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4 – 4 – 8 Pranayama Technique

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    4 – 4 – 8 Position yourself in your most comfortable meditation posture. Relax your body, mind, and emotions. Witness the way you are breathing. As you can
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      4 – 4 – 8

      Position yourself in your most comfortable
      meditation posture. Relax your body, mind,
      and emotions. Witness the way you are breathing.
      As you can see, you are hardly inhaling or
      exhaling at all. Maybe the air is only going
      2 or 3 inches down into your chest and only 2
      or 3 inches out from your nose. Every cell in
      your body is nourished by oxygen and weak
      inhalations deny us the energy supplying air
      we need. Similarly, our feeble exhalations don't
      allow us to expel the poisonous gasses lying deep
      in our lungs. This is why we often feel run down,
      crabby, and sleepy. The purpose of this technique
      is to cleanse your body, mind, emotions, and
      spirit by taking in a healthy, therapeutic dose
      of oxygen and ridding yourself of carbon monoxide,
      carbon dioxide, and other impurities. You are
      going to achieve this purification by totally
      filling and completely emptying your lungs. The
      4 – 4 – 8 Pranayama (breathing technique) will
      achieve a tremendous cleansing and revitalization
      throughout your entire body. Enhanced clarity of
      thought and uplifted emotions are always byproducts
      of this classic method.

      Inhale deeply for 4 units of time. Fill your
      lungs completely, so you can see and feel your
      abdomen distend. Retain your breath for the count
      of 4 and then exhale for the count of 8. Any
      rhythm that you naturally establish is the right
      one for you, so if your units are 4 one second
      units of time for inhaling, 4 of retention and
      8 seconds for exhaling, that's fine. You can't
      do this wrong.

      When you inhale for a count of 4, visualize all
      divine and healthy qualities coming to you. See
      and feel yourself inhaling purity, sweetness,
      gentleness, health, vitality, tranquility, and
      so on. While retaining your breath for the count
      of 4, visualize all these attributes filling every
      cell in your body. Now exhale all impurities and
      un-divine qualities for a count of 8. See and
      feel pain, anger, illness, ignorance, impatience,
      and so on, leave you.

      As with many pranayama techniques, it is recommended
      that you do it for either 3 sets of 12 repetitions
      each, or 12 sets of 12 repetitions. Each cycle
      consists of inhaling for 4 units of time, retaining
      4 and exhaling 8. As you get into a rhythm, it will
      become easy and appropriate to see and feel yourself
      as pure, filled with light, energy, and love.

      Although this meditation technique is specifically
      designed as a healthy cleansing, many have found
      it to be a perfect technique to use as their
      primary meditation method. As with all meditation
      techniques, it is far better to do them then
      simply to read about them. Do this method, experience
      its' results and achieve Knowledge, Consciousness,
      Bliss, and Peace and live happily ever after.
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