How To Practice Transformational Breathing Step-by-Step

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How To Practice Transformational Breathing Step-by-Step
Conscious breath is a spiritual practice. (the terracotta soldier in meditation image by Cosmic from Fotolia.com)

Transformational breath is defined as a spiritual, self-healing process. It is a process that works consciously with a strong spiritual element through an invocation with sound healing to change energetic patterns through the law of entrainment. The practice trademark Transformational Breathing was founded by Dr. Judith Kravitz three decades ago. The use of breath work for healing is a yogic tradition called Pranayama.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

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    Notice where you are right now in the next breath. Feel the quality of your breath and ask "is it slow, or quick, shallow or deep?" The conscious breath is the beginning to a transformational breath. This can be difficult and uncomfortable for some people who have no meditation experience. Find a facilitator, or instructor, to assist with your unease while quietly witnessing the breath.

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    Set a clock or an alarm to work with the transformational breathing. Have a time keeper, but then extend each session to a greater length. Commit to using your conscious breathing technique as you encounter stress in your life. Begin to pay attention as your body relaxes, and your thoughts become calm and peaceful. Take your conscious breath into an intentional breath by breathing in abundance and health, exhaling everything that no longer serves you. Take a few intentional breaths and witness your physical, emotional and intellectual reactions.

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    Use sound to facilitate the breathing exercises. Suggestions are inhaling and exhaling a "so hum" pattern or chanting a word or phrase that bubbles up from your state of concentration with the body and breath in its current condition. Other chants are practised with groups in classes or with a facilitator providing qualified instructions. Every individual has unique needs with regard to healing traumas.

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    Visualise the breath coming into the space between your eyebrows, massaging the brain and its thoughts. Draw breath awareness into the neck and chest. Bring the inhale past the heart. Exhale loving kindness and compassion. Cycle the breath in this way to facilitate healing with breath. This exercise deepens the experience of intentional breathing. Imagine transforming the conscious breath into positive thought patterns, as the air passes through your mind's third eye, into your heart and out into the space around your being.

Tips and warnings

  • Work with a group practicing transformational breathing. Share your experiences. Receive feedback and support from your facilitator and peers.
  • Advocates of transformational breathing say it can be harmful and irresponsible to facilitate others in this powerful work without being trained in it. Transformational Breath trainings are provided at four levels. The last level is the Professional Facilitator Training, a 15-day training course.

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