Thursday, October 27, 2011

Breathe, people


In the 1970s, I had a job, but also went to a yoga ashram for class every evening—we learned yogic breathing, in which your stomach comes out instead of being sucked in. The way babies breathe, their tummies going up and down.

Since women don’t like to stick their stomachs out, and since people get more stiff and armored, we gradually forget how to breathe.

Sometimes I find myself barely taking in any air—just now, for example.

We need oxygen and that mysterious prana energy stuff that suffuses us from air—this comes from pranic breathing.

A LA board-certified urologist and surgeon named Eric Robins, MD, hooked up with Master Stephen Co to emphasize therapeutic breathing.

This is called the Nine Energizing Breaths—and the book is called The Power of Prana. Robins credits this for helping his own Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

For more info on how to breathe this way, go to www.thepowerofprana.com.

Basically it amounts to relaxing, sitting or lying, positioning your tongue on the roof of your mouth and making sure your stomach is coming out on the inhale, meaning the diaphragm is coming down. Think of your lungs filling from the top down.

Try it up to 10 times, then repeat unless you are dizzy. Also—pregnant women should not do everything in the book—ask your doctor about it. This also applies to people with high blood pressure, or heart or lung ailments.

Still—breathing is free. Might be worth a shot.

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