Come to sit in a comfortable seated position in the center of your mat. If sitting cross legged is uncomfortable, try sitting up on a blanket, so that the hips are higher than the knees. Rest the palms on the knees, face up, allowing the energy of the universe to be received.
Close your eyes and draw the mind to the breath as you take a big inhale, filling the belly, the ribs, and the chest. Pause at the top of the inhale and count to three.
Exhale slowly, imagining the breath leaving first from the chest, then the ribs, and finally squeezing the air out of the belly. Pause at the bottom of the exhale and count to three.
Repeat this 3 part deep breathing for fifteen breaths, allowing the mind to be led through the wave of the breath as it washed up the body on the inhale - loosening any static or stagnant energy - and then releases it from the body on the exhale.
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