The post you are about to read is from an email that I sent to my good pal Jerry Watt over at Jerry’s Rare Books concerning the breathing technique that I mentioned in an earlier post.
I was going through my emails and realized that I missed yours.
In reading and re-reading and experimenting and researching, I began to notice some clues that led me to the “proper” breathing.
Now, when I say there is a proper way, I don’t mean that it is the same rate for all.
The rate of breathing will be quite unique for each person which may be why breathing was scarcely touched upon.
There are quite a few other clues as well.
The exercises are specifically said to be different from “physical culture” exercises. “Physical Culture” exercises are akin to our current ideas of muscle building and cardio work.
These exercises share the characteristic of heavy breathing during a “good workout”. This heavy breathing is from a loss of breath control, as is expressed by people saying, “I need to catch my breath”.
The Rites, on the other hand, are specifically called Rites to differentiate themselves from Physical Culture’s more strenuous exercises.
In EoR, there is a demonstration done showing that Colonel Bradford could perform Rite 4 a total of 50 times with NO strain.
As, you may know, doing 50 reps of the 4th Rite at the high speeds that some “gurus” teach would result in some serious strain and leave the practitioner gasping for air.
The advice to “allow the breath to lead the speed” is given because the Rites should be a more meditative practice. A ritual (rite) to increase the vital energy.
If all the vital energy is vibrated away due to hard breathing, the work is less effective. Silent, controlled breathing allows the practitioner to absorb the maximum energy during the Rites.
The 1939 EoR, also advises that one should take a deep breath or 2 between each Rite. This is often neglected by many “gurus”.
Bradford provided a plan of progression from 3 reps to 21 reps to allow the practitioner to build their way up and allow the body to become more and more accustomed to the increased work to keep the breath controlled.
It is amazing that people would sacrifice getting the full benefits of the Rites, just because it may take a little more than the 10 minutes to do it in a relaxed fashion.
I seriously doubt that Tibetan monks were clocking the speed at which they finished the Rites and instead proceeded with the Rites calmly and blissfully.
With that being said, one that does the Rites as described will still be able to complete them in about 10 minutes, but this should not be the goal. The goal rejuvenation. It is not a race.
As I mentioned before, anyone that tests this method will see the truth in it.
Breathe in complete controlled breaths through the nose (from belly on up)
Breathe out through nose (preferably) or mouth (as long as controlled and silent)(from top to belly)
Keep the breath silent.
Start at 3 reps and work up each week to 21.
Breathe between Rites.
After 10 weeks, you will see and feel a most magnificent difference.
Best of Luck to You.