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What is medicinal breathwork, and how is it different from other types of breathwork? by Simon Cheng

Medicinal breathwork has been the second cornerstone of my health routine for the past 10 years. (My first cornerstone was turning to plant medicine, herbalism, and tea.) I first tried it was when I was 15 years old. I would hang out in the woods reading Herman Hesse and Jack Kerouac and meditate using techniques taught by my Chinese teacher. But it wasn’t until I almost completely destroyed my health that I got serious about it. Funny how many of us find ourselves in that boat.

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Breath Exercise - A Cleansing Breath

This breath will help you to ground yourself as well as help generally improve the movement of chi/energy throughout the whole body. It has a gentle but deep cleansing effect if used regularly.

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Breath Exercise - Buddy Breathing Exercise

Share this with a close friend, maybe even a co-worker.

Friends, can use conscious circular breathing to greatly enhance their relationship.

The following practice is particularly effective for good friends. This breath should last at least 15 minutes but can go on for longer, it depends on you and your buddy!

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Breath Exercises: The 7-breath Series

Simple, Effective, Easy. Want to try it yourself? Breathe. Now. This instant.

Push your stomach out as you take a slow deep breath and feel the energy enter your belly and chest. Pull it up into your shoulders and head. Sigh as you let it go.

Feel better?

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Breath Exercise: Rhythmic Breathing - Sufi Breathing Rhythm

Breathe in through the nose for a slow count of 7. Hold for a count of 1 Breathe out through the nose for a slow count of 7. Pausing for a count of 1 Continue for several minutes.
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Breath Exercise: Rhythmic Breathing - Tibetan Breathing Rhythm

Breathe in through the nose for a slow count f of 8. Hold for a count of 32. Breathe out through the nose for a slow count of 16. Continue for several minutes, with no pause after the exhale. Be free to experiment with rhythms what matters is settling into a soothing, calming flow. Rhythmic breathing is also great while walking (timed by your steps), running, biking, and most other forms of exercise.
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Breath Exercise: To feel grounded - equal parts breathing

Equal parts breath is also called Sama Vritti in Sanskrit and yoga practice, which translates to square breathing (equal on all sides, with four sides). To practice: Inhale for three counts and feel energized and rejuvenated by the breath, like spring. Hold for three counts at the top, reveling in the pregnant pause of summer. Exhale for three counts, as you let go like autumn leaves falling to the ground. And hold for three counts on empty, feeling the stillness of winter. Do at least five rounds of this but more if you need to, in a quiet space where you can steal 10 minutes away to yourself.
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