Find internal strength through your breath. Breathe, exapnding your internal balloon.
Lying on your back (with your knees bent if its more comfortable that way):
- Exhale. Wait for the inhale. Notice your breath. Notice how your stomach expands.
- Imagine a balloon or soccer ball in your abdomen. Notice the internal quality of the expanding balloon.
- Front, Left and Right:
- Place hands on the left and right side of your stomach. Notice the differences in how the two sides expand. Which side expands first? Which side expands more? Which side expands more easily?
- Breathe into the side that expands more easily.
- Breathe into the other side.
- Alternate breathing into the right side and then the left. Make the difference between breathing into the right side and left side smaller and smaller.
- Breathe into both sides.
- Back, Left and Right. Breathe into your back. Notice the differences between the right and left sides. Do a similar exploration as in the Front, Left and Right but into your back.
- Forward and Back: Notice your breath into your front and back. Do a similar exploration as in Front, Left and Right, but this time noticing the difference between your front and back, alternating between, and then doing both.
- Top and Bottom: Imagine your balloon as having a top and bottom (in the same way that the equator divides the earth). Notice your breath into the top and bottom of your internal balloon. Do a similar exploration as in Front, Left and Right, but this time noticing the difference between the top and bottom or your balloon, alternating between, and then doing both.
- Breathe into your balloon, expanding it in all six directions — front, back, left, right, top and bottom.
- Breathe into your balloon focusing on different combinations. For example:
- Front right and back left
- Upper left and bottom right
- Front top and back bottom
- Indicate focus or key principles that are made explicit in the teaching
See Theme Breathing:
- Alternately Stomach up/down in the Breathing AY435
- Breathing into all 6 dimensions – Haller
- Breathing, expanding your internal balloon – Haller
- Contracting the abdomen while exhaling AY21
- Coordinating flexors and extensors MG78
- Differentiating movements of leg to roll forward and backward
- Differentiation of Parts and Functions in Breathing
- Equalizing the nostrils AY5
- Flexors LT5
- Gluing in the Lungs Part 1 AY 201
- Legs crossed and expanding chest and abdomen AY28
- Lying on the Feet No 3 and breathing rhythmically AY 185
- Minimal lifting AY29
- Opposition on the side. AY 447
- Palate mouth, and teeth AY23
- Separation in lying with Saika AY460
- Stopping the Breath. AY 172
- Swinging the legs on the side- AY351
- The mouth and head cavity AY126
- Tilting Crossed Legs E3
- Twisting the spine and Breathing rhythmically_5. AY 188
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