Prolonged breath

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Prolonged breath is the extra preset training type in Prana Breath app, available in Guru version, that is recommended by our users.

Download: Prolonged_breath.trng

Effects

  • strengthening the thorax muscles
  • fighting arrhythmia and heart pain
  • calming and harmonizing
  • improving mental concentration

This pattern is the second in the set in "Oriental Breathing Therapy", following Rhythmical breath.

Origin, history

This training type is derived from the book of Professor Takashi Nakamura "Oriental Breathing Therapy" (1981). Prof Nakamura has claimed this breathing practice, along with other patterns in his book, helps to keep health on a great level throughout long active life.
The reason why this pattern in included here is the personal recommendation of our regular user from Munich Max Schubert.
In Prana Breath this training type is adapted even for people that don't practice any meditative practice and/or don't have much time for practice but still need its effect.

Setting the training

  1. Download this pattern if you don't have it yet.
  2. Choose this pattern in Training tab or Control tab.
  3. Set the optimal training complexity so the training brings you joy, yet doesn't seem too easy. Use the options in Control tab and/or Dynamic tab to adjust all parameters.

Training process

  1. Choose the comfortable position.
  2. Empty your lungs, breathing out with effort ("Prepare").
  3. Breath first 3 sets just like in "Rhythmical breath" pattern.
  4. The last cycle of the previous pattern is a bit different - exhale through your mouth, producing soft "Hmmm" sound, and contract your diaphragm and abdominal muscles.
  5. Sustain your breath, relaxing your diaphragm in the end of this phase.
  6. Inhale not too deep through the nose.
  7. Retain your breath for a short time.
  8. Exhale slowly with your nose, concentrating on relaxing your muscles.
  9. Sustain the air for 2 seconds, relaxing your diaphragm.
  10. Keep breathing like in steps 6-9 till the end of your training session.
  11. After you're done, you might take some time for meditating and contemplating yourself.
  • Note that each cycle has either +1 or -1 for inhaling and exhaling phases.
  • If one second per ratio unit feels too fast, you can adjust it, changing sec per unit value to, for instance, 1.2-1.5 seconds.

Other questions

How long should I train? How can I combine this pattern with another? Should I always inhale through my nose?
If you have such or other questions, please look through the FAQ page.