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Should I begin pranic breathing slowly at first?

Master Stephen Co
Alternative & Complementary Medicine
There’s an old Chinese martial arts saying that’s translated roughly as “smooth is fast.” This maxim is drilled into beginners who attempt to build up speed and power in their fighting techniques by using too much effort and trying too hard. The true way to attain proficiency - in any new endeavor or skill - is to focus on being smooth and controlled rather than exerting a “110-percent effort.” The same principle applies to your pranic breathing practice. Like most aspects of the energetic routines in this book, pranic breathing isn’t a conscious or willful process. In fact, concentrating in a lips-pursed, fists-clenched way is counterproductive to relaxed, smooth pranic breathing. When you’re learning a new skill, however, it’s normal to focus on the mechanics until they become second nature. Thus, you may find yourself consciously repeating the count: “Inhale 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, hold 1, exhale 1, 2, 3, . . . ” along with other instructions. In the beginning, feel free to focus on performing the technique correctly, making sure you have the right count, keeping your chest still, and so on. But check yourself after a week or two to make sure that your pranic breathing is becoming smooth. If it takes a little longer than two weeks, that’s fine, but practice until pranic breathing happens with the right rhythm and retention without your thinking about it.
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