you breathe in you imagine the breath travelling from your base up your spine and over the top of your head to the point between your upper lip and nose. As you breathe out the breathe travels back down your front to your base. To complete the energetic circuit you touch your tongue to the roof of your mouth. To begin with you may have to just imagine this circuit but the more you practice, the more you feel the energy moving.
The Tantric teachers say to practice for one day changes your day to practice for a week - changes your life.