August 10, 2013 at 3:23 pm #41068
Sometimes it seems that you breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth. Other times just through the nose. I’m confused.August 10, 2013 at 7:00 pm #41069
You are correct.
Sometimes it is out of nose, and sometimes it is out of the mouth.
Breathing out the mouth is better for detoxification purposes,
which is why we breathe the sound out the mouth when we do the
Six Healing Sounds. Toxins are more effectively eliminated,
stuck qi, stale air, etc.
However, you release a lot of qi when you do this, i.e. detoxify.
If you breathe out the nose while keeping your mouth shut,
you retain more of your qi /energy. By harvesting qi from the air,
and by retaining your energy supply in this way, you can build up your energy.
If you are trying to detoxify, you should
breathe out the mouth. If you are trying to “build-up”, you
should keep your mouth closed and breathe out the nose.
Neither one is exclusively correct. It is good to detoxify
from time-to-time. Lots of environmental, emotional, etc.
toxins accumulate over time and can lead to disease. It is
good to flush those out. But you can’t detoxify all the time, as
it fatigues your body. Building-up is consequently also important.
Balance is key.
StevenAugust 11, 2013 at 3:57 pm #41071
Very helpful answer, as usual. Thanks Steven ntAugust 15, 2013 at 5:24 am #41073
Ondine’s curse, also called congenital central hypoventilation syndrome (CCHS) or primary alveolar hypoventilation, is a respiratory disorder that is fatal if untreated. Persons afflicted with Ondine’s curse classically suffer from respiratory arrest during sleep.
Sorry, but in my opinion it would be beneficial if one is serious with one’s practice to add carefully more varied program of breathing exercises.
So for example nadi shodhana pranayama (alternating nostril breathing), uyyaji pranayama, sheetali and sheetkari pranayama etc. could be used.
None of these should be particularly dangerous unless one starts too violent retention of the breath too early.
But whatever one is doing one should not, in my opinion, be too schematic with one’s conceptions, but try to develop more subtle perceptions and as a result better understanding what one is doing and why.
HOWDYAugust 24, 2013 at 1:42 pm #41075
The Trappist diet and life style in general have been found to be very healthy. If you were to visit a Trappist monastery, meet the monks or nuns, and try to guess their ages, your guess would frequently be about ten years under the mark. In other words, it has often been observed that many monks and nuns look about ten years younger than they actually are. This, no doubt, is attributable in part to the diet they maintain. Most Trappists have a rather light breakfast and then a more substantial mid day meal, reflecting our European roots. However, since we go to be so early, supper is generally pretty light. We eat, not primarily to enjoy ourselves, but to strengthen ourselves for service to God and one another in His church. This is not to say we do not enjoy our meals. Many monasteries provide a homemade mix or granola that is really delicious. We are accustomed to bread baked on the same day, and we love our soups! We are vegetarians and so avoid a number of health concerns which derive from eating meat. Most monasteries have their own garden and it is known that eating vegetables locally grown is especially healthy. We generally don’t have sweets except on special Feast Days like Christmas or Easter. The amount of food a monk eats is not strictly monitored or controlled and so most enjoy a sufficiency which, according to Catholic social teaching is what each child of God is entitled to nothing more, nothing less. Unlike many of their American brothers and sisters, Trappists do not typically take snacks, and it seems the complimentary periods of fasting between meals are conducive to good health. Obesity is relatively rare in our monasteries.
Sorry, but one particular reason to do right breathing practices is to get more independent from normal eating and drinking habits (in my opinion).
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