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  • Combining Mark Divine's technique with Dan Brule & Sri Tirumalai Krischnamachary

    Max created 7 months, 3 weeks ago 5 Members · 7 Posts
  • Max

    September 6, 2018 at 2:52 am

    Hey does anybody have any experience combining the Box breathing pattern with different types of exhales? Specifically like letting the exhale go? I asked this is I had a private message exchange with Dan Brule on Facebook which I’m sure all of you are welcome to do… In which he mentioned at the Box breathing technique is fantastic… However considering his work with Mark divine directly… And a podcast Dan relay had mentioned letting the exhale go is also a powerful technique not just for stress relief but for a different level of induction of the Consciousness aspect of breathing… I’m just curious if anybody has been doing any other breathworks aside from Simply the Box breathing?

    I noticed it when I workout I do a lot of exhales with a sound especially when lifting and pressing or pull-ups or air squats or other activity hitting martial art type of work… However I’m currently got a left elbow issue that cropped up from doing a lot of punching bag work so I’ll be probably laying off that… Even doing Shadow Boxing now it’s got my left elbow a little bit sore so it’s going to be ice and heat massage for a and Chiropractic Care…

    Nonetheless I’ve healed pretty much all the injuries I used to have and the new ones I get are as a result of the training… Pretty glad to see this form here and glad to see what happens… And also there’s a free book online by Sri krishnamacharya…its called yoga makaranda. [email protected][email protected]

  • Mike Yates

    September 28, 2018 at 6:37 am

    hi Max
    havn’t seen your posts for a while on fbook but found this on the new um platform which I have recently logged onto. I have to admit I cannot get on with box breathing . I get into a conflict with the count and cannot relax and my breathing gets out of control. I do a lot of abdominal breathing almost automatically now and also warrior breath which works fine .

    With reference to your post on exhaling I learnt a technique which involves abdominal breathing and a long exhale .
    Deep Abdominal Inbreath relax abdomen
    Exhale long and slow as you can
    normal breathing 2 or 3 breaths
    normal breathing

    Combining the abdominal breath with the slow exhale works really well for me calming heartrate and activating parasympathetic nervous system . Excellent for maintaining flow state and staying calm in stormy waters !

  • Tim

    October 20, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    I use the box breathing app which helps you keep the proper cadence but am intrigued by the method you mention Mike Yates because I do not feel really relaxed when I do box breathing,I feel a bit strained especially during the hold after the exhale.

    • Mike Yates

      October 21, 2018 at 6:49 am

      Me too ! Box breathing worked for short periods only I couldn’t do it for a prolonged period without straining.
      It is referred to as tactical breathing and is effective to get the heart rate down in extreme conditions ie combat or high intensity work out.
      Mark Devine does a good video ‘Accessing the Witness’ as part of the Kokoro Yoga training. The breathing is: inhale for 5 count and exhale for 10 count. It is smooth and continuous. The next stage in the video is observation and labeling of your thoughts combined with the breathing, it is a really good way to witness your thoughts.

  • Tim

    November 4, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Thanks Mike,I am going to watch the ‘Accessing the Witness’ video right now

  • Samuel

    January 15, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    I have always used the box breathing in a short term sense. And most of the time with success however not for long durations (such as a 30 minute meditation). It has been suggested that I try a 8/4/8/4 as well from a healer I know because of how it positively effects the beta waves? I enjoy that as well.

  • Arvid

    August 19, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    I have been playing around with adding humming to the exhale for several breaths.  It really extends the exhale (really helps slay the insomnia gremlins).  Focusing on the sensation of sound resonating in the head, neck and chest provides a (witnessing) focal point out of looping thoughts.  The deeper dive into yoga would be the use of “Om” and the like.  Maybe there is something more about this in the Kokoro Yoga program; i am looking forward to finding out. 

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