At the crown of your head is where you receive the inspiration to venture beyond self-defined limitations. Focusing breathing exercises on this chakra helps you to develop a connection with the divine and enhance your sense of wonder.
The following elements affect the outcome, or the physical and emotional effects of any breathing exercise:
- The length of the inhalation
- The length of the exhalation (usually twice as long as the inhalation)
- How long you retain your breath after inhalation
Before beginning any practical breathing exercises, it is useful to familiarize yourself with the three elements that make up a single breath and their relative importance in your breathing practice. These are inhalation, exhalation, and the transition between these two actions, known as retention. Exhalation is the focus of most breathing exercises.
Good breathing is healthy breathing. Breathing helps to maintain and improve both your general physical health and your mental and emotional well-being in the following ways:
When we are children, and we have a problem with someone, we get angry. For whatever reason, that anger pushes the problem away, and we get the results we want. It happens a second time - we react with anger - and now we know if we get angry we push the problem away. Then we practice and practice, until we become a master of anger.