In May 2005 I attended a four day Calm Abiding Meditation retreat which was facilitated by Lama Choedak Rinpoche and held in Adelaide. To facilitate a more focused meditation we learnt to develop and practice the Perfect Round Breathing technique, the elements of which are:

1 Gently rest the tongue on the pallet of the roof of the mouth;

2 Gently hold both the upper and lower sets of teeth approximately 3 mm apart;
 
3 Gently hold the lips the same distance apart as the teeth;

4 Breathe in through the nose for approximately three to five seconds;

5 Hold the breath for approximately three to five seconds;

6 Breathe out through the mouth for approximately three to five seconds; and

7 Continue the cycle without pause throughout the duration of the meditation.

To assist in understanding the practice/concept Lama Rinpoche suggested that we imagine when breathing in, that we are breathing in pure white energy. When we hold our breath the pure white energy converts to red in colour signifying we are now oxygenating our blood stream and vital organs. Then when breathing out the red oxygenating colour converts to a blue colour thus breathing out the impurities.

Initially I found it awkward breathing in such a manner, however, with practice and application it has become second nature and over the years I sometimes find myself breathing in this manner while stopped at traffic lights or waiting in a queue wherever that may be.

Should you be interested here is the link to The Buddhist Society of Canberra of which Lama Choedak Rinpoche is Director:

http://www.sakya.com.au/

As a matter of interest I also practice the Perfect Round Breathing technique when giving myself Reike healing.

Additionally, whilst not directly related to breathing techniques, I was taught a technique by Julie Way that creates an alpha state of mind which I practice prior to meditating and wanting to relax for a few moments.

I do not know its name however here are the steps to achieve this state of mind:

1 Commence a slow rhythmic Perfect Round Breathing;

2 On inhaling close your eyes 1/4 of the way;

3 On exhaling fully open your eyes;

4 On the second inhalation close your eyes 1/2 of the way;

5 On exhaling fully open your eyes;

6 On the third inhalation close your eyes 3/4 of the way;

7 On exhaling fully open your eyes; 
 
8 On the fourth inhalation close your eyes as if squinting

9 On exhaling fully open your eyes

10 On the fifth inhalation fully close your eyes and maintain the slow rhythmic Perfect Round Breathing with your eyes closed.

Once again should you be interested here is the link to Julie’s web site:

http://www.julieway.com.au/


As a matter of interest I have consulted Julie for Inner Child and Breath Work healing on several occasions.

In closing whenever conducting Reike healing I combine both of the above techniques as a means of grounding and relaxing the person upon whom I am about to do the healing.