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Shoo Breathing


INTRODUCTION

This breathing practice is a “cleansing breathing” – very much about letting go or getting rid of the stuff currently in you that is no longer useful to you. The exhalation is fast and forced – which leads to efficient emptying of the lungs and can also be quite warming. Slight danger with this practice is that it takes one in the direction of hyperventilation. So do stop practice at any signs of strangeness or dizziness in the head – and if these signs are significant or persist then cup hands loosely over mouth and nose to encourage re-breathing of air. In any case one would not really be looking to do more than six rounds of this breathing at any one time – once you have emptied yourself of the stuff you are ready to let go of, you are freed of it and don’t need to do more.

PRELIMINARY PREPARATION

Stand in Tadasana, that is, with your feet parallel and your body long, or, sit on a chair with your trunk tall and vertical. (If you are practising the version with leg movement then you need to be standing in Tadasana). Allow your arms to be relaxed by your sides, palms facing backwards. If you wish, you can close your eyes. Think about the earth’s amazing ability to transform waste products into life-sustaining nutrients and goodness for the things of the earth. Think about the things currently in you or a part of you that are getting in the way of you enjoying life to the full and imagine that you have the ability to gather these things into your hands and then send them into the earth.



THE BREATH WITH ARM MOVEMENT

Shoo Breathing Diagram 1
INHALING
Inhale through your nose at the same time as you :
EXHALING
Exhale through your mouth, making a fast “shoo” sound at the same time as :-






THE BREATH WITH LEG AND ARM MOVEMENT

Shoo Breathing Diagram 2
INHALING
Inhale through your nose at the same time as you :
EXHALING
Exhale through your mouth, making a fast “shoo” sound at the same time as :-
Obviously you should practise the same number of times with one leg as with the other.

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