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The Importance of the Breath


Phakchok Rinpoche explains that the breath (Tibetan lung and Sanskrit prana) is a key element of our subtle body. Our body breathes automatically. When we breathe we say we are alive. Many masters emphasize correct breathing techniques that keep our emotions balanced. Rinpoche instructs us on how to first check our breathing every morning. He stresses the importance of checking nostril flow before engaging in breathing exercises. We have a vast network of channels and chakras. But in our practice, we are only focusing on the three main channels as we try to keep the flow of breath as even as possible. On an average, our natural breathing is 20,000 inhalations and exhalations. And of these only 100 to 200 breaths are wisdom breaths. The majority of our breathing is emotional. That’s why training and balancing our breathing is so important.

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