With the breath intake we not only inhale air (prana), but also let into ourselves different emotions, feelings, states, thoughts and ideas. Breath intake is the entrance in our life of something new whether gladness or sorrow, misfortune or happiness. The breath fills our body with different energies. We may say that breath feeds certain chakras of our body depending on the way we take a breath.
The ability to accept something or somebody is closely connected with the intake of breath. Our life in the external world starts with the first breath. The breath intake is the saturation, filling, renewal, acceptation, activation of the internal states, information receipt. Everything you let into your internal world whether it’s pleasure or grief enters you with the breath.
When a happy child is running to you and you are opening your arms towards him, remember what happens when you open your arms: is it inhale or exhalation? You are right, the inhale happens.
The same mechanism we see in the case of fear. With the breath the person lets the situation he doesn’t know how to resolve in.
Retention after the inhale (before exhalation)
During the breath retention after the inhale lungs retain and assimilate the previously received air and the human mind preserves, collects and assimilates different feelings, thoughts and states. Activates and leads energy to Ajna.
Often the breath retention increases in case of making decisions in different difficult tasks and situations – “Wait with bated breath”; as in a familiar situation the organism already “knows” how to react and after the inhale the exhalation goes at once. The increase of breath retention is proper to the state of ignorance or uncertainty.
During the breath retention the previously received information (energy) is being assimilated, analyzed and reviewed. The internal intention is being formed. Analysis and decision making becomes the response to the external or internal world stimulants.
Retention after the inhale is identification, inspiration, insight, prehension of the received state, concentration, comparison, estimation, reminiscence, consideration of the form and methods to solve the problem, formation of an aim, distribution of the energy inside the body.
The qualities proper to the breath retention are confidence, assumption, readiness, concentration, attention.
During the breath retention after the inhale an internal work on amelioration of something inside oneself via comprehension and understanding takes place.
If in the above mentioned situation of fear the problem isn’t resolved, during the breath retention after the inhale the organism will choose a variant which is more familiar to the person: run away, attack, protect himself or run into stupefaction. And after the decision is made the exhalation follows.
And during the retention after the inhale the body generates the same type of energy which filled it before during the breath intake. For example, if the breath was taken through the nose, at the retention Ajna will be activated. If while prelum rocking after a short inhale during the retention you do several exercises manipura will be activated. Nevertheless it’s necessary to remember that in the first and in the second cases to be taken into account the fact that during such retention Ajna is activated anyway as the latter is responsible for it.
Exhalation leads air out of the lungs and at the same time with the person the air consciously or unconsciously makes a decision and starts realizing it (acts). The expression of thoughts and ideas which were formulated during the retention after the inhale happens at the exhalation as well as realization of the made decision or a forethought action, the plans actualize.
In the situation of fear if there was no real danger the person breathes out with relief and… relaxes. And if the situation needs action, the breath-out means that the first reaction stage is over. The first stage for us is the search of a stone, a stick or something else, either a scream or a quick run to the most secure side. The second stage is the use of the found heavy objects or reflection after having hidden about the safe way to leave the dangerous zone.
For example, when a person burns a hand on something hot, he would first jerk his hand back and draws some conclusions and after that while breathing out he makes a decision.
If the breath retention is characterized by a static state of attention, expectation or empathy, for exhalation dynamic states are more appropriate. If for the inhale the yin qualities are proper, for the exhalation yang qualities are characteristic.
Retention after exhalation (before breath intake)
And during the breath retention after the exhalation organism is waiting for the result after the made action. At this moment the mind is expecting either the way out of the situation or the interlocutor’s answer to the asked question. While the breath detained after the exhalation during the communication a person is waiting for a result and depending on it the organism will automatically adjust the inhale.
Activates and sends energy to Anahata.
For example, having asked the question make retention after the exhalation at the end of a phrase and this will help you better understand the inner state of your interlocutor. And if after the question asked you make a deep breath you automatically withdraw the energy you have just given to another person for he could give you an answer and make a decision and this fences him off you at the unconscious level. To succeed in business communication it’s better to finish phrases with an exhalation and breath in at the same time as the interlocutor starts the response phrase.
The retention after exhalation is the expectation of something new, the possibility to extend the personal experience, the ability to learn from the others (I do as…), the expectation of a response from the outer or inner world to an action or inaction, the tremulous expectation of a meeting with a beloved person (or God), readiness to perceive and an accent on the inner or outer world and their attitude towards the person’s behaviour.
And also during the retention the human body continues generating the same type of energy as before during exhalation.
You have given flowers to a dear person (naturally on the exhalation) and with bated breath you are waiting… and here he’s smiling and you inhale gladly.
**Breathing can nourish and distribute energy to all the six chakras: Ajna, Vishuddha, Anahata, Manipura, Swadhisthana and Muladhara. That’s why before starting doing respiratory exercises it’s very important to know how and why you should do them.