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Very strange breathing method induces instant relaxation: What is going on here?

Discussion in 'Meditation Chatter Box' started by walterC, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. walterC

    walterC Member

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    I'm suffering from insomnia, and one of the (many) things I've tried while lying in bed waiting to fall asleep is to concentrate on my breathing. A while back I stumbled across a very strange breathing technique which makes me feel relaxed after a single breath. It's very strange, I don't know what's going on, and I can't find anything about this online, so I was wondering if you guys can help. Here's roughly how it goes.

    1) Body posture is irrelevant. I can be lying down or slouching at my desk, it doesn't matter.
    2) It also doesn't matter whether I take deep (diaphragmatic) or shallow breath. It still works
    4) The *key* is (I think!) in the nose. I feel like I contract my nose muscles in such a way such that when I inhale the air goes inwardly, towards the back of my head. (This is as opposed to regular breathing, during which I feel like air is going almost vertically up my nostrils.)
    5) For this to work I noticed that I need to keep my eyes closed. I think it has something to do with the muscles around the eyes, because I feel them pushing downward toward my nose and deflecting the flow of air inward (as described above).

    That's all there is to it. What I find eerie is that I can feel this instantly working after a single breath. My face begins to relax and from there it travels to my head and the rest of my body. After about 5-10 breaths I enter this state of extreme relaxation where my body goes heavy. It feels great (though I still can't fall asleep--though that's besides the point).

    Any ideas what's going on here?
     
  2. yogacat

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    Hi Walter,
    I am a yoga teacher and deal with many different breaths, this one is not listed in my texts.
    Having done it though it is definitely relaxing. I do not need to close my eyes to do it, and find that I can take it up into my head and down in my diaphragm at the same time. It makes me feel drowsy and meditative at the same time.
    I will investigate further,
    good luck with the insomnia.
    yogacat
     

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