Emotions affect the solar plexus chakra, which in turn affect the diaphragm, thereby affecting the breathing rhythm. When a person is angry, the movement of the solar plexus chakra becomes erratic, manifesting as erratic breathing rhythm. By regulating the breathing rhythm or by doing slow deep abdominal breathing, the movement of the solar plexus chakra is regulated and harmonized, thereby producing calmness, peace and serenity. In other words, you can control your emotion and your mind by controlling your breathing rhythm.
By doing slow deep inhalation and exhalation for at least 12 cycles, the solar plexus chakra can be partially normalized, thereby partially calming down the angry person. Slow, deep abdominal breathing can be continued until the person has completely calmed down. Patients can practice slow deep abdominal breathing three times daily to gain greater emotional control. When this is done daily for several months, the patients will show remarkable improvements. Psychologically imbalanced patients must practice slow deep abdominal breathing in order to gain control over the emotion and the mind. The use of breathing exercises to calm and regulate the emotion and the mind is a common practice among yogis or spiritual aspirants. This enables the practitioners to achieve one-pointedness of the mind, serenity, and in some cases expansion of consciousness.
Basically there are two types of breathing: natural and unnatural. When you observe the way infants breathe, they expand their abdomen when inhaling, and contract when exhaling. This is called natural breathing or abdominal breathing. In school, children are taught unnatural (incorrect) breathing or chest breathing. The abdomen contracts and the chest expands while inhaling, and the abdomen expands while exhaling. Chest breathing is unnatural and incorrect for the following reasons:
1. Deep chest breathing when done for about 10 minutes causes too much pranic energy to gather around the front heart chakra, resulting in pranic congestion of the heart. The practitioner feels dizzy, and discomfort on the chest area. A patient with a heart ailment will experience chest pain and a worsening of his condition. When abdominal breathing is done properly, similar side effects are not experienced. Some practitioners would even practice for more than one hour per session without experiencing any adverse effect. Instead, they would feel stronger, more energized and healthier after such practice.
2. In chest breathing, less air goes into the lungs when the abdomen contracts during inhalation since the diaphragm is pushed upward, thereby reducing the space in the lungs. While in abdominal breathing, more air goes into the lungs when the abdomen expands during inhalation since the diaphragm is pushed downward, thereby increasing space in the lungs.
3. As explained earlier, infants and children do abdominal breathing instinctively without being taught, but the breathing pattern changes when they are taught the incorrect way of breathing in school.
1. Do not strain yourself when doing this breathing exercise. You must relax. Otherwise, you will not be able to do it properly or for long periods.
2. Inhale slowly and gradually expand your abdomen. Inhalation is done slowly, deeply and comfortably. Do not overinhale nor overexpand your abdomen. Otherwise your breathing will become erratic. This will defeat the purpose of this breathing technique which is to produce relaxation and calmness.
3. Hold your breath for a second or two before exhaling. Do not strain, just relax.
4. Exhale slowly and gradually contract your abdomen. Exhalation is done slowly, deeply and comfortably. Do not overexhale nor overcontract your abdomen. Otherwise, your breathing will become erratic.
5. Hold your breath for a second or two before inhaling. Do not strain, just relax.
6. Repeat the entire process for 12 cycles. When doing deep pranic breathing, do not make your breathing too slow to the extent of becoming strenuous. When your breathing becomes very slow, the chaotic flow of your thoughts will gradually cease. You will experience peace, calmness and serenity seldom experienced by ordinary people. This slowing down of the breathing must be allowed to manifest gradually without too much strain after a long period of practice.
7. Do physical exercises for about five minutes to release the excess pranic energy and to avoid pranic congestion.
8. Practice deep pranic breathing every day. Normally it takes about three to four sessions before some people can learn to do deep pranic breathing properly. Do not be discouraged if you encounter some slight initial difficulties. If one does not have the patience and perseverance to accomplish small things, then how can one accomplish great things that require greater perseverance and effort? Practice deep pranic breathing every time you are tense or angry. This will calm you down and enable you to regulate and control your emotion and your mind.
If you feel chest pain, discomfort or dizziness, stop your breathing exercise. You are not doing it properly. Read the instructions carefully and thoroughly. If your breathing becomes erratic, stop and relax for a while before resuming the practice.
Master Choa Kok Sui – Pranic Psychotherapy