Saturday, 23 October 2021

Breathwork

Two Phase Breathing Exercise From Dan Brule

We assume that you have already practiced the basic breath-energy exercises, have done a few connected breathing (rebirthing-breathwork) sessions, and have done some chi kung or yogic breathing (abdominal control). We assume you have worked most of the bugs and blind spots out of your breathing mechanism. If you haven't, then this exercise may accelerate that process. And we realize that it may be challenging to learn this exercise without hands-on, one-on-one coaching.


Some people understand two-phase breathing as connecting the rebirthing breath (active inhale and passive exhale) with the chi kung breath (active exhale and passive inhale). For others, it's about merging opposites or going from "flip to flop.” (From pain to pleasure, confusion to certainty, anger to peace, sadness to gratitude, fear to love.)


In practice it's about mastering the reflex points and the neutral points in the breathing cycle. In practice it means exploring the difference between letting the body breathe and making the body breathe between "being breathed” and "doing the breathing.”


Question: After a big inhale, when your lungs are completely expanded and full of air, what is the one and only thing that can naturally happen to the breath when you relax and let go? Answer: A reflexive exhale.


Question: What is the one and only thing that can naturally happen to the breath when you have squeezed all the air that you can out of your lungs, and then you relax and let go? Answer: A reflexive inhale.


What does that imply about the forces and dynamics that one naturally encounters around those reflex points? What does it mean to hold or blow or push or pull, or "do” anything with the breath at those reflexive points? And how does that contrast with the forces and dynamics that one experiences at the "neutral points” in the breathing cycle?


Imagine that the full breathing cycle is represented on a clock. The point of complete fullness (after a long strong active inhale) is 12 o'clock. The point of emptiness (after a long strong active exhale) is 6 o'clock. These are reflex points, where dynamic forces are acting on the system, pushing or pulling on the breath. The "neutral points” are 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock. At these points, there are no physically energetic forces pulling or pushing on the organism or the breath.


Question: What time of breath is it when the yogi encounters the "breathless state?”

Answer: About ten past nine, or around three fifteen!


Have fun! Be well. Good luck with your practice.

And may life's blessings fall upon you!

Dan

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