The breathing method is (based) on cycles of four (counts): starting with four counts respectively for the inhalation, the closed hold and the exhalation together with the empty hold (you proceed to) a cycle (of four) for the inhalation, six counts for the closed hold and a cycle (offour) for the exhalation and empty hold. Then the inhalation remains at one cycle while the closed hold increases to two cycles etc. That is, until it becomes twice the exhalation and empty hold[ the closed hold increases by two each time, while the duration of the exhalation must be the same as that of the ' empty hold.

The breathing method consists of (I) inhallng slowly.155 (2) applying a closed hold after the open hold and the directed hold,15« (3) «haling quickly'57 and (4) remaining empty.158These are the four phases to prac tice in the following progression:

• To begin, inhale in four counts, hold for four counts, then exhale plus remain empty for four counts.

• To proceed, inhale in four counts, hold for six counts, that is, a cycle of four plus a half cycle, then exhale plus remain empty for four counts.

• Then inhale in four counts, hold for eight counts, that is two complete cycles, then exhale plus remain empty for four counts. In brief, you increase the closed hold by two counts each time, from four to six to eight, until its duration becomes twice the exhalation plus empty hold. Regarding the last two phases, the four counts are divided equally between exhalation and empty hold, that is exhaling quickly tor two counts and remaining empty for two counts. Also when applying the exhalation plus empty hold for six. eight or more counts, the actual ^direct) exhalation itself is completed in two counts. For this reason, this type of exhalation is applied in all the yantras pertaining to this series of prandydma.

When the closed hold lasts twice the exhalation plus empty hold, then both the closed hold and exhalation plus empty hold increase to six counts. Then proceed increasing (the closed hold) to twice the inhalationi, then to two and a half cycles, etc. until the exhalation plus empty hold last twice the inhalation.

When the duration of the closed hold is twice the exhalation plus the empty hold, for example four counts for the inhalation, eight counts or two cycles of four for the closed hold, and four counts for the exhalation plus empty hold, that is, when we have two cycles of tour in the Closed hold and a single cycle in the exhalation plus empty hold (4-8-4).

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