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Synopsis

Find internal strength through your breath. Breathe, exapnding your internal balloon.

Lesson Outline

Lying on your back (with your knees bent if its more comfortable that way):
  • Exhale. Wait for the inhale. Notice your breath. Notice how your stomach expands.
  • Imagine a balloon or soccer ball in your abdomen. Notice the internal quality of the expanding balloon.
  • Front, Left and Right:
    • Place hands on the left and right side of your stomach. Notice the differences in how the two sides expand. Which side expands first? Which side expands more? Which side expands more easily?
    • Breathe into the side that expands more easily.
    • Breathe into the other side.
    • Alternate breathing into the right side and then the left. Make the difference between breathing into the right side and left side smaller and smaller.
    • Breathe into both sides.
  • Back, Left and Right. Breathe into your back. Notice the differences between the right and left sides. Do a similar exploration as in the Front, Left and Right but into your back.
  • Forward and Back: Notice your breath into your front and back. Do a similar exploration as in Front, Left and Right, but this time noticing the difference between your front and back, alternating between, and then doing both.
  • Top and Bottom: Imagine your balloon as having a top and bottom (in the same way that the equator divides the earth). Notice your breath into the top and bottom of your internal balloon. Do a similar exploration as in Front, Left and Right, but this time noticing the difference between the top and bottom or your balloon, alternating between, and then doing both.
  • Breathe into your balloon, expanding it in all six directions -- front, back, left, right, top and bottom.
  • Breathe into your balloon focusing on different combinations. For example:
    • Front right and back left
    • Upper left and bottom right
    • Front top and back bottom

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