Practical hint

You will find the practice is much easier to execute if you breathe out very slightly, immediately before releasing bahir kumbhaka. That is, when you have completed bahir kumbhaka, you should exhale slightly before inhaling. This will help to release the kind of lock that the lungs take after a duration of outer kumbhaka. This small trick brings the lungs and the associated nerves smoothly into operation once more to draw air into the body.

This little stratagem can also be used at the end of inner retention. That is, after completing inner retention you can breathe in very slightly before exhaling.

The Chakra Checklist

The Chakra Checklist

The chakras are described as being aligned in an ascending column from the base of the back to the top of the head. New Age practices frequently associate each chakra with a particular color.

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