Today I am going to show you exactly how to do the only breathing exercise you need for healing your entire body and extending your life. It triggers your body’s innate healing system to heal any pre-existing illness or condition you have and to prevent illness and disease.
When I was designing the curriculum for SOMA Breath, healing was its core. I developed a sequence of breathing exercises, based on Pranayama techniques which have scientific evidence to support the health benefits that come with regular practise.
Our bodies are super intelligent systems designed to heal. When we learn how to harness the power of our breath using SOMA Breath’s Therapeutic Breathwork techniques, we encourage our body’s natural healing, balancing, and restorative functions. They cost nothing and they have no negative side effects as long as they’re practised safely.
In Pranayama, the breathing exercise I am going to show you is called Nisshesha Rechaka Kumbhaka.
This breathing exercise combines rhythmic breathing with an extended out-breath. Rhythmic breathing is required in order to perform the extended out-breath. The extended out-breath lowers your oxygen levels in your blood so you create episodes of brief intermittent hypoxia.
What are the benefits?
CARDIAC HEALTH: Improves circulation due to vasodilation and growth of new blood vessels.
BRAIN HEALTH: Blood flow is improved to organs that use up a lot of oxygen like your brain. This may even lead to activation of dormant parts of the brain, improving cognitive function and memory.
ENDURANCE: Improves fitness and stamina as you produce more red blood cells, new blood vessels, and increase blood flow to your organs.
RAPID TARGETED HEALING: Combined with additional visualisation exercises you can invoke a healing response in your body for quicker healing times. This is also very useful if you have a cut or graze on your skin.
What’s more, it may also be effective in preventing metabolic disorders (Saoji et al., 2018). Multiple health benefits of Nisshesha Rechaka Kumbhaka are discussed by Dr. Prakash Malshe (Malshe, 2011). Dr Malshe is a mentor of mine and is the author of A Medical Understanding of Yoga.
How to do the breathing exercise
- Do this technique in the morning on an empty stomach. Sit comfortably with your back straight in an upright position and place the pulse oximeter on your finger tip if you are using one.
- Inhale fully through your nose, filling up your lungs completely with air. To breathe in deeper, imagine you are breathing into your back. Your lungs are actually closer to the back of your body than the front. As you inhale, your abdomen should rise first, and then your chest.
- Once you have inhaled fully, it is as simple as letting go of all tension and exhaling with no force at all. Let natural pressure empty your lungs.
- When you have exhaled, breathe in fully again, with no force. Create a continuous and connected rhythmical breathing pattern.
- Do 20-30 repetitions until you feel tingly or light headed. You will see your SpO₂ rise up to 99% or even 100% signalling that you are fully saturated with oxygen.
- After the final exhalation, hold your breath with absolutely no air in your lungs for as long as you possibly can. By making a hissing sound you can completely remove all the air from your lungs. It may feel a bit uncomfortable at first, but you will get used to it as you practice.
- Hold your breath with absolutely no air in your lungs for as long as you possibly can.
- At around 60-90 seconds of holding your breath, you will notice your blood saturation begins to drop fast. Go gradually and slowly at first until you are able to comfortably hold your breath to see your SpO₂ levels drop below 90%. This is usually enough to trigger the positive stress response in the body. Around 85% and lower is when you are in a hypoxic state and stem cell circulation is triggered.
- When you can no longer hold your breath, take a quick inhalation, then quickly exhale again and repeat, by making a hissing sound to remove all the air from your lungs. This will further bring your oxygen levels down. You can repeat this a few times for as long as you feel comfortable.
Do at least 2 rounds of the full breathing exercise above each morning on an empty stomach.
During the breath holding phase you will go into a deeply relaxed meditative state. Use this time to visualise stem cells moving around your body and going to the areas where you want new cells to be generated or healing to occur.
With regular practise of this breathing exercise for healing and longevity we can truly start to access our full potential and create profound self healing for ourselves.
Try it out and let me know how it goes for you in the comments section below!